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Consumer Reports' Least-Loved Cars

Not every relationship is a happy one, says Consumer Reports, after tallying up the results of its survey asking 350,000 new-car owners if they would buy their same car all over again.

While 70 percent of those who responded to the survey were happy with their initial choices, that means a decent-sized chunk of buyers wish they would have chosen differently. There are three cars that stand out as the least loved, falling below a 50-percent happiness rating.

Follow along as we take a look at the least-loved cars as reported by Consumer Reports.
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3. Kia Rio

Sticker Price: $13,900 - $18,090
Invoice Price: $13,646 - $17,278
Fuel Economy: 27 City / 37 Highway

The first loser on our list of least-loved cars is the Kia Rio, with just 46 percent of owners who responded to Consumer Reports' survey saying they would choose to buy another.

The fact that so many Consumer Reports readers aren't pleased with their Kia Rios is surprising, as we generally consider the little Kia to be a well-rounded urban runabout with good gas mileage for its class, which includes the mechanically similar Hyundai Accent.

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2. Jeep Compass

Sticker Price: $18,795 - $27,995
Invoice Price: $18,583 - $26,951
Fuel Economy: 23 City / 30 Highway

Earning the less-than-coveted second-worst rating from Consumer Reports readers is the Jeep Compass. Just 43 percent of Compass owners say they would choose to buy the compact SUV over again.

We're not surprised to see the Compass on this list, though we will say that the most recent models are significantly superior to those from a few years ago, with better styling, an improved interior and a more refined drivetrain making the 2014 model the best Compass Jeep has ever built.

Still, the Jeep Compass has never been a top performer in the compact SUV category, and owners are apparently not particularly pleased with it overall.

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1. Nissan Versa Sedan

Sticker Price: $11,990 - $16,890
Invoice Price: $11,703 - $16,465
Fuel Economy: 27 City / 36 Highway

Earning the unenviable position of the least-loved new car of all in 2014 is the Nissan Versa Sedan. Just 42 percent of owners who responded to Consumer Reports say they would buy another Versa Sedan if given the choice.

The Nissan Versa's biggest claim to fame is its low initial purchase price, but that value proposition may not be enough to overcome its cheap-feeling interior, low-power engine and uninspiring driving dynamics.

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