Stay Away! The 5 Least Reliable Cars and Trucks You Can Buy

By on February 19, 2015

#4: Ford Escape

The Ford Escape has been one of the lowest-scoring vehicles around for several years now, without much improvement. Ford’s midsize SUV has been consistently below average in both consumer reports and JD Power Quality Studies for the last five years, which I assume is hardly something that Ford wants to brag about.

The price of a 2015 Ford Escape starts at about $24,000, which is right on par with the far superior and far more reliable Honda CRV. If you’re looking for an SUV in that price range, the Escape is very far from your best option.

Common complaints about the Ford Escape include cheap parts that quickly get rusted and damaged, a transmission that sticks when trying to shift gears, and problems with brakes, steering, and the engine stalling.

Stay away from the Ford Escape, which many angry consumers refer to as a total money pit.

via Ford

via Ford


#3: Fiat 500L

The Fiat 500L would be rated even worse here, except that it’s still such a new model we can’t be too harsh yet…but nonetheless, we can’t say enough bad things about the Fiat 500L, which topped Consumer Reports Worst Cars of 2014 ratings, coming in an incredible 219% below average in terms of reliability.

2014 was the first year of the Fiat 500L, and unfortunately for Fiat, almost nothing went right with the vehicle.

The Fiat 500L has a veritable laundry list of consumer complaints: the dual-clutch automatic transmission is jerky and clunky, the acceleration is sluggish, the backup camera and sensor are faulty, the radio tends to malfunction, and the navigation fails with frequency.

Even worse, the 500L was lambasted by industry experts, as it scored very poorly in crash test safety ratings, and JD Power gave it subpar scores across the board.

Don’t even think about getting a Fiat 500L until many, many improvements are made.


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