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. Smart EQ ForTwo
With slim sales, the tiny Smart EQ ForTwo full-electric subcompact coupe and convertible flies under the radar of Consumer Reports and JD Power owner surveys, so this pick is entire our call. While it’s cleverly styled and is the cheapest EV you can buy, its two-seat interior is cramped, there’s little in the way of cargo space, and highway driving can be unnerving. Worse, the ForTwo’s operating range on a charge is feeble, at an anxiety-inducing 58 miles. A used Nissan Leaf is a better pick for the money.