10 New Cars You Should Avoid
Although cars today are better than they've ever been in terms of dependability and reliability, it doesn't mean there aren't some bad apples. If you're currently shopping for a new vehicle, it's important to know which ones to avoid so you don't find yourself with a new car you regret.
To help car buyers make the right decisions, Consumer Reports recently unveiled their list of 10 vehicles to avoid purchasing - based on results from research, owner reports, and test drives. Vehicles on the list include the Fiat 500L, which they named "least reliable", and the Jeep Compass for having "lowest owner satisfaction." Below is the full list of 10 vehicles they suggest avoiding.
10 Cars to Avoid Buying
|Vehicle||Why Not to Buy||Base MSRP Price Range|
|Fiat 500L||Least reliable||$19,295-$24,595|
|Jeep Cherokee||Worst value small SUV||$22,995-$30,795|
|Jeep Compass||Lowest owner satisfaction||$18,995-$28,495|
|Jeep Compass||Lowest-scoring SUV – 52 overall score||$18,995-$28,495|
|Mini Cooper S||Worst used car||N/A|
|Mitsubishi Mirage||Lowest-scoring car – 29 overall score||$12,995-$15,395|
|Nissan Altima V6||Worst value midsized sedan||$22,300-$31,950|
|Nissan Armada||Worst fuel economy||$38,060-$53,330|
|Toyota Tacoma||Lowest-scoring truck – 49 overall score||$29,965-$37,615|
|Volkswagen Passat||Most expensive to own midsized sedan||$21,340-$35,995|
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show 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
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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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