Consumer Reports buys the vehicles it tests, and through the years, the publication’s editors and testers have refined their assessment approach. It’s arguably the most detailed and respected evaluation of new cars and trucks in the automotive industry.
As the publication’s editors like to say: “Not all cars are created equal, and we have the data to prove it.”
Vehicle are rated in categories — family cars to sports cars — and there’s an overall list based on 100 points and via more than 50 testing areas.
Here’s the Consumer Reports list (an point totals) of the lowest overall scoring 2011 cars as published in the magazine’s April print and online editions:
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, 17
Ford Ranger XLT (V6), 25
Jeep Liberty Sport, 27
Smart ForTwo Passion, 28
Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT, 31
Dodge Nitro SLT, 33
Chevrolet Aveo LT, 36
Toyota FJ Cruiser, 36