7 Used Sedans Consumer Reports Gave the ‘Never Buy’ Label

When it comes down to it, some cars are not worth buying. The sedans on this list do not come recommended by Consumer Reports for various reasons. Many of these used cars have recalls, reliability issues and can be expensive to fix.

Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend the 2017 Audi A3

Consumer Reports gave the 2017 Audi A3 the 'Never Buy' label
Consumer Reports gave the 2017 Audi A3 the ‘Never Buy’ label | Audi

The 2017 Audi A3 made Consumer Reports list of sedans to “never buy.” Although CR gave it the “green choice” label, the positives seem to end there. There are four recalls for the 2017 A3, three of which are for the airbags. One recall is for the potential of an engine stall, which could increase the risk of a crash. The reliability and owner satisfaction scores came in at one out of five.

The 2011 Buick Lucerne is worth avoiding, unless it’s a great deal

The Buick Lucerne isn’t exactly a popular sedan, especially 10 years later. However, it was unreliable enough to get the “never buy” label. The Lucerne has two recalls, both for the electrical system. For reliability, the 2011 Buick scored an average of three out of five. The same score counts for the owner satisfaction as well.

Consumer Reports suggests avoiding the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Another “green choice” from Consumer Reports is the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. The Cruze was affordable but came with a lot of headaches for owners. There are seven recalls for this sedan. The electric systems, brakes, possible engine fires, and problems with the fuel system all plague the Chevrolet. There are also a variety of steering problems. The reliability and owner satisfaction scores came in at one out of five.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 has eight open recalls

The 2015 Chrysler 200 has eight open recalls and a low owner satisfaction score when it comes down to it. The recalls are related to the electrical system, power train, airbags, and suspension. The reliability score came in at three out of five. Since its inception in 2012, the Chrysler 200 has ranked low for owner satisfaction. On the upside, it has relatively good safety scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The 2011 Ford Fiesta is no party

The 2011 Ford Fiesta has recalls open for issues with the latches and locks, as well as the airbags. Consumer Reports gave it a score of one out of five for both reliability and owner satisfaction. For reliability trouble spots, the 2011 Ford had problems with the engine and transmission. CR said the Fiesta was pretty expensive for what drivers get out of it.

The 2017 and 2019 Kia Forte are low years for the sedan

The 2017 and 2019 Kia Forte doesn’t have a great reputation. Consumer Reports noted that the owner satisfaction score for the Forte has remained at one out of five since 2014. The reliability score was a three out of five for the 2017 model. Both scores dropped to one out of five for the 2019 model year. That one also racked up two recalls. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Forte “good” safety scores, though.

Consumer Reports suggests avoiding the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan


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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is considered a luxury sedan and is still pretty expensive. Unfortunately, the 2016 C-Class has 11 recalls. For such a new car, there are a lot of safety issues with the recalls. The first one is for the adhesive bonding of the front panel, which could detach and fly off the vehicle. Owners reported problems with the emergency call system, the steering wheel, and airbags. “A car that cannot be properly steered has an increased risk of a crash,” one of the recalls notes. Problems with the engine, electronics, and visibility are also noted. Consumer Reports gave it a four out of five for reliability, though. It also scored a two out of five for owner satisfaction.

If you can avoid these used cars and sedans, Consumer Reports recommends doing so. There are better deals out there that will pose fewer problems down the line for buyers.