2016 Most Poorly Rated Cars

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The Overall Score of each vehicle is based on the following:

  • Road test score
  • Reliability
  • Owner satisfaction
  • Safety

Avoid purchasing the following vehicles in the ten categories below, regardless of incentives, or cash-back deals. You could end up with an expensive lemon and a whole lot of buyer’s remorse.

Compact: Fiat 500L

In a survey of over 740,000, this model was the least reliable of any new car. Flaws included a very low road test score due to its flat seats and unusual driving position. Owner satisfaction was low, and it received a Poor score in the IIHS small-overlap frontal test. Its overall score was 31.

Subcompact: Mitsubishi Mirage

At $12,995-$15,395, the price may seem like a great deal, and the overall mpg of 37 makes it seem that much more economical. But the three-cylinder engine offers poor acceleration, the interior feels cheap and drab, and it received a poor score in the Insurance Institute Highway Safety (IIHS) small-overlap test. For these reasons, it received an overall score of 34.

Large Luxury SUV: Cadillac Escalade

The numerous issues with this car make the high price tag of $72,970-$94,950 particularly hard to swallow. It does not handle well, the interior is not spacious despite the size of the vehicle and it ranks the worst in class for reliability. For these reasons, it got an overall score of 44.

Green Car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

This electric vehicle is small, slow and clumsy. The interior of this unsophisticated-looking car is very cramped and noisy. While one of the least expensive electric cars available, it is considered a subpar automobile, which is why it received an overall score of 45.

Family SUV: Dodge Journey

This model’s V6 engine provided the worst fuel economy in its class. The three-row seating makes the interior feel small. In addition, it received poor ratings for reliability and performance in the IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test. Its overall score was 45.

Compact SUV: Land Rover Discovery Sport

This model is a disappointing entry from the Land Rover brand. The power is unpredictable and there are issues with the transmission. Considering the high-end name, the interior lacks refinement. As a result, this vehicle’s overall score was 47.

Midsized Sedan: Chrysler 200

This car earned its spot on the list for its rough ride and clumsy handling. The engine’s power leaves a lot to be desired, and the interior feels very small. In addition, the transmission is unreliable. With an overall score of 51-53, it received the lowest road test score in its class and the lowest predictability rating.

Compact Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz CLA250

The name might suggest luxury and status, but this model has a relatively unresponsive engine, a stiff ride and a small, noisy interior. Buyers will need to add a significant amount to the base price in order to get the features that come standard on a premium model. The overall score was 53.

Midsized Luxury Car: Lincoln MKS

This model is outdated, compared to Lincoln’s more recent models. The ride has been criticized as inadequately composed. The 3.7-liter V6 engine is unrefined and the large trunk is not easily accessible due to its small opening. It received an overall score of 59.

Minivan: Chrysler Town & Country

This model received the lowest rating for fuel economy in its class, getting only 17 mpg. The seating in the second row is uncomfortable, especially for long trips. This van also scored a poor rating in the IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test. Avoid falling for incentives for this van, as it will most likely be available on the new Pacifica van, which is going to replace the Town & Country. The overall score for this vehicle was 62.

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