It’s a Dodge Caliber festooned with?the seven slot grill and boxy proportions. It is operational for no other cause than to leverage the brand equity built up through?decades of?4×4 heritage. The Patriot*, according to your nominations, our writers, and your votes is – by far — TTAC’s 2016 Worst Automobile Today.
After all the votes were cast, an astounding 66.1 percent individuals believed the Jeep Patriot to be the worst new vehicle cash could buy. And, as many of you?guessed, it’s not the only Fiat Chrysler Automobiles product in?the Top 10.
A?triumvirate consisting of Fiat Chrysler Cars, Mercedes-Benz, and Mitsubishi are responsible for seven of TTAC’s 2016 Ten Worst Automobiles These days. As?Mazda comes?near to cleaning house in the Best list, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles takes 1st, 2nd, and 4th within the Worst list.
Here would be the remaining losers in reverse order.
10th Place: Toyota Yaris
Who understood that Toyota, one of?largest automakers in the world?which didn’t get captured cheating its well beyond emissions regulations, might have an entry on the worst list, as the cheater would take the 10th spot on the Best list?
Personally, I don’t understand the hatred for that Yaris. It’s a subcompact vehicle that does subcompact vehicle things in ways that subcompact cars should do them. Yet, here it is simply because 36.5 percent of you decided it should be here.
Maybe I need to drive 1 again. Or maybe I don’t.
9th Place: Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class (including AMG)
Unlike the Yaris, vitriol aimed at Mercedes-Benz’utes cheapest (in every?feeling of the word) model is one thing I can get behind. In all, 40.3 percent individuals agreed with Jack Baruth.
In front-wheel-drive spec, the Conjugated linoleic acid is a torque-steer monster when it really doesn’t have to be. Automatic Honda Civics through 1992 can change gears with more aplomb compared to this A-Class in drag. It’s an affront towards the tri-star, which sits front and center with all the tact of?Flavor Flav’s huge neck-hung clock.
If a friend asks you if they can purchase a CLA, say no. If they do it anyhow, get a new friend. It’utes that simple.
8th Place: 325i repair X6 (including X6 M)
BMW will discover itself on the wrong side of our 10 Best and Worst this year thanks to the X6 and it is aspiration-without-purpose styling.
Even though the X6 M?-?with its brutal?4.4-liter, twin turbocharged V8 great for 567 horsepower – is more than able?to place a smile on the face associated with even the most discerning enthusiast, there’s one feature you simply can’t get behind: its sloping rear buttock.
40.8 percent of you believed said buttock?deserved flogging.
7th Place: Chevrolet Trax
Chevrolet’s subcompact crossover is the result of GM designers watching “Breaking Bad” and visiting the conclusion that a brand new Aztek would be a really good concept.
Okay, maybe the Trax?isn’t which horrible to look at, however the its?1.4-liter turbocharged motor is underpowered to put this lightly, an issue fairly rectified by the brand new Buick Encore.
Speaking of the Encore, somehow this avoided this list. 46.8 percent of you thought?the Chevy Trax was?the worst vehicle offered by Vehicle today, as opposed to the just 30.1 percent which thought?the Encore earned to be fired into the nearest Chinese metal mill.
6th Place: Mitsubishi Mirage
Have you partied so hard that the subsequent morning you find?the baleen whale in your bed along with a credit-card balance that dangerously approaches?your overall credit limit? Some of us would instantly take a shower and try to look for a second job to right those errors. Others?console themselves by purchasing vehicles using their remaining credit. The vehicle they buy: the Mitsubishi Mirage.
Here’utes the problem with the Mirage: modern subcompact cars need not be terrible penalty boxes, the Mirage is. An underpowered three-cylinder engine sends double-digit horsepower towards the front wheels. It’utes?saddled with a continuously variable transmission if you have neither the would like nor the mental means to shift things yourself. And even in its most top specification, the alloy tires wouldn’t be unnatural in a?Pep Boys clearance aisle. 47.1 percent of voters say “Mirage: not really once.”
(We know the Mirage is not technically readily available for the 2016 model 12 months, but there was the 2015 model and there is a newly restyled 2017 model. Exclusions were made.)
5th Place: Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Apply everything said above about the Mirage to Mitsubishi’s electric car, but help to make one very important change: the Mitsubishi i-MiEV isn’t cheap (in the transactional sense if you purchase one new at MSRP). 50.4 percent associated with voters agree.
Go buy a Leaf.
4th Place: Fiat 500L
In the show “The actual Walking Dead”,?Michonne has 2 pet zombies that have been freed of their lower jaws so as to neuter their need to kill and eat humans. The Fiat 500L is the automotive visual equivalent of those zombies, which sports activities a design which neuters its desire to find willing buyers.
The 500L attempts to trick people in to thinking it’s a fun little runabout with a cutesy demeanor. In reality, it’utes a Fiat Panda with awkward sheetmetal built in at?previous Yugo plant in present-day Serbia.
3rd Location: Smart Fortwo
The previous-generation Smart Fortwo am bad that, we feel, the majority of respondents in our poll were actually voting against the old vehicle and not the new one. It doesn’t assist that there’s been little marketing to boost the image of the new Fortwo, shown above, that we don’t think is nearly as horrible as its predecessor.
Still, the reality is that city cars just don’t prosper in America. Americans tend to be big. American cities are big (as with spread out). Road trips tend to be big (as in lengthy). And Americans tend to buy big things that require?big automobiles to cart around. Additionally, Americans don’capital t like big price tags for little cars, no matter how clever they may be. (Remember the Scion reasoning powers? Neither do I.)
55.Eight percent of you believe the Fortwo (whether it be the new model or the prior car with the kidney-punishing tranny) is one of the Ten Worst Automobiles Today.
(Daimler: The reason why don’t you send this particular back to Europe and produce the Forfour here rather?)
2nd Place: Dodge Journey
The Dodge Journey is a remnant of prior indiscretions made by DaimlerChrysler and Cerberus, yet it chugs along as three-row advertising fodder in local papers for $16,995 (or regardless of the price is that week once?thousands of dollars in incentives are applied).
For a multitude of reasons, the actual Dodge Journey may be the worst three-row vehicle money can buy from a brand new car dealer. You’re better off getting a used Automobiles Santa Fe as well as shelling out for the extended warranty. Or buying a Caravan. Or perhaps a used Econoline. Or nothing; simply sell?off your kids and remove the need for such a vehicle in your life.
Last and kinda-sorta least
* Yes, there’s a good asterisk. Why? Because the Patriot, even though it handily won (lost?) this competition as the worst automobile in the usa for the 2016 model 12 months, probably wouldn’t maintain first place?had all of us not eliminated the actual Jeep Compass from the get-go.
Before?we first announced the actual resurrected and refreshed Ten Worst Cars Today, we teased the fact that the Compass was nominated 10 years ago as one of the worst sacks of platform-prostituted garbage?cash could buy. It’utes still true these days. The Compass is primarily in love with price, not material, and is the antithesis of what any?Jeep should be. Many of the same complaints can be levied against the Patriot, but at least the Patriot?looks a bit more like a 4×4.
So, without further ado, TTAC is actually announcing a Lifetime Achievement Award to the 4×4 Compass for complete mess from birth to present?day.
And this is where a person come in: this award needs a name! Go to the comments to offer your own suggestions. A winner will be picked sometime now.
[Images: Yaris, Toyota; Mercedes-AMG CLA45, Daimler; BMW X6M,?? 2015 Aaron Cole/The Truth Regarding Cars; Chevrolet Trax, Vehicle; Mirage and i-MiEV, Mitsubishi; Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass, Fiat 500L and Dodge Journey, FCA; Smart Fortwo, Daimler]