Top 5 Worst Cars of 2015 According to Consumer Reports

Top 5 Worst Cars of 2015 According to Consumer Reports has named its 2016 Car of the Year, but what did Consumer Reports find to be the worst cars of the year?

The publication has looked back on its ratings after testing cars of all shapes and sizes this year, pulling from the list its worst five vehicles. From insufferably noisy cabins to “spine-jolting, kidney-quivering” rides, these five vehicles are the ones to stay away from if you’re shopping for a new car, according to Consumer Reports.

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5. Toyota Yaris


Although it received a facelift for the 2015 model year, the Toyota Yaris proves that not every vehicle in the automaker’s lineup is a success. With a score of 47, the publication noted that the Yaris remains slow, noisy and tinny with a choppy ride and an awkward seating position. Powered by a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, it delivers weak acceleration and only returns 32 mpg overall, which is weak for a subcompact. Just how bad is the Toyota Yaris? Consumer Reports recommends you get a Scion iA instead.

4. Scion tC


Speaking of Scion, the once-loved coupe from the brand has become an afterthought. It’s not even sporty, according to Consumer Reports, and even though it comes with plenty of standard equipment, its stiff suspension and heavy steering leaves a lot to be desired. Even smooth roads give a jarring ride and the unpleasant engine drone and tiresome exhaust howl adds to the list of cons for the coupe. The Scion tC received a score of 44.

3. Mitsubishi i-MiEV


Maybe there’s a good reason why Mitsubishi wants to focus on crossovers and SUVs. Scoring just 35 points, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a disappointing electric vehicle with a 59-mile range and a six-hour recharge time. Consumer Reports found its ride horrendous, while the acceleration is painfully slow. To make matters worse, the interior is being referred to as “third-world” cheap and the publication has driven better golf carts – ouch.

2. Mitsubishi Mirage


Mitsubishi may have unveiled an updated Mirage at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show, but that likely won’t change how Consumer Reports feels about the compact car. Despite getting 37 mpg overall, the Mirage is powered by a small, vibration-prone three-cylinder engine. Handling is found to be clumsy to the point that it feels scary. Overall, the car is just too slow and too noisy, even if it’s cheap. The refreshed 2017 model will go on sale this spring and Consumer Reports will see if improvements have been made. The Mitsubishi Mirage GT scored 29.

1. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited


And at the bottom of the barrel this year isn’t a sack of coal but the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a paltry score of 20. The lowest-ranked vehicle has a punishing ride, reluctant handling and “drinks fuel like kids devour juice pouches” with a 17-mpg overall rating. Despite all that, Consumer Reports does acknowledge that 76 percent of Jeep Wrangler Unlimited owners would buy one again. But the publication stands that even though it’s impressive off-road, literally every other vehicle on the market is better to use as an everyday car.

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  • NewGuy

    Ha ha, Consumer Reports.

  • smartacus

    Well everybody already knows Scion tC and Toyota Yaris are just obtuse garbage.

  • Craig

    Given that 76% would buy one AGAIN – I guess CR thinks very little of people who BUY Jeeps! Do you want to know something CR? Maybe you just don’t get it.

  • Spyderman550

    Only 76%? A lousy buy-again figure! Jeeps might have been revered by our troops during WWII, but that was 70-75 years ago, and there must be a reason why the Military no longer uses Jeeps. CR “gets it” alright. The numbers they report are produced from questionaires received from Jeep owners, not out of the minds of some dimbulb who writes for CR.

  • Craig

    Lousy? The average is 70%. Where do you get the idea that 76 is lousy?

  • Jerry Baustian

    What I want to know is, what are the best and worst toasters, microwaves, refrigerators, and window air conditioning units?

  • pywaket_1

    Yeah, I just did a 5 day stint in a rental Yaris. What a complete POS that was. Cheap, plasticy, underpowered, noisy, sloppy handling and numb steering. Uncomfortable seats and driving position. How Toyota can even sell these things when the Fit and Accent and Rio and Mazda 2 and, well, any number of other, much nicer cars in the same price range exist is beyond me.

  • Abhay Vadhavkar

    Clearly you are completely out of touch with reality, or what is valuable to customers. Jeep sales are up 26% (+/-) and are what is keeping FCA afloat.

  • Jon Ashley

    Really, why are the TC and wrangler on this list. Not all cars ever produced are meant to be a quiet, refined, fuel sipping daily drivers. The TC handles well and sounds good imo and the wrangler seems to handle any conditions thrown at it. (Yes I’ve driven both)

  • NewGuy

    Yeah, I can’t take Consumer Reports seriously.

    Why would anyone in their right mind would drive a Wrangler and expect it to ride and handle like a car? The Wrangler is very specific and, in my opinion, the best vehicle there is for off-roading.

    And the tC has become the car that everyone loves to bash. Yeah, it could use an update. But it handles well, gets decent MPG, and is roomy inside. No, it’s not a true sports car but it’s a whole lot less expensive than a sports car, too.

  • Rickers

    Come on. The Wrangler sucks. Guys just buy it because they have small penises.

  • Danny Baker

    Don’t go by this report/opinion! I have a TC and it is a great car based on the Camry! It does every thing well and has room for 5!

  • You Should’ve Known Better

    The tc is not based on the Camry.