Many things in life simply don’t live up to the hype. The new Godzilla movie, Mountain Dew Code Red, and Hulu Plus are all worthy examples of things that we’ve all heard so much about but come away a tad disappointed with the finished product. Of course, disappointment doesn’t only run rampant through food and entertainment choices — it is also quite common when it comes to big purchases like real estate, appliances, and automobiles.
Car companies pour millions and millions of dollars into advertising and marketing campaigns, all in an effort to move their latest and greatest products off assembly lines and dealers’ lots. While many vehicles are accurately represented and well received by consumers, there are also those vehicles that never really catch on. They didn’t have what it takes to become a mainstay in the current car economy, and eventually fade away. These are the cars that didn’t quite live up to the hype.
The fine folks at Consumer Reports are known for digging into a variety of consumer products and separating the quality choices from the rest. They recently took a look at some of the world’s more popular car models and compiled a small list of vehicles that ultimately came to disappoint. The experts on the Consumer Reports team tested vehicles on professional tracks, running them through the ultimate wringer to see which cars stand out and which fall flat.
From Consumer Reports‘ results, here are six vehicles that fall short of expectations and that consumers should probably avoid based on the publication’s recommendations.