With the exception of the Mercedes-Benz S550, the Nissan Titan, and the
Smart Fortwo, American companies made all the vehicles on the Forbes “Worst-Made
Cars On The Road” list. The only bright note is that no Ford vehicles
made their way onto the list.
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.