25 of the Worst Cars Ever Tested
If it had been released 20 years ago, the Mitsubishi Mirage would have been a middle-of-the-pack econobox. But it was released in the U.S. in 2014, and stands out for its tinny build quality, buzzy three-cylinder engine, and cheap-feeling interior. If you’re looking for bargain basement transportation, the Mirage is fine, but that’s about the only good thing you can say about it. Authorities like Car & Driver, Road and Track, and Motor Trend have all consistently panned the Mirage. It’s also made Consumer Reports’ “Worst Of” list every year since it hit the market.
Honda Fit 2014
Since it was introduced in the U.S. in 2007, the Honda Fit has been one of the most reliable, economical, and fun-to-drive subcompacts on the market, and Consumer Reports has been among its champions. That’s why it made news when the 2014 model was dropped from its “Recommended” list. After an abysmal crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (which, to be fair, all but one other car in its class also failed), CR responded by pulling its support for the smallest Honda. By 2015, the Fit had been completely redesigned, and was once again in the consumer group’s good graces.