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10 New Cars You Should Avoid Buying
December 6, 2012Dodge, 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 Avoid||Why?|
|Dodge Journey||Base powertrain lacking, low marks for reliability and satisfaction|
|Jeep Compass/Jeep Patriot||Below-par performance, marginal side-impact performance|
|Jeep Wrangler||Clumsy handling, uncomfortable interior, hard to get in and out of, marginal crash performances|
|Nissan Versa Hatchback||Below average quality, design/performance and reliability|
|Nissan Xterra||Uncomfortable ride, low marks for quality and design/performance|
|Smart ForTwo||Impractical, underpowered, requires premium-grade fuel|
|Suzuki Grand Vitara||Below-par performance and handling, low marks for quality and reliability|
|Suzuki Kizashi||Low marks for quality and reliability|
|Suzuki SX4||Slow acceleration, noisy cabin, uncomfortable ride, cramped interior, unimpressive fuel economy|
|Volvo XC90||Below-par handling, higher than average ownership costs, below average reliability|
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