The Worst-Rated Cars On The Market
No matter if you’re in the market to get a jazzy extravagant sedan or a robust family vehicle, all car buyers have one common thing: They absolutely don’t want to drive a flop off the lot. That’s the reason why publications and watchdog groups such as Consumer Reports, J.D. Power and Kelley Blue Book thoroughly analyze and rate each car model that has come on the market. And yes, car owners would feel at ease to follow their recommendations.
Here, we’ve listed the cars that gained a terrible score from the groups we listed above, together with other journalists and everyday drivers, so you can stroll into your favorite dealership knowing exactly what not to get. Do take note that this is in no particular order.
Car buyers that are short on a budget will most likely be attracted by the Mitsubishi Mirage’s low entry point (which is less than $14,000), but buyers needs to be aware that: Not even the new nor used models of this car are highly recommended. The 2019 model made it in the Car Connection’s list of the lowest-rated cars of the year, and they gave the Mirage a score of 3.3 out of 10 — which happened to be one of the lowest ratings they gave to any new car. From their review of the car they mentioned that it is small, slow and unsafe — even saying the way its handled in highway is “scary.”
According to U.S. News and World Report, its used models should also be avoided. In which they said that “the Mirage has very little to offer, and once these cars hit the used market, they start to deteriorate quickly due to cheap build quality and poor reliability.”
Because of its plummeting reliability, Consumer Reports end up removing the Dodge Charger from its list of recommended cars, saying that the 2019 model while its a large, powerful vehicle with a dynamic personality, “reliability has been its Achilles heel.”
Other than that, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) has recalled the 2019 Dodge Charger twice recently — once for airbags and then for the instrument cluster failing to correctly illuminate, which hinders drivers from seeing system warnings and which could increase the risk of a crash. J.D. Power also gave the 2019 Charger the worst rating in initial quality among the year’s batch of large cars.
Nissan Titan XD
From Consumer Reports’ list of overall worst cars, there are several “winners” (not really) in different categories (worst compact car, worst minivan, etc.). But then there’s the overall worst car at the very last of the heap. In 2019, the vehicle with that characteristic was given to the Nissan Titan XD.
Being the heavy-duty version of the base model Nissan Titan, which Consumer Reports and J.D. Power rated a lot higher, the XD doesn’t look lik to actually deliver on their promise to have better towing and hauling capacity compared to its competition. The Consumer Reports review of the XD, which could be summed up as “unimpressed,” ended their review with these thoughts: “Driving the Nissan is just as ponderous as driving a Ford, GM or Ram heavy-duty truck, and fuel economy isn’t much better.”