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40 New Cars Serious Drivers Avoid In 2020

Cameron EittreimAugust 25, 2020

The automotive market place is ever-changing with consumer tastes, and the current generation of vehicles are more advanced than ever. Computer technology has changed the way that we drive for the better, and the new crop of cars are implementing it more than ever. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t several new cars drivers should avoid.

Unfortunately, there are also new cars that have been rushed and are oftentimes outdated relics from a previous generation. Drivers also have the new batch of crossovers that are making their way onto the market. We are going to be taking a look at 40 new cars that are best left avoided according to Consumer Reports.

SVT Raptor
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40: Ford SVT Raptor

The Ford Raptor has been a sales success for the automaker, incorporating everything that made the Lightning a great truck and adding off-road prowess to it. But the Raptor has also had its fair share of reliability issues, making it a truck to potentially avoid for the consumers who purchased these trucks. The Raptor has been recalled for issues that pertain to a faulty timing chain, and this problem happens well under the 100k mileage market. This also means the problem is not covered by the warranty and thus the truck is rendered useless. It’s become one to avoid without a doubt.

Raptor
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Being that the Raptor is one of the most expensive pickup trucks on the market, this represents a real problem. Consumers have been lodging complaints against Ford to no avail. When you spend this amount of money on a truck, you want it to be reliable. If you’re in the market for a performance pickup truck the Raptor is a car to avoid, as the pitfalls of reliability are just too much.

Hyundai Sonata
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39: Hyundai Sonata

The Sonata has been a fixture of the Hyundai lineup for the last couple of decades. The current Sonata is not the most imaginative sedan, but its price tag and warranty are stellar. Nevertheless, the Sonata still has its fair share of reliability issues due to vital transmission problems. Few cars offer the intrinsic value that the Sonata does, but most consumers aren’t interested in replacing their vehicle’s transmission nonetheless.

Hyundai Sonata
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Hyundai will only cover the repairs up to a certain point. Then, it becomes very expensive to do a replacement. Aside from the transmission reliability issues, the Sonata is lacking in other features as well, not to mention the extreme design. New car shoppers would be advised to avoid the Sonata altogether as there are other more reliable choices on the market.

Kia Telluride
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38: Kia Telluride

If there’s one thing that you can commend Kia on it’s the fact that the brand keeps trying. The Telluride is a vast departure from the Borrego released almost a decade ago. Kia has always wanted to target the full-size SUV market, but the consumer taste for a Kia branded product was never financially rewarding. While the Telluride does offer a high-class ride with a vast improvement over other models on the market, the overall vehicle isn’t a complete improvement.

Telluride
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The Telluride isn’t going to be an off-road king like a Jeep for instance, and the platform isn’t very tested at modifications. Where the Telluride strikes a cord is with families who need something that can handle the off-road challenges. There are a lot of features that make the Telluride worth considering, but for a well-rounded SUV, the model is still very new and has yet to show it deserves its true cost of ownership.

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37: Ford Escape

Is it a Kia Niro? No, it’s a Ford Escape, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that just by looking at it. The SUV has a lot of similar styling to other crossovers on the market, whereas the original Ford Escape was a much more unique model. The Escape started out as a unique SUV, one of the first compact SUVs to steal momentum from the larger models. But the current generation of the Escape has lost its original theme. Nowadays, the Escape is marred by a barrage of competition in the same segment.

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The Escape does have some unique features like the Eco Boost engine which gives it a stellar amount of performance. But newer models have also exhibited reliability issues and this has caused a lot of buyers to flock to other models. The interesting thing about the Ford Escape is the fact that it has been a sales success for the company for two decades, but now, other models are competing against it.

Vantage
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36: Aston Martin Vantage AMR

Supercars are a dime a dozen these days yet the Vantage AMR aimed to be something different. The AMR has a few things that make it stand out from the crowd such as the 503 horsepower V8. But the reliability of the car is questionable at best, although the company has tried to differentiate. Performance is above average if the car is running right, but when the maintenance isn’t caught up you can expect to spend a bit of money. Interior-wise, the Vantage AMR is a high-quality sports car with everything you would expect.

Aston Martin Vantage AMR
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With a production cycle of only 200 models a year, the AMR is very rare, and thus the price can be substantially higher. With that being said going for a supercar is not always the smartest option, especially if you enjoy driving. There are much better vehicle choices for a lot less money that will still provide a fun experience.

Audi A6 Allroad
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35: Audi A6 Allroad

The station wagon has been dead for decades. Yet somehow, every few years an automaker tries to introduce a new one to the market. Audi in itself has a niche product that consumers flock toward, so why the company would introduce a station wagon is confusing. The Audi A6 Allroad attacks the same market segment as Subaru and Volvo models, and if you want a big comfortable wagon this is the choice. But when you compare the A6 Allroad to crossovers on the market, the choice isn’t hard to make.

2019 Audi A6 via Motor Junkie
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The Allroad doesn’t offer anything very unique for the price tag and you can expect to pay a pretty penny. There are a few things that help the A6 Allroad to stand out from other wagons on the market, but for the most part, this car is simply not enough to justify the price. Wagons are vastly underrated in today’s automotive world, and crossovers are a better buy.

Audi SQ7
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34: Audi SQ7

Another Audi makes the list for an obvious reason, and that is a lack of design innovation. Every automaker is trying to jump on the bandwagon of crossover SUVs, and the SQ7 is nothing unique. Audi has pretty much stuck to the same formula that you’ll find on most of its SUV models. The SQ7 looks unique and performs nicely but that doesn’t justify the sub-60k price tag that follows the car.

Audi SQ7
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Audi has done a great job of enticing buyers into the company showrooms, but the SQ7 just doesn’t add up to its expectations. The car has a unique look and feels to it that makes it stand out from the crowd, but the high price tag and the lack of unique features scare buyers away. There are better choices that you can get than the SQ7 in-terms of design and quality.

2 Series Gran Coupe
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33: BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

The landscape of the BMW lineup has evolved a lot over the past few decades, and the Gran Coupe is one of the newer offerings. The interesting thing about the 2 Series Gran Coupe is that its design is ahead of its time. BMW is trying to bring performance buyers back into the showrooms. The performance of the Gran Coupe is something that will take most new drivers by surprise, as BMW has gone back to basics with this car. But as with most expensive sports cars you can also expect to spend a pretty penny on maintenance.

2 Series Gran Coupe
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The 2 Series Gran Coupe is not a rendition of cars that have already been released by the automaker. Instead, this is a new attempt to capitalize on an entirely different market, but the design just has to be perfected a little more. You’ll end up spending more time in the shop dealing with shortcomings and reliability issues than driving it.

BMW M2 CS
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32: BMW M2 CS

As with most facets of the automotive industry, prices are continuing to rise on new vehicles. The 2 series which used to be the affordable entry-level BMW is not almost as much as a Rolls Royce. The BMW M2 CS is a fun-to-drive sports car; don’t get us wrong Yet the price tag has to be reduced somewhat. The company is marketing these expensive vehicles toward a higher income bracket than what the M2 is used to supporting. That’s not to say that the car doesn’t perform well because it does, but the price tag just isn’t justified.

BMW M2 CS
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The thing that separates the M2 from the pack is the unique new design, and we give BMW credit for that. Aside from the stylish new fender flairs and such, the car is a letdown for the most part and its high price tag will drive consumers away. If you are in the market for a high-performance compact car, the M2 may be worth avoiding.

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31: Bentley Bentayga Speed

Everyone wants to get into the luxury SUV craze, and with the Lamborghini URUS, other high-end car companies are following suit. The Bentayga is a unique proposition because it combines everything awesome about the Bentley GT with the heart of an SUV. The price tag however is quite high for what you get, and at the end of the day, you have to remember that it is a Bentley.

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Aside from that, the Bentayga Speed has been experiencing issues with reliability, and maintenance is more than expensive. If you have a car in this price range you aren’t worried about the maintenance costs, but still, you should expect a reliable driving experience. The Bentayga Speed is an SUV drivers should probably avoid for a few model years.

Mitsubishi Mirage Via Motor Trend
Mitsubishi Mirage Via Motor Trend

30: Mitsubishi Mirage

The lowly Mitsubishi Mirage has been on the market for a long time now. The 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine produces a measly 78 horsepower, a number more reminiscent of a Geo Metro. Not only is that vastly underpowered in today’s world, but the car is also basic. The interior isn’t much better then what you’d expect from a rental car fleet.

2020 Mirage
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Aside from the obvious shortcomings, the Mirage manages to boast an incredible fuel economy rating. But that’s only if you can put up with the cramped interior of the car. The Mirage is a bit long in the tooth, but if you want brand-new basic transportation, the Mirage is it, we suppose.

2020 Cadillac ATS
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29: Cadillac ATS

The Cadillac ATS has never been the sales sensation the CTS was. The ATS had a lot of promise. Available in a coupe or sedan, 2020 is the last year for the vulnerable sedan. GM has had a tough time selling these in a market where everyone is looking for the next crossover. Power is derived from a 2.0 L four-cylinder or a 3.6 L V6.

Cadillac ATS
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Both engines are vastly outdated by today’s standards as the car has been on the market for some time now. The ATS-V is a step in the right direction, but GM decided to forego a V8 variant and that let a lot of enthusiasts down. Either way, the Cadillac ATS is a sedan that you should avoid unless you can get a good deal on it.

Toyota CH-R
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28: Toyota C-HR

Even Toyota, with its exceptional record of reliability, has decided to embrace the crossover movement. The C-HR was an experiment by Toyota to market a sportier crossover that might appeal to younger buyers. With a design reminiscent of a sports car, the overall look is rather extreme. The problem with the C-HR aside from the obvious exterior shortcomings is the lack of power, making it one to avoid.

2020 Toyota CH-R
via: Motor Trend

Boasting a 2.0-liter 3ZR-FAE engine that sports 144HP is nothing to sneeze at, but it is lethargic when you think of other options. Toyota has been leaning toward a mass appeal with the C-HR, but most shoppers in this segment avoid it and opt for other brands.

Toyota Corolla
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27: Toyota Corolla Hatchback

There was a time when Toyota was the picture of value and reliability. But nowadays the brand has moved considerably upmarket. It would appear that the appeal of reliability and resale value has helped make the brand a trendy staple. The Corolla has gone from being a value-oriented economy car to a baby Lexus of sorts. The hatchback, on the other hand, looks like the lovechild of a Scion XA and a Camry.

Toyota Corolla Hatchback
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Nothing about this car intrinsically says value, which is why drivers should avoid it. If you’re in the market for a hatchback, there are better models to choose from. The Corolla hatchback is nothing like the models of yesteryear that were fun to drive and cheap to own.

Kia Soul via Motor Trend
Kia Soul via Motor Trend

26: Kia Soul

Korean automaker Kia has come a long way since its lowly induction to the U.S. market in 1994. Kia has marketed the Soul as an alternative to cheap compact cars often on the market. There are a few things about the current Soul that you should consider. The first of which is the CVT transmission, which attempts to be exciting at best.

Kia Soul via Motor Trend
Kia Soul via Motor Trend

The engine is also a carryover from the outgoing model, and it could use some improvement. The thing the Soul has going for it is the fact that it looks stylish. Very few vehicles look like the Soul, but that doesn’t mean most drivers won’t want to avoid it. There is also the fact that Kia offers an exceptional warranty, so if anything goes wrong with the car the company will generally repair it. Drivers shouldn’t be in it in the first place, however.

Jeep Compass
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25: Jeep Compass

Jeep is a brand many want to be associated with because of its outdoor lifestyle image. The Compass has always been sort of a lame duck for the Jeep brand. The compact crossover was originally based on the Dodge Caliber compact car and has since been redesigned. Offroad capabilities are not a strong suit for this little Jeep.

Jeep Compass
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In addition to the drawbacks of its off-road capability, there is also the fact that the design is rather outdated already. The Compass was designed to look like a miniature Jeep Grand Cherokee, and that’s both good and bad. As of the current generation, the Compass is one drivers should avoid if they’re in the market for a new car.

Alfa Romeo Giulia
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24: Alfa Romeo Giulia

When sports car maker Alfa Romeo announced a return to the American automotive market, the press was excited. Yet there’s a lot that the Giulia lacks, with reliability being at the forefront. The performance of the Giulia is exhilarating for a sports sedan. With a range of 280 to 505 hp, you won’t be dreading the morning commute. Reliability is important, however, and the Giulia is noticeably unreliable.

Alfa Romeo Giulia
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These reports are early on in the car’s existence and it might improve down the road. For right now though, new car buyers would be better off to avoid the Giulia. The car just doesn’t have the reliability that a vehicle with this kind of price tag should.

Dodge Journey
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23: Dodge Journey

In many respects, Chrysler innovated the crossover market with the original Pacifica. But the Journey has fallen off the wagon in a lot of regards. Most noticeably is the lack of a redesign. The car has remained the same other than the front fascia refresh. The Journey is vastly outdated when you compare it to nearly every other crossover on the market.

Dodge Journey
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Dodge is trying to position itself as a performance brand, but the Journey just falls short. The aged design is another one any serious driver should avoid. You might get a great deal on a Journey right now, but there are other models on the market worth considering.

Fiat 500L
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22: Fiat 500L

Another car that has been around the block for some time now, the 500L is not the most impressive. The tall beltline gives the interior quite the amount of space, but the design is confusing. You don’t know if the car is a wannabe crossover or a Mini Cooper on steroids. The driving characteristics of this car are also lacking. Its performance is very ho-hum when you compare it to other models.

Fiat 500L
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You do get an upscale appearance which does lend the car some credibility. Interior quality is also much higher then you’d expect in a car in this segment. But the drawbacks of the car make it one that you might want to avoid if you are in the market.

Fiat 500X
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21: Fiat 500X

There are a couple of cars in the Fiat lineup, and the 500X is a more mainstream model. The spunky little design reminds of a Buick Encore in a lot of aspects. Driveability is a lot better than the 500L but not by much. Nevertheless, Fiat has tried to add some features to the 500X to entice buyers. If you’re an outdoorsy type that rarely leaves urban roads, the 500X might be the right car.

Fiat 500X Via Motor Trend
Fiat 500X Via Motor Trend

But if you’re looking for a real crossover that can spend time off the beaten path, this isn’t it. The 500X is a car that will disappoint in terms of reliability and the design is not phenomenally different than what’s already out there. There are more than enough reasons to avoid this model.

Jeep Renegade
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20: Jeep Renegade

Jeeps are popular nowadays, but half the people who own them never take them off-road. The design of the Renegade looks great, especially if you opt for one of the wilder colors. The small design makes this Jeep perfect for living in a city where parking is at a premium. But the downfalls are reliability and a lack of performance.

Jeep Renegade Via Car And Driver
Jeep Renegade Via Car And Driver

While having the Jeep name in your driveway is almost like a badge of honor, the result is a car that lacks in a few crucial departments. With reliability being especially important in an ever-changing world where income is constantly fluctuating, drivers are best served if they choose to avoid the Compass.

Land Rover Discovery
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19: Land Rover Discovery Sport

From its outward appearance, the Discovery Sport is the obvious evolution of the brand. Most Land Rover owners never actually drive these off-road. The Discovery Sport is a recently updated model with a redesigned exterior and interior. The performance is derived from a 246 hp 2.0 L 4-cylinder, not the greatest powerplant at all.

Land Rover Range Rover
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You’d expect Land Rover to drop some sort of a V8 in it, but unfortunately, that is not the case. Reliability is average according to reports but maintenance costs are quite high. This generation of the Discovery Sport is very much a car drivers should avoid.

Nissan Titan XD Via Motor Trend
Nissan Titan XD Via Motor Trend

18: Nissan Titan XD

Full-size import pickup trucks have been a tough sell for foreign competitors in America. Nissan continues to try to persuade buyers with the Titan, but the truck still falls short. The one-size-fits-all design of the Titan is a nice concept. Yet it fails to meet the needs that a wide range of buyers have for their pickup trucks.

Nissan Titan XD Via Motor Trend
Nissan Titan XD Via Motor Trend

The Cummins Turbo Diesel will be discontinued after this year, and a few other options will be slimmed down. The Titan does boast a very attractive and user-friendly interior, but pickup truck shoppers are looking for more than that. In a marketplace that seemingly changes every day, the Titan XD is one to avoid among a sea of comparable offerings.

Smart EQ ForTwo via Motor Trend
Smart EQ ForTwo via Motor Trend

17: Smart EQ ForTwo

The new generation of the Smart EQ ForTwo is going all-electric for 2020. The problem here is that the rest of the car is still stuck in the past. The Smart Car was a novelty when it was first unveiled. With a crashed economy and high fuel prices it was the perfect blend of urban driving.

Smart EQ ForTwo Via Motor Trend
Smart EQ ForTwo Via Motor Trend

However, consumer tastes have since changed and the Smart EQ ForTwo is a dated example of a once-trendy item. When you can choose from so many other more mainstream electric cars it begs the question, why drive the ForTwo? The car isn’t practical enough for a family or most modern drivers who need a commuter car.

WRX via Motor Trend
WRX via Motor Trend

16: Subaru WRX

With a redesigned WRX on the horizon, there is little reason to take the plunge and purchase the current model. While the WRX is fun to drive, the overall design is dated and the interior cheaply made. The car lacks a lot of the advancements that other sedans have made in terms of safety and refinement. You get the allure of driving a WRX but you get the lack of amenities that goes with it.

Subaru WRX
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The next-generation WRX is going to address a lot of the issues that the current model has. Subaru has spent a lot of time developing this car over the decades. As the WRX advances, we cannot help but be excited about the future of the car. The current model, though is another story, and probably one to avoid.

Acura ILX Via Motor Trend
Acura ILX Via Motor Trend

15: Acura ILX

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The ILX is a lot like the other Acura models on the market; forgettable. There was a time when Acura was a unique slice of the foreign auto market. But now the cars are lost in a sea of comparable models that all offer the same thing. To make matters worse, the ILX is based on the Honda Civic, itself a compact car.

Acura ILX Via Motor Trend
Acura ILX Via Motor Trend

There is nothing that presents intrinsic value in the ILX, and you can do better with a used 3-Series in this class. Nevertheless, Honda persists on selling these questionable Acura models in the hopes of luring a younger demographic. Those wishing to look back on Acura fondly should avoid this without question.

Chevrolet Spark
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14: Chevrolet Spark

This is the final year for the Spark as GM is exiting the passenger car market for the most part. The company is instead moving in favor of crossovers and full-size pickup trucks. Chevy never fared very well in the compact market, but there was always a Chevy to choose from. The Spark is a subcompact car that is decently appointed for its size and price.

Chevrolet Spark
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The main problem stems from a lack of refinement and performance. Naturally, you aren’t going to win the Daytona 500 in a Chevy Spark, but you at least want some sort of power. In terms of design, the Spark is a decent car, but the shortcomings just make it a vehicle to avoid altogether.

Chrysler 300
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13: Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 is an iconic car for several reasons, but in recent years it has fallen on obscurity. When the car first hit the market it was so different in its design that the general public went crazy for it. You couldn’t keep the 300C on dealership lots, and this was especially true when the Hemi SRT model came out. Now, the car has retained the same styling since the 2011 model year and people are ready for change.

Chrysler 300
via: Chrysler 300

We’re not sure what the future holds for the 300, but as of right now, the car is one to avoid. There are newer updated models in the sedan segment that offer more value for your money. Not to mention the fact that the blocky design of the 300 is reminiscent of an early 2000s Cadillac DTS.

Kia Cadenza
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12: Kia Cadenza

Since as far back as the Amanti, Kia has been yearning to attract a more affluent buyer into their showrooms. While the Cadenza is a great try, the sedan still falls short in several aspects. The main problem here is the fact that the overall design is not high quality in a segment where price and quality are everything. Kia wants this car to be on the same scale as a Lexus or a Cadillac, but it just is not.

Kia Cadenza
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Headspace is tight and the overall design looks like a jazzed-up Kia Optima. Not to say that either car is a bad choice, but when you are eclipsing Camry price points, it’s time to take a second look. The Cadenza hasn’t been a sales success yet, and time will tell if Kia is going to be updating the sedan. If not, definitely one to avoid.

Buick Encore GX
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11: Buick Encore GX

The compact and bubbly Encore has been a sales success for the brand. As with most automakers, it is time for the crossover to have a refresh. The dimensions of the Encore are going to be staying the same, other than the refreshed front fascia. That’s not to say that the Encore is a bad car because the overall design is quick appealing.

Buick encore GX
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But the tight interior is tough on taller drivers and passenger legroom is at a minimum. Other features include more luxury options to help bump up the price tag. While the Encore is not an offroad beast, it does offer decent AWD traction. With the winter season coming up, this might be a good option for those that live in a snowy or icy climate. But if you’re just looking for another crossover, you should avoid this.

Lexus LC500
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10: Lexus LC 500 Convertible

The Lexus lineup has changed a lot over the past few decades, and the main thing you’ll notice is an increase in models. Lexus was never big in the convertible market, but the SC430 was a decent start. The Lexus LC 500 Convertible is a more mainstream vehicle that can appeal to a broader range of consumers.

Lexus LC500 Convertible
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The problem is that the build quality just isn’t there in a lot of aspects, and the car tries to be too technologically advanced. One of the plus sides of the LC 500 is the fact the convertible has rather smooth road manners. If you can put up with the questionable build quality of the first-generation car, the LC 500 Convertible might be worth looking into. The days of the convertible are numbered thanks to the rise of the crossover SUV, so this Lexus is another car to avoid.

Hyundai Veloster
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9: Hyundai Veloster

The Veloster is another car that’s now long in the tooth. The design was something rather unique when it hit the market, especially replacing the Tiburon. Performance-wise, the Veloster is vastly underpowered when you compare it to models that are on the market nowadays. Hyundai is working on a replacement model and that’s why the current Veloster is a car to avoid.

Hyundai Veloster
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The turbocharged engine is fun to drive, but if you go for the base model you’ll be disappointed. Aside from that, the Veloster is a great concept when you look at it from the outside, yet the platform has become dated.

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8: Cadillac CT4 450T

Cadillac has never had much luck in the space of compact luxury cars, just look at the Cimmaron and the Catera of yesteryear. The CT4 is a new compact luxury sedan designed to take on foreign models once again, except it is based on the outgoing ATS. When you look at the exterior of the CT4, it’s not hard to miss the ATS origins.

Cadillac CT4
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While GM claims this is all-new sheet metal the car still looks eerily similar to the sedan drivers have seen for almost a decade. There’s no denying that Cadillac just doesn’t know how to create a compact luxury sedan. Since the original CTS, the brand hasn’t struck a hit with consumers. The CT4 is a compact sedan that’s worth avoiding if you’re in the market for this segment of vehicle.

Kia Niro
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7: Kia Niro EV

The Niro is a hot-selling crossover for Kia, so it’s only natural that the company would market it as an EV. New for the 2020 model year, the EV version of the Niro is everything you’d find in the standard. The main issue here is the high price tag which is north of $40k, and that’s quite high for a compact Kia. The interior arrangement is an excellent assortment of tech features and comfort.

Kia Niro
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But there are much better EV offerings on the market in this price range, and sometimes even for less if you are willing to go for a used car. The Niro EV will appeal to some buyers, but for the most part, this is one crossover to avoid. Some drivers believe this is especially true with the Mustang Mach-E positioned to hit the market.

Chevrolet TrailBlazer
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6: Chevrolet Trailblazer

GM has renewed the Trailblazer name once again. The vehicle hasn’t been in GM showrooms since 2009. This time, it is making its return as a crossover. What makes the Trailblazer worth considering? Not much because the overall demeanor isn’t much different from the rest of the product line. GM has been slapping classic brand names like the Blazer on their new crossovers.

2020 TrailBlazer
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But the Trailblazer is nothing special. Performance is lethargic if you don’t step up to the 1.3-liter turbocharged engine. GM has done a lot to bolster the sales of the Trailblazer, but there are more appealing other options. The market for the crossover vehicle is flooded right now and the Trailblazer doesn’t stand out.

Toyota Mirai
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5: Toyota Mirai

If you live in California there’s no doubt that you’ve seen the Mirai at one point or another. The car has been making waves as the vehicle of the future. But the Mirai is also sort of a science experiment, and not much is known about this type of vehicle yet. There are no trim levels to choose from and the only thing you can pick is the exterior color.

Toyota Mirai
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The Toyota Mirai is a great step into the future of getting away from fossil fuels. But the car isn’t enticing enough to just jump in. Instead, you get a car that is relatively unknown in terms of resale value, reliability, and maintenance. Toyota is taking a blind leap of faith with this car and the company expects drivers to also.

Audi TT RS
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4: Audi TT RS

The Audi TT is perhaps one of the most underrated sports cars still on the market. You’ve seen them in one form or another for decades. Traditionally, people that own these cars are long-term owners who tend to hold onto their vehicles. Performance-wise, the TT is an exhilarating vehicle with a lot going for it. The style has stayed the same for decades, but that also leads to a problem.

Audi TT RS
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Other sports cars on the market have been updated and provide a better value overall. Sure, you get the joy of driving a TT, but you also have the drawbacks of an aged platform. The TT is expected to be redesigned soon, and the next generation will build on what makes the platform great. For now, the TT is worth avoiding just because of the aged platform and lack of refinement.

Mitsubishi Outlander
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3: Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi has been in a slump for the past decade. The company is trying to reposition itself as a crossover maker instead of the sports car company that it was. The Outlander has changed a lot since its inception as a Toyota Matrix lookalike. The current model has a decent-looking exterior, but the inside of the car is rather outdated. The third-row seat is very cramped, which is a major drawback.

Mitsubishi Outlander
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Aside from that, the performance is also lackluster. The Outlander feels a lot heavier then it is. Road manners are clunky, to say the least, and this is a bit strange coming from a Mitsubishi model. If you’re in the market for a family-friendly crossover, it’s probably best to avoid this one.

Lexus UX
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2: Lexus UX 250h

The Lexus brand hasn’t seen a small scale wagon since the IS300 in the early 2000s. The UX 250h is a rather unique-looking car from the outside. But the problem is that this car doesn’t warrant its Lexus branding. First and foremost, interior dimensions are quite cramped, and while the front seats aren’t bad, the passenger seating is tight. Lethargic performance is something that tends to make the car dreary to drive.

Lexus UX
via: Wikipedia

Nevertheless, the overall style of the car still looks fairly decent from an exterior perspective. When it comes to choosing a compact luxury type of hatchback, there aren’t many on the market. The small liftover and limited lift over height make loading cargo a problem. The Lexus 250h certainly doesn’t stand out at this point and other options offer more in terms of value and quality.

Buick Regal Tour X
via: automobile mag

1: Buick Regal TourX

Wagons are a dying species in today’s automotive market, but the Regal TourX is especially endangered. The wagon was designed to appeal to the same shoppers that would go onto a Volvo dealership lot. The result has been a wagon that was less than well-received. Styling is a mixed bag. The low ground clearance makes the car less versatile than a Subaru Outback, although interior dimensions are good.

Buick Regal Tour X
via: Motor Trend

The advanced safety aids are only available on top trim levels, which is a drawback in today’s automotive market. The low roofline does make it easier to load things onto the roof, but aside from that, the Buick Regal TourX is worth avoiding at this point. There are much better wagon options such as the Volkswagen Golf wagon.

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