Top 10 Least Reliable Cars, Trucks and SUVs of 2021


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4. Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass
Source: Car and Driver

The Compass’s most common problems have to do with its transmission and its body integrity. These parts are often reported not to be working well or simply breaking down.

The vehicle has also had many issues with the drive system and some minor issues with its interior electronics systems and engine. Its power comes from a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is unrefined and sluggish.

In addition to that, the 2018 Compass is the subject of six recalls involving critical systems, such as the Compass’s brakes, its suspension system and its airbags.

Recalls have also happened due to the electrical systems. One of them involves the Compass’s instrument panel, but there’s also a recall affecting the electrical wiring.

All-wheel-drive versions have the nine-speed automatic, which is neither smooth nor responsive. Handling isn’t agile, though the Jeep is secure when pushed. The ride is stiff and jittery, and the rear seat is much too low.

3. Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas
Source: Car and Driver

The reliability of the Atlas’ engine and transmission has improved over the past couple of years. However, many other important areas, including the fuel system, the body integrity and the power equipment, have either remained the same or worsened.

Though the V6 engine and smooth eight-speed automatic make the Atlas enjoyable for everyday driving, it lacks acceleration compared to competitors’, and its 20-mpg overall fuel economy is not outstanding.

It struggles with fuel economy, and unfortunately, it continues to lack reliability in many areas. Although the Atlas continues to be unreliable, it’s worth hoping that it will improve in the years to come.

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