Negativity — isn’t it just everywhere these days? Perhaps, but you can’t ignore the importance of pointing out negative things about a politician, athlete, or restaurant. You probably want to know before you cast your vote or take your family out to dinner somewhere appalling. The same holds for the cars and trucks on the market that might put you in a bad spot for safety, cost of ownership, reliability, or all of the above.
As little as anyone wants to hear more negativity, we bet you’d like to buy a car that will crumble within a few years even less. So we present this year’s collection of worst reviewed vehicles as a public service announcement, in the hopes you spend your hard-earned money on something of better value and overall build in 2016. Here are 10 cars and trucks that have gotten some of the industry’s worst reviews, in no particular order.
1. Dodge Journey
There were a number of positives found by Micah Wright in our review of the 2016 Dodge Journey here, including the power and transmission of the top-of-the-line model he tested. Then there were the cons, which included some flimsy plastic interior pieces and the very awkward Sport mode. Consumer Reports testers were much less merciful when they panned the family SUV.
Citing the terrible fuel economy (16 miles per gallon), “confining” interior, bad crash test ratings, and overall lackluster value, Consumer Reports named it the worst model in the large SUV segment with a score of 45 out of 100. How much did the CR gang hate this car? It even recommended passing Journey by at an airport rental counter. That’s cold.