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Most Overrated Vehicles of 2022

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By Teresa McGlothlin

Key Takeaways

  • The biggest automotive flops of 2022 might surprise you.
  • Find out which 2022 vehicles are the most overhyped.
  • For a variety of reasons, these are the worst vehicles that 2022 has to offer.

With an assortment of various design flaws, equipment failures and a lack of technological features, some 2022 vehicle models haven’t lived up to the hype of their previous versions. In fact, many manufacturers have fallen short of their prestigious reputations and released 2022 models with major issues that required recalls. Keep reading to find out which 2022 models are most overrated.

Tesla Model Y

There aren’t many good things to say about Tesla’s entry into the SUV market with the Model Y. While the base price of $58,910 is attractive and the Model Y’s styling is sleek, roomy and sporty, constant recalls and safety issues have plagued the vehicle.

In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found serious flaws with the Model Y’s suspension system, seatbelts, electrical system and visibility. While some SUVs are worth the hype, the Model Y consistently falls short.

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Mitsubishi Mirage G4

With modest prices and good fuel economy, subcompact cars have a lot to offer daily drivers. Sadly for the 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage G4, an MSRP of $18,695 and 37 mpg aren’t enough to put it at the top of the tiny car pack.

The 3-cylinder engine struggles to crank out a maximum of 73 horsepower, and the substandard interior build ensures you hear every noise it makes. Although the Mirage G4’s classic sedan styling makes it a cute little ride, it doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles that modern drivers appreciate.

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Ford EcoSport

If you like quirky and offbeat-looking cars, the exterior of the 2022 Ford EcoSport is for you. Despite its awkward appearance, a towing capacity of 2000 pounds, quick handling and the ability to seat five passengers are enough for any outdoor adventure. That’s where the EcoSport’s appeal ends, though.

The 166-horsepower, 4-cylinder engine has a hard time keeping up, and it’s relatively powerless compared to other subcompact SUVs of the same size. Even the low starting price of $22,040 isn’t enough to make up for the 2022 Ford EcoSport’s downfalls. Even Ford thinks so — the EcoSport is being removed from their line-up.

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Jeep Compass

The 2022 Jeep Compass is loaded with next-generation technological features. From blind spot monitoring to enhanced security, its racy look and eye-catching body are backed up by a lot of high-end details that make it an attractive vehicle for a starting price of $26,785.

But you know what they say about judging a book by its cover — the 2022 Jeep Compass is a gas guzzler that offers only 22 mpg around the city. Aside from that, it’s been notorious for being unreliable. As the lowest-rated SUV in its class, it’s received a two out of five reliability rating by Consumer Reports.

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Subaru Ascent

Subaru enthusiasts might be a little disappointed to see the 2022 Subaru Ascent on this list, but there’s a good reason for it. The Ascent offers a lot of features that make it an endearing ride; however, the 266-horsepower engine often leaves it sitting the in the dust of other SUVs.

The 2022 Ascent is loaded with luxury, comfort and a powerful towing capacity. It offers superb handling and a base price of $32,795, but three rows of seating and the enormous sizing make it impractical. It’s also one of the most unreliable Subarus on the market.

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Maserati Ghibli

There’s no doubt that the 2022 Maserati Ghibli is a stunning car, but buyers should look a little deeper before shelling out the starting MSRP of $76,000. Underneath the exterior glitz and glam, the Ghibli’s features don’t quite meet the quality you’d expect from a luxury midsized sedan.

Sure, the Ghibli has all the speed and power Maserati is known for, but interior features are substandard when compared to other sedans in the same class. Some might even say the cabin is unreasonably tiny and uncomfortable, which is far from the elegance that Maserati touts.

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Chrysler 300

On the surface, the 2022 model of the Chrysler 300 is one full-sized sedan that knows how to make its presence known. It looks sharp, and its powerful V6 or V8 engine is enough to turn heads when you cruise down the highway. Unfortunately, that’s the problem. The 2022 Chrysler 300 doesn’t make much sense as an everyday vehicle.

For its size, it gets great gas mileage, but it doesn’t offer a lot in the technological advancement area. The 300 almost seems like it’s stuck generations behind other large sedans that have adapted to change, bumped the features up a notch and restyled to look more modern. The 2022 Chrysler 300’s starting price is $33,740.

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Mercedes-Benz 350 GLE

If there’s anything Mercedes-Benz is good at, it’s attention to detail. The 350 GLE SUV is no different. It’s a comfortable vehicle with elegant trimming, sporty styling and high-end interior features. The problem with the 2022 350 GLE is that Mercedes-Benz went a little over the top.

While attempting to explore more comfort features, everything from steering controls to shifting became more difficult than they should be to operate. Factor in a reliability rating of only five out of 100, and it doesn’t live up to the $56,150 average MSRP starting price.

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Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer has been around since 1991. Although it’s seen its fair share of changes over the years, some models have been more successful than others. It’s safe to say that 2022 won’t go down in history as one of the long-running SUV’s best years.

From problems with paint chipping to terrible fuel economy and less-than-smooth transmission shifting, the 2022 Ford Explorer is a hot mess on wheels. With a starting price of $36,700, many buyers are starting to look away from the Explorer in favor of other newer Ford models, such as the rereleased Bronco.

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Toyota Supra

No matter which configuration of the 2022 Toyota Supra you look at, it’s a good-looking car. With a classic race car exterior and a mean turbocharged 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine, it looks and drives like a sports car-loving enthusiasts’ dream. But when the reality of owning a Supra sets in, it’s a little disappointing.

The Supra’s low-riding profile houses a terribly small interior space that’s overwhelmed by the rest of the car. While the 2022 Supra might be good for recreating your favorite hot-rod movie scene, its starting price of $43,540 and its lack of practicality make it a flop for doing anything other than speeding around a racetrack.

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Lexus GX

If you’re looking for a vehicle that offers lots of space and powerful off-road capabilities, the Lexus GX is a full-sized SUV that fits the bill. The roomy design and the 4.6-liter, V-8 engine make it ideal for having around as a second, recreational vehicle.

However, the 2022 Lexus GX looks and drives almost like a former model of itself. It lacks modern design touches, and it offers a clunky drive that’s fallen by the wayside as car technology advances. Factor in a combined gas mileage of 16 mpg, and it’s highly overrated for the $56,125 MSRP value.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E

Although there were high hopes for the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E, things haven’t exactly gone as planned. With recalls that include a battery problem that causes the car to shut down and the risk of broken axles, Ford’s attempt to turn one of their classics into a modern electric vehicle has left them empty-handed.

That’s not to say that the Mustang Mach-E isn’t a beautiful car — it is. It has everything you’ve come to expect from a Mustang. Hopefully, Ford will get all the kinks worked out, so the Mach-E can earn the praise it has the potential to deserve. If you simply must have one for the sake of collecting Mustangs, the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E will cost you $43,895.

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