The top offender is the Nissan Altima, which was the least reliable car of all mid-size sedans of all car brands included in the Consumer Reports survey. Some of the car problems reported by drivers include non-responsive push-button ignitions, sensor malfunctions, and complaints regarding the Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT).
Chevrolet Cruze 2011/13
The redesigned Chevrolet Cruze upped the compact’s game, but the previous generation had a significant run as the most unreliable. Consumer Reports found models from 2011 to 2013 completely unacceptable on this front. Engine cooling, transmission, climate control, and general body integrity doomed these models. Overall, even Chevy Sonic scored better than Cruze over that stretch.
The Range Rover Sport delivers a good balance of on- and off-road proficiency. Its upscale exterior and well-appointed cabin befit the SUV’s price tag. It comes loaded with numerous active and passive safety features, but you won’t be able to load a lot of cargo into its small rear storage area. The Range Rover Sport also has low predicted reliability and isn’t fuel efficient.
2013 Land Rover LR4
The Land Rover LR4 falters when it comes to predicted reliability, fuel efficiency, tech, and handling in corners. One of the only benefits: However, the LR4 is a capable off-roader, with the ability to conquer tough terrain with ease.
2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon
The Volkswagen Passat Wagon is neither reliable nor swift. Its six-speed automatic transmission suffers from rough downshifts, and the four-cylinder engine has quite a bit of turbo lag. However, it does have a few high points, including its spacious cabin, long list of standard safety features, and comfortable ride.
Granted, the Nissan Juke is a fun car to drive, with a roomier cargo room, but that’s where all the fun ends. While it had a following that didn’t mind its design, the Juke was organized chaos, and perhaps one of the worst designs from Nissan.
What’s your worst car experience? Which car model would you never dare spend your money on?