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CR lists 10 "least reliable" new cars

by Andrew Ganz

Consumer Reports suggests avoiding these 10 new cars.

Just a day after ranking the most reliable new car manufacturers and individual models, the researchers at Consumer Reports have gone to the bottom of the barrel.

Today, they announced the 10 least-reliable new cars, at least according to their reliability studies and surveys.

Not surprisingly, several of the worst-performing cars are produced by automakers that landed near the bottom of the group's overall manufacturer survey. MINI came in last place overall, with Lincoln and Ford taking home the next worst places, respectively. Notably, more than half of the vehicles on the list were new or refreshed models during the survey period. Brand new or heavily revised models tend to have more problems than cars that have been on the market for a few years.

Consumer Reports says that the rankings are based on survey results covering 17 "potential trouble spots" and that they should be used as a forecast of how the latest 2014 models will hold up.

The 10 Least-Reliable New Cars

  1. Ford C-Max Energi Plug-In Hybrid
  2. Ford Escape (1.6-liter EcoBoost model)
  3. MINI Cooper Countryman
  4. Ford C-Max Hybrid
  5. Nissan Pathfinder
  6. Volkswagen Beetle
  7. Cadillac XTS
  8. Ford Explorer (V6 4WD model)
  9. Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  10. Ford Taurus (3.5-liter EcoBoost model)

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