Consumer Reports Lists The 10 “Worst” Cars of 2016

Every year, Consumer Reports presents a list of the top 10 worst cars on the market. To determine a vehicle’s overall rating, Consumer Reports factors in a car’s road-test score, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety (including government and insurance industry crash-test results).

Many of the cars on this year’s list received a “Poor” score on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHSs) small-overlap crash test. The small overlap test is a type of frontal crash test. According to the IIHS, frontal crashes are most likely to result in fatalities. This particular test aims to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another object or car. During the test, a car is driven at 40 mph toward a 5-foot-tall barrier. Engineers then examine how the car’s structure fares, whether sensors in the dummy register injury, and how the dummy moves during the crash. This type of crash affects a vehicle’s outer edges, which aren’t well protected by crush-zone structures. Because the front wheel is often forced into the footwell in this type of crash, drivers can suffer severe foot and leg injuries.

Here is the full list of lowest-rated cars of 2016 according to Consumer Reports:

  • Lowest-Rated Subcompact: Mitsubishi Mirage

This car appears to have made the list because of its weak, three-cylinder engine, sluggish acceleration and drab interior. It also received a “Poor” score in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.

  • Lowest-Rated Compact: Fiat 500L

The Fiat 500L made the list because it has the worst reliability of any new car tested, as well as a poor road score. It also scored a “Poor” rating in the IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test.

  • Lowest-Rated Midsized Sedan: Chrysler 200

Consumer Reports points out that this car does not handle well, is unreliable and the back seats feel claustrophobic.

  • Lowest-Rated Compact Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz CLA250

This car was assigned a low score because its engine and transmission lack refinement. The interior is noisy and cramped, and reliability and owner satisfaction rate below average.

  • Lowest-Rated Midsized Luxury Car: Lincoln MKS

The Lincoln MKS is described as dated and underwhelming compared to Lincoln’s more recent models. It suffers from “limited outward visibility,” and the trunk has a small opening that makes it less useful than it otherwise could be.

  • Lowest-Rated Family SUV: Dodge Journey

This SUV lacks agility and has the worst fuel economy in its class. It also scored “Poor” in the IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test.

  • Lowest-Rated Luxury Compact SUV: Land Rover Discovery Sport

The Discovery Sport suffers from unpredictable acceleration, and a bumpy unresponsive transmission.

  • Lowest-Rated Large Luxury SUV: Cadillac Escalade

According to Consumer Reports , the 2016 Escalade is cramped and uncomfortable inside. The infotainment system was described as “confounding.”

  • Lowest-Rated Minivan: Chrysler Town & Country

Although this Minivan has a few good points, it has a very low fuel economy, and scored a “Poor” in the IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test.

  • Lowest-Rated Green Car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

At approximately $22,995, this is one of the cheapest all-electric cars on the market. Consumer Reports stingingly described this car as a “half-step up from a golf cart.”


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