15 of the Worst Used Cars to Buy From 2007-2017

If you’re currently shopping for a used car, this is a good place to find the cars you don’t want.


This story was originally published in March, 2018.

Perusing the internet for used cars is something of a pastime in the Gear Patrol office. Finding a vintage car that ticks all the right boxes and slots in just under your set budget can be a wonderful thing. But the second-hand market can be a cruel mistress. What you thought was a great deal on your dream car can turn out to be a true nightmare.

Consumer Reports just published a list of the 108 worst used cars to buy from 2007-2017. The entire list is subscriber response-based, and grounds for making the list is “much-worse-than-average overall reliability.” From the looks of it, more than a few American manufacturers have some explaining to do, while Diesel-gate isn’t the only thing Volkswagen has to worry about. We picked out a few models in each category worth noting, but the full list is here. If you’re currently shopping for a used car, this is a good place to find the cars you don’t want.


2011 Audi A4


Read our review of the 2017 A4 here.

2016 Infiniti Q50




Read our review of the 2016 Infiniti Q50 here.

2016 Cadillac ATS




Read our review of the 2016 Cadillac ATS here


2016 Chevy Camaro




Read our review of the 2016 Chevy Camaro here.

2017 Ford Mustang




Read our review of the 2017 Ford Mustang here.

2016 Dodge Challenger


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2013 Ford Expedition


2007 Audi Q7


2012 Volkswagen Touareg



2015 Ram 1500




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2016 Toyota Tacoma




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2008 Ford F-350



2017 Volvo XC90


2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class




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2009 BMW 5 Series


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