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Forbes has released its 2011 Worst Cars on the Road list, and the outcome is not pretty for American manufacturers. With the exception of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the 2011 Smart ForTwo and the 2011 Nissan Titan, the cars on the list are all American-made. Worse than that, they all come from two manufacturers: General Motors and Chrysler. Ford managed to avoid the list completely.

To determine which cars get the dubious honor and which don't, Forbes compiles results from six studies by Consumer Reports including the Most Reliable Cars Report, Best and Worst Safety Performance Survey, Best and Worst Fuel Economy, Highest Cost of Ownership, the Best and Worst Values Report and Consumer Reports' overall scores for new cars.

Chrysler made the list with the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country, which racked up dismal scores for reliability and cost of ownership. Both the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Liberty made the cut, with the Liberty scoring poorly for reliability and fuel economy. The Wrangler joined the Liberty in the reliability department, and also ranked for worst value, and made a spot on Consumer Reports' Worst Cars list. The 2011 Dodge Nitro and Dodge Dakota made the list for similar reasons.

The picture is almost as bleak at GM, where offerings from Chevrolet and Cadillac crowded the picture. The base model 2011 Cadillac Escalade earned spots on the Worst Value, Highest Cost of Ownership and Worst Safety Performance lists. The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid hung with the Cadillac for Worst Value and safety, and earned a spot on the Least Reliable roster as well. The Chevrolet Aveo and Chevrolet Colorado rounded out the worst General Motors offerings for 2011.

Though the results make it seem like General Motors and Chrysler still can't do anything right, there are plenty of vehicles from both manufacturers that didn't make the list. Added to that, luxury vehicles like the Escalade are at a disadvantage in the value and cost of ownership categories. Head over to Forbes for further explanation on how the worst cars are weeded out. Thanks for the tip, Irving!



[Source: Forbes]


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      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a pretty silly measurement system. A Ferrari is very expensive to own and has fuel consumption too. Does that mean Forbes thinks they are the worst on the road? As many Forbes subscribers know, there's more to a car than the total cost of ownership. Look at the Mercedes S550 as an example. No buyer of it is going to switch to an Accord because it's so much a smarter buy.
        Blake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        No, but perhaps a Panamera or equivalent 7-series is. It's about cost of ownership relative to its price bracket. The S550 is by no means a bad car in general, but I can see why it was picked.
      HaterSlayer
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is why doing a best car list from Consumer Reports is stupid. Yes the Escalade and S-Class are 2 of the 10 worst vehicles on the road. :|
      MiguelAngel
      • 3 Years Ago
      The S Class is a great car. Yes is Expensive and yes is not fuel efficient but is the pinnacle (Obiously leaving out the Maybach) that Mercedes can do. People who can buy an S-Class care only about the quiet interior, the massage seats and the presence and status of the brand. If they where looking for bang for the buck every Rolls Royce and Bentley are worse value than the S-Class.
      Danaon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not really surprised. The Aveo is getting replaced later this year, the Colorado is up for replacement in a couple more years but is lackluster as well. The Escalade I can understand if they are taking cost of ownership into account, but it's not really sold as a "low ownership cost" vehicle. Also, not surprised there are a lot of GM/Chrysler cars on the list, they are using CR as a source after all.
      nitrostreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didn't Consumer Reports also complain about VW "dumbing-down" their Jetta to which VW responded that lowering the sticker price sells more cars.
      CMB
      • 3 Years Ago
      This list came out weeks ago... Come on guys you can't be that desperate that you would run an old Forbes article? Or are you desperate?
      Shiraz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im suprised a mercedes made the list, i would replace that with my cobalt without even thinking. But other than the Escalade and Yukon, you dont see very many of the other cars on the road to much.
      Alterego
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with most of these. I'm surprised by the T&C being included, though. I really wanted to like the Aveo, but after driving one I've got to admit it's pretty lame. Now as for the Smart car, I could put up with any reliability problems in order to make more room in my garage, if they'd only change the name. (Haven't driven one, though)
        joe23521
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alterego
        The T&C on there is LAST YEAR'S model. They don't have anything on the 2011, so they put the 2010 model on this year's list again. Pretty pathetic if you ask me.
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anything with Consumer Reports attached, is nothing more than toilet wipe.
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        No, they just contain information that most car enthusiasts care less about, but the average car buyer still finds valuable.
        gtv4rudy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        ... except when they bad mouth the Japanese cars.
      Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perhaps the least worthwhile list I've seen this year.
        Mark Werther
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Austin
        Amen to that! Hopefully, the average Forbes reader is intelligent enough to see that this list is poorly researched and populated. The Town & Country in particular, with the new drivetrain and interior will prove to far outshine it's predecessor in quality, fuel economy and reliability. Judging luxury cars like the S Class and Escalade on value? PUH-leeze! Besides, I think I read here on AutoBlog that the best bang for the buck Hybrid is the MB S400!
          joe23521
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mark Werther
          Agreed. I find it pretty distasteful that the author went so far out of his way to include a 2010 model on a 2011 list, especially since said model has GREATLY improved for 2011. I question his motives as well as his professionalism.
      rmkensington
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need to put the BMW 7 series on there too. Soul crushing depreciation and high repair costs for an overly complicated car that doesnt do anything the 5 series cant, except cost more.
        Polly Prissy Pants
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        If you're going to add cars then how about Land Rover and VW. I call shenanigans based on their absence.
      LEDfoot
      • 3 Years Ago
      The wrangler has the worst value? Really, it has like the best residual of any car on the market today. A two year old used ones goes for $1000 less than a brand new one. Why isn't the insight and the CRZ on this list? Or the infinity G-series that barely gets better gas mileage than a fullsize SUV and is designed to eat the front tires at about 7500 miles.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LEDfoot
        "The wrangler has the worst value? Really, it has like the best residual of any car on the market today." Ummm no, far from it. It would have served you well to have done a little research.
          Ragav
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Consumer reports is the most anti-car magazine on earth. They dislike BMW,Audi ,Jaguar but thy love Toyota and Lexus- SOUL LESS CARS. No one cares about Consumer Reports.
          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          get**
        Rick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LEDfoot
        Not even in the top ten http://www.cars.com/go/advice/Story.jsp?section=buy&story=hiResidual&subject=best_resale Domestics always seem to dominate the wrong types of lists.
        bwaugh06
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LEDfoot
        I agree with your main point to an extent. Several niche vehicles get a bum rap including this one because often it isn't viewed as the niche vehicle it is. Also a good point is most niche vehicles keep their value pretty well. Just look at the Mistubishi Evolution which has one of the best resales around because of it's niche market. However, the G Series is one of the most reliable and solid performance luxury at a good price with terrific resale value and if you can find any articles to indicate otherwise then please shed some light. As for your tires statement, I do not see any validality. In fact, I guarantee you Wrangler tires would be more subject to wear and tear on asphalt.
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