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35 New Cars That Smart Drivers Avoid Like the Plague

Cameron Eittreim January 31, 2022

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14: Mitsubishi iMiEV

The iMiEV is a sad attempt to capture the electric car buyers flooding the automotive industry. The odd-shaped car only musters a measly 66 HP, and that lack of performance will not get you far. The iMiEV is a questionable little car that is almost exclusively suitable for city driving (via Consumer Reports).

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The iMiEV has the lowest sticker price of any EV on the market right now, which makes it a great way to get into an EV. But with that cheap price tag, you give up on many creature comforts and things that you might take for granted in another type of car. The iMiEV is a hard pass when it comes to a new vehicle purchase.

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13: Nissan Armada

Although it’s not on anyone’s radar, Nissan has been selling a full-size SUV for the last decade. The Armada is based on the Titan pickup truck, and it offers a lot of versatility for the price, at least on paper. The fuel economy for the Armada is among the worst in the segment, and the SUV has traditionally scored the lowest in JD Power ratings (via Car & Driver).

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That’s not to say the Armada is horrid, but this design needs some improvement and Nissan isn’t in the position right now. When it comes to a full-size SUV purchase, the Armada has been off consumers radar for a long time. There are much better options on the market that will leave you far more satisfied.

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12: Maserati Ghibli

Maserati is one of the premier luxury carmakers in the world and the brand has a secret you might not realize. A Ferrari engine powers most Maserati vehicles, which gives a superior performance than you’d expect. Now the bad part about the Maserati brand is because most vehicles have overstayed their welcome. The Ghibli is simply outdated when you compare it to other exotics on the market (via Car & Driver).

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The Ghibli has remained largely unchanged since its original introduction. Maserati has introduced an upgrade here and there, but for the most part the car is exactly as it was. Nowadays, the market for these exotic luxury cars is much fiercer than it once was, which means you can find a lot of great deals right now.

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11: Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 has been around for a while now and by a while we mean three presidential terms ago. That means the Fiat 500 has some serious mileage under its belt, but the car has remained largely unchanged. Released around the same time as the Smart ForTwo, these two city cars were looking to captivate a new type of urban driver (via Car & Driver).

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The problem is that the small size of these cars makes them pretty much impossible for anything else. You won’t want to drive a car this small across the country and that’s the problem with the Fiat 500. Apart from the cute looks, the car won’t be a good purchase for most mainstream car shoppers.

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10: Acura ILX

If it looks like a Civic and talks like a Civic, chances are it is a Civic. That saying goes for the Acura ILX, which under its skin is nothing more than a fancier Honda Civic. That is not necessarily a bad thing, because the Honda Civic is still one of the best cars you can buy. But the problem is that the ILX is being sold as a premium luxury sedan and underneath the luxury just isn’t there (via Motor 1).

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When you get behind the wheel of the ILX, you’ll feel like you are in a Civic. There is not much done to hide the humble roots of the car. The ILX has a generally outdated design and a premium price tag because it is a Honda. You can find a better car for a lot less that will give you considerably better performance.

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9: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

When the next generation Eclipse was announced, enthusiasts were excited, except for one problem. It turned out to be a crossover car instead of a sports car, which was what the Eclipse always was. The Eclipse Cross is a vehicle that doesn’t quite have an identity, albeit with a high price tag (via Car & Driver).

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Ordinarily paying for quality isn’t a bad thing, but Mitsubishi cars have questionable reliability at best. The Eclipse brand name has been associated with a sports car for decades, and now this SUV is confusing to car shoppers. The crossover segment has become so crowded that there are so many great options to be had these days.

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8: Mini Cooper

The Mini Cooper has come a long way since it was introduced back to the market in 2002. At first, the car was a smash hit, obviously because of its styling. But that new car smell has worn off and the Mini Cooper is one of the least reliable cars on the road. You can expect to spend more time in the shop than on the road (via Car & Driver).

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Coupled with the fact that the Mini is being peddled as a premium entry, there is no reason why the reliability should be so bad. The styling of the car has also not changed much in the last two decades. You can find a used Mini that closely resembles any of the new ones collecting dust on the dealership lot.

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7: Toyota Avalon

The Avalon has always been a confusing car because it slots above the Camry but offers less value. When you buy the Avalon, you pay a premium price, whereas a Camry is less. The Avalon doesn’t offer much value for the premium price tag you pay for it. The Avalon was a unique offering at one time, but these days the car has become anything but (via Car & Driver).

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You aren’t getting a boost in performance and the sedan is not that much different from the Camry. This is the final year for the Avalon as it’s being discontinued.. But for now, the Avalon should be avoided as the car just doesn’t offer value for the high price.

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6: Subaru Impreza

Much like the WRX we mentioned, the Impreza itself is outdated and sluggish. Subaru hasn’t updated the car in some time. The styling and driving characteristics of the car feel like something that would have been sold in 2014. Subaru does build a great car, but the Impreza feels like the forgotten part of the lineup (via Car & Driver).

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Subaru is working on an updated version of the Impreza, which will be coming to the market soon. In the meantime, this car is worth avoiding at all costs, because there are much better options on the market for the price. Even a used Impreza is more of a value than a brand new model would be right now.

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5: Nissan Leaf

The Leaf was one of the first mass-produced EVs in the country and was also the first affordable model. The styling of the original Leaf was debatable, but the car was seemingly popular for what it offered. Fast-forward almost a decade later and the Leaf is still being sold, just in smaller numbers (via Driving Television).

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The car isn’t the value it once was as there are so many other EV options on the market. The Leaf seems dated, even with all its new technology. You can find many other great EV models on the market so that the Leaf just doesn’t make sense. The price for the Leaf has also crept up higher in recent years.

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4: Chevy Malibu

This will be a sad year for the Malibu as GM prepares to exit the passenger car segment to focus on crossover vehicles. The Malibu has never been a leader in its segment but each generation seemed to improve the quality. The current generation of the Malibu is a car that now seems outdated (via Car & Driver).

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In a segment where the competition always attempts to one-up you, the Malibu has remained largely unchanged. The styling of the car is okay but the price tag has remained high. The reliability of the Malibu has always been questionable and consumers are looking for quality and reliability in the segment.

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3: Volkswagen Passat

The current generation of the Passat has grown long in the tooth and the lineup will be discontinued after 2022. The Passat has always been a sort of unique entry, because it is sold alongside the smaller Jetta model. But when you compare it to what else is on the market right now, the Passat seems outdated (via Car & Driver).

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The reliability of the Passat has always been a problem, and repairs on a Volkswagen vehicle are always much costlier than other makes. The Passat offers a great driving experience with the German quality that you’d expect. But a comfortable ride isn’t always the most important thing to consumers in this segment.

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2: Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is another vehicle on this list that hasn’t had a substantial update in years. The Edge’s styling has remained the same since it was originally launched. When you get behind the wheel, you’ll feel like you are in an older Ford model. The driving experience is much the same with a bit of pep but nothing amazing (via Edmunds).

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When it comes to a unique value, the Edge won’t amaze anyone with an extraordinary driving experience. In fact, there are better models that you can get for the money that will still provide driving thrills. Ford hasn’t done enough to make the Edge a compelling bargain in a world where there are so many crossover options.

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1: Infiniti Q60

The Infiniti Q60 is another car that has been around the block for some time now. Originally sold as the G37, the car was branded a few years ago as Infiniti tried to reposition the nameplate image. The Q60 is a sports car that hasn’t been updated much in the past few years. The driving experience is boring at best (via Car & Driver).

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The styling of the Q60 is definitely still attractive but you can tell that the car is long in the tooth. There are many options on the market that it is hard to justify the high price tag of the Q60. At the end of the day, the Q60 is an outdated sports car that will leave you unsatisfied with its driving experience.

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