BY GERRY MILES
There are the Razzies, the jazzies and many other names for things in the worst of categories that hold an unwanted place in the American desire to rank so many things.
Consumer Reports, which rates everything from dishwashers to xylophones it seems has released its lowest-rated cars in 10 categories with the overall lowest scores.
Their hope to avoid your purchasing a clunker to replace the one you’re trading away. To paraphrase their report, everything but these vehicles is a better choice.
The Overall Score offers a complete perspective on each model, combining road-test score, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety, including government and insurance industry crash-test results.
Several of these vehicles are due for replacement this year, and are likely to be carrying significant incentives, or at least have some generous negotiating room. As the maxim goes, great deals are rarely found on great cars. In these cases, falling for a smooth sales pitch and a swell cash-back offer could lead you to suffering years of buyer’s remorse.
To quote the Consumer Reports release; “avoid one of the worst cars of 2016 and other subpar vehicles, check all of our tested vehicles. Better yet, skip right to our 10 Top Picks of 2016 to see the truly exemplary models.”
Remember forewarned is forearmed. Let the buyer beware.
The Lowest-Rated Cars in 10 Categories:
Lowest-Rated Subcompact: Mitsubishi Mirage
Lowest-Rated Compact: Fiat 500L
Lowest-Rated Midsized Sedan: Chrysler 200
Lowest-Rated Compact Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz CLA250
Lowest-Rated Midsized Luxury Car: Lincoln MKS
Lowest-Rated Family SUV: Dodge Journey
Lowest-Rated Luxury Compact SUV: Land Rover Discovery Sport
Lowest-Rated Large Luxury SUV: Cadillac Escalade
Lowest-Rated Minivan: Chrysler Town & Country
Lowest-Rated Green Car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV