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10 New Cars You Should Avoid

April 9, 2015

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.

As always, if you're considering purchasing a new vehicle, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise to quickly see the best prices being offered in your area.

10 Cars to Avoid Buying

VehicleWhy Not to BuyBase MSRP Price Range
Fiat 500LLeast reliable$19,295-$24,595
Jeep CherokeeWorst value small SUV$22,995-$30,795
Jeep CompassLowest owner satisfaction$18,995-$28,495
Jeep CompassLowest-scoring SUV – 52 overall score$18,995-$28,495
Mini Cooper SWorst used carN/A
Mitsubishi MirageLowest-scoring car – 29 overall score$12,995-$15,395
Nissan Altima V6Worst value midsized sedan$22,300-$31,950
Nissan ArmadaWorst fuel economy$38,060-$53,330
Toyota TacomaLowest-scoring truck – 49 overall score$29,965-$37,615
Volkswagen PassatMost expensive to own midsized sedan$21,340-$35,995

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, 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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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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