Consumer Reports Publishes List Of 108 Used Cars You Should Steer Clear Of

Used cars are great. They’re a lot cheaper than new ones, are easier to work on, and represent better value for money. That’s not true for all used cars, though, as Consumer Reports complied a list of no less than 108 vehicles you should avoid purchasing.

The list is ordered by automaker, so it’s pretty lengthy. CR claims that these 108 vehicles are worse than other used cars on the market because they have “much-worse-than-average” reliability.

While enthusiasts like to poke fun at exotic automakers for being unreliable, American brands ranked at the top for having the most used cars to avoid. Chevrolet, for one, had 14 cars that the outlet said to stay away from, ranging from the Camaro to the Silverado.

Volkswagen also had a substantial amount of used vehicles to avoid, with CR singling out 11 cars consumers should stay away from. The Volkswagen Golf GTI, one of the best hot hatchbacks on the market, also made the you-must-avoid-this list.

Ford had 10 vehicles on that list. Interestingly, the 2017 Ford Mustang is included, as is the 2017 Fusion. The automaker’s F-150 pickup truck wasn’t on the list though; quite the opposite, actually, as it made its way to Consumer Reports’ list of top models from the brand.

Brands that enthusiasts like to poke fun of for reliability, like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi only had a couple of vehicles to avoid. BMW has the most with five models to steer clear of, Mercedes-Benz has three, and Audi only two.

Unless you’re looking into buying a used Volkswagen, Chevrolet, or Ford, then, you should be okay – at least according to Consumer Reports. While they do a good amount of testing and research to come up with these kinds of lists, which make for a nice starting point, we advise doing your own research before purchasing a used car.

To see the list in its entirety, where the automakers are indexed in alphabetical order, just click here.

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  • brn

    So I should avoid the 2017 Fusion, but not the 2016 Fusion?

  • Oh, they seem to have missed themselves in that report.

    • OdysseyTag

      Golden response!

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    This is the same company who listed the iPhone 6S as ha ING one of the best camera phones but not any of the Google Pixel phones.


    Accord to Consumer Reports, I should avoid the (MY 2016-2017) Camaro, (MY 2014-2017) Corvette, (MY 2010-2016) Challenger, (MY 2013-2015) Charger, (MY 2012, 2015 and 2017) Mustang, (MY 2012) Wrangler, (MY 2009, 2015 and 2016) MX-5 Miata, and (MY 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016) Golf GTI,

    Yeah . . . . . I’m just going to go ahead and ignore that. 🙂 The rest of the list I don’t really care for. That also includes the WRX STI which they also advised me to avoid. I am going to leave this here, though, because it was also on the list.

  • GobbleUp

    The same company that has hated on the Tesla but it’s the greatest car I have owned, transformative. Noo service or maint needed in 35k miles.

    Suck it CR.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      How often do you rotate the tires?

      • GobbleUp


    • bd0007

      Guess that CR giving the Model S the highest road test score they have ever given is invalid then.

      And oh, CR gives Tesla a low score for reliability (aka the “hate”) – the data coming from actual OWNERS.

  • lol 2016-2017 volvo xc90 is on the list, one of the safest SUVs ever manufactured. What little credibility CR had just went down the shatter

    • Safety has nothing to do with reliability…

      • Mine has been completely reliable. There have been lemons, but a majority of owners on Swedespeed are happy with theirs.

        • Us Yanks get lower specced (lower quality) VWs than the rest of the world…it must be the Germans’ attempt at revenge for losing WWII…

  • VW is on the list as expected…

  • Ron

    You really should avoid anything Consumer Reports ever reports.

  • Harry_Wild

    No listing for Land Rover – Range Rover!

  • Craig

    Chrysler looks pretty good!

  • DMax

    More like Consumer Fake News.

  • schnittz

    How ever pays more CR, gets recommend. And vise versa!

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