We just learned that Tesla’s Model S is the magazine’s top pick for the year and also some of its choices for the various car segments. But how about the ones you should utterly avoid?
Well, they have their choice there too. Some of them will be of no surprise, like the Mitsubishi Lancer or the Scion iQ, but others give us a little shock. We could say that about the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, or the BMW 7-Series, which was described as “a ponderous, technology-laden vehicle with … ungainly handling.” Here is the list, with some insightful information from the editors of the magazine.
Subcompact cars: Smart ForTwo, “tiny, two-passenger cabin, a herky-jerky transmission, an underpowered engine … a dumb choice”; Scion iQ, “rear seat is awful, the cabin is loud, acceleration is molasses-like”; Chevrolet Spark.
Compact cars: Scion tC; Mitsubishi Lancer, “underpowered engine, noisy interior”; Dodge Dart, “unrefined … more expensive than most competitors”.
Midsize sedans: Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger, “corporate cousins … plenty of them on dealers’ lots at a discount. Don’t be tempted”.
Large sedans: Ford Taurus, “ridiculously cramped for such a large car … controls for its MyFord Touch infotainment system are complicated and distracting … reliability has been sub-par”; Lexus IS; Lincoln MKS; BMW 7-Series.
Small SUVs: Jeep Compass, (2.4-liter engine is rough and sluggish … cabin is cramped, cheaply trimmed); Jeep Patriot; Jeep Cherokee; Mitsubishi Outlander, “handles clumsily, the ride is fairly stiff, and the interior feels cheap”.
Midsize & large SUVs: Ford Edge, “unrefined power train … ride is jittery and road noise invades the cabin. And the MyFord Touch system is convoluted to use”; Nissan Armada; Dodge Journey, “below-average reliability … lack of agility … transmission is reluctant to downshift”.
Luxury SUVs: Volvo XC90; Lincoln MKX, “handling is clumsy, the MyLincoln Touch control system is frustrating, and it has been unreliable”; Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, “choppy ride, a noisy cabin, and disconcerting emergency handling”.