10 Cars With the Worst Acceleration in the U.S.

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For people who aren’t interested in sports cars, acceleration figures likely seem irrelevant. And for the most part, they are; a regular car and a sports car will both get that person from point A to point B, and having an excessive amount of power is mostly unnecessary in day-to-day driving. An enthusiast who truly enjoys spirited driving will be able to appreciate a fast car, but for the majority of drivers, fuel efficiency is far more important than acceleration. And while there are plenty of fast cars out there for any budget, there are still some incredibly slow ones out there too.

If you’ve ever tried to merge with traffic, pass a slower car on a two-lane road, or make an unprotected left turn in an under-powered car, you understand that there’s such a thing as a car that’s too slow. Even if you’re not looking for a fast car, it’s important to be careful about buying a car that’s truly slow.

So what are the slowest cars are available in America today? Consumer Reports independently tests hundreds of cars, and it did the dirty work to find which 10 accelerated the slowest.

10. Lexus CT 200h Premium


The Lexus CT might not be quite as fuel efficient as the Toyota Prius nor as popular, but it has two very important things going for it that you don’t get with most hybrids – a high-end interior and good looks. Since it’s a mid-market hybrid, though, you shouldn’t expect it to be fast, and it isn’t. From a stop, 60 miles per hour is a full 11 seconds away.

9. Fiat 500 Pop

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Fiat’s tiny city car is well-suited for navigating narrow, crowded streets and it’s plenty fuel efficient. In Pop trim, it’s also one of the most fashionable and affordable city cars out there, making it and its sub-$17,000 base price pretty popular. If you’re looking for speed, though, you’d want the Abarth and its sub-seven second zero to 60 sprint – the 500 Pop takes a full 11 seconds to hit the mark.

8. Buick Encore Leather

Buick Encore

The Buick Encore is a fascinating little car. It was one of the first subcompact SUVs to hit the U.S. market, and remains a strong seller for Buick thanks to its higher driving position and a premium cabin. At the same time, the small engine is intended to maximize fuel economy. As a result, the Encore matches the 500 Pop to 60, hitting the mark in 11 seconds.

7. Smart ForTwo Passion

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Source: Smart

Europe’s answer to parking congestion is the Smart ForTwo, a tiny little city car that assumes its owners are willing to do without a trunk in order to drive a smaller car. The second-generation (’07-’14) models were particularly punishing, taking an incredibly-long 14.6 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour, which made it the second-slowest car of 2014. The all-new ForTwo is much better, rocketing to 60 in a blistering 11.2 seconds. Talk about a track-day special!

6. Toyota Prius C Two


The Toyota Prius is a reliable, fuel-efficient hybrid that’s become a green car icon, and since 2012, Toyota has been offering the entry-level C. If you buy one, you’ll be saving money both at the dealership and at the pump, but you’ll also accelerate slower than the bigger Prius – getting up to 60 miles per hour taks a leisurely 11.3 seconds. Just remember, you can use that time to calculate annual fuel savings.

5. Fiat 500 Sport

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The Fiat 500 Sport is supposed to be the sportier version of the 500 Pop, but oddly enough, it’s actually slower. The Pop hit 60 miles per hour in 11.0 seconds, but the more expensive Sport takes 11.3 seconds. If you like the 500 that much and want something truly sporty, pay a little more and go for the Turbo or the Abarth.

4. Honda Insight EX

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The Insight is likely the closest thing we have to a zombie car on the market. Production ended in late 2014 for ’15 models, but Honda’s unpopular hybrid is still available at some dealerships, and even still has a page on its U.S. website. As a result, it’s held onto its place on Consumer Reports’ list, thanks to a leisurely 11.8 second stroll from zero to 60.

3. Mitsubishi Mirage ES

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The Mitsubishi Mirage catches a lot of flack for being a bad car, and yes, it is pretty bad, but it’s also pretty inexpensive. Buyers who can get past the clumsy handling, weak engine, and cheap interior materials will be happy to find that the Mirage starts under $13,000 and gets strong fuel economy. They’ll have to be OK with being slow, though, since it takes 12.1 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour. A redesigned 2017 model will hit dealerships later this year, but with the current car’s 1.2 liter three cylinder powerplant carrying over, we’d be shocked if it’s any quicker.

2. Chevrolet Spark 1LT


If you’re looking for a car that’s inexpensive and extremely easy to park, you’ll be quite happy with the Chevrolet Spark 1LT. You’ll also be surprised how many features are offered. What probably won’t surprise you, however, is that a $12,000 car with 84 horsepower is slow. Very slow. Expect 60 miles per hour to arrive in 12.8 seconds.


1. Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE

mitsubishi i-MiEV

If you’re looking for one of the cheapest electric cars that you can possibly buy, look no further than the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. But if you’re looking for a good electric car, you might want to look elsewhere. Aside from having a name that’s impossible to pronounce, the i-MiEV isn’t much more refined than a golf cart with doors. Its 66-horsepower engine also makes it the slowest car in the country, requiring 14.8 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour. Even Mitsubishi has had enough of this one; the i-MiEV is history after 2016.

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