The Worst Cars Of 2017

Posted: Nov 3 2017, 1:22pm CDT | by , in Reviews | Cars & Vehicles

The Worst Cars of 2017
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Here are the cars that didn’t leave us feeling eager for another turn at the wheel in 2017.

Did you know that early cars had total-loss oil and cooling systems? That means all the coolant and oil would drain from the car during a regular drive, and you had to replace them regularly. That was the best system we had at the time.

Modern cars keep all the fluids on the inside, for the most part. We expect more from our cars these days, but sometimes there are still disappointments. Here are the cars that didn’t leave us feeling eager for another turn at the wheel in 2017.

Mitsubishi Small Cars

Mitsubishi is known for being quirky and youthful, qualities that should go over well in the small car segment. Unfortunately, neither the long-running Mirage line or Mitsubishi’s new i-MiEV electric runabout is a vehicle you would want to own.

These cars offer good fuel mileage, but that’s about it. The MiEV stands no chance of competing with the likes of the Prius or Nissan Leaf, it’s cramped inside and features a 62-mile range. Its gas-sipping cousin the Mirage is more normal looking but its engine is coarse, and it can't compete with the euro-inspired handling other small hatchbacks deliver these days.

Toyota Tacoma

What? Possibly no import vehicle in America has a more loyal following than the Tacoma, but while sales remain strong, the Taco's lack of modern features leave it struggling to compare with the new generation of compact pickups. It also features a stiff ride, and the top-of-the-line engine is borrowed from a Camry.

Dodge Journey

Chrysler relies on the hip Jeep line to keep their bottom line in the black when things get dicey, but they don’t seem to have learned anything about how to make a crossover from the Renegade and Compass.

This is a car that doesn’t offer Bluetooth in 2017. Between that, it's not-even-trying looks and a disparaging reliability record. We don't recommend that you take any long journeys in the Journey.

Maserati Ghibli

If you’re looking for a cheap way into an exotic Italian Marque, here it is. These cars are selling on the used market at fractions of their original asking price. Maserati’s selling point with this car is often its Ferrari-derived V6, but it has been proven to deliver miserable fuel mileage, and with many owners reporting reliability problems, you had better keep an extra head gasket or some sealer around.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover offers the same type of chic appeal that Maserati does, but in a rugged SUV you would expect could take some punishment. Unfortunately, the new "Disco" Sport has a taut suspension that rattles passengers in town, and with a buying audience that generally doesn't take these cars off-road, the high price of entry for high-tech four-wheeling features is a turn-off.

Chrysler 200

Truly a rental-fleet special, the 200 showed promise initially as the little brother of Chrysler’s phoenix-like 300, but then quickly lost its glow. The car’s transmission is unsure of itself and attached to a raucous four-cylinder that lacks fuel economy and refinement. Handling is ponderous and reminds you why people hate rentals. Do better, Chrysler.

Hey, they can't all be winners. We have high standards for cars today, and all of these cars could get you where you need to go in a pinch. Usually. Just take something else if you've got the option.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.




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