It may not be easy to pin down exactly what defines great value in an automobile, but knowing that standards typically rise along with price is a great place to start. But just when you begin thinking that luxury cars and SUVs have the toughest job of staying on top due to their hefty MSRP stickers, that suddenly turns out to be not entirely true, for no car is safe from the butcher’s ax when it comes time for Consumer Reports to release its dreaded “Not Top 10.”
From mid-size sedans with asinine ownership costs and low scoring pickup trucks, to cars with horrible fuel economy and abysmal reliability, there is something for everyone on this list, and nothing says “trouble” quite like a damning article from one of America’s most revered test specialists.
Now we aren’t insinuating that all of the vehicles on today’s cheat sheet are complete crap, as many of them have their merits, and even a select few offer some amazing perks that go unrecognized in said “audit.” But Consumer Reports doesn’t hold punches, and if word of rampant recalls or unsatisfied buyers reaches their ears, you bet your ass there is going to be an investigation and full write-up on the matter.
Consumer Reports is kind of like a buyer-based watchdog for the automotive industry, ever on alert for a crappy clunker to rear its ugly head, all while praising the best cars, thus making their style of review a “love it or hate it” kind of bag for auto manufacturers. So in the interest of giving you the facts (regardless of whether you like them or not), here are 10 vehicles that are the epitome of poor value, which surprisingly all come from extremely accomplished automakers.