11 Rides to Scratch Off Your List

Consumer Reports says don't waste your money on these wheels
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Mar 9, 2008 3:02 PM CDT
The Toyota FJ Cruiser.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but performance isn't. Here are the 11 vehicles Consumer Reports rates the worst in this year's testing:

  1. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Handles like a tank
  2. Hummer H3: Poor visibility, fuel economy
  3. Jeep Liberty Sport: Noisy, poor finish, fuel economy
  4. Chevrolet Aveo5: Sluggish, poor handling
  5. Dodge Nitro SLT: Poor ride, handling, fuel economy

  1. Toyota FJ Cruiser: Poor visibility, ride, handling, uses premium gas
  2. Toyota Yaris: Weak acceleration, handling, "vague shifting"
  3. Suzuki Forenza: Sluggish, poor ride, fuel economy
  4. Jeep Patriot: Poor pickup, visibility, noise, finish
  5. Chevrolet TrailBlazer: Clumsy handing, sloppy braking
  6. Mercury Grand Maquis: Annoying engine noise, poor seat, ride, fuel efficiency