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15 New Cars That Aren’t Worth Their Shiny Price Tag

Dodge Charger

We know that the Dodge Charger is an American Classic at this point, but that doesn’t change the fact that it isn’t worth the money anymore. Dodge is banking on the name rather than improving their design. We’re adding it to this list for a big reason: the reliability getting worse and worse every year.

Anyone that’s had a Charger for a few years (even sometimes as little as a year), begin to find that there are major issues. Some drivers complain of the Charger downshifting when pressing on the upshift paddle. Others find that there are massive transmission issues, which tacks on a few thousand on top of the $30,000 vehicle.

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Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet Colorado was once one of the best pick-ups you could buy, but not so much anymore. It’s fuel-efficient, but that’s where the good news stops. The Colorado’s reliability score and customer satisfaction have been on a downward trend over the last half-decade.

Consumer Reports gave it poor ratings, stating that it was noisy, rides were rough, the seats were uncomfortable, and the positioning of the steering wheel was terrible. Overall, these issues make the Chevy Colorado a bad buy. 

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Mitsubishi Mirage

If you ask anyone what’s the worst-rated sedan out there, they’ll definitely say the “Mitsubishi Mirage.” The 2020 model got a 1/5 for Car & Driver, but we’re guessing they’d rate it even lower if possible. The only positive thing about the Mirage is that it gets good fuel economy, but that’s where it stops.

The cons are that it vibrates at certain speeds, which is incredibly unsafe. It also got poor crash test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). As a cherry on top, the Mirage has terrible acceleration and awful breaks that stick.

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Hyundai Nexo

We have to give Hyundai props for creating the Nexo. It’s an innovative clean-energy vehicle that runs on hydrogen rather than gas or electric. This allows it to go further than most electric cars on the market.

The unfortunate thing is that finding “fuel” for this thing is nearly impossible unless you live in California’s major cities (or drive to Vancouver). Someone that can manage to live in either of those cities could also hopefully afford the expensive price tag – MSRP starts at $59,855. Maybe this is the future, but it’s not plausible now.

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Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro is cheap compared to other sports cars, but is it worth it? Hardly. The Camaro hasn’t really had many design upgrades for a while, which is making it look pretty cookie cutter. Plus, the sightlines are terrible, making it a little dangerous to drive.

Finally, the vehicle ride is uncomfortable at best, which only gets worse if you have more than two people in it at once. At the end of the day, it may be worth it to buy a safer vehicle or save a little more for a better sports car. 

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Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the best off-roading vehicles you can purchase. Unfortunately, there has to be some give and take for it to be able to do that. The Wrangler is a terrible option for anyone looking for a daily ride (unless they’re a forest ranger or something).

It’s notoriously loud on the highway, and reliability scores for this SUV have been dropping steadily for the last 10 years, according to Consumer Reports. The superior off-road capabilities just don’t make up for the fact you’ll have a massive headache just driving to work or the store. 

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Fiat 500L

The Fiat 500s are all rated pretty low, but the 500L is one of the worst. It’s the worst-rated compact vehicle according to Consumer Reports. Reliability is so terrible that it consistently ranks as one of the worst new cars you can purchase.

The vehicle’s handling is clumsy, making the driving experience somewhat scary, but others would refer to it as “rough.” The 500L feels sluggish, which isn’t a surprise considering its size. As if that weren’t enough, people say there’s so little room in the back that they feel “claustrophobic.” Yeah, that’s not what you want in your car, Fiat.

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Mini Cooper

The Mini Cooper is a perfect example of looks over everything else. We can’t deny that it looks sporty and small – some would even say iconic. Well, that’s exactly where the issues lie. The Mini Cooper isn’t practical. U.S. News and World Report consistently lists the Mini Cooper as one of the worst cars to purchase.

The IIHS rated the Mini Cooper poorly for headlight visibility, meaning you’ll likely have a hard time seeing at night. Some of the biggest complaints are engine failure and other maintenance issues, which makes this car much more expensive than it’s worth.

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Dodge Journey

The Dodge Journey has one thing going for it, and that’s the fact that it’s cheap. It makes it easy to haul around your family without spending $30,000 on a new SUV. That doesn’t mean it’s worth buying. Looking past the dull style, other issues with the car make it one of the worst purchases you can make.

One of the biggest is the lack of driver-assistance technology and bad crash-test results. This means it won’t protect your family in the event of an accident. Other drivers also complain that the driving feels sluggish and underpowered for a V-6.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover is a pretty reputable brand, so why is it on this list? Because of the Discovery Sport. Some analysts have claimed that Land Rover is slipping, and the Discovery Sport is the epitome of their theory. This vehicle cannot compete with others in the same class for a few reasons.

The first issue is that it has an underpowered four-cylinder engine. On top of that, the engine is uneven while the transmission isn’t responsive. Overall, the Discovery feels less sporty (as the name suggests) and more sluggish. Finally, this SUV has poor safety and reliability scores.

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Cadillac Escalade

Once upon a time, the Cadillac Escalade was the symbol of wealth, and everyone who was anyone drove one. Well, things aren’t what they used to be. Now, the Escalade gets lower and lower ratings. Nowadays, experts wouldn’t even call the Escalade a luxury vehicle anymore.

Consumer Reports stated that the “Escalade simply floundered in our tests.” Even though it’s huge, the interior feels cramped – we’re not sure how that can happen. Plus, the seats are uncomfortable while the third row has little legroom. Many analysts have also said that the infotainment system is the worst in the auto industry. Ouch. 

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Maserati Ghibli

More money doesn’t always mean a better car, and the Maserati Ghibli is a great example of that. Sure, it’s stylish, so we can’t complain that it looks boring. However, the devil is in the details. Under the hood, there are plenty of problems that make this a waste of hard-earned cash.

The Ghibli has serious problems with technology, including the parking sensors, which can mess up at times. Then, there’s the sloppy handling, the underpowered V-6, and the fact that it shares several interior parts with a Chrysler. That’s what you want to spend $70,000 on – a souped-up Chrysler. 

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Buick Regal

The Regal hatchback may look appealing but wait a moment before you buy. Consumer Reports weren’t kind to the 2020 Regal for a few reasons. They dropped the dependability ranking because the technology feels antiquated. As if that weren’t enough, the Regal already had a recall.

Consumer Reports stated that the recall was due to “seats with improper welds,” which wouldn’t provide “adequate protection in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.” You’d expect a little more from a 2020 Buick, but apparently not. 

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Chevrolet Trax

Reviews on the Chevrolet Trax differ quite a bit. We can’t beat up on the Trax too much because it’s not a terrible vehicle. It stops, it goes, it has room for passengers, but it just doesn’t have anything special. Considering the number of small SUVs on the market, it’s crazy to think that Chevrolet would give up so easily with the Trax.

Namely, this SUV’s engine is painfully slow, and the cabin feels like it’s made with the cheapest materials on the market. Another issue with the Trax is that it doesn’t have safety features that come standard with many competitors in the base trim, including forward-collision warnings, blind-spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors. 

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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

With the name “sport” in the model’s name, you’d expect it to be a little more fun to drive. That isn’t the case with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Saying that the engine is sluggish and unresponsive doesn’t even touch how lackluster this SUV feels.

The Outlander Sport hasn’t had a major upgrade since 2011, although the 2020 is slightly better than previous years. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make things any better. The inside also feels pretty cheap, which makes it awful to drive when you accompany it with the engine issues. There’s a reason people prefer RAV4 over Outlander Sport.

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