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Worst Cars of 2018

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8. At the eight spot on this list is the. We all know Camaro is among the worst cars for visability, but its high road score and impeccable owner satisfaction make its reliability rating a puzzler. There were a few areas (paint, exhaust) that saw declines over the past few years, but the feedback on its transmission system made it a flop in 2017. Other weak spots of recent years (e.g., power equipment, electronics) remained unreliable, while Camaro’s drive system also floundered.

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7. At the seventh spot is the Fiat 500L. The 500L gets the Worst Overall Score due to “several significant flaws.” These include an uncomfortable driving position made worse by the firm ride and Poor small-overlap frontal test ratings during IIHS crash tests.

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6. At the sixth spot is the Mitsubishi Mirage. Next up is the Mirage, Mitsubishi’s small car, which is awarded CR’s Worst Road-Test Score. Consumer Reports describes the Mirage’s handling as “clumsy” and its three-cylinder engine as being “weak” and “vibrating.” It doesn’t stop here, though, as the “depressing cabin,” CR says, does nothing to boost the car’s popularity.

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5. At the fifth spot on this list is the 3500. Despite the recent improvements it received, Ram 3500’s biggest issues falls under the reliability tab. Thing is, Consumer Reports found out a couple of crucial areas where the Ram 3500 could to a lot better: steering, suspension, engine cooling, leaks and noises in general. That’s why the Ram 3500 gets the Worst Predicted Reliability tag.

4. At the fourth spot on this list is the Mercedes-Benz GLA. According to CR, “only 44 percent of surveyed owners said that they would buy the GLA again if given the opportunity,” which puts the jacked-up CLA on the bottom end of the owner satisfaction rankings. Consumer Reports also didn’t quite like the GLA’s “stiff ride,” “loud cabin” and “unrefined seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.” That’s why the Mercedes-Benz GLA bags the Worst Owner Satisfaction Score title. I am surprised that a luxury car maker like Mercedes could make this bad of a car.

3. At the third spot on this list is the Nissan Armada. Nissan’s supersized SUV is the thirstiest of the bunch, according to CR (excluding heavy-duty pickup trucks). This appetite for fuel chips away at some of the Armada’s strong areas, such as the quiet cabin and smooth powertrain. However, CR’s ratings saw the Armada return just 14 mpg overall, which gets it the Worst Fuel Economy award.

2. At the second spot is the Chevrolet Silverado 2500. Despite being an industrious car, the Chevy Silverado 2500 was rated with the lowest score during the accident avoidance maneuver on the rapid lane-change course. So at speeds of over 43.5 mph, if the driver has to swerve to avoid a dangerous situation, the Silverado 2500 will most likely roll over. Which is why CR gave it the Worst Accident-Avoidance Score.

  1. The worst car of the year, the Ford Fiesta ST. Surprisingly, Ford’s nimble Fiesta ST didn’t seem to please the kidneys of CR’s testers, who found the ride very uncomfortable, fidgety and snappy even on apparently smooth roads. Therefore, it gets the Worst Ride tag.Image result for ford fiesta st
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