Forget the idea that the car is on the way out, because in virtually every category, we’re living in the golden age of the automobile. Today’s new cars are safer, faster, more powerful, more reliable, and more comfortable than ever before, and they’re getting better by the year. The worst cars on the market today can blow the doors off the worst ones from 20 years ago in almost every conceivable way. We don’t need to worry about things like rust, dangerous build quality, or woeful crash protection on new cars anymore. We can climb into the most basic car and comfortably cross the country in it, maintaining highway speeds, and brake in a safe distance should the need arise.
But what happens when the march of progress starts? Modern or not, there are still bad new cars out there; they’re just measured differently than they used to be. Some models are left to wither on the vine once a company decides to phase them out, and with technology advancing so quickly, they tend to age quick. On the flip side, early production models are always the most problematic as manufacturers work out the kinks, so if you have your heart set on the first car off the line, you should probably be ready to make a few trips to the dealer in that first year.
With a number of new cars slated for a refresh or launch in 2018, and nearly as many preparing to shuffle off this mortal coil by then, we found five that you might want to skip over if you’re planning on doing some car shopping in 2017. Whether they’re young and immature or at the end of their life-cycle, here are five models to avoid next year.