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10 New Cars You Should Avoid
April 9, 2015Although 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|
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- Gregg Fidan
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