Nothing is more important than safety when it comes to motor vehicles. Ensuring that you are driving a safe and reliable car, truck, or sport utility vehicle should be each person’s top priority when it comes to buying a vehicle. Especially since not all vehicles are created the same and their safety records and features vary greatly. Fortunately, there are great organizations out there such as Consumer Reports that rigorously test cars in different categories and grade them based on their safety. This is vital information for any consumer who is in the market for a new or used vehicle. Here then are 10 cars with the worst safety ratings, according to Consumer Reports.
10. Lowest-Rated Subcompact: Mitsubishi Mirage
People in the market for a subcompact car might be attracted to the Mitsubishi Mirage’s starting price of $13,000, as well as its solid fuel economy of 37 miles per gallon of gas. However, these features cannot hide the glaring flaws in the Mirage, which is indeed a very small car. These flaws include a weak three-cylinder engine that vibrates at certain speeds, sluggish acceleration and sticky brakes. Add in a cramped interior and a poor rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and you get an idea of the issues with the Mirage. While Mitsubishi has promised enhancements for the 2017 model such as more power, Android Auto and improved brakes and handling, those changes are unlikely to mask the fact that this subcompact car is a dud in terms of its safety and performance ratings.