Monday, December 30, 2013

Consumer Reports Picks the 10 Worst Cars of 2013

What were the worst cars of 2013? I'm not a car guy myself (although I enjoy a funny episode of Top Gear), but Consumer Reports is all over the auto scene. They test most new models that come to market, and their annual car ratings issue is widely anticipated every year. So when Consumer Reports says a car is bad, we tend to listen.

And here, according to Consumer Reports, are the 10 worst cars they tested in 2013 (listed alphabetically):

  • Chevrolet Spark CVT
  • Honda Crosstour
  • Lexus IS 250
  • Lincoln MKS
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA
  • Mitsubishi Mirage
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Nissan Versa sedan
  • Scion tC

Mitsubishi and Nissan each two cars on the 10 worst list. Here's what CR had to say about the Mirage:

While we haven’t yet finished testing the Mirage, our initial impressions are not very favorable. OK, that is being charitable. It is one of the least expensive new cars in the market, but in this case, you get what you pay for. You need to hammer the gas pedal almost to the floor to wake up the groggy little engine and even then, acceleration is meager. Handling is clumsy and the interior is reminiscent of early 1980's standards. Fuel economy is very good and parking is a cinch, but that's where the accolades end.

See the list on CR's website for comments about each vehicle, as well as links to full reviews.

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