Consumer Reports, the venerable publication that puts cars through a gauntlet of tests before deciding whether or not to recommend them to shoppers, put out its list of the worst cars that its analysts drove over the past year.
Head on through to see the vehicles that will certainly not be recommended unless they receive some significant updates.
2013 Honda Crosstour
Sticker Price: $27,230 - $34,990
Invoice Price: $24,912 - $31,989
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
The Honda Crosstour is supposed to be a cross between a sedan and an SUV, but it doesn't play the part very well. Consumer Reports found the Crosstour has huge blind spots and less cargo room than pure SUVs. The publication also thought it was far too expensive.
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2014 Lexus IS 250Sticker Price: $35,950 - $38,485
Invoice Price: $33,436 - $35,792
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway
The Lexus IS 250 is slow, cramped, loud and simply less refined all around than its competition, Consumer Reports said. Fuel economy on this luxury sport sedan is also disappointing.
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2013 Lincoln MKS
Sticker Price: $42,870 - $49,860
Invoice Price: $40,727 - $47,367
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway
Cramped, expensive and packed with confusing technology, the Lincoln MKS scored too low for Consumer Reports to recommend. These flaws mean that Lincoln's flagship vehicle lags well behind its competition, the publication said. Visibility is also poor and the exterior design is not nearly as attractive as other vehicles in the segment.
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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
Sticker Price: $12,995 - $14,195
Invoice Price: $12,712 - $13,886
Fuel Economy: 34 mpg city, 42 mpg highway
The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the least expensive new cars on the market, but you get what you pay for. Consumer Reports found the Mirage to be painfully slow, have horrible handling and come with an interior that belongs in the last decade.
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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Sticker Price: $29,900 - $47,450
Invoice Price: $27,807 - $44,129
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg city, 38 mpg highway
Though the prospect of getting a Mercedes for under $30,000 may be very tempting, Consumer Reports says you should hold off on getting the CLA-Class. It's attractive and fuel efficient, but driving dynamics aren't great and it's next to impossible to find one for the $29,900 sticker price we've seen on all of those advertisements.
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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
Sticker Price: $22,995 - $27,795
Invoice Price: $22,024 - $26,621
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
Consumer Reports found the Mitsubishi Outlander to be sluggish, heavy and unrefined, putting it at the bottom of the highly competitive small SUV segment. Things have been looking bleak for Mitsubishi here in the U.S. for some time now, and mediocre vehicles like the Outlander aren't helping.
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2013 Nissan Versa Sedan
Sticker Price: $11,990 - $16,890
Invoice Price: $11,577 - $16,288
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway
The Nissan Versa sedan is another one of the cheapest cars on the market, and driving it makes that very obvious. Consumer Reports says that the ride is terrible, interior is cheap and handling is very poor.
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2013 Nissan Sentra
Sticker Price: $15,990 - $19,590
Invoice Price: $15,423 - $18,270
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway
The Nissan Sentra isn't the worst car in the world, but compared to competitors like the Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Jetta, it simply doesn't deliver. Consumer Reports found the Sentra to be too noisy and poor to drive to recommend.
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2014 Chevrolet Spark
Sticker Price: $12,170 - $16,385
Invoice Price: $11,805 - $15,730
Fuel Economy: 31 mpg city, 39 mpg highway
Consumer Reports said that the Chevrolet Spark has some redeeming qualities, such as its low sticker price and connectivity features, but the small hatchback is utterly miserable to drive, as it is loud, slow and uncomfortable. The publication was also disappointed in the real-world fuel economy it achieved.
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2014 Scion tC
Sticker Price: $19,210 - $21,440
Invoice Price: $18,249 - $20,368
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
Consumer Reports says that although the Scion tC looks like a sporty coupe, it simply doesn't perform like one, as it has poor handling and a stiff and noisy ride. Other issues with the tC include a cheap interior and big blind spots that negatively affect visibility.
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