Try as they might, automakers aren’t always able to deliver the goods at the end of the day. Even though a car may look good, it doesn’t always mean that it will be well-built. Whether they’re getting slapped with recalls, aren’t measuring up in the safety department, or are just poorly constructed, cheap cars are a live landmine that must be dodged if you reallywant to outsmart the local dealership. Otherwise, get used to spending a lot more time and money there.
Over the years there have been numerous automobiles that have hit the highway and were destined for failure right from the start. Remember the Chevy Citation, first-generation Audi A4 Allroad, or Daihatsu Charade? Maybe it’s best you didn’t. While particular trim lines will occasionally do a bit better than others, once a car gets labeled “cheap,” it typically tarnishes the nameplate forever.
Now, it appears a new breed of bad has been born. A recent flurry of activity on Consumer Reports’ site has just crushed the growing misconception that all contemporary cars are made to last. While modern amenities, overall quality, and safety features are outstanding compared to what Americans were tolerated in the 1980s and 1990s, plenty of crappy cars are still out there today.
The following is a list of ten automobiles that are deceptively sharp looking, but have a few reasons why they don’t have the quality to back up all that curb appeal. Some of them will likely surprise, while others might not. So brace yourselves, because here comes “The Cheap Sheet.”