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Consumer Reports' Five Cars To Avoid

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On: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss


Consumer Reports' Five Cars To Avoid

Consumer Reports has released a list of five cars to avoid. The list includes some well-known names, as well as some cars you're probably avoiding anyway.

"The five models here may be on a lot of buyers' shopping lists, but we suggest you steer clear," Consumer Reports explains. "They didn't perform well in our testing or they suffer from subpar reliability. Either way, there are better choices."

The two picks that we find most interesting are the Honda Civic and Toyota Prius C.

The Honda Civic has long defined the entry level small sedan market along with competitors like the Toyota Corolla. It hasn't exactly been a car buyers get excited about - save perhaps for a few of the sportier versions - but it has been a go-to for a reliable, inexpensive commuter. Not anymore, says Consumer Reports. The organization alludes to the Civic's reputation, calling it "an iconic small car," but it says that Honda took too many shortcuts on the current model, causing a rough ride, noisy cabin and other issues. CR recommends competitors like the Subaru Impreza and Hyundai Elantra.

The Prius C is on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Civic. With only a few months on the market, it hasn't had the time to develop a reputation. But it has received plenty of media attention thanks to its Prius nameplate, high fuel economy and cheaper price tag. Consumer Reports deflates some of the hype, opining that the C version has cheap interior trim, a stiff ride, slow acceleration and a noisy cabin that keep it from really shining.

Read Consumer Reports' "Five Popular Cars To Avoid" to see why they also chose the Jeep Liberty, Dodge Grand Caravan and Ford Edge.


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