The Nissan Pathfinder is one of the new cars you should avoid buying in 2016

New Cars You Should Avoid Buying in 2016

Most of the new cars manufactured today are built very well. It’s difficult to find a really bad apple in the bunch. However, there are certain features, characteristics, or benefits to a vehicle that consumers just don’t like.

When a majority of people dislike something about a vehicle, word tends to spread fast. So quick, it can actually effect the sales of that certain make, model or entire auto brand.

While we hold vehicle manufacturing to a much higher level than a few years back, no vehicle is the perfect machine. Most of today’s vehicles are built better, offer more features, perform at a higher level, and are much more safer than anything we’ve ever seen on the road in our past automotive history.

According to consumer publications such as Consumer Reports and JD Power, some vehicles still lack what other vehicles provide when it comes to style, design and measurable driving performance attributes. The fact is some consumers are just more satisfied with certain vehicles over others.

According to Kelley Blue Book, the average new car selling price is $33,871. I think we can all agree that’s a whole lot of money to spend on a vehicle to be unhappy driving it every day.

Forbes recently looked at vehicles that received below average or poor ratings for design, performance, initial quality in JD Power’s recent annual owner survey. They also researched cars that had below-average road test scores, customer satisfaction, and overall ratings from Consumer Reports. They came up with thirteen cars you should think twice about before buying them in 2016.

Check out all the new cars that you may want to avoid buying in 2016 below.

Before Buying a New Muscle Car Do Research Online First

Before buying a new car, 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 car.

As always, 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.

New Cars You Should Avoid Buying in 2016

# Make Model Overall Score
(out of a possible 100)
Reliability Rating
(out of a possible +100)
3 Year Retained Value 5 Year Retained Value
1 Nissan Pathfinder 53 – 126 44% 28%
2 Jeep Patriot 40 – 45 37% 27%
3 Jeep Compass 43 Poor 36% 26%
4 Jeep Cherokee 40-47 Poor 45% 33%
5 Infiniti Q50 57 – 64 46% 32%
6 Dodge Dart 53 – 81 42% 28%
7 Ford Focus 54 – 118
8 Ford Fiesta 44 – 267 44% 29%
9 Dodge Journey 45 – 79 38% 24%
10 Chevrolet Suburban 54 – 154 32% 47%
11 Chrysler 200 51-53 – 46 41% 29%
12 Cadillac ATS 57 -120 43% 31%
13 Acura RLX 59 – 168 47% 30%

Source: Forbes