Do you own one of the worst cars money can buy?

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Though you wouldn’t know it by reading the news every day, now really is a great time to buy a new car. Buyers can find screaming deals around every corner, but I want to pass on a warning that some of those deals may be too good to be true.

U.S. News & World Report has issued its list of worst cars for the money, so if you’re determined to snag the deal of the century on a new car, don’t be fooled by these:

Pontiac G5

Guess how many G5s Pontiac sold in January nationwide: 10,000? 2,000? No, think lower. Like 767. Seems most of America already knows that the G5’s comfort, performance, and quality seriously lags behind the competition’s.

Suzuki XL-7

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I’m a big Suzuki fan, but I still understand why the XL-7 made this list. Seriously, with a 5-year cost of ownership at $47,000, it’s hard to justify purchasing one unless you can get yourself a good half off of sticker. And good luck with that.

Jeep Commander

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Turns out the only thing this Jeep commands is a 50- to 60-percent depreciation rate over 5 years. Who wants to take bets that this awkward monstrosity won’t survive past 2010?

Nissan Titan

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I was disappointed to see the Titan on this list, but given that its fuel mileage doesn’t compete with other full-size trucks’ and it costs a good $5K more, the value factor just isn’t there.

Volvo S60

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When you’re competing with the likes of Infiniti, Lexus, BMW, and Cadillac, you sure as heck better bring your best. The S60 isn’t Volvo’s best… but let’s see what the 2010 version brings before making a final judgment.

Mitsubishi Eclipse

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We may get some hate mail for this one, but hey, we didn’t make the list, we’re just telling you about it. The Eclipse definitely has its fans, but its performance doesn’t stack up against other sports cars’.

Do you agree with this list? What do you think are the worst car values out there?

-tgriffith

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9 Comments

  1. The Titan is interesting, the fact that it costs so much. in 2005 I was buying a new car, and considered a titan crewcab, at that time the price was $18k+ttr, which was way cheaper than anything out there. I ended up getting a Toyota cause I was more comfortable with the reliability.

    And indeed, consumer reports reported some issues for the first years of the titan, but I am sure they have been addressed

  2. TITANS OWN ANY TRUCK IN ITS CLASS.POWER,LOOKS, STYLE, DESIGN WHATS NOT TOO LIKE. I LOVE NOTHIG MORE THAN EATIN UP THOSE OVER RATED HEMI’S. WHO CARES ABOUT GAS MILAGE ITS A V8. BESIDES WHEN UR LOOKIN AT THOSE HEMI’S AND TUNDRA’S IN THE REARVIEW GAS MILAGE IS NOT EVEN A THOUGHT. FORD AND CHEVYS DONT TRY. SPEND 5K MORE AND YOU’VE GOT A TRUCK THATS MANUFACTURED AND BUILT TO LAST. YOU WONT SEE THIS TRUCK BACK AT THE DEALER FOR REPAIRS. THE ECONOMY IS NOT LOOKING GOOD BUT OBAMA’S NOT BAILING OUT THE JAPS.

  3. i think the eclipce’s new black grille is really cool and atractive and it gives it an agressive look…

  4. I have a gun metal gray 2008 eclipse. It’s certainly not a powerhouse but it’s very efficient.It will turn just as many heads as a Mustang and it cost half the price.On the open road it achieved 34 MPG on a fairly regular basis. It’s lines are smooth and sleek. I compared it to the RSX, at purchase time, and believe I made a wise choice. My only complaint is the turning radius.
    I must say the new blackout grille SUCK’S.
    Former Cougar affectionado.

  5. i got the mitsubishi eclipse and i had a choice between it and many of the “great brands” as known like honda. but when i looked at the mitsubishi and it’s competiter honda accord i couldn’t help but liking the mitsubishi it has a great atractive look wherever i cross the street it gets a great intention and the interior is absolutely great with the natural leather sports seats extreamly comfortable and the dashboard covered with leather while the performance is not as bad as they mentioned in this essay in fact it is prety good… while the honda in much higher price gave us a tacky plastic dashboard and weakly attached blutooth device hanging from the ceiling and unbeleavable bad quality of leather which was cracking and peeling in the showroom before it even been used i wonder how it will look like after one year of usage… and i dont want to start about the seats which is extreamly uncomfortable and kikes u off it as soon as posible. the only problem is that they dont have many options like the rare camera and the reverse sensors and cannot be provided which is a great lost unfortunately.

  6. I love my G5. No problems in the 2 years I’ve driven it. Fits me just right. Howver, it may be comfortable because I’m 5′ and 110 lbs. However, it rocks and the gas miliage is great. If you can’t afford a Civic and you’re gonna go US, I’d pick a G5.

  7. This list, for the most part, is a pretty accurate. It sounds about right. I still feel like we are ignoring a lot of the appeal behind cars. One thing a Honda doesn’t have in my mind, aside from the S2000, is appeal. The Eclipse has an appeal that just gets me. So it is really hard for somebody to put out a list of the worst cars when there are people out there buying 70s muscle cars, and those don’t have reliability, good gas mileage, or even power steering.

  8. One of the saddest things I’ve learned after twenty-five years in the car business is how utterly clueless the media is when it comes to cars, and that’s because so many people consider them to be authorities on the subject. And yes, I’d rate USNWR as one of the least credible.

    On the other hand, is a vehicle that depreciates a lot a bad deal or a good deal? Depends on where you are in the chain of ownership, doesn’t it? This winter I bought a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer 4WD for 1/3 the original sticker price, and it wasn’t a beater or high mileage car either– and yes, I bought it from the dealer who sold it new. The price I got was had less to blame on the vehicle– The Trailblazer is a great SUV– but the economic conditions, time of year, my ability to get financing easily, and my (pat on the back) spooky ability to dicker down prices.

    So don’t let the automotive press make your decisions for you. If you love the way the Eclipse looks and drives, or the way the Titan seats fit you, make your own decision. I can’t think of anything worse than driving a car I really don’t like for four years because a writer somewhere said it was the best one to buy.

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