All new cars are not treated the same. According to Consumer Reports and J.D. Power, these models are the ones to stay away from. So, if you are in the market for a new car, you might want to check this list out first!
Consumer Reports considers the iQ one of the lowest rated cars of the year. The initial quality, performance, and reliability ratings are far below average and the residual value is near the bottom. The rear seat is almost nonexistent, plus the cabin noise is extremely loud.
The bouncy ride and heavy handling don’t make things easier on this SUV. The Armada has low marks from J.D. Power in initial quality and reliability. Not to mention it also has abysmal fuel economy.
With nothing more than a few cosmetic revisions, the MKS doesn’t quite cut it as a luxury sedan. The “MyLincoln Touch” adds insult to injury as a confusing and distracting multimedia operating system. Below average ratings from J.D. Power and Consumer Reports bury the MKS six feet under the rest of the competition.
The Nissan Titan is easily outclassed by the other truck brands on the market. The Titan is rated below average in resale value and in performance. Consumer Reports notes it as being among one of the worst value buys.
The i-MiEV has a mere 66 horsepower engine, with an estimated operating range of just 62 miles on a charge. Although it is one of the more affordable EVs on the market, its resale value is terrible. All major publications rate the i-MiEV as one of the worst in overall performance.
The Mirage lives up to its name. It looks like a quality subcompact car, but falls well short in every category. The sluggish acceleration made it easy for J.D. Power to give below average marks on performance. Consumer Reports also ranks it as one of its lowest scoring models.
Low scores for initial quality and reliability from J.D. Power sink this SUV. The MKT shares the same engine and many features with the MKS, which is another poor performing model. Lincoln hasn’t made any major updates to the MKT in some time which only holds this SUV back.
The recent cosmetic updates have helped boost the sales of the Compass, but still hasn’t helped its overall ratings. The weak engine has been called “dull and sluggish” by Consumer Reports. Initial quality, performance, and reliability all scored below average.
Simple controls and a compliant ride are the only positives from the Jeep Patriot. Otherwise, the Patriot gets low marks in performance and reliability from most publications. Unlike the Wrangler, the resale value is very minuscule.
Limited passenger comfort, harsh ride and excessive noise hurt the Wrangler’s overall performance. While their resale value is great, they are consistently placed among the lowest scoring models in Consumer Reports’ testing. Low marks in performance and initial quality from J.D. Power doesn’t bode well for the Wrangler either.
The longer four-door “L” version of the Fiat 500 just can’t keep pace with other compact crossovers. The 500L gets low marks in just about every category from J.D. Power, and resale value isn’t any better.
This seven-passenger crossover SUV is overdue for a redesign. The Journey features a 173 horsepower four-cylinder engine with jerky transmission. Consumer Reports ranks the Journey below average in reliability and performance. J.D. Power has unsurprisingly similar marks.
Easy parking is the only virtue from this “micro-car.” The fuel economy is decent, but this is offset by the need for premium-grade fuel. The tiny, two-passenger Smart ForTwo has a jerky transmission to go along with an under-powered engine.
The XTS falls short in today’s sophisticated luxury market. Consumer Reports cites the XTS as being one of the worst values in the luxury department. It also gets low marks in quality and performance from J.D. Power.
BMW 7 Series
With a terrible resale value and below average performance score from J.D. Power, the 7 Series is one of the worst cars on the list. The 7 Series doesn’t have the technology you’d expect for the price tag, plus the handling ins’t what it used to be.