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Every year, there are new car models that incorporate all the latest bells and whistles – at a price of course – and you wonder if any of them are worth the hype. Well, Consumer Reports has taken the guesswork from at least ten vehicles from the 2016 model year. The venerable consumer watchdog recently released its annual list of worst vehicles, this time broken down into ten categories.
If you already purchased a new vehicle, it’s probably too late. But if you are still considering which new vehicle to buy, read on:
- Lowest-rated subcompact: Mitsubishi Mirage. Cheap to buy and good gas mileage, but its “tiny, tinny” and the three-cylinder engine vibrates.
- Lowest-rated compact: Fiat 500L. “More people than usual who own this car wish they didn’t”
- Lowest-rated midsize sedan: Chrysler 200. “A mediocre car.”
- Lowest-rated compact luxury car: Mercedes-Benz CLA250. “The ride is punishingly stiff.”
- Lowest-rated midsize luxury car: Lincoln MKS. – “Outdated and outclassed.”
- Lowest-rated family SUV: Dodge Journey. “This crossover is a poor value anywhere outside of an airport rental lot.”
- Lowest-rated luxury compact SUV: Land Rover Discovery Sport. “Struggles in comparisons even with mass-market small SUVs.”
- Lowest-rated large luxury SUV: Cadillac Escalade. “Falls down on the fundamentals as a luxury SUV.”
- Lowest-rated minivan: Chrysler Town & Country. “It doesn’t even score high for interior room and fuel economy, two areas you’d think a family minivan would do well in.”
- Lowest-rated green car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV. A “This half-step up from a golf cart is slow, clumsy and still riding.”
“Those models with low predicted reliability and mediocre, or worse, road test performance are simply those that we wouldn’t recommend to family and friends,” said Jeff Bartlett, deputy editor of cars for Consumer Reports. “And combining these ratings puts data behind that guidance.”
The magazine chose the vehicles based on various criteria, including road-test score, projected reliability, owner satisfaction and safety. To maintain the integrity of its reports, the group purchases vehicles anonymously directly from dealerships. No special auto company perks are allowed.
For advice on most purchases, turning Consumer Reports is definitely a smart decision. If you are considering buying a new (or used) vehicle, the best bet for making sure you are covered for everything you need is your insurance professional.