By on May 9, 2016

2016 Jeep Patriot 75th Anniversary Edition, Image: Jeep

It’s a Dodge Caliber festooned with a seven slot grille and boxy proportions. It exists for no other reason than to leverage the brand equity built up by decades of Jeep heritage. The Patriot*, according to your nominations, our writers, and your votes is — by far — TTAC’s 2016 Worst Automobile Today.

After all the votes were cast, a staggering 66.1 percent of you believed the Jeep Patriot to be the worst new vehicle money could buy. And, as many of you guessed, it’s not the only Fiat Chrysler Automobiles product in the Top 10.

A triumvirate consisting of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mercedes-Benz, and Mitsubishi are responsible for seven of TTAC’s 2016 Ten Worst Automobiles Today. As Mazda comes close to cleaning house in the Best list, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles takes 1st, 2nd, and 4th in the Worst list.

Here are the remaining losers in reverse order.

2015 Toyota Yaris, Image: Toyota

10th Place: Toyota Yaris

Who knew that Toyota, one of largest automakers in the world that didn’t get caught cheating its way past emissions regulations, would have an entry on the worst list, while the cheater would take the 10th spot on the Best list?

Personally, I don’t understand the hatred for the Yaris. It’s a subcompact car that does subcompact car things in ways that subcompact cars should do them. Yet, here it is because 36.5 percent of you decided it should be here.

Maybe I need to drive one again. Or maybe I don’t.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

9th Place: Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class (including AMG)

Unlike the Yaris, vitriol aimed at Mercedes-Benz’s cheapest (in every sense of the word) model is something I can get behind. In all, 40.3 percent of you agreed with Jack Baruth.

In front-wheel-drive spec, the CLA is a torque-steer monster when it really doesn’t need to be. Automatic Honda Civics from 1992 can shift gears with more aplomb than this A-Class in drag. It’s an affront to the tri-star, which sits front and center with all the tact of Flavor Flav’s massive neck-hung clock.

If a friend asks you if they should purchase a CLA, say no. If they do it anyway, get a new friend. It’s that simple.

2015 BMW X6M, Image: © 2015 Aaron Cole/The Truth About Cars

8th Place: BMW X6 (including X6 M)

BMW will find itself on the wrong side of our Ten Best and Worst this year thanks to the X6 and its aspiration-without-purpose styling.

Even though the X6 M — with its brutal 4.4-liter, twin turbocharged V8 good for 567 horsepower — is more than able to put a smile on the face of even the most discerning enthusiast, there’s one feature you just can’t get behind: its sloping rear buttock.

40.8 percent of you thought said buttock deserved flogging.

2016 Chevrolet Trax LTZ, Image: General Motors

7th Place: Chevrolet Trax

Chevrolet’s subcompact crossover is the result of GM designers watching “Breaking Bad” and coming to the conclusion that a new Aztek would be a really good idea.

Okay, maybe the Trax isn’t that horrible to look at, but the its 1.4-liter turbocharged engine is underpowered to put it lightly, an issue somewhat rectified by the new Buick Encore.

Speaking of the Encore, somehow it avoided this list. 46.8 percent of you thought the Chevrolet Trax was the worst vehicle offered by General Motors today, as opposed to the only 30.1 percent that thought the Encore deserved to be fired into the nearest Chinese steel mill.

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES, Image: Mitsubishi

6th Place: Mitsubishi Mirage

Have you ever partied so hard that the next morning you find a baleen whale in your bed and a credit-card balance that dangerously approaches your overall credit limit? Some of us would immediately take a shower and try to find a second job to right those wrongs. Others console themselves by purchasing vehicles with their remaining credit. The vehicle they buy: the Mitsubishi Mirage.

Here’s the problem with the Mirage: modern subcompact cars need not be dreadful penalty boxes, yet the Mirage is. An underpowered three-cylinder engine sends double-digit horsepower to the front wheels. It’s saddled with a continuously variable transmission if you have neither the want nor the mental means to shift gears yourself. And even in its most top spec, the alloy wheels wouldn’t be out of place in a Pep Boys clearance aisle. 47.1 percent of voters say “Mirage: not even once.”

(We know the Mirage is not technically available for the 2016 model year, but there was a 2015 model and there will be a newly restyled 2017 model. Exceptions were made.)

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Image: i-MiEV

5th Place: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Apply everything said above about the Mirage to Mitsubishi’s electric car, but make one very important change: the Mitsubishi i-MiEV isn’t cheap (in the transactional sense if you buy one new at MSRP). 50.4 percent of voters agree.

Go buy a Leaf.

2016 Fiat 500L, Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

4th Place: Fiat 500L

In the show “The Walking Dead”, Michonne has two pet zombies that have been freed of their lower jaws so as to neuter their desire to kill and eat humans. The Fiat 500L is the automotive visual equivalent of those zombies, which sports a design that neuters its desire to find willing buyers.

The 500L tries to trick people into thinking it’s a fun little runabout with a cutesy demeanor. In reality, it’s a Fiat Panda with awkward sheetmetal built in at former Yugo plant in present-day Serbia.

2015 Smart ForTwo, Image: Smart

3rd Place: Smart Fortwo

The previous-generation Smart Fortwo was so bad that, we believe, the majority of respondents of our poll were actually voting against the old car and not the new one. It doesn’t help that there’s been little marketing to boost the image of the new Fortwo, shown above, which we don’t think is nearly as horrible as its predecessor.

Still, the fact remains that city cars just don’t do well in America. Americans are big. American cities are big (as in spread out). Road trips are big (as in long). And Americans tend to buy big things that require big vehicles to cart around. Additionally, Americans don’t like big price tags for little cars, no matter how clever they may be. (Remember the Scion iQ? Neither do I.)

55.8 percent of you think the Fortwo (whether it be the new model or the previous car with the kidney-punishing transmission) is one of the Ten Worst Automobiles Today.

(Daimler: Why don’t you send this back to Europe and bring the Forfour here instead?)

2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad, Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

2nd Place: Dodge Journey

The Dodge Journey is a remnant of prior indiscretions made by DaimlerChrysler and Cerberus, yet it chugs along as three-row advertising fodder in local papers for $16,995 (or whatever the price is that week once thousands of dollars in incentives are applied).

For a multitude of reasons, the Dodge Journey is the worst three-row vehicle money can buy from a new car dealer. You’re better off getting a used Hyundai Santa Fe and shelling out for the extended warranty. Or buying a Caravan. Or a used Econoline. Or nothing; just sell off your kids and remove the need for such a vehicle in your life.

Last and kinda-sorta least

* Yes, there’s an asterisk. Why? Because the Patriot, even though it handily won (lost?) this competition as the worst automobile in America for the 2016 model year, probably wouldn’t be in first place had we not eliminated the Jeep Compass from the get-go.

2014 Jeep Compass Limited, Image: Jeep

Before we first announced the resurrected and refreshed Ten Worst Automobiles Today, we teased the fact that the Compass was nominated 10 years ago as one of the worst sacks of platform-prostituted garbage money could buy. It’s still true today. The Compass is primarily sold on price, not substance, and is the antithesis of what any Jeep should be. Many of the same complaints can be levied against the Patriot, but at least the Patriot looks a bit more like a Jeep.

So, without further ado, TTAC is announcing a Lifetime Achievement Award to the Jeep Compass for complete incompetence from birth to present day.

And this is where you come in: this award needs a name! Hit up the comments to offer your suggestions. A winner will be picked sometime this week.

[Images: Yaris, Toyota; Mercedes-AMG CLA45, Daimler; BMW X6M, © 2015 Aaron Cole/The Truth About Cars; Chevrolet Trax, General Motors; Mirage and i-MiEV, Mitsubishi; Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass, Fiat 500L and Dodge Journey, FCA; Smart Fortwo, Daimler]

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218 Comments on “Jeep Patriot* Is TTAC’s 2016 Worst Automobile Today (And Here Are the Other Nine Losers)...”


  • avatar
    RobertRyan

    Glad you think so in the US, Jeep and FCA in Australia are approaching a ” carclasymic” retreat from the market

    • 0 avatar

      Would any of the retreat be because of the corruption scandal with FCA Australian distributor, I remember hearing something about?

      • 0 avatar
        RobertRyan

        No he is a separate issue, they also had a shonky contest as well. Primarily it is the myriad mechanical and software issues. Even the Chinese imports had a reasonable reputation, regarding those. FCA HAS improved it’s build quality, but not much use if your vehicle is broken down and stranded somewhere.

        • 0 avatar

          If you see one of these big bad boys broken down, stranded, by the side of the road let me know.

          http://www.ramtrucks.com.au

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            All vehicles have problems, even US Pickups. They are as rare as hens teeth in Australia, Too.see one broken down, would be the equivalent of seeing a a Mahindra in Texas or a Ferrari in a demolition derby. I doubt you will see more than a handful here

    • 0 avatar

      The 200c may actually be one of Chryslers best vehicles.

    • 0 avatar

      In this day and age there are really no bad cars. All these aforementioned cars and trucks are pretty decent.

    • 0 avatar

      Jeep sales are way up in the US way up in China and double in Europe since 2014 and rising in South America. Australia is an odd outlier with nothing to do with the rest of the global auto market.

      • 0 avatar
        RobertRyan

        A case of the exception proves the rule. SUV sales in Europe are tiny, but vastly better than Pickup sales.Anything in China sells , including limo versions of basic sedans.

        • 0 avatar

          Well it still stands their sales are improving everywhere else but Australia. You have to admit your market is somewhat an oddity on thee world stage.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            90% of Jeep sales are in NA. Outside NA we were one of the major markets for Jeep, as FCA made sure they built, Diesel and RHD versions for Australia, this included the Wrangler and Gran Cherokee.
            Fiat’s love affair with Australia, has little to do with FCA products, more Fiat Powertrain. IVECO, Case and John Holland Tractors, which are selling well.
            It is the FCA side that is having major problems.

        • 0 avatar
          DenverMike

          Australia is barely a flea on the dog’s tail.

        • 0 avatar
          JimZ

          saying “the exception which proves the rule” is nonsense hand-waving, and is essentially saying “I refuse to admit I’m wrong even in the face of proof.”

          • 0 avatar
            Spike_in_Brisbane

            AUSTRALIA 2015

            Biggest winners

            1. Isuzu – up 25.8 per cent
            2. Lexus – up 24.2 per cent
            3. Honda – up 21.5 per cent
            4. Kia – up 20.5 per cent
            5. Audi – up 20.1 per cent

            Biggest losers

            1. Jeep – down 19.7 per cent
            2. Ford – down 11.6 per cent
            3. Holden – down 3.0 per cent
            4. Nissan – up 0.1 per cent
            5. Toyota – up 1.3 per cent

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            Thanks Spike, yes JIM Z, your VERY VERY WRONG
            It is only getting worse for FCA, as they are not getting any better.

          • 0 avatar

            The argument isn’t that Jeep doesn’t have a problem in Australia – they do- It’s that the Australian market doesn’t matter much, and they are much better off focusing on the Euro, Asian, and south american markets, which they are and it’s paying off big time. They more then make up for the losses in Australia, in fact the gains in China in the last months of 2015 made up for the loss in Australia over the entirety of 2015.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            How long is that going to last? China is going through problems, outside of China there is no bright spots for Jeep.
            Europe is tiny, South America has problems. Best bet for Jeep is NA

    • 0 avatar
      American Rambler

      Looking at the worst list. Got a bit of a chuckle. Makes me wonder just what criteria was used to land on this list. There are a number of cars that are worse some of these. I am in the process of replacing my car. One that the more I drove it the more I liked it. It was one that did not sell well and was clobbered sales wise by the class leader, but for my use was the superior vehicle in the execution of its intended function. Friends and family who did not like it at first quickly grew to like it after driving and using it. It died an untimely death when I had to do an emergency stop to avoid turning a dumb guy aspiring to become a hood ornament who thought he could out run a car doing 35 MPH by choosing to run across an intersection against the light. The car behind me did not stop. Both cars totaled. Dumb guy hopped on a bus and departed the scene. I went away on a flat bed tow truck. I actually considered some of the cars on this list. About 2/3 of these cars are pretty decent cars in that they drive well and do most of their intended functions well enough. The current Dodge Journey really does not belong on this list. After it’s mid cycle refresh, it improved a bunch. It has good interior styling, spacing, comfort, ease of access, cargo space and darn good power with decent economy. The rear doors actually open up wide enough to make this one of the easiest to enter and exit. But it’s exterior size, inclusion of 3rd row seating and raised floor due to the all wheel drive and styling dropped it off my list. It’s not an Escape or Explorer but it is not priced like one either. Sometimes real junk sells well and good ones languish due to current fads and lack of interest. Sometimes cars just do not have what it takes because they are missing something important. Like the right engine power (Fiat, Trax). Or they really miss the boat on needed features or capabilities. Like the i-MiEV, Yaris, Mirage

  • avatar
    NoID

    As an FCA employee, this makes my heart cringe. But reputation takes time to fix, and while we’ve introduced new models to fill gaps in product we’ve also got 10+ year old models still hanging around. And I take cold comfort in the fact that it’s these geriatric models that took the top spots.

    I have no words for the Fiat 500L. Like Eric Holder and DOMA, I will not raise my arm in defense nor will I attack it. That’s a matter for the states (or sales…) to decide.

    I think the Compatriot replacement bows on the auto show circuit this year and the Journey allegedly has a replacement (D-SUV) in the works according to Sergio’s 5 year plan as published in the automotive press some time ago. Those will be make or break models for FCA, and I hope and pray they move the needle on our public perception. We need it.

    I just can’t help but wonder how much better the Patriot could have been if its engineering and design effort wasn’t spread out between two models. But even if the circle of critics and enthusiasts is laughing us all the way to the edge of town, our bookkeepers are laughing all the way to the bank based on how much the Patriot and Compass have continued to buoy our sales at an impressive (and perhaps astonishing) level.

    Heck, I’d buy a Patriot to replace my competitive vehicle in order to get an FCA vehicle in my garage…but I don’t think FCA wants their employee testimonial to be centered around my narrative, which would essentially be “It has four wheels, four doors, gets 30 mpg, and was the least expensive choice that didn’t have me singing Shania Twain’s ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’ every time I climbed behind the wheel.”

    • 0 avatar
      FormerFF

      We have a Patriot in our driveway. Honestly, it’s pretty nice, if you take it for what it is, which is a small, low priced SUV. It’s not as spacious or refined as is a CR-V or RAV4, but it’s not as large or expensive as either of those two vehicles either.

      I sent a post to Mark about our experiences with the Patriot, I’m not sure if he’s going to use it or not.

      • 0 avatar
        cgjeep

        Every owner I know really likes it and they sure sell a lot of them.

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        I hope your post gets published. All that’s ever kept me from buying a Patriot has been its pedigree. It’s boxy, cheap and handsome like a tool cabinet is handsome… form completely follows function.

        I’ve had CR-Vs, they’re swell, but going soon into retirement and lacking any snob genes I’m thinking that for a little as I will be driving, cheaper is better.

        • 0 avatar
          Lorenzo

          I’m already retired, and comfort and ease of entry/exit at the lowest price will make more sense as you get older. I went from a Nissan compact to the last Buick Lesabre just after retirement. Listen to your butt and lower back for a pleasant retirement. I just wish I’d gone for a 300C for one last fling with V8 RWD, and screw the fuel economy, for the amount of driving I do now.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            ” I just wish I’d gone for a 300C for one last fling with V8 RWD,”

            My kid had one of those and IMO the Pentastar V6 version has better power-to-weight and handling characteristics.

            The V8-hemi had oodles and oodles of straight-line power but felt nose-heavy and slower to respond to steering input, while driving up/down the twisties on the NV-side of Lake Tahoe to/from Zephyr Cove.

            FWIW.

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            “screw the fuel economy, for the amount of driving I do now”

            I’m nearly there and already agreeing with your ergonomic points. I may yet opt for Geezer’s Last Pickup like my Daddy done afore me.

            So many, many good memories from pickups.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            2WD Tacoma with cap FTW!

        • 0 avatar
          duffman13

          I helped get my mom into a CPO Hyundai Tuscon 2 weeks ago. That might hit all the buttons you’re talking about for a retiree car: cheap, high seating position for visibility and ingress/egress, economical, comfortable, reliable, and functional.

          She loves it, and the peace of mind from the 10y/100k CPO part was worth it alone. The only feature she had to give up was AWD, but that was a function of her price point, and not the vehicle itself. To her heated seats and low mileage were more important, and she doesn’t drive enough in winter for it to matter.

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        the problem is that you’re speaking to enthusiasts, who don’t realize that if the automakers all catered to enthusiasts they’d all go out of business within a month.

      • 0 avatar

        The Patriot is THE WORST VEHICLE I HAVE EVER DRIVEN.

        I had one as a rental and the entire time I kept thinking to myself “How did this leave the factory? Who at FCA said “This is the best we can do.”

        In fact, who at FCA said “This is good enough to sell to anyone?”

    • 0 avatar
      cgjeep

      I don’t understand why the have a Patriot/Compass replacement. They now have the Renegade. Same concept, hell same engine. How can they have a Patriot, Renegade, and a car based Cherokee all on the same floor. Would you like this Ugly 2.4 4cyl CUV, or this Ugly 2.4 cyl CUV, or this ugly 2.4 4cyl CUV? If I were a jeep salesperson again I would go nuts because I imagine a customer would want to test all 3. At least make the Cherokee a 6cyl only.

    • 0 avatar
      hubcap

      @NoID

      Are you saying you work for FCA and don’t own one of their vehicles AND you’d be willing to buy a Patriot just to say yow own something built by FCA?

      • 0 avatar
        NoID

        @hubcap

        I’ve only worked there for a year, and I’m two years into a 5 year car note on a used Mazda. If it isn’t broke I don’t fix it or replace it, so unless I get T-boned or something this Mazda will be in my stable for a while. I drove my last car until it was 2 gears short of a 4 speed gearbox…

        But to answer your question, I’m unreasonably loyal to my employers and I tend to willingly drink their corporate Kool-Aid. Yes, I’d purchase an FCA vehicle (new or used) simply as a show of support and endorsement of our product. And because every vehicle I’ve ever owned has been used and sparsely optioned, I’m easy to please. I appreciate the finer things in life, I just don’t need them. Hence, I’d be just fine with a Patriot in my driveway.

        Besides, in my current role I get to play with the fun stuff on a weekly basis, so who cares what appliance I drive to work every day? I get my kicks in during the work week and get paid for the privilege. I’m probably a decade away from my debt vs. income curves crossing to the degree that I can afford a project car, so I’m not sitting around pining for a sweet whip.

        Back seat, four doors, 30 mpg. Anything else is gravy.

    • 0 avatar
      threeer

      Went looking for a small CUV/SUV after the trusty Lancer Sportback Ralliart shed it’s timing belt and set up a quick and permanent meeting between the pistons and valves. Always wanted a Jeep (more like Wrangler) and the wife knew it, so when she saw a used 2014 Patriot, she pointed to it with some enthusiasm. I have driven numerous Patriot and Compasses (Compii??) And just could not bring myself to even consider it. My 2004 Lancer was a Rolls Royce comparatively speaking (right up until the catastrophic end at 173k on the odometer). Wound up with a 2014 Escape, and the difference is remarkable between the Patriot and our *new* vehicle.

    • 0 avatar

      I rented a Patriot when I was in Los Angeles to drive the McLaren 675LT. It wasn’t so much a bad car as a mediocre one, in the original meaning of the word, less than average. Nothing really disappointed me, but then nothing thrilled me either. A transportation device.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        “Nothing really disappointed me, but then nothing thrilled me either. A transportation device.”

        Like every rentwl Nissan Altima or Toyota Camry I’ve had the misfortune to be stuck with.

    • 0 avatar
      duffman13

      FCA vehicle popularity seems to be heavily dependent on nameplate/drivertain and not much else. You’ll note everything they have that sells well and somewhat holds up lacks competitors.

      Jeep for example never have a problem moving Wranglers or GCs, and Cherokees to some extent. The GC is basically a Land Rover lite with some towing capacity, the Cherokee is surprisingly good and offers decent off-road capability, and the Wrangler is basically unchallenged in its segment.

      On the car side, the Charger/300 are unchallenged south of $40k where the Genesis and SS exist. The next closest competitors are Avalons and Maxima, which nobody buys anyway.

      The Durango is the only thing that does what it does, at least if you’re looking at it as a Tahoe/Yukon with a slightly lower towing capacity and requisite price cut.

      The Caravan does fine too, since it undercuts the Ody/Sienna by almost $15k in popular configurations. Poor people need to haul their kids too.

      They drop the ball when you get to FWD-based mainstream cars and crossovers. The rest of their lineup is essentially lot poison. I’ve had a few of the FWD-based ones as rentals and while they weren’t bad cars per say, they are competing in such a hyper competitive segment with known power players. Slightly worse than an Altima is still a generally good car, but it’s not good enough to compete when you’re going up against Camry and Accord.

      Subprime buyers don’t help anything either – the cars might not have been bad, but the deferred maintenance and lack of care that come into play with that buyer pool make the cars break sooner than they would with owners who care, driving brand equity even further down. I think my last point is the biggest factor in their brand perception too.

  • avatar
    energetik9

    “BMW will find itself on the wrong side of our Ten Best and Worst this year thanks to the X6 and its aspiration-without-purpose styling.”

    I know I’m in the minority, but I like the X6 and the X6M. I just don’t think it deserves this list on the basis on cargo space. There are plenty of cars with less and the X6 isn’t out to fool anyone on that. Interestingly, I just got back from a vacation to Vietnam and Cambodia. I saw quite a few X6’s driving around in Vietnam and a couple X6M’s. So much so, that I saw probably 5 X6’s for every X5 I saw. The X6 was easily the most common SUV I saw while I was there next to Range Rovers.

    • 0 avatar
      Maymar

      Problem is, why do you buy the (hideous) X6 over the (hideous) X5? However much space it has, it’s less than the X5, it’s got less visibility than the X5, and it’s only in the same of style if you don’t understand what that word means.

  • avatar
    seth1065

    well perhaps name it after FCA biggest supporter — BTSR ,after all if you just shove a HELLCAT IN THESE THEY WOULD BE ON THE TOP TEN LIST

    • 0 avatar

      Well, even the Charger and Challenger Hellcats didn’t make it to the Top 10 list this year.

      • 0 avatar

        that’s because “YOU” made the list.

        All I see up there are VOLUME SELLERS.

        People buying these things are 100% happy. Most of the people downranking them NEVER WROTE A CHECK FOR ONE beyond borrowing one for a rental.

        Show me the percentage of OWNERS who don’t like their cars (these models).

        The Dodge Journey? REALLY? Their sales are strong in Canada and the US.

        The CLA??? REALLY??? Haven’t we been over this before?

        No one cares what rank it got. Or how well it drives. Or how well it turns corners. Or it’s fuel efficiency.

        They wanna be driving a MEEEEEEEEEERCCCCCCEEEEEEEEDEEEEEZ.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          People buy the Journey because it’s cheap, comes with a new-car warranty, has three rows, and isn’t a minivan. Even its buyers don’t think it’s a particularly great car. All of them would buy an Explorer or Pilot if they had more money.

          You’re exactly right about why people buy the CLA. Benz has those people figured out and determined it could sell to them without bothering to make even a minimally competent car. It deserves to be higher on the list than it is. The new-gen Smart, also made by Benz, is a much better and more honest product.

          • 0 avatar

            The “WHY” isn’t important to me.

            The only thing that matters is CASH.

            Show me your top 10 and your worst 10 list BASED ON SALES FIGURES.

            Suddenly things look much different.

            to: MARK STEVENSON

            You show me how many Chargers and Challengers SOLD compared to that “miata” thing.

            SHOW ME how many HELLCATS sold…

            Show me a group of people willing to pay between $5000 – $20,000 over sticker for a “mazzzzzzduh”

            Please find me one person with a BMW X6(M) who bought their car NEW…not from some Major World-like subprime loan car chop shop – who doesn’t love their car.

            Please find me one.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “Show me your top 10 and your worst 10 list BASED ON SALES FIGURES.

            Suddenly things look much different.”

            Top three are full-size trucks. Camcordcivroltima owns 4-8. 9 & 10 are midsize-ish CUVs.

            HELLCAT!!!

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

          ” Most of the people downranking them NEVER WROTE A CHECK FOR ONE beyond borrowing one for a rental.”

          Lol, so PEOPLE have to BUY a car TO KNOW they DONT LIKE it? All the caps lock in the world cant make your statements make any sense whatsoever.

          Your contention is that the people who dont like it didnt buy one. Is that concept uncommon? I didnt buy a Geo Metro, but I know I dont like them. Ive had the mispleasure of driving them, and I didnt feel the need to run out and buy it before I decided it was a wheezing pile of crap.

          The reasons people dont like these pigs are not those that are only obvious after it was purchased. Theyre ugly, theyre unrefined, theyre not reliable and there are MANY choices out there that dont cost much more but do virtually everything better. For those that dont need AWD (or a Jeep nameplate), theyre better served by a freakin Kia Soul. If AWD is a must, hell, Id buy a two year old Escape, Terrain, CR-V or something like that. From the terrible quality issues Ive read about with these two, one would be better off with a CPO (or just extended warranty) version of the players in this segment that actually try. The Terrain (Equinox) may be dated compared to the main players, but its still a better vehicle overall than ComPatriot.

          • 0 avatar

            “The reasons people dont like these pigs are not those that are only obvious after it was purchased. Theyre ugly, theyre unrefined, theyre not reliable …”

            I rest my case.

            The mere fact you said “pig” lets me know you have no idea what you’re talking about.

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            honestly he’s got a point. All of these “worst” vehicles are described as such by “Internet Car Enthusiasts” and the automakers learned a long time ago to ignore you. You’re nothing more than a bunch of bullsh**ters. Internet Car People prattle on and on about what kind of car they want, but inevitably they never actually *buy* what they say they will. They’ll mumble and kick at the ground about “oh, uh, it’s the wrong color,” or “um, maybe I’ll buy a used one in five years,” or any number of contrived excuses. The FR-S/BRZ is a prime example of this. “We want a lightweight RWD coupe with a manual transmission!” Toyota: “Here you go!” Market: “THUD.”

            all the snobbery you display here (calling the vehicles people actually buy “pigs”) just displays how out of touch you are, and why as far as the automakers are concerned, you just. don’t. matter.

          • 0 avatar

            JimZ

            I realized that “the professional car reviewers” were a joke as soon as I saw how they were actually testing these cars.

            Track driving commuter cars?

            Skid pads?

            they act as if people are taking their cars to weighing stations and lamenting 2 or 300 pounds.

            They act as if people buying econoboxes are worried about upshifts and downshifts when the automatic transmission is designed for MAX FUEL ECONOMY and programmed to jump ahead and not drop to lower gears.

            They act like a 4-cylinder is “enough”.

            IT AIN’T.

            If anyone took them seriously, the CTS would be killing the 3 seeies and the 5 series.

            …but this is REALITY and things just don’t work that way.

          • 0 avatar
            Felix Hoenikker

            BSTR wrote
            “They act like a 4-cylinder is “enough”.

            IT AIN’T.”

            There was a small displacement 4 cylinder engine that ruled racing for almost 40 years. It was called an Offenhuaser. There were variants of it that made 1000 HP. Cylinder count is not the be all and end all.
            This comes from a guy who owns two RWD V8 cars. I would have no problem with a turbo 4 in a car like the ATS except GM made the back seat so small if was only good for small kids and dogs.

          • 0 avatar

            A 1000 HP 4-cylinder???

            Oooooooooo

            So how many minutes between repair shop visits?

          • 0 avatar
            DweezilSFV

            JinZ: that was brilliant. Loved reading that and so true.

            “There are better cars out there” is one of my favorites. Of course there are and better ones than they’re delivering pizzas in.

            “For a couple of thousand more you can get a “better” car”.Our internet experts are generous with their money and never have a budget.

            Till they get into the closing room and start chiseling for free oil changes, floor mats, trade in value on the old beater and “the deal”.

            But you “sub-prime” folks are a lowly breed who only buy on price.

  • avatar
    PRNDLOL

    How about the ‘Mercury Montego Memorial Award’?

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Hey, I owned one of those! A 1968 MX with the 302 replaced by a 351 in a 4-door model. I still like the seafoam green color that everybody thought was pale yellow. Great car – I drove 10+ MPH over the speed limit for more miles without getting a ticket than any other car I owned.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    All these with “Award” afterward.

    TATER, TTAC’s Awful Transportation Empirical Recognition
    PANTY, Premier Achiever of Nasty Transport Yardstick
    TRITE, TTAC’s Really Incompetent Transportation Endowment

  • avatar
    bikegoesbaa

    Oh Chrysler, why are you so consistently terrible?

  • avatar
    Mattias

    Not surprised about no. 10 given the fact that Toyota seems to be last forever little else. Rented one in Norway last week. Not much to like about it except cheap on expensive euro fuel (got a hybrid version something not available in the states). So crap Toyota made an outdated nav system that didn’t even recognize the 3 year old tunnel we were entering (this being a new car). If you want a reliable subcompact get a fit, a comfortable competitive one get a fiesta. No disagreements otherwise on this list.

    • 0 avatar
      FormerFF

      The Prius C is pretty much a hybrid Yaris.

    • 0 avatar
      scott25

      My first car was a Yaris. It was utter garbage, and outdated even in 2008. It’s barely been changed since (it did lose its best feature, the centre mounted gauge cluster though). Even a Scion xD which was basically the same car seemed like a massive improvement.

      The reason it’s on this list is even compared to its subcompact competition, it’s horribly outdated. A corolla is barely any more expensive, is cheaper to insure, and is a much better car. Much. And as reliable, if not more so.

    • 0 avatar

      I rented Yaris and Note back to back for extended periods and Yaris was 10 times better. Tells me everything I need to know about this poll.

      • 0 avatar
        Eyeflyistheeye

        I never drove a Yaris but I did like the Note SV that I rented. However, it loses out bigtime since anyone could get a Focus (and I did!) for the same price. When the Versa gets to the SV trim, it’s actually a nice car but hardly worth the price since even a base Sentra comes within $500 give or take.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    The Journey despite being bad to start with and only getting more and more outdated is actually upward trending in sales. The tooling is paid for. There really isn’t a reason to get rid of it, even as a fleet vehicle. Pretty sure FCA knows it sucks too, but it sells.

    • 0 avatar
      Corollaman

      My sister’s Journey is starting to fall apart on the interior after 70k miles and 5 yrs. Powertrain is reliable though,

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      the Journey is only a “bad” vehicle to Internet Car Snobs who don’t actually buy anything.

      • 0 avatar
        ferdburful

        Journey – an electrical problem on wheels. They aren’t bad for what they are, however leaving you stranded multiple times is not acceptable in a brand new vehicle. Reading the forums, it’s a fairly common problem. So, yes, the Journey because of it’s horrible reliability deserves it’s poor rating.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    TTAC’s Ultimate Recognition of Dismalness.

    TURD.

  • avatar
    Corollaman

    i don’t get the hatred for Yaris either, and it comes from those who DON’T own one, just any owner and they’ll tell you how much they love their little POS. Sort of like the old Beetle, bad in every respect, except for bulletproof reliability and simplicity, both have that in common.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      This list is incorrect (factually; not subjectively).

      In non-price adjusted terms, the top 3 worst vehicles are:

      1) Toyota Yaris (worst)

      2) Smart TwoFour

      3) Mitsubishi Mirage

      • 0 avatar
        FThorn

        BINGO.

        After an 8″ snow, I test drove Patriot, CR-V, RDX, RAV-4, and I am forgetting one other here.
        I thought the Patriot did great. The CR-V was my next choice. the SHAWD had too much vibration doing the left-to-right decision/confusion stuff.
        I have found Patriots for $12-13,000 after discount; and well worth it compared to the pricing of the competition. Not everyone can go spend $30,000 on a car.

        My brother used to work at plant that makes the compass/patriot/Caliber.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      I had a 2008 sedan and it was pretty good for the time. The center gauges, waterfall center stack, and two-tone interior were nice touches for the penalty box segment, and the powertrain was just fine for 2008. I didn’t care for the hatchback styling inside or out. The Accent/Rio were worse, the Versa was cushier but thirstier and with less certain reliability, and the Fit was better to drive but just as cheap feeling and slow, with more road noise and a higher price tag. So it was a good car in 2008.

      But Toyota never really improved it and it is now 2016. It still has a 4spd with wide ratio gaps that hinder driveability. Still 105hp. Still has a bad driving position. Interior packaging still trails Nissan and Honda. It will last forever but the only people who will want to own it that long are those who cannot/will not buy a different vehicle. I like Toyota but their lack of effort with this car rightfully earns it a place on the list.

      • 0 avatar
        FromaBuick6

        +1. And this is a problem not just with the Yaris, but with Toyota’s entire North American lineup. Completely phoned in. No meaningful powertrain updates in a decade. All the appeal of a ’90s GM product, just with better reliability and sturdier headliners.

        I’ve reached the point where I’m legitimately annoyed that Toyota’s able to so successfully coast with worst-in-class products based on past reputation. They used to be better than this.

        • 0 avatar
          30-mile fetch

          Unfortunately true on a number of levels. I have a pro-Toyota bias due to experience with their 1990s guilded era products, but there isn’t much in their current lineup I would seriously consider. The 4Runner is appealing for its unique capability and anvil reliability, the FR-S is refreshing but not entirely a Toyota, and the Tacoma seems well crafted to its target audience although a really poor fit if you aren’t one of them.

          I’ll defend the Camry as well. I think the powertrains have been very competitive for a long time. The 2.5 with 6spd is competitively quick and efficient enough and the tranny is programmed well. The 3.5 V6 is still excellent and outdated only in EPA ratings. The 2015 refresh finally got the interior out of the basement. My favorite in the class is the Fusion, but otherwise I’m not sure I wouldn’t go for a SE or XSE Camry.

        • 0 avatar

          Well the powertrains are still reliable that’s worth something.

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          “And this is a problem not just with the Yaris, but with Toyota’s entire North American lineup. Completely phoned in. No meaningful powertrain updates in a decade. All the appeal of a ’90s GM product, just with better reliability and sturdier headliners.

          I’ve reached the point where I’m legitimately annoyed that Toyota’s able to so successfully coast with worst-in-class products based on past reputation. They used to be better than this.”

          There should be a lengthy essay on TTAC delving into the dirty and plain truth that Toyota has fallen so badly that the aside from reliability, the things that once made then world beaters, such as a quiet, plush ride, impeccable assembly quality, impeccable materials quality, outstandingly low NVH, and overall, vehicles that felt 2x as expensive as they were (and better than vehicles costing ex as much), have all been abandoned.

          A Corolla of the mid to late 90s used to feel like a solid tank of a vehicle, and ride like a Lexus, with a super quite ride and low NVH levels to match, and a 1993 to 1998 Camry used to have that premium feel, also.

          Now, Toyota produces crap, whose nearly sole virtue is reliability.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            “Toyota produces crap, whose nearly sole virtue is reliability.”

            It’s what I’ve been saying for years now, Toyota started to produce crap ever since they started building them in North America.

            The Japan-built Toyota products are top notch! Just look at my 1989 Camry V6. Still a sweet ride 27 years later with almost 200K on the clock.

            And that 2008 Highlander, still going strong with well over 100K on the clock.

          • 0 avatar
            30-mile fetch

            Deadweight, one thing to consider in Toyota’s fall from grace–I’m sure Toyota could produce world beater Camries and Corollas if we’d be willing to pay for them. The original sales receipt of my 1996 Camry was still in the glovebox. This was a basic DX 4-pot model with the power window/locks/mirror package and AC and nothing else. $18500 in 1996 dollars. That’s $28K in today’s. Loaded V6 models rang in a $25K+, or $38K+ in today’s dollars. Would you pay that for a Camry with no feature content advantage over the lower priced competition? If toyota built them and priced them to this level, there would be no point in having a Lexus luxury division.

            Toyota is chasing volume, which is not particularly admirable, but at least in order to achieve that they sacrificed luxury feel rather than reliability, durability, and utility, which is essentially the opposite of VW’s choice in the infamous MkIV vehicles. From a consumer’s perspective, that’s the appropriate and ethical sacrifice to make. As such, I don’t consider their lineup very interesting, but it doesn’t wad my knickers like it does yours.

          • 0 avatar
            sutherland555

            @ Deadweight, I think the creation of Lexus is actually a big part of the problem. When your regular old Toyota was close to the overall quality of a Lexus, there’s not much reason to pay more for a Lexus. So they de-content and cheapen Toyota products to make Lexus products look that much better in comparison. Toyota needs to change their philosophy and soon. They’ve been coasting off their 90s reputation for too long not and it’s going to bite them in the ass.

          • 0 avatar
            gtemnykh

            30-mile nailed it. Look at MSRPs on 90s Toyotas. My ’96 4Runner Limited would have cost about $55k adjusted for inflation, and there wasn’t much haggling to be had back then as I understand. That’s loaded GX460 money these days. The fact that I can buy a brand new 2016 made in Japan 4Runner Trail Premium that has all of the features of my ’96 and a bunch that I don’t for about $38,000 is pretty awesome. I’ll take a few hard interior plastics and won’t complain too much.

    • 0 avatar
      Steve Biro

      Why the Yaris hate? Everything 30-Mile Fetch wrote plus this anecdote: My brother and I rented a Yaris to drive from New Orleans to Marksville, Louisiana, a few months ago. We weren’t impressed but figured, well, it’s an entry-level car. Perhaps we were being unfair. Until we rented a base Ford Fiesta for the drive back. The Fiesta, which sells for about the same price, wipes the floor with the Yaris. Suddenly, the Yaris seemed like a very cynical offering on the part of Toyota.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    For all the hate the Journey siblings get…. they do numbers. Year after year the Journey added sales, through the recession and all. They do their numbers

  • avatar
    suburbanokie

    The EYESORE Award:

    E-ven
    Y-ugo
    E-levated
    S-omewhere
    O-ver
    R-egretting
    E-xisting

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Good list.

    • 0 avatar
      davefromcalgary

      Seriously disagree about the Patriot.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Please share why you feel this way.

        • 0 avatar
          davefromcalgary

          Of course, happy to. I’ve said it before, the Patriot is the best looking Jeep. It screams XJ Cherokee to me. I mean the Grand Cherokee is a nice looking car, but I really like the simple yet bold lines of the Patriot. Nice parallel belt and roof line, square windows.

          Obviously the Patriot is a lower end offering. The interior received a significant upgrade in 2012 I think, and with uConnect, though the materials might by of the PlaySkool variety, there is nothing really wrong with whats going on in there.

          The 2.4 world engine is a bit of a loud groaner, but its reasonably simple and reliable, it has reasonable output for the size of the vehicle, can be had with a stick, and has a decent slip n grip system that can be locked 50/50 at low speeds, which is perfect for the snow(nuts).

          Really, I’d take a Patriot over a fugly nuts Renegade any day. And I more and more want a simple car again with less to go wrong. This fits the bill. A Patriot would fill all of our non-trailer hauling vehicle/second vehicle duties well. And bonus, they arent even too expensive.

          • 0 avatar

            Dave gets it. I may buy one someday as a cheap commuter. plus there’s this.
            http://www.expeditionswest.com/equipment/reviews/patriot/index.htm

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          Dave has a ComPatriot boner :). He’s not wrong though. They are cheap little CUVs that are probably better in the mud or snow than 95% of the CUVs out there. I applaud $15K compact 4×4 CUVs. I won’t buy one, but I am happy they exist.

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            Hoooooold up there BBall.

            I like the Patriot. The Compass doesnt appeal.

            Its pretty much looks. And that the sloped hatch on the Compass totally shrinks the cargo space. I’m pretty sure they are identical from the drivers seat.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            You love the Compass too. Search your feelings, Dave, you know it to be true.

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            Nope sorry.

            I mean I’d take one over the Renegade but that bar is subterranean.

          • 0 avatar
            gtemnykh

            Agree with Dave on all points. Compass is a less versatile and worse looking Patriot. Patriot gives up a lot of refinement, and interior room, and lacks the latest drivetrain tech of the mainstream $25-30k compact CUVs. But in the $16-20k AWD CUV niche that it plays in, it’s quite competitive. It has more offroad chops that just about any other crossover short of a Forester/XV Crosstrek and Renegade. In its price range, it competes with the Outlander Sport, heavily discounted regular Outlanders (can find an AWD SE for $20k), and Nissan Rogue Selects (old bodystyle). If I needed the space and a bit more refinement in that price range I’d get the Outlander I think. If I wanted a fun stick shift runabout that I could throw the canoe onto and run down some fire roads without crapping my pants, it’d be the Patriot hands down.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Dave forgot the “noooooo”.

  • avatar
    snakebit

    I won’t argue with Compass and Patriot. Aside from the fact that they don’t represent their brand well, folks who complain that they’re a better value(read cheaper in all its meanings) than CR-V and Rav4 somehow forget that they could get both CR-V and Rav-4 as certified pre-owned cars at Honda and Toyota dealers, save a few thousand dollars and still have no older technology than that of the ComPatriots. Same issue with the CLA. So you want a real Mercedes? How much less is a brand new CLA than a pre-owned rear-drive C-Class at the same M-B dealership? If I was in the market for any of these cars, I know which product I’d turn to.

  • avatar
    5280thinair

    Regarding the Yaris, driving one on a freeway with expansion joints is all it takes to put it on the “worst” list. I’ve never had a car buck and heave so much at highway speeds. It’s not just the short wheelbase; that’s a contributing factor, but totally inept suspension tuning is the real issue.

    The fact that Toyota’s failed to improve it much over the years it’s been on the market also damns it.

  • avatar
    SoCalMikester

    i dont really get the yaris hate, either. the 1.5 with the 5 speed manual has been around forever, no known issues and is basically bulletproof.

    when i was in the market 10 yrs ago, i wanted a 4 door hatch. back then, my only 2 choices were the scion xA and brand new honda fit. i didnt think the “magic seat” was worth a $2000 price premium.

    not sure which way id go if i had to choose again- it would probably boil down to price again.

  • avatar
    badreligion702

    Glad the regular Fiat 500 didn’t make it on here. We bought a 2012 500 Lounge for our daughter, and it is a delightful little car. The handling is great, it turns on a dime, and the little 1.4 liter may be slow, but it feels decently responsive in the little car. Combined with the Bose system that sound better than the HiFi audio on my 328i, it is fun to drive.

  • avatar
    FromaBuick6

    The X6 is a stupid vehicle, but its modern, competent (yeah, it’s not an E30, but what is anymore?) and seems to sell well enough BMW to bring out the equally stupid but smaller X4. Don’t think it belongs here.

    Biggest omission is the Mitsubishi Lancer. It shares the same garbage mechanicals as the Compass/Patriot/Journey and has been on the market just as long.

  • avatar
    EAF

    I would rather have a;

    Yaris over a Beetle
    500 over a Golf
    Patriot over a Tiguan
    X6 over a Touareg
    CLA over a Jetta / Passat (never drove a CLA, it can’t be any worse than a Jetta)

    While I wouldn’t argue with TTAC placing the Miata & Mustang at the top, my bottom is littered with pos VW offerings. I’d probably sprinkle some Subaru’s to finish things off.

    • 0 avatar
      badreligion702

      Oh, but the CLA is worse than the Jetta. It is more expensive, and much cheaper on the inside, along with being much more cramped. All of the cars you are comparing are in different classes.

      • 0 avatar
        EAF

        I never said they were in the same class, but I paired them as best as I could to get my point across. VW SUCKS!

        I will have to give the CLA a spin, I haven’t been able to get my hands on one! They are elusive, I’ve only seen a handful around here, even poseurs won’t buy them.

        No herpes or burns, just fighting (shoe horning) a 1.8t in a Beetle as we speak. The entire front clip is scrapped down, admittedly, I am overwhelmed with this mess. To top it off the damn torque converter won’t cooperate with the flex plate because VW engineers are IDIOTS. I come here to read & vent, it is theraputic.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      You get herpes from a MkIV Jetta or something?

    • 0 avatar

      The lack of any VW on any worse list is a little odd.

      • 0 avatar
        mason

        Maybe because they’re not all that bad. Except on the internet of course.

        • 0 avatar

          Well I have direct experience I’ve owned one, and my family has owned 5-6 more. To tell the truth most weren’t awful. But things that never break on other cars break in expensive and fantastic ways on VW’s. Oddly my sister in law drove a mkIV jetta 1.8T to almost 200k miles with only mildly outrageous repair bills before it was killed in an accident.

  • avatar
    JustPassinThru

    What we have here, is a list of cars that the body of readers/commentators here would not buy, and condemn out of various forms of snobbery.

    I find the Yaris condemnation interesting. Yes, that car is not for an enthusiast. What it is, is a solid, reliable lump that provides pure transportation – maybe at too-high a price; but it is not bad, the way, say, a Yugo is bad. It’s dull.

    Not everyone buys a vehicle to pretend to be a road-rallyist. Just as not everyone is impressed with Bro-Dozers with sewer-pipe stacks through the bed and Truck-Nutz. Not to your taste, does not render a vehicle a bad car.

    I would concur that the badge-engineered Jeepodge shows a lack of effort, minimal care, and contempt for those who they believe are their customers.

    • 0 avatar
      FromaBuick6

      The standard for “worst” is a lot higher than it was 10 years ago, which is a good thing.

      A “solid, reliable lump” that’s good enough for people with low standards or little interest in comparison shopping, isn’t the same thing as a good car, or even a competent one. The ’96 Olds Ciera was a reliable, economical car, but it was comically outdated and had been completely outclassed by the competition a decade earlier. The Yaris is no different. Both cars are indicative of their manufacturer’s lazy cynicism towards the market and their customer base.

      Just because you don’t have to do better doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Stagnation is never a successful long term business strategy. This will catch up with Toyota just as it did with GM.

      • 0 avatar
        JustPassinThru

        “The ’96 Olds Ciera was a reliable, economical car, but it was comically outdated and had been completely outclassed by the competition a decade earlier. The Yaris is no different. Both cars are indicative of their manufacturer’s lazy cynicism towards the market and their customer base.”

        Different situations. Olds was reeling from badge-engineering; the diesel screwup; the phase-in of “GM engines” which removed the one thing Olds had going for it, the reputation for superior-engineered drivetrains.

        They were in free-fall; and they did nothing to stop it. Right to the end.

        Toyota is the opposite. They’ve established a reputation, whether you agree it’s deserved or not, of indestructibility. So, yes, they’re resting on their laurels – especially since this class of car has turned out to be a dud in the marketplace.

        Government mandates it, for CAFE standards; but they can’t move them. So…they’ll just keep on making them as they are; amortize the tooling and engineering over a longer period of time…and when the time does come that they can’t sell it even to their small market, they’ll replace it with a Prius TV (tiny vehicle).

        Viewed as the Big Picture, it makes sense.

        • 0 avatar
          FromaBuick6

          “So, yes, they’re resting on their laurels – especially since this class of car has turned out to be a dud in the marketplace.”

          The B-segment is down in the U.S. right now thanks to cheap gas and the new subcompact crossover class, but globally it’s very important. The fact that Toyota, with it’s massive resources and efficient production methods has punted on this segment by remarketing a Mazda sedan is an embarrassment. That’s straight out of the ’70s Detroit playbook.

          “Government mandates it, for CAFE standards”

          So that’s why they sell the Yaris with ancient transmissions that provide worse MPG than the Corolla?

  • avatar
    05lgt

    On theme:
    Continual Underperformer that Never Tried

    Doesn’t Induce Likable Driving Observations

    Failed by All Reviewers at TTAC

    Off theme:
    Lifetime Achievement Award For Failure

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    Don’t know if I agree with the inclusion of the microcars as they’re good at what they’re designed to do but the rest are pure shyte, as the Irish would say. Well done.

  • avatar
    nickoo

    I strongly disagree with this assessment. Jeep Patriot is a some-what roomy, somewhat jeep stylish wagon available with AWD at rock bottom pricing. There is nothing in it’s price that can touch it for utility or usefulness and it no longer has the CVT. I would actually buy one of these if I needed a cheap vehicle for kid duty. Sure the RAV4 and CR-V are world’s better, but they are a lot more expensive.

    TTAC seems to forget that a vehicle should be evaluated in the context of its sales price.

    • 0 avatar
      davefromcalgary

      Totally with you on this one.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I don’t think the Patroit is stylish. It’s a cheap CUV that you can get with a good 4×4 system and a 10 year warranty for under $18,000. If you don’t care about having an “in” vehicle and want to get through mud and snow in a compact vehicle, the Patroit is more than adequate.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Is it the spiritual successor to things like the Civic 4WD Wagovan!?

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          That’s a good comparison. That, the Justy, AMC Eagle SX/4, and other such strangeness.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Sorta derpy, cheap and cheerful, and simple. I’ll throw the old Subaru GL in there too.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Yes. That’s another example. I’m not going to waste my hate on them because they are cheap, utilitarian transportation. I shall save it for the CLA/GLA and many manner of gross looking BMW creatures.

        • 0 avatar
          nickoo

          It would be fascinating to compare the patriot to the wagovan in terms of inflation adjusted dollars.

          ROCK BOTTOM BASE MODEL JEEP PATRIOT 2.0 FWD MANUALS FOR 12,500-13,000 (hopefully the links show):

          https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/17099225
          https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/17977145
          https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/18691083
          https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/17383132

          CHEAPEST AWD PATRIOT 2.4 MANUAL/AUTO MODELS ADVERTISED FROM ABOUT 14,500-16,500:

          https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/17373527

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            In ’86 the Wagovan was like $12,000, so the Patriot is loads cheaper today.

            http://www.youtu.be/bQHuyLYKcwE?t=16m27s

            And 0-60 only SIXTEEN seconds.(!)

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            Hard to find a Google Images result for the Wagovan that isn’t slammed, stanced & covered in smeared hamster droppings.

            Explain to Gramps… slamming and stancing are two separate and distinct atrocities that may be simultaneously inflicted upon a perfectly good car, right? They’re not mutually exclusive or redundant of each other?

      • 0 avatar
        nickoo

        Style is certainly objective. I think the Patriot is exactly what a jeep should be…Now if it only came with rubber floor mats, a snorkel, and a “hose out” package straight from the factory. There were many times I could have used such a package when having to ford 2-3 feet of standing water across the low point in the road from melting winter snow when I lived up north.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          The word you seek there is the other one – subjective.

          • 0 avatar
            nickoo

            Yes, definitely meant subjective, haha, even though one could certainly object to the styling of the Patriot ;) Thank-you.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          I just meant that it is not “stylish” compared to segment leaders. If you polled a statistically significant amount of Americans, they would not list the Patroit as one of the most stylish small CUVs.

          • 0 avatar
            nickoo

            No worries. I am certainly in the small minority that loves square blocking styling.

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            I also like square blocky styling.

            I think the 10-12 Escape was best Escape.

            The segment leaders are NOT stylish. They are all interchangeable wedge-blobs with crap visibility and cramped driver seats.

            (yes, i know I’m generalizing and having fun with the conversation, theres no need to come in here and tell me I’m wrong.)

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Hey Dave shutap your stupid, they all look so different an stuff!

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Y’all need to stop it. The Patroit is not “stylish”. It’s an old a$$ DiamlerChrysler vehicle that is what it is. No one gets excited about a Patroit. No one was excited about it in 2007 either. The Cherokee, while more polarizing looks wise, fits the compact CUV demographic much better.

          • 0 avatar

            I know a number of people who like the patriot mostly former XJ owners but lots of people think the Patriot is the best styled CUV on the market, I know several people who bought patriots and the last year escapes because they wanted their CUV’s to look Trucky. Now are these people a majority of car buyers? absolutely not but don;t discount them either look how many patriots they sell.

      • 0 avatar
        TrailerTrash

        bball40dtw

        I agree with nickoo and davefromcalgary.

        See I also think it is somewhat good looking. And practical.
        Especially if you like the purpose, squared SUV or tall wagon simplicity.
        I understand everybody not likin the way it performs.
        I dunno…never drove one.
        But for price and purpose (not to sound like MT), it does seems pretty on target.
        And its simplicity has some beauty in itself.
        A real poor man’s utility vehicle.

        • 0 avatar
          FormerFF

          It drives more sport utility than passenger car, which I suppose gets it in trouble with the reviewers. The ride’s fine and it’s not overly loud. The steering’s a little slower than most current passenger cars.

          I think it’s fun to drive, which I can’t say for the other recent crossovers I’ve had seat time in. They were bland as a bowl of plain oatmeal.

      • 0 avatar
        FormerFF

        Whether or not the Patriot is “in” depends on whom you ask. I can find you any number of kids at my daughter’s high school who would put the Patriot at the top of their lists.

        When she first mentioned she liked the Patriot, I was prepared to hate it, but now I like it. It wouldn’t be my first choice for myself, but I sure wouldn’t dissuade anyone else from getting one.

        • 0 avatar
          gtemnykh

          Glad to hear other closet Patriot supporters crawling out of the woodwork. In a sea of mpg-optimized CUV blobs that make up the market leaders, the Patriot stands out as “cheap and cheerful” utilitarian trucklet with real ground clearance. I just wish it had thinner roof pillars, outward visibility is worse than you might think looking it it from the outside. Manual availability is another plus, that makes it the only other CUV other than the Forester that offers manual+AWD.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          The Patroit isn’t in. The Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Wrangler are.

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        A Patriot with a manual trans is actually not a bad vehicle. I almost bought one years ago. the CVT can zark off.

    • 0 avatar
      Superdessucke

      So, how many more payments do you guys have on your Patriots? I am sorry for you.

  • avatar
    ToddAtlasF1

    I would take a Yaris over a Fiesta any day of the week and twice on Sunday. If you own a Fiesta and run the risk of driving a Yaris, take an Uber instead. You’ll need a suicide watch to protect you from the repercussions of knowing what a horrible mistake you’ve made by buying any Fiesta.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      The Fiesta ST is not a mistake. Nor is the Fiesta with the 1.0T if you can get it at the right price.

    • 0 avatar
      Truckducken

      WTF post of the week

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        The shop my buddy manages had two more Fiestas in today. One was spread out all over the place, and it didn’t have that many miles. The other one was just in for maintenance, but its interior is still the closest thing I’ve seen recently to iron curtain cars of the ’80s. Their popularity here is about as justified as the success of American Idol. I’d sooner rent a Versa.

        • 0 avatar
          JimZ

          another Internet Bullsh**ter.

          • 0 avatar
            mason

            I currently have 2 Fords in the driveway/garage and I got news for ya, I’ve had 2 scattered like Legos at the dealership with less than 30k miles on them. (Yes, they were both warranty jobs.) Ford doesnt exactly have the greatest reputation when they roll out new tech.

            You need to go back to playing Angry Birds or GTFU. Your one liner arguments are immature.

  • avatar
    pleiter

    This the “Nose in Your Compass” Award, Mr. Spoonerism

  • avatar
    zip89105

    TTAC’s Flak List.

  • avatar
    nickoo

    Ok, ok, I think I got something here…In honor of FCA’s perennial appearances on the bottom 10 listed and of course in honor of our Resident Baruthian’s recent mic drop on MMA:

    We’ll call it the Madman Marchionne Award or MMA for short.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    The B&B surprised me – I really expected the Encore to be voted as the worst and the Yaris to not make the list at all.

    I don’t think the Encore is the worst, and I do think the Yaris is in the top 10 worst. Actually, I’m pretty happy with the list based on the nominations.

    I guess the “silent majority” of the B&B has spoken.

  • avatar
    Wodehouse

    I love (yes, Love) my Jeep Patriot Sport. It’s a Plain Jane, 4X4, cloth-seated, manual locks, crank-windowed, man-tran, steel-wheeled breath of fresh air. Not one bit of luxury pretense about it.

    I could easily have afforded any of the competition, but, they all reeked of Starbucks, kid shlepping and carseats (I am an empty nester), trips to Costco, Sunday brunch, plus, they all have the same generic, puffed up hatchback look (ugly) and that “soft roader” character. I don’t think any of them could get to my favorite hunting and fishing spots confidently.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      The Forester most definitely could and would, but the rest of the field, yes it might be questionable. The Rav4 and CRV are down to less than 7 inches of ground clearance, and their very fuel economy-focused AWD systems are not what they once were. Even the Rav4’s viscous coupling locking feature seems to not be as helpful as it once was, judging by some youtube based research of the latest Rav4s offroad.

  • avatar

    I still don’t get the Mirage hate on here. Maybe I’m the tiny minority

    And it’s insulting to imply that the only people who buy Mirages are people with bad credit.

    I, a self-proclaimed car enthusiast, like the Mirage. In fact, I almost considered buying one back in 2014, and I have excellent credit (for the record)

    Why? Because it’s a car that brings us back to basics. It’s the bare essentials. It’s uncomplicated.

    Compared to it’s predecessors in this market, namely the Geo Metro, Ford Aspire, etc, the Mirage is light years ahead of them in refinement. But it can rest on its morals in our contemporary time too.

    The interior is roomy for its size, and after driving a rental one for 800 miles, my back never ached. Many luxury cars can’t make that same claim. With the manual, it’s zippy enough to keep up effortlessly. The rentals I’ve had seem durable, and Mitsu’s long warranty adds peace of mind.

    The fuel economy is excellent, and I’ve even gotten 52mpg from Vegas to LA on a freeway run. It wasn’t a punishing car to spend time in. I even like the basic, honest-to-goodness styling; there’s no cheesy details or weird creases in the sheetmetal

    It’s not a luxury car, and never will be. It’s not perfect; the handling in particular is….well…..different. But, for the purpose that it serves, it’s priced right, is well-equipped, comfortable, can be driven long distance, saves fuel, and seems tough enough to survive the real world.

    It’s quite honestly, one of my favorite cars on the road in that it’s not trying to be something that it’s not

    • 0 avatar
      FormerFF

      It’s interesting how Mark savaged the Mirage in his comments here, but Sajeev had mostly complimentary things to say when he road tested it:
      http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/review-2014-mitsubishi-mirage-es/#more-868922

      I’ve not driven one so I have no opinion.

    • 0 avatar
      Maymar

      The B&B like to think of themselves as hyper-rational, andlike to lecture people about how what you think everyone should drive is wrong because you don’t really understand what real people need, but then have a huge blind spot on small cars and just can’t understand why you’d want one when you could buy a pre-owned midsized sedan. Also, cars today are too damn complicated and over styled and expensive, but the Mirage is awful because it’s too plain and cheap?

    • 0 avatar
      DweezilSFV

      Love this. It appeals to me for the same reasons you mentioned.

      The one I checked out at the new Mitsubishi dealer here in Tucson had very comfortable seats that were erect and supportive,good visibility, actual legroom in the rear [unlike the Chevette 4 door style room in the Fiesta] and was neatly assembled.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      I have a friend who owns a Mirage, and he loves it. He’s no deadbeat or dummy either, working a 6-figure job with a PhD in mathematics. His main concern was MPG and low-cost of acquisition, all else be damned. He also lives downtown, so I think parking and not having to worry about a nice car are also factors. He’s definitely not a car guy though.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      Unless they’re discounting the Mirage down to 10k or 11k (and maybe they are) there are much better new cars for the money. Why get a triple with a 5 speed when you can get a 4 with a 6-speed for about the same money and the same epa rating? If they’re discounting heavily it might not be a bad deal.

      • 0 avatar
        Cobrajet25

        There is a dealership a little north of me selling brand spankin’ new ’15 base model Mirages for $7900 right now.

        SEVENTY-NINE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR A NEW CAR.

        I also don’t understand Mitsubishi’s pricing structure on these little cars. The top-of-the-line Mirage GT has an MSRP of over $19,000. That is an absurd price for one of these, but people almost never PAY that much. Heavy rebates and discounts are ever present.

        Why doesn’t Mitsubishi just have them start at $10,900 and top out at $15,000 in the first place??? They sell the same car waaaaaaaaay cheaper than that in other markets.

    • 0 avatar
      Cobrajet25

      Well said, sir.

      I bought a new 2015 Mirage ES with a 5-speed in December of 2014, and love it. It was inexpensive, has pretty good features for the price (power everything, automatic climate control, etc), gets great mileage, and has been stone-cold reliable. Put simply, it gets the job done quite well.

      If I want something to hoon on the weekends I jump in my 325i.

      My buddy just bought a ’17 base model Mirage with a CVT. Why? Because he also wanted something that was inexpensive, has pretty good features for the price, gets great mileage, and will be stone-cold reliable.

  • avatar

    Agree with every nomination.

    However, I strongly disagree with the name of the feature. Should be “most hated”, not worst, as it largely comes down to opinion

    X6, for example, is idiotic and repulsive in the the minds of the sane, but is TEH SECKS for a wide range of impressionable morons.

  • avatar
    b787

    Fiat 500L may be awkward and pointless, but Panda is probably the best small car I’ve ever driven (and I like small cars).

  • avatar
    dougjp

    That’s a real list of 10 boogers we have right there!

  • avatar
    trecoolx

    How about:

    Compass of Mediocrity Award (COMA)

  • avatar
    JimInRadfordVA

    How about calling it “The Craptastic Ten”?

  • avatar
    bullnuke

    Although there are a couple of pretty crappy vehicles here, it should be renamed “The List of Ten Cars That Would Mortify Me If I’m Seen Driving Them”.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    Award name? The Really Awful Vehicles Ever Sold This Year (TRAVESTY).

  • avatar
    chaparral

    It’s the “COMPASS Award”

    Can
    Only
    Mildly
    Please
    Around
    Seventy
    Suckers

  • avatar
    Dan R

    A snobby list from people who read too many magazines.
    The Patriot is a car bought on price only – what a horror!

  • avatar

    SNOT

    Slamming Notoriously Odious Transportation

  • avatar

    I agree with most of this list but I have to say we have a Patriot…and it has been great. Less expensive to buy than the Forester it replaced, equal or better reliability, very functional and perfect for dog hauling.

    Yeah, its useless off-road and the 4×4 system in the snow is just adequate but it is far from terrible. The Compass, OTOH, is stupid. It is a decontented Patriot with massive blind spots. The Compass serves no purpose where the Patriot is at least practical. Would I buy another Patriot? Maybe, but time has moved on and there are probably better, less outdated vehicles to choose from. Still, with the manual trans I can’t say I’ve ever hated driving ours.

    • 0 avatar
      SC5door

      “It is a decontented Patriot ”

      That it is not.

      Compass has LED tail lamps with separate amber turn indicator—something that the Patriot never gained back after getting yanked.

      Compass has better headlamps than the Patriot by using a separate high and low beam; it also came with a halogen projector on Limited models at one point (now dropped).

      It offers the same if not more options in an uglier package.

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    That’s a pretty tidy industrial ruin Toyota found for the rainbow kiddies to frolic in. It’s still pretty nice and clean, just like their folks’ neighborhoods.

    • 0 avatar

      Can you tell what they hell they’re doing in the picture? My first thought on seeing it–clearly incorrect–was they were manning a high-powered rifle.

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        Ah… I wasn’t the only one. I first thought maybe they were huddling around some kind of 3D-printed, crew served weapon. But upon enlarging it I now see a small drone on some kind of stand(?)

        And the guy in the background in front of the corrugated door; is he on some kind of assistive device like a walker or crutches? Signalling clichéd nancyness with his posture? On a Segway?

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    Since Peugeot, Renault, and Citroen are long gone from the US market, the Yaris is the best French-made car you can buy in America.

    Why is the US-model Yaris made in France? Beats me!

  • avatar
    RHD

    THIS AWARD NEEDS A NAME!!
    And it should be at least a little bit offensive.
    Here are my suggestions…

    CACA – Completely Awful Car Award

    AWFUL – Auto We Find Unconscionably Lousy

    SPAWN – Supreme Pinnacle of Automotive Wretchedness and Nastiness (Or Subjective P A W N.)

    SCRAP – Simply Cruddy Rotten Auto Pick (yeah, it still needs refining, but I want to get this thread started!)

    SCUM – Simply Completely Unconscionably awful Motor vehicle

    WART – No one should get a prize for this one, because we already have “Worst Automobile Today”, so all we need is an R word.
    “Worst Automotive Rubbish Today”.

  • avatar
    mtunofun

    The Patriot is the fleet car of choice for my company in snowy areas. There’s a reason we bought this over an escape or equinox and it ain’t the quality.

  • avatar
    Cobrajet25

    As has been mentioned here, there is no such thing as a ‘bad’ car anymore. Remember the early ’80s when brand new GM products would leave bits of their stick-on trim right there on the dealership lot as you were signing the papers?? My dad had an ’82 Olds Cutlass Supreme Diesel. THAT, my friends, was a bad car. So bad, in fact that he wound up putting giant yellow construction paper lemons on the side of it and parking it out in front of the Olds dealership.

    I realize that being catty and self-important is a lot of fun, especially on the internet where millions of people might see it and none of them can punch you in the face. But most people who buy these ‘terrible’ cars buy them for a reason…reasons that all the world’s self-proclaimed armchair internet, uh, ‘car experts’ either don’t understand or don’t care to acknowledge. Truth be told, we living in the early 21st century are pretty spoiled when it comes to cars…but we like to bitch anyway.

    I own a ’15 Mirage. Why did I buy it? Because it was cheap, gets great mileage, and has needed nothing but oil changes over 40k miles. It’s your classic ‘transportation appliance’, and doesn’t pretend to be anything more.

    That’s all some people need.

  • avatar
    thejohnnycanuck

    We enjoyed a lovely drive today in our 2015 Patriot Sport 5spd manual 2.4L 4×2 from Cloverdale to Campbell Valley Park with our two dogs. And for the record we had a lovely walk.

    Should we have been embarrassed showing up in a Patriot? After reading this I’m just surprised we didn’t return to find a citation of some sort for littering the parking lot.

    For the record we did have poop bags.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Patriot’s are all over here in the NYC metro area. Probably the lost cost, around $22k after cash on the hood gets one a semi-capable CUV.

    It’s like the bands Nickleback or Creed, rightly scorned by critics but they sold a lot of CD’s and downloads to the masses.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    Unsurprisingly, the “worst” happens to be the cheapest SUV available. These things have their place. Back in 2014, I drove a 2.4L, 5 speed, 4×4 Patriot with 17″ A/T tires for a while. It was worth what was charged for it.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      The “1st Place Finish” is idiotic.

      The Patriot, which is utilitarian in the sense of a boxy 1990s era Cherokee, yet more refined on road, while actually having some capability in truly adverse weather and off road, at a price of $14,000 to $18,000, and relatively reliable, shouldn’t even be on the worst list.

  • avatar
    jdowmiller

    Out of curiosity, I did a search of local dealers for Patriots. I found three manuals for $16,800 all of which were FWD. The lowest price 4X4 is $21,300 and it’s an auto. I barely even knew these existed until reading this article but I’m finding I am strangely attracted to them. Why are they on this list? Are they the type of vehicle that makes you hate life or are they just basic and cheap? I’m in the market for a new vehicle but don’t see the point in driving something that costs > $30,000 back and forth to work and, on my days off, the trails.


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