Those crusaders of shopping empowerment over at Consumer Reports have put together a list of five cars to avoid, even if their sales numbers suggest otherwise. CR points out that just because a vehicle is making a lot of buzz and ringing cash registers, that doesn't necessarily make it a wise choice for buyers. According to the report, these are vehicles that either tested poorly or have been experiencing poor reliability in their new car surveys.

Perhaps of little surprise is the presence of the Honda Civic on this list. The latest Civic has been getting dinged by auto critics left and right, and CR specifically points to a "Choppy ride, noisy cabin, vague steering, and mediocre interior quality" as reasons for its inclusion on the list. Its a good thing, then, that a short-term update is its way.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Consumer Reports once again voices its disapproval of the Toyota Prius C. We knew they weren't in love with it when they reviewed it back in May, and apparently the passage of time hasn't softened their opinions of Toyota's least-expensive hybrid.

Check out the gallery of all five cars that Consumer Reports is telling buyers to avoid and then weigh in with your thought in Comments.



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      Duncan Pohl
      • 2 Years Ago
      CR hasn't had anything worth listening to about automobiles for years. Their tests are unreal, totally biased,and myopic in the standards they use. They never take into consideration the purpose of the car (note the comment below about how the meaning of the C in the moniker for the Prius C totally escapes CR's notice), think anything beyond a basic shoe with wheels is to be condemned and . . . . . I could go on and on, but CR lost it's credibility with me a LONGGGGG time ago. They are the last people I would look to for advise on buying a new car.
      Grady
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would add that the Accord and Civic simply aren't very stylish. The redesigns have been duds. The same is true of Audi in my opinion. They seem to be making great quality cars but to me they are bereft of any style. They make no statement, they're just swoopy lines and funny lights. The 3 and 7 series BMW's along with their SUV's are in this category as well, along with the Jetta.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Edge and Prius blob thing for sure. The Prius is just down right ugly (but then, so is the Edge) and it's a silly hybrid. The Edge has a comical grille, a tow rating no higher than the 4 banger Ford B9 Tribeca...I mean Escape (despite having the same powertrain as the Flex and Taurus Wagon...I mean Explorer that can tow 4500+ pounds). Plus, MyFord Touchy is the worst, most dangerous and complicated systems out there. It's clear Ford did approxmately ZERO testing before putting that pile of garbage into their appliances. The Edge truly is an answer to a question no one asked. It serves no purpose when it's no more capable than a B9 Tribeca (dang, did it again...I meant Escape).
        ebn.hahn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Ok "That Guy" AKA the "REALIST". Apperantly you are the only smart person on this planet who knows what the EDGE is all about. And everybody Else is STUPID!!. However, the FACT is that What you called" an answer for a question no body asked " Has been answering alot of questions for a lot of people.. JUST LOOK at SALES Numbers YOU MORON!!!!!! Why dont you crawl back under your rock and dont showup again till the next ICE AGE you D.B....
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ebn.hahn
          Sales? Thats all you can come up with? By that yardstick...lkook at how poor Ford's appliances are now compared to the same products of years past (Explorer, Taurus, Expedition, Focus, F-Series, etc) You are not very bright.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        [blocked]
        ebn.hahn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        The REALIST is Back....
      R S
      • 2 Years Ago
      Prius C really? Hey Consumer Reports find me another car for $18,000 dollars that that gets 53mpg. Also has the realiabilty and resale value? Its a small car with low amenities! Stop comparing the inside of sub compact to a luxury vehicle that cost 30 thousand more. Oh yeah Comsumer Reports, Have you ever tested the plastic dash on all these cars and found out they are the same composition as ones you rate higher? Just because you dont like the mold Toyota used, you ding a car? Give me a break! Stick to reliabitly and performance please!!
      ponycargt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree wholeheartedly with their advice on avoiding these 5 cars. For each of them there is a better alternative within its respective class.
        R S
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ponycargt
        What is the alternative to the prius c at 53 mpg and $18000, realiability and resale? Just saying!
          MMM
          • 2 Years Ago
          @R S
          Not being a dork?
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      CR is baloney. So are the rest of them. All car manufacturers have great cars and a few lemons. With that said, Honda has slipped in terms of style and reliability. And GM has always sucked.
        LBFTPSEC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RetrogradE
        ....GM isn't even a part of this article, so why bring them up? And overall, the current offerings that GM has equal or exceed their competition in many different categories of vehicles.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fact that they included the Civic in this list shows how much they have lost their credibiility. The Civic is one of the most competetive, reliable cars out there. It's also a head shaker how they put the Edge on that list. What really angers me is why this list isn't dominated by Hyundaid. They are popular cars with horrible reliability and shabby build quality, which only trashy ghetto people with bad credit buy, and Hyundai lies about their specs. Their performance specs, hp and mpg are all proven to be overrated.
        R S
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Hyundai does lie about a bunch of stuff. I bought a Hyundai and they told me its oil changes were at 7500 miles. I get a call from the dealership that I bought it from saying I was probally due for an oil change. I told them I was no where close to 7500 miles. They said since I live in Ohio, it is considered harsh driving conditions and its now 3000 miles. I thought I was being taken to the cleaners by my dealership and called their corporate hotline. The lady I talked to confirmed what they said. I asked her where did they not consider harsh driving conditions, and she said basically no where. I was so mad and kicked myself from switching from Toyota.
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @R S
          The type of oil used does not change the interval. Common misconception.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @R S
          [blocked]
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @R S
          @yomama Synthetic oil still has to be changed out at the specified interval because of the contaminants it traps. The oil itself is still good... but the additive package will have likely been used up, and the contaminants still accumulate whether you're running synthetic or dino oil.
      JRS200x
      • 2 Years Ago
      My suggestion would be to stay away from Consumer Reports when it comes to recommendations on cars personally.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Five Popular magazines to Avoid" when looking for car recommendations. 1. Consumer Reports 2. Robb Report 3. Forbes 4. Consumer Reports 5. Consumer Reports "Five Popular magazines to Get" when looking for toaster-oven recommendations or any other kitchen appliance. 1. Consumer Reports 2. Consumer Reports 3. Consumer Reports 4. Consumer Reports 5. Consumer Reports
        thyservant
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Your mechanic, my mechanic, and mechanics from all over the US thank you for your distrust of CR recommendations. CR does an outstanding job regarding various metrics of testing products. And while the 'car as appliance' approach may irritate we enthusiasts, it has it's place for the vast majority of car owners. I just spent 2 weeks in a rental Corolla. Not a car I would buy for myself, but a great little transportation appliance that I would certainly consider for my child. 35k+ miles, solid thunk door closing, somewhat nimble, superior reliability history and prediction, 34+mpg. As I begin my search for a new vehicle next year, CR will certainly be an important resource for me, as will TrueDelta, Edmunds, and owner blogs. It has its place. But don't ever undetestimate their mission and ability to meet it. Parts falling off a new car? What is this, 1975? Sorry....the theshold has moved higher thanks in great part to the work CR and others have done, and the manufactorers who don't recognize and respect that will be left behind. Why do you think Honda is rushing the Civic refresh to market next spring?
        The Other Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I don't trust CR for cars, or any other items I have some knowledge of, why would I trust them to give me advice on things I do not have expertise in?
      Robert Fahey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now that most cars are pretty reliable and do pretty well in crash-testing, the magazine's automotive advice is becoming irrelevant. I'd even say it's one of the Popular Magazines to Avoid, at least when it comes to cars.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Robert Fahey
        That is a fantasy! Most cars are NOT reliable. Have they gotten better, of course, but there are still a handful of brands that are far and above more reliable than the rest...
      Luke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know several people who've had an Edge, one in particular has the AWD V6 they speak of (MFT, too). She replaced a Murano with the Edge. She loves it and would never go back. Not one of our fleet Edges have had any problems...one was abused quite frequently. Her sister has the BMW SUV that's similar to the Edge; they traded vehicles for a week and the BMW owner now wants the Edge. CR is losing lots o' credibility lately....
        zach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Luke
        Lol you sound like the Ford commercials.
        PatrickH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Luke
        I rented an Edge for a week, and was entirely unimpressed. Underpowered, overweight and cramped for such a large vehicle.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PatrickH
          Underpowered??? Even the old one, pre-refresh, ran 0-60 in the 7's and the new one is in the 6's. It has a ton of room as well, front, back and cargo area. I am calling BS on your story.
        AnalogJesse
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Luke
        You are taking part in a logical fallacy called "anecdotal evidence."
      Bryant Keith
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm starting to distrust Consumer Reports. The last 3 things I bought on their recommendation turned out to be ****. Still think doing your own research gets you alot closer to what you want.
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