When it comes to buying new cars, many consumers naturally turn to Consumer Reports to learn how the publication rates popular models based on its rigorous testing protocols. So, it may come as a surprise that the latest listing from the magazine of five 2012 cars to avoid buying doesn’t include the big and heavy American sedans.
Instead, there are some rather unlikely makes and models on the list. Here’s what Consumer Reports has to say: “The five models here may be on a lot of buyers’ shopping lists, but we suggest you steer clear. They didn’t perform well in our testing or they suffer from subpar reliability.”
Honda took too many shortcuts. This results in a “choppy ride, noisy cabin, vague steering, and mediocre interior quality.” Buyers in the market for a fuel-efficient compact car should consider the
2012c – Although the subcompact 2012 Toyota Prius gets great gas mileage of 37 mpg in city driving and 43 mpg overall, its all-around quality “really
drops.” The Prius c, related to the “lackluster”
pavement ride, “clumsy” handling, “cramped and cheap-feeling” interior, “noisy and thirsty” engine getting only 16 mpg overall. The Jeep Liberty was one of the lowest-scoring vehicles in recent road tests. Check out the
distracting controls,” particularly the MyFord Touch infotainment system. The turbo four-cylinder engine works better, but can’t be paired with all-wheel drive. Consumer Reports suggests the
Consumer Reports has tested. The issues run the gamut from squeaks and rattles, loose interior trim, and troubles with power equipment and sliding doors. “Sloppy” handling and “unimpressive” gas mileage of 17 mpg overall resulted in the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan being added to the list of five 2012 cars to avoid buying. A better choice is the 2012front-wheel drive minivan (better reliability and 20 mpg).