Whether in the market for a flashy luxury sedan or a sturdy family vehicle, all car shoppers have one thing in common: They don’t want to drive a lemon off the lot. That’s why publications and watchdog groups and automotive publications like Consumer Reports, J.D. Power and The Car Connection carefully analyze and rate nearly every car model that comes on the market each year, and car owners would do well to heed their findings.
Here, we’ve rounded up the cars (in alphabetical order) that scored terribly low with the groups we listed above, as well as with journalists and everyday drivers, so you can stride into the dealership knowing exactly what not to buy.
Updated Aug. 3, 2021