Consumer Reports Worst Large Car Is Also the Most Expensive

When car shoppers spend a lot of money on an expensive car, many will expect to get their money’s worth, but that’s not always the case. In fact, it’s the complete opposite for the 2022 Nissan Maxima. It’s not only the most expensive car in the segment, but it’s also the worst. Here’s why the 2022 Nissan Maxima is so expensive and inadequate compared to its peers.

The 2022 Chrysler 300 is the cheapest large car

A white Chrysler 300 parked indoors, not the worst large car.
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According to Consumer Reports, the Chrysler 300 is the most affordable option in the large car segment. It starts at just under $32,000. This makes it slightly more affordable than the Dodge Charger but a lot more affordable than the other options available in the segment. 

Not only is this full-size sedan from Chrysler an affordable pick, but it’s actually a good car. It’s the second-highest-rated car in the segment and earned a recommendation from Consumer Reports. The 300 was highly rated in almost every category, despite Consumer Reports having a few bad things to say about it.

Chrysler offers three good engine options for the car, and the 300 provides a comfortable driving experience as well. Its interior is nice and spacious, and its tech is easy to use, too. That said, one area it falls short in is related to its price tag. If customers want to add safety options, they’ll have to spend a lot of money.

The 2022 Nissan Maxima is the most expensive

The Maxima is a worse car in almost every single way. It has a starting price tag of just under $38,000, making it the most expensive car in the segment. It’s over $1,000 more costly than the runner-up. Consumer Reports also gave the Maxima a long list of problems. Unsurprisingly, one of its significant issues is its value. It just doesn’t seem to be worth its price tag.

Nissan offers one engine option for the Maxima. It’s a 3.5-liter V6 paired with a CVT and gets 300 hp. This allows the Maxima to have great acceleration, but this engine is not enough to make the Maxima a sporty sedan. According to Consumer Reports, the Maxima actually handles poorly.

The issues don’t end there. Its ride quality isn’t great, and Consumer Reports said it also has a cramped driving position. As a result, the Maxima isn’t a luxurious car despite its expensive price tag.

The 2022 Toyota Avalon is the highest-rated large car

The highest-rated car in the segment is the Avalon. It’s also the second most expensive car, starting at just under $37,000. Unlike the Maxima, Toyota made sure the Avalon was worth its price tag even with its few weaknesses. Toyota offers two engine options for the Avalon, a regular V6 that gets 301 hp and a hybrid. 

Consumer Reports liked the Avalon hybrid, as it has an excellent fuel economy of about 42 mpg combined. The regular V6, while it’s less economical, will make the Avalon a pretty fast car to drive. It’s also a good car in other areas, as the Avalon has great ride quality and plenty of interior room, too. Overall, the only issue with the Avalon is its low stance, as it may make it difficult for some to get in and out of the Toyota.

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