#1 Mitsubishi Mirage
There is no compelling reason to buy a Mirage and, for the money, there are much better used cars for the same price. It has a weak, vibrating three-cylinder engine that delivers sluggish acceleration or the clumsy roly-poly handling. For the price range that you see below you’ll find that there are plenty more compact and economy cars available on the market.
Price range: $12,995-$16,995.
#2 Fiat 500L
It earned a dismal road-test score due to a stiff ride, flat seats, and an odd driving position. Based on an extensive owner satisfaction survey, a high percentage of owners wish they hadn’t bought this hatchback. The 500L also has one of the worst reliability scores among all new cars in a recent survey.
With such poor reviews why should anyone spend over twenty thousand dollars on this vehicle when they are better options available for the same price.
Price range: $19,495-$24,795
#3 Chrysler 200
Handling is clumsy, the ride is unsettled, and the four-cylinder engine is underwhelming. The transmission is uncooperative and has proven to be a reliability albatross. In Consumer Reports’ ratings, the 200 has the dubious distinction of carrying the lowest Overall Score and lowest road-test score in the class, as well as the lowest predicted reliability rating.
With that being said, you simply have better options in this mid tier market.
Price range: $21,995-$31,785
#4 Toyota Tacoma
There is no escaping that this is a primitive truck. Despite the recent redesign, the ride remains stiff, handling is ponderous, the cabin is loud, and the driving position is still awkward. The truck market is very competitive so it is a bit surprising about the under performance of the Tacoma.
Price range: $24,825-$37,820
#5 Dodge Journey
The Journey has a confining interior and lacks agility, and the V6 delivers the worst fuel economy in its class. It suffers from below-average reliability and poor performance in IIHS small-overlap frontal crash tests. For the price you can do much better than a Dodge Journey. It does have a few perks with regards to the seating capacity but that’s not enough to justify the price tag while performing poorly in crash tests.
Price range: $20,995-$33,695
#6 Cadillac Escalade
It rides too stiff and doesn’t stop or handle with the grace of its peers. The second-row seats are too low, and the third row is cramped. The Cue infotainment system is confounding. Reliability ranks worst in class. Again, by ranking the lowest in its category there will be better options available.
Price range: $73,395-$97,795