It’s a fine tradition in the automobile world: every year Consumer Reports tells us about the best brands in the industry – usually the middle-class slash mainstream companies like Toyota, Ford and Honda clash with luxury automakers like Audi, BMW, and such. For example, this year the best of the best turned out to be the German Audi and the Japanese Subaru (yep, a little bit unexpected). Next, we had Toyota’s Lexus, Porsche and BMW leading the pack. Toyota came in eighth; Kia was number 9, while Honda lagged back behind the pack with the #10 spot. Only cars that are currently available at the dealerships throughout the country were allowed to the list, so, that’s why some of the best in the business couldn’t make the cut. In addition, the United States brands like Chevy, Ford and Lincoln failed to impress this year, while Buick was pretty high up the ladder. It all had to do with reliability scores, so, I guess we kinda missed that one, huh? Today we’ll talk about the bad side of the deal – 7 car brands to walk away from in 2016. Hey, you gotta know about the underdogs so that you don’t end up with a poor purchase, you know?
Testing Cars And Brands For Nine Years
Overall, there were 30 brands in the Brand Report Card (that’s the official name of the list). The purpose of these tests is to figure out the best brands that put quality, reliability and durability above all. The folks behind the year-end report take into consideration road test ratings and overall scores, plus, they come up with predicted reliability results for each of the models they inspect. Next, the experts average those scores and come up with the list of the best (and the worst). Yep, it’s a pretty serious endeavor, so, it’s generally a good idea to check out the Brand Report Card in order to stay up on things and only pay for the best offers on the market. By the way, Consumer Reports has been providing us with this highly valuable information for 9 years now, so, that means they’ve got tons of experience in the field and can definitely give you a couple of tips and tricks on your next journey to the dealership. Alright, let’s discuss 7 car brands to walk away from in 2016.
#1 – Nissan
So, first up we’ve got Nissan in the list of the most unfortunate. The Japanese company was “scolded” for a lot of things, mainly for the troubles with the transmission. And despite the fact that the brand has an overall predicted reliability rating of average (which is pretty decent), Consumer Reports approves of (I mean recommends) only the 1/3th of Nissan cars. So, why the low rating, again? Well, I guess if you’ve got a road test score of 71 and a general score of 63 points (that’s pretty low, folks) that means you’ll be down the list. And I gotta say that Nissan did manage to roll out a couple of decent brands as of late, so, if you, by chance, are driving, say, a brand-new 2016 Altima, you’ve got nothing to worry about. It’s considered to be one of the most competitive mid-size sedans on the market, give or take.
#2 – Infiniti
Yep, that’s right – Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury subsidiary, is right below it in the list of 7 car brands to walk away from in 2016. Irony? Not really! The “royal” brand is in such an offensive spot only because of the worse-than-average predicted reliability scores. Furthermore, only 20% (that’s 1/5th) of the Infiniti cars came recommended by the team at Consumer Reports. So, don’t blame the messenger, you know? Even though Infiniti did have some glorious days in the past, these last couple of years they’re kinda in between things, not able to roll out something truly awesome and worth your while (and you money). Oh, and yes, the brand got a road test score of 76 and 63 overall points. Let’s hope they’ll do better in the future. Note: even though Nissan/Infiniti are in the list of the worst auto makers, Japan is doing pretty great this year. As mentioned above, Toyota and Honda are on top of the “good list”.
7 Car Brands To Walk Away From In 2016 – #3, Cadillac
Caddy, the luxury brand of General Motors, sure does know how to impress the regular folks with premium-class interiors, drop-dead exteriors and strong performance: the fresh CTS-V with the V6 can give you mighty kicks on the road, but when it comes down to quality, reliability and durability, the good-old Caddy is far, far behind the pack, which is a pity, if you ask me. So, only the 1/4th (25 percent) of the brand’s line-up are recommended by Consumer Reports, and, in terms of predicted reliability, Cadillac got the “Worst Rating”. Yep, things are looking pretty bad for the company, especially with poor year-end (and year-start) sales. And even though it did get a road test score of 76, the overall score of only 58 points makes you want to stay away from GM’s royal brand, am I right? Mighty performance and killer looks do matter, but reliability/durability/safety is the #1 priority.
#4 – Chrysler
Chrysler is considered to be more of a luxury brand than something that the regular middle-class folks would go for, but that didn’t help it to perform any good in the tests. With an overall score of 58 (just like Caddy) and a road test rating of 73 Chrysler is definitely a “welcome guest” in the list of 7 car brands to walk away from in 2016. And that’s not the end of it! Check this: not even ONE model from the line-up was recommended by Consumer Reports, and, with a worse-than-average predicted reliability score, 2016 might as well be the worst year for Chrysler. Sales are not going very well either, so, yeah, the company is going through some tough times right now. Let’s hope they get back on their feet soon.
7 Car Brands To Walk Away From In 2016 – #5, Land Rover
This is the only British (and European, for that matter) brand to make it into the Consumer Reports list. Land Rover is actually a pretty respected manufacturer, known for its versatile, stylish and tech-packed luxury SUVs. So, it comes to me as a surprise that none of the vehicles from the company’s line-up were recommended by the CR team. Furthermore, the predicted reliability rating is so low I don’t even want to talk about it. With a road test rating of 71 and an overall rating of just 55 Land Rover is one of the worst brands in 2016. Honestly, I HIGHLY doubt that and just wanna tell y’all that I think the British automaker knows a thing or two about making reliable, durable and road-ready SUVs. Besides, I was lucky enough to sit behind the wheel of quite a bunch of Land Rover vehicles and can tell you first-hand that they feel amazing – in every possible way.
#6 – Jeep
Aha, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) is having a pretty bad 2016, don’t you agree? While Chrysler is having one of the worst years in history, Jeep is once again falling behind the pack with poor ratings all around. Consumer Reports gave it the worst possible reliability rating and a whooping road score of 55. Surprisingly enough, they don’t recommend any vehicle from the brand’s collection and so the world-esteemed off-road champ gets and overall score of 43. So, yeah, definitely one of the worst of the 7 car brands to walk away from in 2016. I have to say, though, that the new Cherokee with that EcoDiesel is a pretty impressive SUV, not to mention the turbocharged Renegade Sport that feels awesome on the road. Still, horrible ratings like that mean Jeep couldn’t make it work this year.
7 Car Brands To Walk Away From In 2016 – #7, Fiat
What, you thought FCA couldn’t possibly be further down the list? Well, it is! Fiat, the Italian subsidiary of the 7th largest automobile company in the world is at the bottom of the line. That’s right, Fiat is the worst manufacturer in the industry in 2016; if you believe everything that Consumer Reports tell you, of course. So, obviously, no car from the brand was recommended and it “earned” the worst rating for predicted reliability. As for the road test, Fiat got only 52 points, with the overall score being 38. The Italians sure do know how to make jaw-dropping luxury sports cars (Ferrari, Lamborghini, and the rest), but when it comes to reliable, safe and dependable middle-class/entry-level luxury vehicles they can’t really seem to compete with the best in the field. Ok, that’s it for today, ladies and gentlemen. We talked about 7 car brands to walk away from in 2016 and figured out why these big-bad majors with billion-dollar profits ended up so far down the list. Make sure to check back regularly to catch all the latest articles and don’t forget to comment!
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