We can understand why so many bad cars were made in the 1970s. It was the malaise era for automobiles, a time when fuel was not so freely available, and emission laws were tightening like a noose around the automaker’s necks. We can even empathize with the slew of bad sedans of the 90s, because the trend had just shifted to SUVs and trucks, and the sedans were merely there to fill a gap. But why in heaven’s name, are bad cars still being made despite all the tech and advancements in the auto industry?
While you ponder over that, here go the worst cars of last decade, ranked in order of the worst to the omigawd-why-did-I-ever-buy-this…
10 2013 Fiat 500L MPW: A 7-Seat Nightmare
The Fiat 500 was a small car to begin with. We already think it has been stretched long enough because, for some reason, Fiat is still keeping this one alive. But then they went ahead and stretched it even longer, in the literal sense of the word, to as long a small car can be stretched.
Enter the Fiat 500L MPW, a 5+2 seater in a small-long car concept that looks progressively worse from every new angle you try to look at it from. They say you should always look at the bright side, sadly, the Fiat 500L MPW belongs to the dark side of the moon. Where no one should ever be subjected to it, and we don’t care how cool an in-car espresso machine it carries.
9 2015 Ford Edge IInd Gen: All The Appeal Of Nothing
When they say the Ford Edge was designed with a Taurus and Explorer-like grill, they do know that these are not things to be proud of, right? Anyway, the Ford Edge was introduced way back in 2007 and looked about as appealing as the most boring car anyone ever thought of. Honestly, it resembles what every two-year-old draws when prompted to make a car.
Then they redesigned it for the 2015 second-gen model... again, we don’t get why they named this the Edge. They should have called it the abyss. And yet more than 110,000-120,000 of these sell every year. But then we bought the Ford Pinto too, so what do we know?
8 2012 Mitsubishi Mirage: Too Small To Be Real?
Well, it is real, and the Mirage is nothing more than a renamed Colt. Now the world is largely divided on this car; for the small car lovers who also adore practicality, the environment and gas savvy cars (as we all should), the Mirage is a good value for money. And indeed, it is maneuverable and light and behaves more like a four-wheeled scooter than a car in terms of handling.
The same, however, can nearly be said for all small cars. Think Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, Nissan Leaf, and the Volkswagen Up. Heck, even the Smart Fortwo is better than the Mirage that has serious issues with child occupant safety.
7 2014 Nissan Pulsar: So Bad, Never Came To The US
Launched in Europe in 2014, the Nissan Pulsar was Nissan’s rival to the Volkswagen Golf’s popularity, but it never made it to US shores. Why? Because this is a car with a cramped front, and a roomy rear seat—ideal for those who prefer to be driven around rather than do the driving themselves.
The Nissan Rogue Sport, a crossover model, is doing great in the US. So, why was the Pulsar not brought in? Was it the plasticky interior, or the non-premium feel of the car. Or the simple fact that it has already been recalled a few times over electrical and air-con related issues? Honestly, we should not look a gift horse in the mouth, and just be thankful we are not driving a Pulsar today.
6 2014 Acura RLX: Far Too Average A Car
Where do we count the ways when it comes to Acura RLX? Other than frequent recalls, the Acura RLX is below average in performance when compared to its competitors. The insides are not very comfortable and the plastic looks cheap for a luxury-tagged car.
The price seems a bit unreasonable for the car, especially since it doesn’t seem to hold on to its value well. After five years, it retains only 30% of its original value, which makes it one expensive car not deserving of that price. The reliability scores are down, and the Acura RLX simply does not look as luxurious as it should.
5 2013 Cadillac ATS: Better Given A Wide Miss
Consumer reports gave this one a minus 120 reliability ratings, against a top score of a 100 plus. This is not a car meant to last. Frankly, many say this was not a car meant to run or be comfortable in or buy. Underpowered for its huge frame, the ATS ranks low in interior comfort with cramped seats.
Getting in and out of the car is another problem, from any door. So sure, the ATS does look good. But so does a tiger, and you don’t try to pet it, do you? After three years of confounding controls that no one can seem to decipher, the Cadillac holds barely 40% of its original value.
4 2015 Chevrolet Suburban: Far Too Big And Dull
This may be the go-to car for the secret service, the FBI and all the secretive law enforcement agencies in America if TV is to be believed, but it is not America’s darling anymore. For people who truly believe that bigger is better because size does matter, they don't come bigger than the Suburban. But it has been steadily falling in ratings in every book, magazine, and website on all counts of quality, safety, and reliability.
Plus, the damn car is so big, you are bound to get stuck in traffic with it on even traffic-free roads. It seems to lose value pretty quickly as well, retaining just about 50% of its original price after three years.
3 2016 Jeep Compass: The Most Unreliable Jeep Out There
Now, surprisingly, this one is a huge hit in India. But, honestly, the Compass is luxury for a country that categorizes a big car minus a 4WD as an SUV. Speaking about America, well, we’ve had better—and not just better everything, better Jeeps on the whole.
The Compass is one noisy, uncomfortable, slow-to-accelerate vehicle that simply does not feel like a terrain-savvy Jeep. It's cramped and has a problem with cornering as well as braking, so reliability is a big question mark for this car. And its value drops massively to just about 30% of its original price after three years, so, once you bought it, you are stuck with it.
2 2015 BMW 7 Series: Has Lost Its Edge, And Brains
What used to be BMW’s flagship sedan during the 1970s launch has now become a caricature of its once stylish self. Everything about the 7 Series feels jaded and lazy—like BMW forgot to put proper effort into making it competitive.
The gas-electric hybrid is peculiarly inefficient, and the tech sometimes seems too convoluted to be worth the effort. A heavy car, it seems to have a rather slow-to-respond handling, and yet has pretty high operating costs as well. Other comparable models seem fresher and edgier, while the BMW simply seems like an out-of-place noob amongst the experts.
1 Any Land Rover: Just Steer Clear
Once upon a time, the Land Rover was one of the greats. Then it changed hands and landed with Tata Motors (which also owns Jaguar, yet another brand to run away from). Right now, for 2019, Land Rover has received one of the lowest industry scores in the J.D. Power quality survey, ranking a mere five out of ten.
The same goes for dependability scores as well. For now, Land Rover is not the way to go if you plan to purchase a car because quality control seems non-existent. With plenty of recalls and a multitude of issues with the cars, there are greener pastures available when it comes to bespoke luxury. Or any car on the whole.