This is a list no auto manufacturer wants to be found on. What makes a car so bad it becomes one of the worst cars to buy in 2015? Factors such as lousy fuel economy, horrible handling or an overly noisy cabin are just a few.
Some vehicles have one or more discrepancies and then some are unlucky enough to have a combination of all. The vehicles with multiple problems end up with scores well below their competitors in their segments and find themselves closer towards the top of the worst list.
Every year Consumer Reports puts all the new cars through their paces, it doesn’t matter if it says Ferrari or Yugo on the vehicle, all cars get tested. As CR tests these vehicles, they’re given a rating one through a hundred (1 – 100). The lower the number, the worse the vehicle did during testing.
Looking at the list below you’ll see the small car segment didn’t do so well. This is true because many manufacturer’s focus on this segment for the low-budget-minded car buyers looking for wheels to get from point A to point B. They don’t care about the creature comforts many of the other vehicles include.
Per Consumer Reports, the number one worst ranking vehicle for 2015 belongs to the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. So how does that happen when over 76 percent of the current owners say they would buy another one if they had the chance?
Even with a “Cool” factor very few other cars can get close too, the Wrangler tends to rank lower than every other vehicle in their tests. Fuel economy is poor at only 17 mpg combined, it handles poorly as an everyday driver and the ride will kill you over time.
Mitsubishi has two vehicles showing up on the list, the Mirage and i-MiEV make up the second and third spot on the list. The Mirage is noisy and under-powered and it’s the three-cylinder engine tends to vibrate you out of the car. The i-MiEV is just as bad, it’s 59-mile range and six-hour recharge time doesn’t help that fact it has a painfully slow acceleration and horrible ride. Consumer Reports even said, “We’ve driven better golf carts.”
Competition Between Dealers Always Gets You the Best Price
When negotiating a new car’s price, it’s important to know the dealer invoice price and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what’s a good price to pay for the vehicle.
I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Ryde Shopper or Motor Trend, their quotes will automatically include any discounts or cash-back incentives currently available in the marketplace.
Top 5 Worst New Cars for 2015
|#||Worst New Car||Base MSRP Range||Consumer Report Score|
|1||Jeep Wrangler Unlimited||$22,995 – $35,695||20|
|2||Mitsubishi Mirage||$12,995 – $15,395||29|
|4||Scion tC||$19,385 – $22,400||44|
|5||Toyota Yaris||$14,895 – 17,670||47|
Source: Consumer Reports