At Mercedes-Benz prices, you would not expect your car to be plagued with issues from the start. Unfortunately, GL utility models had so many problems between 2013 to 2015 they were lumped in with the least reliable of the bunch. Stick with the E-Class or S-Class if you are shopping for a used Benz, or choose one of the redesigned SUVs.
Nissan sold over 150,000 Pathfinders in the U.S. between model years 2013 and 2014. This group ranks among the worst in reliability and should be avoided by used car shoppers. Pathfinders from 2013 alone racked up nine separate recalls ranging from brake issues to airbag failure. Meanwhile, 2014 models made the 10 worst list.
Though a Chrysler PT Cruiser will turn off most used car shoppers on sight, there are as many unseen things to dislike about this model. Over the three years between 2006 to 2008, a PT Cruiser was a terrible choice if you wanted a reliable car. As a rule, Chrysler Group vehicles of the pre-recession era should be carefully inspected before you buy one.
Chevrolet vehicles rating poor in reliability take up a full screen. A total of 15 models from the decade ending in 2016 had way below-average ratings from Consumer Reports. Chevy Traverse joined a few other Bowtie nameplates with a high of four editions you should avoid entirely when shopping used. Any Traverse from model years 2009 to 2011 and 2013 is suspect. Climate systems and suspension came up continually in the list of malfunctions.
Every GMC vehicle in existence turned up on the list of unreliable cars of the past decade. GMC Acadia SUVs from model years 2007 to 2014 took the dishonor of being the worst of the bunch. Consumer Reports said to avoid all eight editions of this truck on the used car market. Major transmission problems, drivetrain issues, and climate system malfunctions plagued Acadia for most of the decade in question.
The Dodge brand alone had seven models rating way below average in reliability, but a few models stood out in this subpar pack. Journey, which was among the worst from model years 2009 and 2012 through 2015, got the lowest scores of all. If used car shoppers looked at new car reviews only, they might believe Journey was a good find. However, problems with the engine, suspension, and audio components turn up later.
Whether we're taking a trip to the grocery store three miles away or cruising 3,000 miles across the country, many of us depend on our cars to get us to our destinations safely. And while having a reliable car is key, it doesn't have to mean your car has to be shiny and new. Most people in the U.S. actually drive used cars, according to Statista, which reports that 39.3 million used cars were sold in the U.S. in 2020 compared to 14 million new cars.
U.S. News and World Report gave the 2016 Cadillac ELR a 6.3 out of 10, noting that though the car is comfortable to drive, it comes with a few setbacks, like cramped seating and a loud engine. The outlets says, \"It's not hard to see why the Cadillac ELR went out of production after just two years on sale,\" pointing out its \"lackluster performance, frustrating tech features, and little usable interior space.\" And if that's how it reads as a new car, you probably wouldn't want to buy it used.
Like the 2016 Cadillac ELR and 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander also scored a 6.3 from U.S. News and World Report. Though it also has a good reputation on Edmunds, with a 4.2 out of 5-star overall rating, drivers have noted some performance issues that make this car less than ideal to buy used.
U.S. News and World Report gave the 2019 Ford EcoSport a score of 6.2. Though it has a 4.3 rating on Edmunds, owners have said that once they brought this car home, it caused a lot of stress, something that doesn't tend to lessen over time.
The 2015 Land Rover LR2 may be a luxury SUV, but according to U.S. News and World Report, it has its fair share of issues. With an overall score of 6.2, the vehicle lost points because of its expensive repairs and rough rides on the road, which a used car driver certainly wouldn't want to inherit.
Similar to the Land Rover LR, whose score it tied with, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is another unimpressive SUV, U.S. News and World Report found. The Outlander Sport has minimal safety features and a noisy engine, neither of which is music to a used car buyer's ears. The vehicle has also had a few recalls, including one in September 2018 for its Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), which is used to help detect objects in front of the car.
Similar to reviewers' feedback on Edmunds, U.S. News and World Report noted that the seats were cramped together. \"The Journey has cumbersome handling, and the base engine is noisy and underpowered,\" the site's reviewer wrote. \"The interior looks and feels outdated, cargo space is below average, and almost no driver assistance features are available.\" And if a car feels cramped and outdated when it's new, that's not a good sign for buying one used.
U.S. News and World Report explained in its findings that the 2019 Fiat 500L wasn't a very popular vehicle when it first went on the market, and it doesn't sound like that reputation has improved. This compact minivan also had a weak acceleration and an unimpressive interior. On Edmunds, a reviewer who gave the car an overall rating of 5.8 out of 10 noted that it's also uncomfortable to drive and has issues that seem to pop up later, which makes it even less appealing to buy used.
With a score of 5.9, U.S. News and World Report gave the 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class some brownie points for how great it is for off-road driving. However, the site notes that it can be difficult to maintain, a big downside when it comes to a used car.
The 2019 Eclipse Cross is the fourth Mitsubishi out of five on the bottom of U.S. News and World Report's used car ranking. While the outlet gave this car props for its exterior and safety features, multiple reviewers on Edmunds have pointed out that it's a rough car to ride in and its cargo space leaves something to be desired.
The 2016 Jeep Patriot has a whole host of issues that led to it tying for the second-lowest score from U.S. News and World Report, with a 5.3. The outlet noted that this box-shaped SUV has a poorly designed interior, a weak engine, and bad ride quality. The model was also discontinued in 2017, which isn't a huge shock when you read the negative reviews on Edmunds that are likely to steer any used car buyer in another direction.
Another driver on Edmunds said that this car caused them nothing but trouble. \"I have been locked both in and out of my car with the door locks not working. Have been stranded on the side of the road for half-hour increments where my car will not work. And this is after it drops from 60-75 miles to hour to 40 miles per hour without warning,\" they wrote. \"I have had my brakes not work when I have used them, almost causing accidents both times.\"
According to U.S. News and World Report, the 2016 Jeep Compass has a plethora of problems that make it one of the worst cars to buy used, from its cheap interior, to tech features that are difficult to understand, to its weak engine. It's gotten a lot of criticism on Edmunds as well, with a 2.8 out of 5-star overall rating. Many drivers were disappointed by the car, citing its lack of power, comfort, and poor gas mileage, all qualities that make it even less attractive as a used car.
If it's time to purchase another car, you may wonder if you should buy new or used. It's a question that plagues anyone who is on the hunt for the perfect vehicle. To help you with your choice, we've found nine disadvantages to buying a used car. This may impact your decision on new or used.
The post last week on not buying new cars really irritated me, #1 the BS that it was advice from a \"millionaire\"... #2. is that its mostly bad advice. There used to be this old country song about a $1000 $100 pick up truck or something along those lines because the repairs to keep them running where more than they were worth. I've learned this a few times with \"drive them until the wheels fall off\" well a lot of expensive things can go wrong long before than leaving you with a trade off you would have been better and happier with a new car, not to mention safer, so I'll detail a little real life math on why you should buy a new car.#1. its often cheaper to own the first half of the car than the 2nd half of it. Yes a car can be thought of in a life cycle that is divided in two, warrantied part & non warrantied part. Take a $40k car, you put 50k miles on it and sell for 20k it cost you .40 a mile in depreciation. The sucker who buys it and drives it to 100k and sells it for $5,000 gets hit with $5,000+ in added expenses and you both owned the same car same $ but you got the new half with no hassles. Now sure the #s will vary wildly across makes and models, but many cars have decently predictable demand and resale.#2. safety. new cars have impressive safety features from old. Just this year toyota introduced many of these advances on all of its cars. collision assistance can safe your life, the life of others, your insurance going up, really if you are frugal you will also be risk adverse to car accidents#3. fuel economy. it just keeps getting better and better with engine technology and materials that are lighter saving you $. many dealers and car companies cover maintenance for the first few years, too.Be frugal by buying at the end of the model year, taking advantage of 0% financing, deep discounts, etc and look at your total cost of ownership and what part of the life cycle you actually are owning. I don't buy used cars and I am incredibly frugal. I've done the math and I'd have always come out ahead or close owning the new half of the car. There are additional reasons, too. I think the last post got traction because it makes people feel good about driving an old car, but that doesn't mean that its the best financial de