Five Popular Cars to Avoid: Consumer Reports

Five Popular Cars to Avoid: Consumer Reports

Sometimes the hype surrounding a car can make it seem like a better choice than it actually is, and to combat the false reputations some cars get, Consumer Reports has released a list of five popular vehicles that should be avoided. 

The Honda Civic has been an icon of safety and reliability for years, but is apparently a popular car you should steer clear of. Consumer Reports cites a choppy ride, noisy cabin, vague steering and mediocre interior quality as the main reasons why the current generation Civic is not as great as it may seem.

Read AutoGuide’s 2012 Honda Civic Review Here

Next on the list is the Jeep Liberty. Although it is a capable off-road machine, on pavement the ride is unsettled and clumsy. A cramped and cheap feeling interior is also listed by Consumer Reports as an issue, as well as a noisy and thirsty engine.

The newest addition to the Prius family, the Prius C, also makes its way onto the list. Gas mileage of 37 mpg city and 43 mpg overall failed to impress Consumer Reports, as its only 1 mpg better than the larger Prius hatchback. A noisy cabin, cheap interior and a stiff ride were also listed as major problems with Toyota‘s small city car.

The Dodge Grand Caravan also makes the list, but not for a noisy cabin or stiff-ride. Consumer Reports even says that the van is versatile, comfortable and well equipped. The issue they cite is reliability. The Grand Caravan is apparently the most problematic minivan, as it suffers from squeaks, loose interior trim, power equipment issues and sliding door problems.

Last on the list is the Ford Edge. During Consumer Reports testing of a V6 all-wheel drive Edge, loud cabin noise, a stiff ride, and the unintuitive MyFord Touch system were all listed as major problems with the crossover.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

  • FrednEthel

    I don’t know about the other four choices, but Consumer Reports needs to be contested on their view of the Ford Edge.  I think they are very wrong.  A few weeks ago I rented a vehicle from Avis while on a two week vacation in Washington State and British Columbia, Canada.  I was given an upgrade to the Ford Edge…brand new, AWD, and 3000 miles on the odometer.  I thought it had a fantastic ride in city and mountain driving…not once did I ever think it had a stiff ride.  It was smooth, and extremely comfortable.  The cabin was exceptionally quiet.  I was quite impressed with the quality and solidness of the vehicle in keeping noise out.  I’m not the geeky type, but the MyTouch system was not that difficult to figure out…and it is quite logical in the menu structure that it uses.  The touch screen technology that is used is superb.  I really liked and enjoyed this vehicle, and am seriously considering purchasing one.  My girlfriend fell in love with this vehicle too….her favorite feature, above all others, is the fact that she doesn’t have to deal with the gas-cap at the fuel pump…It has none!!

  • Banks

    WTF. Sure the Civic’s interior isn’t amazing, but “Avoid”? Are they F-ing nuts.

  • Beetlejuice

    “Consumer Reports is a non profit organization, but they’ll take
    donations. and guess who donated a LARGE amount of money at the end of
    the 4th quarter in 2011?” Hmmmm I wonder *cough* Hyundai *cough*

  • Phil

    I drive a civic LX coupe and I love the look, the ride, the interior and is awesome bang for the buck!
    the car feels agile, light, precise, nimble, its fun to drive yet comfortable, peppy and great on fuel, well equiped and affordable, well put together and reliable. it is my 6th honda and my favorite so far … when i see, feel and drive other compacts, i truly cannot see what’s so much better about ’em … ALSO there is a lot of better reviews about the 2012 civic out there, …take that CR

  • Lawrence

    I can Speak for the Civic Si 2012.
    *The Most annoying thing in the Civic SI is the “Rev Hang” google it. Basically once you release the accelerator, the engine keeps the revs for 1 second, You need to wait to shift.
    *The inside is LOUD, once you go over 3000 rpm, the engine is loud (not the nice sports car loud, but more like noise)
    Other than the bad driving experience due the rev hang, car is good.