If you don’t have a plan, new car shopping can be very frustrating. With so many makes and models available to you, it can be very difficult to tell if you’re making a good decision.
Some new cars are built a lot better than others. There are huge differences in dependability and reliability between manufacturers.
This is not the time to be in a hurry and rush your decisions. Slow down, take your time, and do your new car research upfront. This will keep you from making a very expensive car buying mistake.
The vehicles on the list below are the worst rated new cars that have the lowest overall scores in performance and road tests with Consumer Reports. You can read more on what goes into CR’s overall score here. It’s also good to know many of the cars on this list are due to be replaced soon. Normally a vehicle’s current model value will drop substantially when a new and improved model is released to the public.
Sometimes the cheapest price doesn’t necessarily mean the best vehicle. The Mitsubishi Mirage is the winner of the lowest-rated subcompact car. With an entry level price of $12,995 and 37 miles-per-gallon, you can see where it can be very tempting for the new car shopper looking for cheap and economical.
It will only take you a couple of minutes driving the Mirage before you realize what a small, under-powered depressing vehicle it is to drive. To add to its miserable Consumer Report Overall Score of 34, the Mitsubishi Mirage also received a score of Poor on the small-overlap crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Check out the list below for all the new cars on the Top 10 Worst Rated New Cars You Can Buy for 2016.
Research New Cars Online Before Visiting a Car Dealership
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 any car.
Read my detailed guide on researching new cars online to find the information you need to guarantee you save the most money and avoid car dealer scams when buying your next new 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.
Ten of the Worst Rated New Cars You Can Buy by Category
|#||Category||Make and Model||Price as Tested||Overall MPG||Overall CR Score|
|1||Subcompact Car||Mitsubishi Mirage||$12,995-$15,395||37||34|
|2||Compact Car||Fiat 500L||$19,345-$24,695||27||31|
|3||Mid-sized Sedan||Chrysler 200||$21,995-$31,785||25-30||51-53|
|4||Compact Luxury Car||Mercedes-Benz CLA250||$32,050-$49,500||28||53|
|5||Mid-sized Luxury Car||Lincoln MKS||$39,850-$45,840||20||59|
|6||Family SUV||Dodge Journey||$20,995-$33,695||16||45|
|7||Luxury Compact SUV||Land Rover Discovery Sport||$37,445-$45,995||21||47|
|8||Large Luxury SUV||Cadillac Escalade||$72,970-$94,950||16||44|
|9||Minivan||Chrysler Town & Country||$29,995-$40,645||17||62|
|10||Green Car||Mitsubishi i-MiEV||$22,995||111 MPGe||45|
Source: Consumer Reports