10 car models of 2017 that are most disappointing to US customers

03/05/2018

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In the year of 2017, automakers introduced many new car models that have satisfied customers, but there are also models that are below expectations. Here are the top 10 most disappointing cars in 2017 according to the Consumer Reports.

10. Mitsubishi Mirage

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Mitsubishi Mirage GT 2017

Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the cheapest cars on the market today and most consumers are not impressed with this subcompact model. An oversized three-cylinder engine making loud annoying sounds, together with cheap and dull interior accessories could make owners of this car feel reluctant to drive it. Despite the low price advantage, the Mirage is getting behind in the game since there are dozens of new cars with better offerings, plus many options for used vehicles with prices around $10,000.

9. Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The i-MiEV makes customers feel like it was back in the early days of electric cars. And unlike the nostalgic sentiment when people think of the good old days, the feeling that the Mitsubishi car brings only reminds us how crappy electric cars were back in those years.

The I-MiEV is cramped, slow, and has a very short range of only 100 km, which is not just a bit incompetent when compared to the Chevy Bolt's 383 km range. Its exterior and interior design are unoriginal and dull, which is unattractive to most customers. And with the same price range of under $20,000 USD, customers can buy a Nissan Leaf or better cars for themselves.

8. Fiat 500L

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Fiat 500

For a small minivan, the 2017 Fiat 500L feels much heavier to drive than it should. And with only a modest safety rating from the IIHS, a bizarre interior design, and a myriad of other operational issues, the 500L is simply a nightmare for Fiat dealers.

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7. Chrysler 200

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Chrysler 200

Chrysler dealers are so depressed to have thousands of the 200 still in stock. Chrysler 200 is not too bad of a car, to be honest, but as the demand for mid-size sedans decreases and the competition from other automakers gets more and more fierce, Chrysler 200 seems outdated and fallen behind. According to Consumers Report, this car has the lowest customer test scores and the worst overall score within the small sedan segment.

6. Toyota Tacoma

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Toyota Tacoma

For a few decades, Toyota's compact pickup models have dominated the market with their power and high utility. However, customers expect more comfort and convenience from modern pickup trucks than the products of 20 years ago. That is the reason why Toyota Tacoma - once a big player in the market but slow in catching up with the trend - gradually fall into oblivion. Heavy steering and hard to control, slow speed, inconvenient interior and many other problems make customers lose their interest in Toyota Tacoma.

5. Dodge Journey

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Dodge Journey

In fact, the Dodge Journey has become more popular than when it first came to the market (which was a total disaster), but it cannot move forward and still stuck in its place as a mediocre crossover car since 2008. And in the fast-growing crossover market with many newcomers, the Journey faces the risk of being forgotten. Compared to modern rivals, the Journey is rather cramped, noisy, unreliable, and has only a modest score in IIHS crash tests  - a big deal for family targeted cars. The Journey is desperate to renovate, but as long as the automaker’s efforts aren’t good enough, 3-row crossover will remain a big disappointment.

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4. Mercedes-Benz CLA

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Mercedes-Benz CLA 

The Mercedes-Benz CLA, similar to almost every other models from the German automaker, is very eye-catching and bring the driver with an exotic sensation that is unique to only Mercedes cars. But there is still a huge drawback to this car which makes even the most loyal Mercedes customers turn away: the overly charged price of $30,000. At this price level, customers can have better choices even from the same automaker, such as the Mercedes C-Class. As compared to other high-end cars of the same range, the CLA feels more difficult to drive, a bit cramped in space, and harder to move in and out of the cabin.

3. Maserati Ghibli

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Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli is a luxury sedan priced at over $70,000, and with its exceptionally good looks - typical for a Maserati - and a high-performance V6 engine developed by Ferrari, the Ghibli sure looks like a good catch for car worshippers. However, the gearbox looks cheap, the seats are too small and most importantly, the driving feels difficult than most other sports car, which all reduced the value of this luxury model in the eye of customers. With so many problems and issues, the Ghibli doesn’t worth paying such a high price for it.

2. Land Rover Discovery Sport

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Land Rover Discovery Sport

Discovery Sport is the standard SUV of the Land Rover product line and has been a powerhouse in the high-end SUV market. But with the rise of the luxury compact segment, the car is not as attractive as it was. And with the price of nearly $40,000, customers nowadays will have so many options of modern crossovers to choose from.

1. Cadillac Escalade

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Cadillac Escalade

The Escalade is a fairly popular Cadillac. However, the car’s price starts at nearly $74,000 and can even reach hundreds of thousand dollars for upgraded versions. At or even below that price range, the Range Rover, the Lexus LX, the Infiniti QX 80 and the Lincoln Navigator are more affordable options with better driving experience and more spacious interior.

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