It’s another list that car companies do not want to be included. Consumer Reports put together a list of the 10 least reliable vehicles. While the brands may surprise you, we have successfully resolved Lemon Law and breach of warranty claims pertaining to every make and model featured.
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- Chevrolet Camaro
Issues: Transmission, in-car electronics and drive system
Overview: The Camaro’s low dash vent tends to freeze the driver’s hand when placed on shifter. The visibility on the road is terrible and has minimum seating in the back.
- Mercedes-Benz GLC
Issues: Brakes, steering/suspension and power equipment
Overview: Rear seating of the GLC is a bit snug. Confusing option packages for blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert. Also, the infotainment system is complex when using.
- Jaguar F-Pace
Issues: Noises & leaks, drive system and in-car electronics
Overview: The F-Pace ride is stiff and choppy. Interior quality is not up to par with other German competition. Infotainment system is behind its time with a slow touch screen and fuzzy graphics. Lastly, the air conditioning unit is susceptible to fail.
- GMC Acadia
Issues: In-car electronics, power equipment and drive system
Overview: The engine that best fits in the Acadia is the 3.6-liter V6, but it does not standout against competitors. Other luxury SUV’s possess a four-way adjustable lumbar, a power sunroof shade, and auto-up windows. The Acadia lacks in those areas. We have previously written about the Acadia having water leaking issues.
- Fiat 500
Pricing: $18,600 – $26,050
Issues: Brakes, power equipment and drive system
Overview: The Fiat 500 lacks low-end thrust. All versions of the car experience a choppy ride and noisy cabin. The steering wheel and driver seat positioning might be too awkward to operate. The rear seating is tight and hard to access. It scored a POOR rating in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test. This is not the first time Fiat 500’s have made this list
- Ford Focus
Pricing: $20,485 – $40,990
Issues: Bad transmission and drive system
Overview: The Focus’ reliability is terrible and experiences a jerking transmission at low speeds. Compared to the competition, the driving position is narrower.
- Ford Fiesta
Pricing: $17,795 – $24,985
Issues: Bad transmission and climate system
Overview: The rear seating in the Fiesta is very cramped. The 6-speed transmission makes the car feel sluggish at times and causes the car to stumble in traffic. The ride is very stiff.
- Volvo XC90
Issues: In-car electronics, power equipment and electrical system
Overview: The T6 engine in the XC90 was successfully tested but sounded raspy. The ride is stiff but can be resolved with optional air suspension. The audio, phone and navigation functions are controlled by a touch-screen infotainment system that is frustrating to use. We have previously written about the backup camera malfunctioning as well.
- Cadillac Escalade
Issues: Power equipment, bad transmission and climate system
Overview: This vehicle drives very stiff and doesn’t stop/handle to consumers liking; result of this dropped the Escalade on the list of luxury SUVs. The second row of seating is not the most comfortable and the third row room is tight. Infotainment system can be confusing to operate. This vehicle has been on our radar before for engine problems.
- Tesla Model X
Issues: Body hardware, paint & trim and climate system
Overview: The Model X has special doors that open up at the click of a button; however, it takes longer for the rear doors to close since they open like suicide doors. The comfort of the ride and noise isolation has worsened from the previous model.