Today’s automotive landscape has changed fundamentally over the last two decades. Cars and trucks are more reliable, safer, and offer better value than vehicles of the past. Most modern cars will easily make it well over 100,000 miles and modern auto advances also mean much safer cars. But that doesn’t mean every new automotive model entering the market is a real slam dunk. There are failures as well, whether it be from flawed design or just a lack of design sense from the automaker.
It doesn’t take a lot to make a potentially great car or truck a flop. Many times, an automaker will rush something onto the market. Drivers are seeing that with current Ford Bronco models, which have many build quality issues. We took a look at 35 of the newest car models that smart drivers should avoid. Whether it be from the lack of design or lack of value, these cars and trucks should be avoided altogether. Sometimes getting a great deal isn’t worth the headache you’ll have on your hands down the line.
35: Subaru WRX
Surprised to see this one? We aren’t. The WRX has been getting lackluster reliability ratings from Consumer Reports for years now. The general design of the car has grown long in the tooth and drivers can tell. The Impreza, which the WRX is based on, is one of the least-updated compact cars on the market. When drivers compare a car that is supposed to feel like a premium entry to other compacts on the market, they are left with a letdown (via CNET).
Couple that with the fact that the WRX is a pricey ride and you have something that just doesn’t add up. Subaru is working on a redesign of the WRX model, and it might be worth waiting for the updated model. Because the current WRX is just too outdated and lacking in drive quality to justify the high price tag.