Trucks & SUVs

These 3 Unreliable Crossovers Are Not Worth the Money

Typically built on either the chassis of a car, the crossover vehicle is increasingly popular today. The midsize and subcompact varieties generally offer good fuel economy and reasonable sticker prices. Modern drivers, especially those with families, consider these vehicles to be perfect for transporting people and cargo. Not all are created equal, as some crossovers have shown to be unreliable. According to a survey of owners conducted by J.D. Power, here are 3 crossovers that are considered to be a waste of money.

Acura MDX: An unreliable luxury crossover

The biggest obstacle to owning the midsize Acura MDX is the cost. Starting at $45,395, available options quickly inflate the price even more. The MDX has an impressive list of standard equipment like Bluetooth®Streaming Audio, USB Audio Interface with iPod® Integration, and CD, MP3 and WMA Compatible Disc Player.

However, Acura’s interior materials don’t feel as upscale or as carefully designed as those of some of its competitors. Optional features include a 16.2-inch ultrawide full VGA screen with HDMI compatibility, two wireless headphones, and rear-door sliding sunshades. 

The nine-speed transmission is smooth for the most part, but can be slow to downshift when you need to accelerate. Drivers noted decreased braking power after consecutive hard stops. The legroom is unremarkable throughout, but is particularly cramped in the third row. Also, the dual-touchscreen infotainment system can be a hassle to use.

Fiat 500X: Lacks the space that people want

Aimed at Americans, the Fiat 500X will remain on the production line despite the 500 and 500e being phased out. This Fiat is fun to drive, but it has one of the tightest cabins in its class.

The 500X lacks interior quality and also has no vents or outlets in the backseat. Owners complained of its fussy nine-speed automatic transmission and low reliability. A body style that hasn’t changed much has also caused criticism. It starts at $24,740.

Mercedes-Benz GLA: Not enough power

With a sticker price starting at around $35,000, the Mercedes-Benz GLA is built on the chassis of a CLA-class sedan. It has a cabin that’s short on passenger and cargo space.

The survey reflected that owners found it lacking in durability, features, and controls. Mechanical issues abound, as well. Other complaints focused on a stiff ride and zero towing capacity. A sluggish throttle response didn’t help its ratings.