Consumer Reports’ worst new cars overall list comes from the publication’s recently-published Best and Worst Cars ranking. All cars are put through a series of 50 tests and are ranked on a 100-point scale. Here are the eight worst cars, listed in order with lowest score first.
2011XLT (V6) – With an 8-point edge on the Jeep Wrangler, at 25, the 2011 Ford Ranger XLT (V6 model) is the second-worst on the new cars list. As compact pickup trucks go, there are much better choices, say reviewers. But the 2011 Ford Ranger XLT with its 207-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 engine and EPA-estimated 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway (with manual transmission) carries a low starting price of $19,075.
wheel drive, optional canvas roof, the 2011 Jeep Liberty Sport is less than the competition: less power, less cargo space, poor crossover fuel economy, and short on the list of standard features. And it hasn’t changed much since 2009. Starting sticker on the 2011 Jeep Liberty Sport 4×2 is $23,250 and $24,865 on Sport 4×4.
2011 Smart ForTwo Passion – The diminutive 2011 Smart ForTwo Passion racks up 28 points for number four spot on the worst cars overall list. The diminutive – really small – microcar seats two, gets excellent fuel economy (33 mpg city/41 mpg highway), is easy to maneuver in the city, and starts out at $14,690.
2011 Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT – With an overall score of 31, the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT is five points behind the higher-achieving Aveo LT. Don’t buy the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT hatchback if you can’t drive a stick-shift, or want/need air conditioning, power windows and locks. Aveo5 is bare-bones transportation but the 108-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine achieves EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/35 mpg highway – and starts off at $12,115.
2011SLT – Coming in at 33 points is the 2011 Dodge Nitro SLT model. Sharing much of its construction with the Jeep Liberty, the 2011 Dodge Nitro compact crossover SUV, with its aggressive, squared-off styling and class-leading towing capabilities, definitely stands out among competitors. But reviewers pan its poor ride and handling and cheap interior materials. Starting MSRP is $22,245.
2011LT – Scoring 36 points, the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT sedan model performs better than its Aveo5 1LT version. It has the same 108-horsepower 1.6-liter engine as the Aveo5 hatchback and gets the same 27 mpg city/35 mpg highway fuel economy, but the five-passenger 2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT sedan starts at $14,100. This compact sedan is nimble and economical, but certainly not sporty.
its retro-cool design and serious off-road capabilities, the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser midsize SUV still appeals to consumers who want to look different and go anywhere – Toyota-style. Yes, visibility is a little compromised and there are some cheap-looking materials on the inside, but the 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser gets EPA-estimated 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway, and starts at $25,290.