July 14, 2024
Car Maintenance

Consumer Reports ranks used cars to avoid

Pre-owned vehicles have experienced fluctuations in pricing over the past few years, but they continue to be a generally reliable option compared to buying brand new at full price. Allowing someone else to absorb the initial depreciation can result in a great deal for buyers, as long as the used car they are considering is dependable and well-maintained. Consumer Reports recently compiled a list of used cars to steer clear of, focusing on reliability and maintenance costs, with certain car manufacturers having multiple models highlighted.

Consumer Reports identified 60 vehicles based on data from its annual member surveys. 

Used vehicles to steer clear of in 2024

  • Audi

    • A3: 2018
    • A6: 2019
    • Q3: 2016, 2022
    • E-tron: 2019
  • Buick

  • Cadillac

  • Chevrolet

  • Chrysler

  • Dodge

  • Ford

  • GMC

    • Acadia: 2018
    • Yukon: 2016-17, 2021
    • Yukon XL: 2021, 2023
  • Hyundai

    • Ioniq: 2020
    • Ioniq 5: 2022
    • Kona EV: 2019
    • Santa Fe Sport: 2014
    • Sonata: 2017-18
    • Tucson: 2016-17
  • Jeep

    • Cherokee: 2014
    • Gladiator: 2020
    • Grand Cherokee L: 2021
    • Wrangler: 2018, 2020-21
  • Kia

  • Mazda

  • Mercedes-Benz

  • Mini

  • Nissan

    • Pathfinder: 2023
    • Rogue: 2022
  • Ram

  • Rivian

  • Tesla

    • Model S: 2019-2021
    • Model X: 2018, 2022
  • Volkswagen

    • Atlas: 2021
    • Jetta: 2014, 2021
    • Taos: 2022
    • Tiguan: 2018
  • Volvo

    • S60: 2015, 2022
    • V60: 2015, 2020
    • XC60 PHEV: 2022-23
    • XC90: 2016, 2019

Even if the specific model you are interested in is not mentioned on this list, it is highly recommended to opt for a pre-purchase inspection before finalizing the purchase. A thorough third-party inspection can help uncover existing issues and potentially prevent future problems. Investing a few hundred dollars at the beginning could save you thousands in the long run, so do not cut corners when researching used cars.

FAQs

  • 1. Why should I avoid these specific used car models?
  • 2. Are there any exceptions to the models listed?
  • 3. How can I ensure the reliability of a used car?

Conclusion

Buying a used car can be a cost-effective alternative to purchasing brand new, but it is crucial to choose a reliable and well-maintained vehicle. By heeding the warnings provided by Consumer Reports and conducting thorough inspections, buyers can make informed decisions and avoid potential headaches in the future.

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