Chevy will be pretty happy about the latest reliability reports.
There was a time when reliability was a primary concern for new car buyers. Some brands did a great job building vehicles people could drive without a care, but others struggled to keep their new cars out of dealers' repair bays. General Motors has had more than a few of the latter over the years, but things have taken a turn for the better. The 2022 Chevrolet Blazer was just named one of the most reliable SUVs you can buy today by Consumer Reports.
The Chevy's overall score of 82 places it just one point behind the icon-of-reliability that is the Lexus RX. Want another bomb? The Blazer scored the same 4/5 reliability rating that the Lexus got. That's fantastic news for Chevrolet, and it shows progress for the Blazer. When it re-debuted in 2019, the SUV scored only average for reliability, but CR upgraded it for 2020 and 2021. Despite its growth, Chevy is still offering incentives for the SUV, which is a rarity in today's car market.
We know Chevy is working on an electric Blazer SUV and that the automaker plans to refresh the vehicle for the 2023 model year, so it will be interesting to see where the Blazer's reliability numbers go from here. For now, though, the Chevy is one of just two vehicles General Motors has on the list, with the other being the Cadillac XT5.
The Kia Telluride topped Consumer Reports' list with an overall score of 97, far beyond its next closest competitor. The Telluride was already one of the most popular SUVs on the planet and Kia just updated it, so it's likely to continue scoring at the top. The Toyota Highlander scored well with an 88 overall, but it fell short on predicted owner satisfaction.
While the Chevy Blazer and others sit near the top of the Consumer Reports list, the organization lists several others to avoid. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe scored 64 overall and earned below-average marks for reliability. That's tough, but the 2022 Ford Explorer is worse, with a 47 overall and a poor reliability score. At least those vehicles have not tangled with the organization like Tesla has over the years.
Consumer Reports gathered data on more than 320,000 cars to generate its scores for this year. In addition to reliability, it scored the SUVs on safety equipment performance and comfort/convenience. Interestingly, the Blazer performed similarly in J.D. Power's ranking system. There, it scored an 84 overall and came in second behind the Nissan Murano for quality and reliability. The Murano did not fare as well as the Chevy in CR's testing, earning 81 overall.