The 2010s have definitely brought us some very nice cars and all in all, it is a decade that definitely deserves some praise. Technological advances have truly blossomed in this decade and as a result, car manufacturers are continuing to produce better vehicles for each new model year.
However, although this has been truly a spectacular decade, it is clear that it has been full of lemons. In fact, there are cars from this decade that people have already given up on because of the number of issues that they possess. It is very important to know which vehicles these are, as people can still make the mistake of buying them used, or even brand new.
With all that has been stated thus far, in this article, we will be looking at 20 cars from the 2010s that are already filling up junkyards. It is extremely crucial to note that these cars will be coming from an abundance of different car manufacturers. They will show the fact that even the best car manufacturers of this decade have been prone to making a handful of bad vehicles, as well. There is no question that this absolutely displays the fact that people need to do some serious research before purchasing a new car. Even the best models are prone to having a lemon or two in their histories, so one must be aware.
Now, let's look at these junkyard cars from the 2010s!
20 2012 Dodge Nitro
The 2012 Dodge Nitro was supposed to be a very solid vehicle from the car manufacturer but this would end up not being the case—not in the slightest. This is larely because of the fact that this vehicle was weak when it came to its overall structure, which would drop its value quickly.
According to Car Complaints, this vehicle ran into most of its problems when it came to its faulty engine. When seeing how this was supposed to be a very solid family vehicle, it is clear that the manufacturer failed immensely and it would end up taking away a ton of its sales.
19 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Once viewed as a vehicle that could have been a top seller, the 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara had an abundance of potential. However, this would quickly disappear entirely, as this car would go on to easily be the worst one in the entirety of its series and one that definitely did not do well.
The main issue with this car was that it lacked overall durability, so people would end up getting rid of it very quickly. One cannot blame its owners, as this car had an abundance of problems with its transmission, which, of course, would make it prone to needing a plethora of repairs.
18 2015 Ford Focus
It is crazy that the Ford Focus series is still popular today, as it has been distributing lemons to the public for a number of years. This would end up being the case with the 2015 Ford Focus especially, as it would go on to have an abundance of major issues that never seemed fixed.
There is no question that people still drive this car today but many of these are already being found in junkyards because of how poorly they were put together when it comes to their overall structure. There is no question that this model could have been far better but Ford did not do a good job with it.
17 2013 Cadillac Escalade
The 2013 Cadillac Escalade definitely is a very nice looking car but it is clear that it was not built well in the slightest. Due to this clear fact, it has already run into a plethora of major problems, and it is apparent that it does not have the capability of lasting for a long period of time.
This is very disappointing when seeing how this vehicle is a luxury car and that it came at a very high price when it was first released. Alas, one has to understand why it dropped in value so quickly: it has so many major issues with its engine, as well as its interior accessories.
16 2010 Hummer H3
It is a blessing that Hummer is no longer in business, as the 2010 Hummer H3 would go on to completely destroy the company. This is largely because of the fact that this car was a complete mess from the very start of its release and it was prone to having a significant amount of issues.
When seeing how these cars were extreme gas guzzlers, as well, it is clear that not many people miss them today. A lot of these can already be found at your local junkyard, as people have given up on them. They were not worth the stress and extra money for repairs.
15 2011 Chevrolet Aveo
Chevy usually does a great job with their cars and that is why they are one of the most iconic car manufacturers in the history of the automobile world. However, even with this being the case, criticism is definitely warranted for their absolute lemon, the 2011 Chevy Aveo.
There is no question that this vehicle did have a bit of potential when it was first released but people would soon grow to dislike it immensely. This is because of the fact that it had so many major problems with its fuel system and steering that repairs were always needed. Of course, its owners would soon give up on them.
14 2014 Smart Fortwo
The 2014 Smart Fortwo was a great idea at the time, as it was an electric car that was supposed to help the environment. However, when seeing how these cars were absolutely abysmal in terms of their overall structure, it makes a lot of sense as to why they would drop in value.
One cannot fault the car manufacturer for trying to improve upon electric cars but this was a complete and utter disaster. They clearly needed to spend far more time working on its performance, as it is clear that people now have grown to dislike them immensely because of their many problems.
13 2010 Chrysler Sebring
The 2010 Chrysler Sebring has become notorious for its immense issues, and this, of course, did not end up helping the car manufacturer at all. Once word got out about how poorly these cars were built, they were avoided entirely, which would end up making Chrysler lose money.
Engine and transmission issues seemed to be the biggest and most common problems with these vehicles and would seriously drop their value. There is no question that these cars could have done a great job if they were built differently but one cannot change the past at this point.
12 2015 Toyota RAV4
Everybody seems to love the Toyota RAV4 and it is entirely justifiable. These cars have become the perfect family vehicles because they are known for their reliability and longevity. However, the 2015 RAV4 went in the opposite direction and is a complete lemon.
There is no question that this model has become a major disappointment and this is largely because of the many steering issues that it possesses. They, thankfully, have been able to make better versions of the RAV4 since but this one is seriously a major blemish on an otherwise strong series.
11 2011 Chevy HHR
The 2011 Chevy HHR will forever be known as a major flop. First and foremost, it is hard to believe that many people would have ever found this car to be nice, as it has a very unoriginal design. In fact, this vehicle seemed to have been completely avoided during its time on the primary market.
Now, as months would pass by, it became rather clear that it also was extremely poor when it came to its overall structure. This would drop its sales even more and it has gotten so bad that they are basically gone from the streets today. This was clearly a mistake from the car manufacturer.
10 2013 Nissan Altima
The 2013 Nissan Altima dropped in value at a very quick rate and this can be blamed on the fact that it possessed an extremely poor engine. This issue would present itself extremely quickly and would lower its overall sales during its time on the primary market.
This definitely was a major disappointment, as this vehicle seriously could have been a lot better. The Altima series has been a top-notch one since the beginning of its time in the automobile world, so this clearly underachieved immensely, and it makes sense as to why they are found in junkyards already.
9 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee clearly ended up disappointing a lot of people, as it would go on to develop into a lemon. This definitely was not expected from it, as this series has constantly been one of the most popular ones since its time on the primary market began.
However, this car had so many issues with its steering and brakes that it would outbalance anything positive about it. This definitely would end up upsetting the people who had bought it, as, naturally, this car was very expensive when it first entered the primary market.
8 2013 Ford Escape
The 2013 Ford Escape clearly is not a car that the legendary car manufacturer can be happy about, as it easily was one of the worst ones from them this decade. This is presented in the fact that so many individuals have already moved on from them, and it has not even been ten years.
However, one cannot blame people for giving up on it so quickly, as it has been known for having a lot of major problems when it comes to its engine. This constantly leads it to needing repairs, and at the end of the day, it is apparent that these issues never are fully resolved.
7 2010 Dodge Caliber
The 2010 Dodge Caliber has been deemed as one of the worst cars of this decade and this is completely understandable. When seeing how this car had major problems from the very start of its release, one cannot be surprised by this in the slightest.
The car manufacturer clearly needed to do a far better job when it came to this car, as many people were excited by its release. However, instead, they essentially crushed the overall series in its entirety, as people would no longer end up trusting any car that bore the name Caliber ever again, and for good reason.
6 2012 Lexus HS 250h
The 2012 Lexus HS 250h definitely came into the automobile world with very high expectations of being something special, but, boy, did they failed to reach this mark immensely. In short, this car was a complete and utter lemon.
When observing the fact that this vehicle would find a new way to breakdown at any given point, it makes a lot of sense as to why so many individuals would go on to dislike it so deeply. It was clearly a major letdown from the car manufacturer and they ought to be ashamed of releasing it in the first place.
5 2015 GMC Sierra 1500
The GMC Sierra series has grown into one of the most popular pickups in the entire automobile world. However, this does not exclude it from making mistakes, as the 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 definitely failed to reach the level of expectations that were first handed to it in the beginning.
The primary issue with this pickup was that it lacked the towing capabilities of previous trucks like it. This made it a bit weak when it came to its performance in working conditions and this was seriously a disappointment because that is exactly what it is supposed to be known for, unfortunately.
4 2010 Buick Enclave
The 2010 Buick Enclave is another car on this list that was seen to be a solid and reliable vehicle but that would end up failing immensely. This definitely was not a good occurrence for the car manufacturer, as the Enclave series has always been one of their top sellers.
Due to this clear fact, 2010 was not a good year for the car manufacturer. Although they were able to make up for this lemon with later releases, it is clear that this car was a very bad one. It had an extremely unreliable engine, which, of course, would lead to people getting rid of it quite quickly.
3 2011 Hyundai Sonata
There is no question that the Hyundai Sonata definitely brings in a lot of attention for the car manufacturer. This is because these cars tend to be built in a very strong fashion and they almost always have the ability to last for a long time. The 2011 release went against this entirely, however.
This vehicle is now known for having an immense amount of issues with its fuel system and interior accessories, according to Car Complaints. This definitely would end up being what led people towards selling off these cars so prematurely, as they truly were aggravating to deal with.
2 2012 Ford Flex
One cannot fault a car manufacturer for trying something different but it is clear that the 2012 Ford Flex was a complete and utter failure from the start. When looking at it for the first time, it is quite easy to understand why people did not like its appearance in the slightest.
This car was also very poor when it came to its overall structure, so it was prone to having a lot of major problems occur in a very quick fashion. This was definitely detrimental for the car manufacturer, as this car would not even bring reliability to the table for its owners.
1 2010 Cadillac SRX
To round off this list, we will be looking at the 2010 Cadillac SRX. There is absolutely no question that this vehicle was a complete letdown, as it would go on to have a plethora of major problems. They would start showing up the minute drivers left the dealership with it.
According to Car Complaints, this car failed immensely because of its extremely poor engine. Steering issues also were very common, as well, so it was actually pretty dangerous to drive. At the end of the day, it is clear that this "luxury" car was not particularly deserving of that description.
Sources: Car Complaints, Autowise, and The Cheat Sheet.