By combining road-test scores, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction and safety (including government and insurance industry crash-test results), Consumer Reports comes up with an Overall Score for each model tested. These are the worst picks in 10 popular categories, based on the lowest Overall Score.
In other words, if you have the option to purchase something else, Consumer Reports says you should. Otherwise, there’s a good chance you’ll regret your purchase in due time.
Here are the worst cars of 2017:
Worst Subcompact Car: Mitsubishi Mirage
There’s a good reason the Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the cheapest cars available on the market. It may return a respectable 37-mpg overall, but even the updates for the 2017 model year doesn’t save it from being the lowest-rated subcompact car. Consumer Reports notes the weak, vibrating three-cylinder engine that delivers sluggish acceleration, as well as the “clumsy roly-poly handling.” It also makes the worst cars of 2017 list because the interior feels drab, cheap and insubstantial.