It should go without saying that today’s cars are better in nearly every respect than ever,
With even the least-expensive rides on the road delivering acceptable levels of performance and build quality. Still, as has always been the case, some models tend to make better vehicular companions than others. Mitsubishi Mirage. In an automotive segment that’s been largely rendered irrelevant by affordable petrol, the Mirage is sub-par at best, with a choppy ride, unpleasant handling, and languid acceleration from its 74-horsepower three-cylinder engine. Consumer Reports puts it in last place among subcompacts, with poor predicted reliability to go with a dismal JD Power rating for initial quality.
Maserati Ghilbi. This is largely a case where one can do a lot better for the money. Though the midsize Ghibli comes wrapped in seductive Italian styling and carries a high degree of brand exclusivity, it’s a mediocre performer. Consumer Reports ranks it 17th out of a field of 17 midsize luxury cars, citing its overly firm ride, sloppy handling, and lack of rear seat room. CR also gives it poor marks for projected reliability.
Jeep Wrangler, which remains on sale for 2018 alongside the newly redesigned “WranglerJL.” The JK remains second to none with regard to its off-road abilities, but it’s cramped, noisy, unrefined, and brutal over the bumps as a daily driver. The new version is by all accounts more sophisticated. The JK, meanwhile, gets a rock-bottom score of 26 out of 100 from Consumer Reports, further receiving poor reliability grades from both CR and JD Power.
Ford Taurus. One of a handful of full-size non-luxury cars on the market, the Taurus is the “oldest” of the bunch, having last been redesigned back in 2010. It performs well enough, though back seat room could be more generous, and it’s a much-better value as a gently used model. Both Consumer Reports and JD Power give it poor marks for reliability. And to see more just Google ” New Cars To Avoid “.
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