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5 Popular New Cars to Avoid

August 16, 2012

Just because a car is a best seller doesn't mean that it's a good choice for you.

Consumer Reports just released a list of 5 popular cars you should avoid buying. These are some of the best-selling cars in their class, yet they don't perform well in testing or suffer from poor reliability.

Here's the list including why you shouldn't buy and alternative vehicles you should consider instead.

Vehicle to AvoidWhy?Good Alternatives
Honda CivicTook too many shortcuts in its latest redesign. Choppy ride, noisy cabin, vague steering, and mediocre interior quality.Subaru Impreza, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3
Jeep LibertyRugged and unrefined driving experience. Handling is clumsy, interior is cramped and cheap feeling. Engine is noisy and gets low mpg.Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester
Toyota Prius CQuality is low. Suffers from stiff ride, noisy cabin, slow acceleration.Honda Fit
Dodge Grand CaravanVery problematic. Suffers from numerous squeaks and rattles and power-related failures. Unimpressive gas mileage.Toyota Sienna
Ford Edge (V6)Jittery ride, lots of road noise, distracting controls. Bad reliability.Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano, Mazda CX-9

Use CarWoo Deal Finder to get the best deals on new vehicles.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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