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New Cars You Should Avoid Buying

Consumer Reports recently released their list of what they consider the 12 cars that do not measure up to the other vehicles in the market today, whether it's bad handling, a lot of noise, or just plain lacking in comfort.

On the list are the likes of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, Dodge Avenger SXT, Chevrolet Spark 1LT, and Toyota Tacoma. Below is a look at the full list.

VehicleTest ScoreLow Points
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara20Ride, handling, braking, wind noise, access, driving position, seat comfort, fit and finish, visibility, fuel economy, reliability.
Smart ForTwo Passion28Transmission, acceleration, ride, agility, noise, seats only two, premium fuel.
Scion iQ29Ride, noise, acceleration, steering, driving position, fit and finish, radio controls, blind spots, tiny rear seat.
Mitsubishi i-Miev31Short range, long charging time, weak cabin heat, Spartan accommodations, acceleration, ride, agility, seats only four, complicated radio, headlights.
Chevrolet Spark 1LT36Acceleration, transmission, ride, noise, front-seat comfort, complicated radio.
Toyota FJ Cruiser36Visibility, ride, handling, noise, fuel economy, fit and finish, access.
Toyota Yaris LE41Noise, ride, agility, driving position, front-seat comfort, fit and finish, radio controls, rear visibility.
Dodge Avenger SXT(4-cyl.)43Engine noise, acceleration, braking, handling, rear visibility, transmission, driving position, fuel economy.
Jeep Compass Latitude49Engine noise, acceleration, driving position, front-seat comfort, rear visibility, cornering limits, braking, reliability.
Toyota Tacoma (V6)50Ride, handling, driving position, high step-in, low rear seat.
Jeep Patriot Latitude52Engine noise, acceleration, driving position, front-seat comfort, complicated optional radio.
Chrysler 200 (V6)52Handling, transmission, driving position, braking, optional radio controls.





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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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