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Looking For A New Vehicle? Here Are Some Models To Avoid

Since Consumer Reports dropped the new Honda Civic from its list of recommended vehicles, multiple auto experts have been reviewing new models to check for safety technologies and other features to come up with lists of vehicles that may not be as reliable as its competitors or even as competent when it comes to engine power and material quality.

According to a series of reports, experts have tested vehicles and gathered details regarding multiple models to come up with a list of vehicles that should be avoided by consumers due to their lack of quality or incapability of meeting expectations while under the glare of scrutiny. Specialists have indicated that ratings published by the Consumer Reports along details unveiled by the latest Initial Quality, Vehicle Dependability And Performance, Execution and Layout Studies carried out by J.D. Power and Associates were used as basis for the furnishing of this listing. According to the news, experts have also looked into safety ratings of the models being reviewed. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was also used in the process.

According to the official report, the new Dodge Journey may have gone under a much-needed redesign but the final product shows us that not all updates are poised to make vehicles more reliable. Experts have indicated that the new Dodge midsize crossover SUV is not as refined and reliable as its rivals, which could have a lot to do with the vehicle’s in-floor storage bins, disappointing engine and tricky four-speed automatic transmission. According to the Consumer Reports, the 2012 Dodge Journey is mediocre and lacks agility and competence.

Other vehicle models included in the list of cars to avoid are the 2012 Jeep Compass and the 2012 Jeep Patriot. According to specialists, both of these vehicles are under achievers equipped with a clunky manual transmission or a harsh gear-less CVT automatic version of its transmission that can be quite disappointing. According to the reports, Consumer Reports indicated that these two models were the worst performing models of their segment CR specialists tested. Safety ratings for these two vehicles were also observed. According to the IIHS, both models received marginal side-impact performance ratings.

The new Jeep Wrangler has also been added to the list of vehicles to avoid, mainly due to the fact this model continues to be inferior when compared to all rival models. When it comes to performance, comfort and reliability, this model loses to all other vehicles of its segment. Consumer Reports described the handling of this vehicle as clumsy and the cabin is noisy. The agency also stated that this model did not receive great safety ratings from IIHS crash testings.

For more on this article and the full list of models to avoid, click here for the full report.

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