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Consumer Reports Worst Rated Vehicles of 2019

As we close the year 2020 and head into the year 2021, it’s likely that the hunt for a newer used vehicle will begin focusing on the 2019 model year. There are plenty of great cars, trucks, and SUVs to choose from. However, it’s good to know which ones you might want to avoid. In order to help anyone thinking about buying a used car, we’ve consolidated scores from 2019 data. According to the video below, these are Consumer Reports worst rated vehicles of 2019.

A gray, two door Jeep Wrangler sits atop rocks while on display at a car show.
2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is on display at the 111th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois | Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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Buying a used car can be a great way to save without sacrificing too much in terms of modern features. Rather than buying the hot new 2021 model of your favored car, truck, or SUV, it’s wise to shop previous model years as well. Not only do most of them offer plenty of features and options, but buying a used car can also save thousands of dollars.

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On the Consumer Reports list of worst rated 2019 vehicles, there is a list of several vehicles to avoid due to poor road tests and overall scoring in general. The publication tests over 50 vehicles a year in addition to collecting data from 470,000 cars owned by CR members. First on the list of the worst 2019 cars, trucks, and SUVs is the 2019 Jeep Compass. Consumer Reports notes that this is the lowest scoring compact SUV due to a combination of poor road test scores and “sub-par predicted reliability.”

Next, the 2019 Dodge Journey makes the list as the worst 2019 vehicle in the mid-size three-row SUV category. This midsize people mover has a “dated and mediocre” feel paired with “lackluster handling and poor fuel economy.” In fact, because of these issues, the 2019 Dodge Journey is one of the Consumer Reports worst rated vehicles of 2019.

A red Dodge Journey
Dodge Journey | Dodge

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After that, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler graces the Consumer Reports worst rated list. Although Jeepers will still buy it and love it for its off-road capability, CR does not recommend it. In addition to poor road manners and low fuel economy, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler also scored low in terms of predicted reliability.

What about used luxury vehicles?

If you’re shopping the 2019 model year for a used luxury car or SUV, Consumer Reports has a couple on the list it recommends avoiding. First, the Land Rover Discovery is the worst rated 2019 luxury SUV. In the video, CR mentions that in spite of its high price this luxury SUV doesn’t have enough standard safety features. In addition, this 2019 luxury SUV has poor fuel economy and low reliability ratings.

2019 Land Rover Discovery
2019 Land Rover Discovery | Land Rover

The Consumer Reports worst rated luxury car is the Jaguar XE. This compact luxury car is the lowest scoring in its class. Due to the fact that it offers little space in the rear seats and a “lackluster interior,” it’s one of the worst of 2019. If you are buying a used car, CR recommends avoiding this one.

Consumer Reports worst rated of 2019

For the 2019 model year, Consumer Reports shows a few more cars and trucks, as well as the worst minivan. First, we’ll talk about the 2019 Honda Clarity. It’s not just the worst rated 2019 car in the midsize category. It also takes the prize for the lowest scoring hybrid vehicle. There are more too.

2019 Honda Clarity is on display at the 111th Annual Chicago Auto Show
The 2019 Honda Clarity | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The 2019 Fiat 500 L takes its place on the list of Consumer Reports worst rated 2019 vehicles as the lowest scoring vehicle of all. Then the trucks. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is on the list as the lowest rated compact pickup truck. Then the 2019 Nissan Titan XD takes its place on the list too. It’s the worst rated truck for one main reason. In spite of being a little less capable than some of the other popular trucks, it has incredibly poor fuel economy.

a silver Honda Odyssey parked on a picturesque seashore
2019 Honda Odyssey

The last vehicle to mention on the list of Consumer Reports worst rated 2019 cars is a minivan. Not just any minivan either. The popular favorite Honda Odyssey gets low scoring. CR says its reliability has “plummeted.” According to Consumer Reports, the 2019 Honda Odyssey deals with in-car electrics and power equipment problems.