These Are the Worst Cars of 2014, According to Consumer Reports

A couple of days ago, Consumer Reports posted its 2014 Car Brand Report Cards, praising luxury manufacturers such as Lexus, Acura and Audi and sending Ford and Jeep to the bottom of the list.
2014 Chrysler 200 1 photo
Photo: Chrysler
Moving over to car models the Tesla Model S was named Best Overall Pick for the year, with just one more American car winning its category - the Ram 1500 pickup truck. The other selections consisted of five Japanese vehicles (from Subaru, Honda and Toyota), two German cars (BMW 328i and Audi A6) and South Korea's Hyundai.

Now, Consumer Reports released its annual list of worst vehicles, selecting no less than 22 cars and SUVs in nine categories - basically everything from subcompacts to large luxury carriers, except pickup trucks.

The 2014 list is everything but good news for the Chrysler Group, who has no less than seven models nominated. The Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Avengers are the only vehicles selected for the midsize sedan category, while three of the four small SUVs are Jeeps, including the brand new Cherokee with the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine. The Dodge Dart also made the compact list, alongside the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Scion tC, while the Dodge Journey is among the year’s worst midsize & large SUV.

The Ford Motor Company is next in line with four models. The Ford Taurus is the only large sedan to be included on the list, while the Ford Edge is as bad as the Dodge Journey, according to Consumer Reports. As for Lincoln, the MKS made the luxury sedan list, while the MKX was one of the three nominations for the worst luxury SUV.

Toyota and Mitsubishi are the other automakers to have more than one vehicle picked by CR. The former is represented by the Lexus IS, the tiny Scion iQ and the facelifted Scion tC. The latter had the Lancer and the Outlander named among the worst compact cars and small SUVs.

Scroll below for Consumer Reports’ full 2014 worst new cars list, courtesy of The Detroit Bureau, and tell us if they got it right, or should've excluded/added some cars from/to the list.

Subcompact cars: Smart ForTwo, Scion iQ, Chevrolet Spark
Compact cars: Scion tC, Mitsubishi Lancer, Dodge Dart
Midsize sedans: Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger
Large sedans: Ford Taurus
Luxury sedans: Lexus IS, Lincoln MKS, BMW 7-Series
Wagons & minivans: Honda Crosstour
Small SUVs: Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, Jeep Cherokee with 2.4-liter engine, Mitsubishi Outlander
Midsize & large SUVs: Ford Edge, Nissan Armada, Dodge Journey
Luxury SUVs: Volvo XC90, Lincoln MKX, Range Rover Evoque
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram X (Twitter)
About the author: Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea profile photo

Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories