Dodge Dart, Cadillac XTS and Lincoln MKS Not Recommended by Consumer Reports image

Recently the Dodge Dart failed to impress experts from Consumer Reports, and now it is Cadillac XTS and Lincoln MKS’ turn.

Testers from the Consumer Reports said about the Dodge Dart that it has a solid-feeling chassis, quiet cabin and nimble suspension, but the 2013 model didn’t manage to receive the ‘Recommended’ rating due to powertrain issues. The vehicles base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was considered underpowered and when the turbocharged 1.4-liter four was paired with the optional dual-clutch transmission testers noticed “drivability issues.”

“The Dart is the first decent compact car from Dodge in decades,” said Jake Fisher, Director, Consumer Reports Auto Test Center. “It has some solid positives. But overall it can’t yet measure up to the best in class.”

The Cadillac XTS received points for its luxurious and spacious cabin, and although it scored more than the Lincoln MKS, it didn’t receive the ‘Recommended’ rating either due to its finicky CUE infotainment interface, which was considered frustrating and confusing.

The Lincoln MKS impressed with its quiet cabin and plenty of other features, but the CR still don’t recommend the model for its ungainly handling, cramped driving position, limited visibility and uncomposed ride. The vehicle’s score was 60, the lowest among the luxury sedans in class.