American-Made Cars Dominate Forbes List of Worst Cars on the Road
Forbes’ list starts with the lowest-rated vehicles in at least three of Consumer Reports’ 2011 reliability, safety and performance studies. These are based on Consumer Reports’ overall scores for 2011 vehicles, and reports such as: The Most Reliable Cars; Best and Worst Values; Highest Cost of Ownership; Best and Worst Safety Performance Survey; and Best and Worst Fuel-Economy.
The worst-rated vehicles are: Cadillac Escalade (base model), Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, Dodge Nitro SLT, Dodge Dakota, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Mercedes-Benz S550, Chrysler Town & Country, Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Aveo/Aveo5, Jeep Liberty/Jeep Liberty Sport, Nissan Titan, and Smart ForTwo.
Forbes notes that the Mercedes S550 only made the list because of its high cost of ownership, low fuel efficiency, and a low rating for overall value (as opposed to problems with reliability, safety or performance, which affected the other vehicles on the list). Forbes also points out that nearly every car or truck made today is safer, more efficient, and more reliable than anything on the road that was manufactured as recently as 15 years ago.