While there is no accounting for personal tastes and preferences when it comes to cars, it just boggles the mind that some people buy the cars they do. It just does not make sense that despite all the resources on the Internet and elsewhere, like specialized car magazines for instance, people go out and knowingly (or perhaps unknowingly), buy the worst possible car that can be bought.
The cars on this list are among the worst cars made during 2015, and all have been reviewed by Consumer Reports.org. We all owe the folks at this splendid organisation a debt of gratitude for warning us against bad products, and if it were not for their dedication, any of us might easily have wound up owning one of the vehicles on this list.
Without further ado then, here is a list of some of the worst vehicles of 2015, all of which we are sure, you would have hated owning. So if you will be in the market for a used car next year, be warned; avoid the cars on this list like the plague, because next year, they may be even worse!
The lowest-scoring car: Mitsubishi Mirage
It surpasses all understanding that Mitsubishi, who brought us the excellent 3000GT VR4, and the equally amazing turbocharged Eclipse among other outstanding cars, could have allowed something as crappy as the Mirage (that scored only 29 out of a possible 100), to bear their name.
The Mirage is built in Thailand, but that seems a poor excuse for the overall “cheap and nasty” feel of the car. Worse though, its mushy handling, high noise and vibration levels, and extremely low rate of acceleration does full justice to the view of the reviewing team that the Mirage is a “regrettable mistake” at best.
Its sewing machine-sized three cylinder (74 hp) engine vibrates almost uncontrollably at even modest speeds, and does absolutely nothing to complement the rather long list of standard features, some of which are not even included in cars with double the price. Similarly, the impressive 37 MPG fuel consumption becomes totally irrelevant in the face of the poor design of this excuse for a sub-compact vehicle, which received a “Poor” rating by the American Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
The lowest scoring SUV: Jeep Compass
Described as “irrelevant” and “unnecessary”, this Jeep is noisy, extremely slow of the mark, has an excruciatingly uncomfortable driving position, and “horrid” visibility out of the rear. In addition, it’s brakes are mushy to the point of being dangerous, it tends to rollover under hard cornering, and its reliability is in serious doubt.
Getting in and out of the Compass is described as a “pain in the arse”, due to the uncomfortably high door sills, which no doubt adds to the claustrophobic feel of the interior. In short, this Jeep
is nothing like the Grand Cherokee, and the best score out of a possible hundred is a disgraceful 52, which is even worse than the horrible Jeep Wrangler could manage, and which is made even worse by the fact that the Wrangler is widely regarded as the worst SUV in the history of the world. View the full report on the Jeep Compass here.
The lowest owner satisfaction: Jeep Compass
The Jeep Compass is also the SUV that achieved the lowest owner satisfaction rating out of all new cars in the American market in 2015, and only 43% of owners indicated that they would consider getting another Compass. The remaining 57% of current Compass owners cited poor fuel economy, poor handling, the lack of features, and limited storage/cargo space as the primary reasons for their unhappiness, and the motivation behind not wanting to waste their money again.
While the idea of a four cylinder engine in the Compass might make sense on the showroom floor, real world driving conditions expose the Compass’ multiple flaws in dramatic fashion; fuel consumption is a disappointing 22 MPG, and performance is sluggish and lacklustre at best, making it one of the slowest SUV’s ever built. In general terms, the Compass is uncompetitive and outdated, and should be steered clear off.
The least reliable new car: Fiat 500L
Although the Fiat 500 has a long history, and even managed to achieve a sort of cult status among impoverished students in Europe, it has never had a history of brilliance or excellence, and this sorry tradition is continued in the youngest iteration of the Fiat 500.
Managing a score of only 50 out of a possible 100 for reliability, prospective buyers should realise that this atrocious score translates into a predicted reliability score of 219%, which means that the Fiat 500 is 16 times more likely to break down than the most reliable car on the road today, which is the Scion xB. View the full report on the Fiat 500’s reliability issues here.
The worst value-for-money mid-sized sedan: V6 Nissan Altima
While the Nissan Altima V6 may look sharp and inviting, the look is deceptive. Based on the cost of ownership over five years, road-test scores, and predicted reliability, the V6 Altima came in dead last out of all the mid-sized sedans on the market today.
Overall, all of Altima’s competitors offer more car for its price, and in some cases, a few direct competitors offered more car for less money. At issue is the fact that the V6 Altima scored “much below” the average for reliability, which dragged its overall score down to last place in this segment. Nissan will be hard pressed to live down this failure or to restore user confidence in the model range, but before you end up with a lemon, view the full report on the V6 Altima here to see what else is likely to make you never want another Altima again-ever.
The worst used car: Mini Cooper S
The title of “Worst Used Car” is an ignominious one, and even more so if the title refers to the fact that a particular car is the Worst Used Car of the last ten years. Consumer Reports evaluations cover 17 potential trouble areas, and the Mini Cooper S managed to score far below average in all of them.
Problems with the fuel and cooling systems, engine reliability, body integrity (the body tends to fall apart), and body hardware (the door handles and trim fall off), make the Mini stand out from the crowd like no other “worst” car before it during the last decade. Overall, the Mini Cooper S is a failed experiment, and it is strongly advised that if you ever feel the urge to buy one, you should buy as much guarantee cover for it as the law in your jurisdiction allows.
Despite its diminutive size, this as an expensive car to fix, so be warned that you could be making a very bad investment when you buy one. For full details on the shortcomings of the Mini Cooper, read the full report here.