If you made a list of the seven worst new cars on the road, how many would be products of the U.S. Big Three?
If you’re Forbes Magazine, the answer is all seven.
That’s a pretty harsh assessment. It’s also an unfair one, considering at least four of the vehicles are scheduled to either end production or be replaced by all-new models. I’m not normally the guy who jumps to the defense of American automobile manufacturers, but this time they deserve a break.
The Most Reliable Cars Report, Best and Worst Values Report, Highest Cost of Ownership, Best and Worst Safety Performance Survey, Best and Worst Fuel-Economy, and the CR overall scores for 2011 vehicles.
Any vehicle named among the worst in at least three of those studies made the cut to land on Forbes’ “Worst” list.
In the last decade, the Big Three automakers have increased their quality exponentially and can now compete with foreign carmakers in most categories. The vehicles that can’t compete are generally ones that haven’t been phased out yet.
The Aveo, Colorado, Nitro and Canyon are, for all intents and purposes, already dead. The Escalade, F-250 and Wrangler all have passionate followings and can only benefit from the improved health of the companies that build them.
As the years roll by, lists like this one from Forbes will feature fewer and fewer American vehicles. While I’m not fully convinced we’ll ever see a list completely devoid of U.S. makes, there’s no reason we should see full domination ever again.
What cars would top your Worst Vehicles of 2011 list?