It goes without saying that today’s cars are better in almost every respect since even the least expensive ones offer acceptable levels of performance and quality of construction. However, as has always been the case, some models tend to be better partners on the asphalt than others.
While the worst cars and trucks on the market were ever criticized for their poor assembly and finishing, their tendency to rust at the slightest hint of moisture, or their dubious design that tended to leave motorists stranded by catastrophic failures, today’s worst-rated models tend to be criticized instead for a monotonous list of relatively simple and minor problems, such as information and entertainment systems that are difficult to master.
At that, some cars and trucks have either lost whatever limited appeal they may have had by lingering in the marketplace for an extended period without undergoing a major redesign, or simply failed to engage the consumer today. In addition to having lower than average performance and reliability ratings, these are the cars that could definitely improve.
18. Maserati Ghibli
This is largely a case where one can do a lot better for the money. Though the midsize Ghibli comes wrapped in seductive Italian styling and carries a high degree of brand exclusivity, it’s a mediocre performer. Consumer Reports ranks it 17th out of a field of 17 midsize luxury cars, citing its overly firm ride, sloppy handling, and lack of rear seat room. CR also gives it poor marks for projected reliability.