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Consumer Reports Say These Are Some of the Worst Cars to Own

There are a lot of vehicles to love on the market right now, but of course, there some that just don’t hit the high marks. Safety features play a vital role in overall driver satisfaction, as well as other key factors like the level of comfort behind the wheel, and projected reliability. We have gathered some of the least-satisfying models for 2020 according to Consumer Reports.

2020 Jeep Renegade

Starting Price: $22,375

The 2020 Jeep Renegade has gotten a lot of hate lately and understandably so. There are currently two recalls on this crossover. One of the recall actions is related to the sensing system camera which can display a distracting fixed image for a long period of time, which might cause a driver to crash.

The other recall action relates to the back-right caliper, which minimizes brake performance and could also increase the likelihood of a crash. The reliability factor clearly isn’t here and just so you know, the engine cooling is a concern also. 

2020 Jeep Compass 

Starting Price: $22,280

Keeping up with the undependable Jeep theme, the Compass also scores low for reliability because of a recall action. The recall for the Compass is because of a visibility concern related to the windshield wiper linkages. The acceleration and handling experience is also not great.  The engine is weak and the nine-speed transmission is dull.

2020 Lexus LS

The Lexus LS Interior | Lexus

Starting Price: $76,475

The 2020 Lexus LS is a pretty disappointing luxury vehicle when it comes to long-term reliability which is mostly due to its scanty suspension system. Mercedes-Benz competes better in this luxury sedan’s realm. The infotainment system is also surprising irritating since its more of a distraction. If there is a charming aspect of this car, however, its the interior design.

2020 Chevrolet Trax

A Chevy Trax on display | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Starting Price:  $22,295

The Chevrolet Trax is a tempting bargain-branded subcompact SUV mostly because of its size and awesome infotainment features that come standard. While the space is good for accommodating passengers, the available cargo space is tight.

More importantly, its acceleration and handling make for a lackluster driving experience. Seriously, the acceleration is so very slow. Consumer Reports also gave the Trax a low score for its cabin comfort, which does admittedly feel pretty cheap.

2020 Toyota C-HR

2020 C-HR | Toyota

Starting Price: $21,295

This one actually kind of hurts because I really like the C-HR, from a styling perspective anyway. The overall driving experience is also pretty decent which makes it good for everyday car rides. But facts are facts. The 2020 model has a very frightening glitch and it has been recalled once because of it. If a crash takes place and there are multiple impacts, the concern is that the seatbelt will not correctly protect the passenger which could lead to serious injuries. 

Consumer Reports also notes that the stylish aspects of the C-HR are satisfying, but knocked off additional points for the loud noises you can hear from inside the cabin and for overall value.