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6 Cars You Should Avoid Buying

July 3, 2014

Just like anything you can purchase, popularity doesn't necessarily mean high quality. Case in point: Consumer Reports recently released a list of six cars that are actually very popular with consumers, but they recommend you should stay away from based on their testing and research.

Vehicles on the list include the Volkswagen Beetle, Honda Crosstour, Scion tC, and Mercedes-Benz CLA. Problems with these vehicles include high repair costs, cheap interiors, stiff rides, poor visibility, and lack of cargo space. Below are the six vehicles you should avoid and suggested alternatives you should consider.

Vehicle to AvoidBetter Choices
Volkswagen BeetleMazda3, Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen Golf
Nissan Versa SedanChevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio
Mercedes-Benz CLAAcura TSX, BWM 320i, Mercedes-Benz C250
Honda CrosstourSubaru Outback, Toyota Venaz, Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Scion tCMazda3 hatchback, Subaru Impreza Sport
Mitsubishi OutlanderHonda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester

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- Gregg Fidan

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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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