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10 New Cars You Should Avoid Buying

December 6, 2012

Dodge, Jeep and Nissan are just a few of the manufacturers that have made it on a list of new cars to stay away from, according to a recent article on Forbes.com.

Cars such as the Dodge Journey, Jeep Wrangler, and Nissan Versa Hatchback are included on a list of 10 cars that were picked due to such things as below-par handling and performance, low marks for quality and reliability, and low crash testing ratings. Forbes used sources such as Consumer Reports, J.D. Power and Associates, the Highway Loss Data Institute, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to compile the results.

Below are the 10 cars Forbes.com suggests you avoid, along with a few of the reasons why.

Vehicle to AvoidWhy?
Dodge JourneyBase powertrain lacking, low marks for reliability and satisfaction
Jeep Compass/Jeep PatriotBelow-par performance, marginal side-impact performance
Jeep WranglerClumsy handling, uncomfortable interior, hard to get in and out of, marginal crash performances
Nissan Versa HatchbackBelow average quality, design/performance and reliability
Nissan XterraUncomfortable ride, low marks for quality and design/performance
Smart ForTwoImpractical, underpowered, requires premium-grade fuel
Suzuki Grand VitaraBelow-par performance and handling, low marks for quality and reliability
Suzuki KizashiLow marks for quality and reliability
Suzuki SX4Slow acceleration, noisy cabin, uncomfortable ride, cramped interior, unimpressive fuel economy
Volvo XC90Below-par handling, higher than average ownership costs, below average reliability

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- 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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