Top ten Worst Cars of 2017: Consumer Reports
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These are the cars you should avoid purchasing, according to the folks at Consumer Reports.
By combining road-test scores, predicted reliability, possessor satisfaction and safety (including government and insurance industry crash-test results), Consumer Reports comes up with an Overall Score for each model tested. These are the worst picks in ten popular categories, based on the lowest Overall Score.
In other words, if you have the option to purchase something else, Consumer Reports says you should. Otherwise, there’s a good chance you’ll regret your purchase in due time.
Here are the worst cars of 2017:
Worst Subcompact Car: Mitsubishi Mirage
There’s a good reason the Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the cheapest cars available on the market. It may comeback a respectable 37-mpg overall, but even the updates for the two thousand seventeen model year doesn’t save it from being the lowest-rated subcompact car. Consumer Reports notes the powerless, vibing three-cylinder engine that produces sluggish acceleration, as well as the “clumsy roly-poly treating.” It also makes the worst cars of two thousand seventeen list because the interior feels drab, cheap and insubstantial.
Worst Compact Electrified/Hybrid: Mitsubishi i-MiEV
You may have forgotten the Mitsubishi i-MiEV even exists. In a world where the Tesla Model S and even the Nissan Leaf have improved substantially since they were very first introduced, the i-MiEV has kept along with its mediocre spectacle. It’s slow to charge and only gets an EPA-rated sixty two miles. In other words, any other option on the market is better than the i-MiEV if you’re considering an electrified vehicle.
Worst Compact Car: Fiat 500L
With much worse than average reliability, the Fiat 500L isn’t indeed impressing anyone so it’s no surprise it landed on the worst cars of two thousand seventeen list. It earned a dismal road-test score due to a stiff rail, vapid seats and an odd driving position and according to Consumer Reports‘ extensive holder satisfaction survey, a high percentage of owners wish they never bought the car. It also scored Poor in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small-overlap front crash test.
Worst Midsized Sedan: Chrysler 200
The Chrysler two hundred isn’t long for this world, so it’s likely it won’t be a worst pick for much longer once dealers stop selling it. Consumer Reports says the Chrysler two hundred “drives like it’s from a previous era,” adding that the treating is clumsy and the rail is unsettled. In addition, the four-cylinder engine is underwhelming and the transmission mated to it is uncooperative. The two hundred not only has the lowest Overall Score, it also has the lowest road-test score in the class and lowest predicted reliability rating.
Worst Compact Pickup: Toyota Tacoma
It may be surprising to see a Toyota being named in a lowest-rated category, but that’s exactly what the Tacoma has been honored with. As the worst compact pickup, the Tacoma has a stiff rail, ponderous treating, noisy cabin and awkward driving position. Albeit the modern connectivity features are a welcome upgrade as well as the fresh high-tech safety features like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, they’re not enough to overcome the truck’s shortcomings.
Worst Midsized SUV: Dodge Journey
With below-average reliability and poor spectacle in IIHS small-overlap frontal crash tests, the Dodge Journey isn’t winning over Consumer Reports. The midsized SUV has a restricting interior and lacks agility, while the V6 engine produces the worst fuel economy in its class. Don’t be tempted with all the discounts happening on the Journey since it’s late in its model run, it’s a poor value even at an airport rental lot.
Worst Entry-Level Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz CLA
The Mercedes-Benz CLA hasn’t been receiving high marks from Consumer Reports since it arrived on the market, and that proceeds to be the case. The entry-level model has an unresponsive engine where power comes on abruptly, a punishingly stiff rail and a noisy cabin. And while it’s advertised with a cheap entry price, that total adds up quickly when you want any sort of luxury in your CLA.
Worst Luxury Midsized Sedan: Maserati Ghibli
The Maserati Ghibli is admittedly joy to drive with sporty and agile treating, excellent brakes and a potent engine. But fuel economy is dismal at 19-mpg overall and the stiff rail can grow tiring. Passengers in the rear may not have a superb time due to the cramped space. To top it all off, it has much worse than average reliability.
Worst Luxury Compact SUV: Land Rover Discovery Sport
Remarkably, Consumer Reports says the Land Rover Discovery Sport fights in comparisons against even mass-market petite SUVs. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine has spiky power delivery, and the transmission is neither slick nor responsive. The treating doesn’t live up to the model’s nameplate, and the interior is rather plain for a model that should be luxurious. And based on Land Rover’s history, reliability is a concern when it comes to this expensive, underachieving SUV.
Worst Luxury SUV: Cadillac Escalade
Speaking of expensive, underachieving SUVs, the Cadillac Escalade is the lowest-rated luxury SUV and caps off the worst cars of two thousand seventeen list. A stiff rail, poor treating and braking spectacle all contribute to making the Escalade worst in its class. The third row is cramped while the second-row seats are too low and reliability ranks worst in class. If you’re truly in the market for an American SUV, look towards the Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon XL – unless you truly want that Cadillac badge up front.
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I feel Consumer Reports could not be more wrong about the Mitsubishi Mirage. I wielded a two thousand fifteen Mirage ES CVT and I recently traded on a two thousand seventeen Mirage G4 SE (top trim) and I have loved both of them more than any other vehicle I have wielded. The Mirage is made to achieve good fuel economy, cheap price, reliability, many standard features and it hits the competition in all of those categories (plus they never tell you that you can eaisly get $Two,000.00 to $Four,000.00 off window sticker with rebates and sales). Just go online and read proprietor reviews and that will give you a true perspective of how owners love their Mirage and many have bought 2nd ones. I drove the competition (Spark, Versa, Fit, 500, ForTwo) and the choice was a no brainer for me. With the Ten/100,000 warranty, standard features on my SE such as auto dimming rear view mirror, thrust begin, pw, pl, pm, cruise, heated seats, apple car play android auto, auto climate control, cvt, hefty rear seat in G4, thick trunk, auto up down driver window, seven airbags, keyless access with button on door and trunk lid, fog lights and much more. The window sticker on my G4 with optional rear spoiler was $Legal,115.00 and I got it for $12,714.00 for a fully loaded top trim brand fresh car, unbeatable. I never had a single issue with my two thousand fifteen Mirage and only traded it on a. Two thousand seventeen for the fresh updates and got the G4 instead of the hatchback. If you are looking at a Mirage drive one yourself and dont listen to these reviewers that drive Mercedes, Lexus and BMW each and everyday which in turn gives them a tarnished opinion of normal cars like this that most people can afford. I am so glad I did not listen to the review of the Mirage (I almost did not drive one because of this review in 2014) because when I drove it I loved it.
How long have you worked for Mitsubishi promoting them with “reviews” and “consumer comments” around the internet?
“the choice was a no brainer”
if I find myself in a similar state perhaps I’ll consider this crapwagon.