10 Cars NOT to Buy | Automotive Training Centre
January 24, 2014
While recommending great automobiles to buy is not only helpful, but a lot of fun, there’s also something to be said for letting people know what they should avoid. People in auto careers would like to believe that in this day and age no one makes a clunker or a lemon, but we know that’s unfortunately not the case. While technology and design have come a long way since the inception of the automobile, and we don’t quite have to worry about cars spontaneously exploding or completely rusting out, there are still some less than stellar autos out there that you’d be better off steering clear of. Here are ten automobiles you should not spend that hard earned cash on.
- Smart Fortwo. While a compact smart car seems like a great and environmentally sound decision, the Fortwo by Smart unfortunately looks much better on paper than it does in practice. It’s cramped, requires premium fuel and will make parking a nightmare with its substandard single clutch. There are much better options out there that won’t have your auto mechanic laughing at you.
- Dodge Avenger. Unfortunately, the Avenger is commonly heralded as the worst mid-sized sedan on the market. Tiny trunk and backseat space, along with a bland cabin design and the absence of features like a rear-view camera mean that your money is better spent elsewhere.
- Lotus Evora. The first thing that should have you running in the opposite direction of this sports car is its egregious $78,600 price tag. Competitors like BMW and Chevy offer alternatives that are not only cheaper, but also much sleeker.
- Subaru Tribeca. For a supposedly seven person SUV, the Tribeca missed the mark by a mile. With a third row seat that can only accommodate children – a problem that its cheaper competitors don’t have – passing over this SUV is a no brainer.
- Honda Ridgeline. With pickup trucks, the idea that bigger is better has become industry standard, however there are still a few smaller truck options. The worst of which is the Ridgeline. With only one cab style – one so small it barely constitutes a designation as a pickup – and a body design based on the Honda Odyssey, it’s no secret why it’s best to avoid this one.
- Cadillac Escalade EXT. An SUV with an identity crisis, it’s no secret that Cadillac’s attempt at a large pickup truck is one that doesn’t quite hit the mark. Its “midgate extension” also allows whatever you’re hauling to fly into the cab, and leaves it conveniently accessible to thieves. No thanks.
- Mitsubishi i-MiEV. With only 62 miles per charge and a small, bland interior, it’s no wonder that this electric car gets frequent comparisons to a golf cart.
- Lincoln MKS. With a gaudy, oversized grill and a staggeringly high price point for even the base model, it’s no wonder this luxury sedan is easily outmatched by competitors like Lexus, who offer a fully loaded model for almost the same price.
- Ferrari California. While Ferrari is usually one of those names that, when dropped in a conversation, will give you a mystical allure, dropping the name of this ugly duckling is a fast way to get you laughed off the lot.
- Nissan Altima. Not only do you have to settle for a 4-cylinder engine and garish design, but you still have to fold up that front seat to let passengers crawl past you to get to the back. This coupe is better off avoided.
So there you have it, a list of cars that – even with car sales training – you’d have a tough time giving away, let alone selling. But, it could be worse – at least they`re not the worst cars of all time:
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