Apr 28th, 2011 by Dean Hightower
Forbes has released the 2011 Worst Cars on the Road list and the list is dominated by Chrysler and General Motors. Combined, the two American car companies that took bailouts have 9 out of the 12 cars on the worst cars list.
Forbes created the list by finding the cars, trucks and SUVs that scored lowest in Consumer Reports tests for reliability and safety, then took into account cost of ownership, gas mileage and overall value. Forbes says the only vehicle on the list that was selected based only on its price, fuel economy and value was the Mercedes-Benz S550.
The worst cars on the road for 2011 according to Forbes are the 2011 Cadillac Escalade (shown above), 2011 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, 2011 Dodge Nitro, 2011 Dodge Dakota, 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, 2011 Mercedes-Benz S550, 2010 Chrysler Town & Country, 2011 Chevy Colorado, 2011 Chevy Aveo, 2011 Jeep Liberty, 2011 Nissan Titan and 2011 Smart Fortwo.
General Motors and Chrysler both commented on their companies’ presence on the list. Both companies are replacing large parts of their model lineups with vehicles that they say will be much more reliable and competitive.
“As our new vehicles come in, as we continue to launch vehicles, as we continue to do exceedingly better, I think the perception that we’ve noticed is already turning,” Terry Woychowski, the vice president for quality and global launches for GM, told Forbes. “I look forward to the next year or two when we continue this momentum to where it simply becomes a [good] reputation.”
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