WORST VEHICLES OF 2016: IS YOUR NEW CAR ON THE LIST?

Recently, Consumer Reports magazine released its list of “worst vehicles” for 2016. There were a few surprises on the list, and even more that were more or less expected. The organization, well-known for its impartiality, grouped the vehicles into 10 categories, from subcompact to large luxury SUV.

The magazine chose the vehicles based on various criteria, including road-test score, projected reliability, owner satisfaction and safety. To maintain the integrity of its reports, the group purchases vehicles anonymously directly from dealerships. No special auto company perks are allowed.

Here are the ratings:

  • Lowest-rated subcompact: Mitsubishi Mirage. Cheap to buy and good gas mileage, but its “tiny, tinny” and the three-cylinder engine vibrates.
  • Lowest-rated compact: Fiat 500L. “More people than usual who own this car wish they didn’t”
  • Lowest-rated midsize sedan: Chrysler 200. “A mediocre car.”
  • Lowest-rated compact luxury car: Mercedes-Benz CLA250. “The ride is punishingly stiff.”
  • Lowest-rated midsize luxury car: Lincoln MKS. – “Outdated and outclassed.”
  • Lowest-rated family SUV: Dodge Journey. “This crossover is a poor value anywhere outside of an airport rental lot.”
  • Lowest-rated luxury compact SUV: Land Rover Discovery Sport. “Struggles in comparisons even with mass-market small SUVs.”
  • Lowest-rated large luxury SUV: Cadillac Escalade. “Falls down on the fundamentals as a luxury SUV.”
  • Lowest-rated minivan: Chrysler Town & Country. “It doesn’t even score high for interior room and fuel economy, two areas you’d think a family minivan would do well in.”
  • Lowest-rated green car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV. A “This half-step up from a golf cart is slow, clumsy and still riding.”

“Those models with low predicted reliability and mediocre, or worse, road test performance are simply those that we wouldn’t recommend to family and friends,” said Jeff Bartlett, deputy editor of cars for Consumer Reports. “And combining these ratings puts data behind that guidance.”

If you are looking to purchase a new or used vehicle, Consumer Reports is definitely one place you want to consult. Of course, that vehicle purchase will also require new insurance. Obviously, the first person you want to consult is your insurance professional.