Consumer Reports has announced its annual list of worst vehicles, a cringe-inducing contrast to its list of top vehicles. Ignominiously leading the way in 2014 is Chrysler, which has a staggering seven models listed.

Jeep nearly sweeps the small SUV segment by itself, with its Compass, Patriot and 2.4-liter version of the new Cherokee, while the only midsize sedans listed by CR were the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger. The new Dodge Dart and the Dodge Journey round out CR's condemnation of Chrysler.

Ford is taking heat as well, with the Taurus, Edge and their counterparts from Lincoln all listed as the worst vehicles in their respective segments. Toyota doesn't fare much better, with its Lexus IS, Scion iQ and tC also making the list.

We do agree with CR on some of its listings, like the Smart ForTwo, Mitsubishi Lancer and Honda Crosstour. Some, though, are just baffling. In what way is a BMW 7 Series one of the worst luxury sedans on the market? We have the same question regarding the Lexus IS and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. CR also saved some guff at the ancient Volvo XC90, a vehicle that despite its age, remains a competent and very safe luxury crossover.

We've got the full list of losers courtesy of TheDetroitBureau.com classified by segment below. Have a look at our gallery of besmirched autos above, and then head into Comments and let us know which picks you agree with, disagree with and which models you think should be added to the list.

UPDATE: A Chrysler spokesperson told Autoblog that Consumer Reports' Dodge Dart findings were based on time spent with a 2013 model year vehicle. Chrysler is currently working with CR to have them re-test a 2014 model year Dart.
Subcompact cars
  • Smart ForTwo
  • Scion iQ
  • Chevrolet Spark
Compact cars
  • Scion tC
  • Mitsubishi Lancer
  • Dodge Dart

Midsize sedans
  • Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger

Large sedans
  • Ford Taurus

Luxury sedans
  • Lexus IS
  • Lincoln MKS
  • BMW 7-Series

Wagons & minivans
  • Honda Crosstour

Small SUVs
  • Jeep Compass
  • Jeep Patriot
  • Jeep Cherokee with 2.4-liter engine
  • Mitsubishi Outlander

Midsize & large SUVs
  • Ford Edge
  • Nissan Armada
  • Dodge Journey

Luxury SUVs
  • Volvo XC90
  • Lincoln MKX
  • Range Rover Evoque


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      chrismcfreely
      • 10 Months Ago
      How did Chrysler screw up the new 2.4 so bad? That was what they needed the most, their Pentastar engines are great.
        carguy1701
        • 10 Months Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        It's still based on the World Engine, they just re-did the cylinder head; the short block is mostly carry-over. I wouldn't be completely surprised if it wasn't just a stopgap measure while a clean-sheet replacement is developed.
      Andrew Berardinelli
      • 10 Months Ago
      To me, CR's auto reviews are for people who don't know cars, by people who don't know cars, but feel entitled. I would spend less time sounding disappointed that a cup-holder doesn't double as a toilet, and give props to the Spark for being the highest crash test rated subcompact.
      lendersmith
      • 10 Months Ago
      Over the years, Consumer Reports have slagged some very good vehicles, and praised some very bad ones. They should stick to rating appliances, as that is clearly their view of an automobile's role. For me, (as a gear-head), they have no "cred" whatsoever when it comes to choosing a vehicle.
        whofan
        • 10 Months Ago
        @lendersmith
        Years ago I bought CR`s #1 rated washer and it cost half the purchase price over six years in repairs. So I don`t trust CR on appliances either.
      Trobbins88
      • 10 Months Ago
      CR evaluating new cars makes about as much sense as Car & Driver evaluating women's underwear...they should stick to something they know like blenders and electric shaving devices.
      Love Great Danes
      • 10 Months Ago
      The only use for Consumer Reports magazine is for my dog to tinkle on
      b.rn
      • 10 Months Ago
      I remember the Jeep Wrangler was on their worst list a few years ago. They praised it for it's off road capability and called it a remarkable vehicle. They put it at the bottom of the rankings because they didn't think it would make a good "family car". I'm pretty sure Jeep never intended it to be a family car. CR shouldn't make recommendations. Even when they know what their talking about, the recommendations are misleading.
        wendavid99
        • 10 Months Ago
        @b.rn
        They recommendations are useful for average car shoppers, those who just want to get the work done safely and with lowest cost.
          john96xlt
          • 10 Months Ago
          @wendavid99
          Actually, that is they type of person who is dealt a major disservice with articles like these. If they just want to "get the work done safely with lowest cost", there are plenty of cars on this list that are fully capable of doing so without question.
      Andre Neves
      • 10 Months Ago
      I've owned a lot of great cars in past years. Never once have I ever considered giving a care in the world about what consumer reports has to say about any of my choices.
      Milosz Ostrow
      • 8 Months Ago
      I might read the Consumer Reports opinions on these vehicles and use them as part of my evaluation, but I wouldn't rely on them for a decision. CR allegedly rated the Chevrolet Corvette poorly some years ago for "body rust". How does a plastic car body "rust"? Do your own research. The only thing CR can add to the mix is whether a product is unreliable and has a disproportionate rate of defects and manufacturer's recalls.
      Garrison Sloan
      • 9 Months Ago
      C R knows next to nothing about cars, how can you take a new vehicle and drive it for a few days or weeks and then come back and say it is not a good car, well tell me, what is your version of a good car, because from what I know a good car serve 7-10 years just changing wear and tear parts, like tires, battery, belts, brakes, altinator, hoses, fluids, bulbs, things like that and still running strong. Therefore how can you guys test new cars for a couple of weeks and then arive at this conclusion. At this time in life the automobile has evolved into a complex machine, and I think you guys are factoring too much of the techs that these automobiles have into your test, when the most important thing about an automobile is i'st ability to start and drive, and start and drive for 7-10 years with minor repairs along the way meaning the drive trains still performing after all those years. There are many cars out there that are still going strong that you guys have condemned over the years, your condemnation of automobiles should not be base on steering feel, seat comfort, ride comfort, breaking distants, dash and knobs lay out, visibility, engine power, transmission feel, gas milage, and all that jazz. You guys have not a clue, their are many cars that you guys praised in the pass and after two years the engine or transmission is gone. In the end, your test is irrelevent and can no way determin a good or bad automoblie in a few weeks.
        vernsmaria
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Garrison Sloan
        I agree! 7 to 10 years with minor wear and tear IMO is a good car. I'm curious also what do they consider good cars? Most people don't keep a car for 10 years but it's good to know you can if you must.
      gundamspitfire
      • 10 Months Ago
      I have noticed that Consumer Reports has been on a tear and been unfairly condemning vehicles that do not deserve it. And their reviews about cars have been way different than major motor publications. Personally, I do not believe they cannot be trusted. It's like going to Wal*Mart and trying to find a knitting expert to assist your buying decision. Chances are very good that it isn't going to happen.
      JonZeke
      • 10 Months Ago
      No surprise about the old 200 and Avenger. I'm really looking forward to reviews on the new 200, I certainly hope they can turn that nameplate around. From a brief sit at the car show the 200 has promise, but will it deliver?
        U crazy
        • 10 Months Ago
        @JonZeke
        Just newer junk
          Autoholics Anonymous
          • 10 Months Ago
          @U crazy
          Not necessarily with the new 200 ditching the old Mitsubishi GS platform in favor of a more modern one.
          john96xlt
          • 10 Months Ago
          @U crazy
          Really? So you've driven it against it's peers, you've tested it inside and out, compared it's facts and figures and come up with an informed decision on it? I'd love to have heard your thoughts on the Ford Taurus circa December, 1985, assuming you were even alive then. "oh, same ole junk as da "el tee dee" alwyz wuz"
      ThatsMrCarGuyToYou
      • 10 Months Ago
      ...this list is laughable. Really? Consumer Reports... possible pay to play.
        carlotta
        • 10 Months Ago
        @ThatsMrCarGuyToYou
        actually, CR is the least likely to be pay for play of any source - you really don't know your stuff.
          Hoosyourdaddyo
          • 10 Months Ago
          @carlotta
          Advertising dollars aren't the only way to buy a magazines influence. Outright bribery is far more effective.
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