SUVs are often known as being some of the most reliable types of vehicles on the road. They can get you where other vehicle’s can’t and many of them have excellent safety features, ample room for passengers, and the perfect balance of cargo space. It’s enough for the average driver to haul large items but too small for them to continually be asked by everyone they know to help with moving.
But, while SUVs may, in general, be solid, dependable cars, some are simply not as good as others. What makes a car bad for one person might not matter as much for the other. This is why labeling an SUV model as “worst” is a bit subjective. Still, the following five are known for their flaws, rather than their draws.
Lemon Lanes: The 5 Worst 2014 SUVs
The GMC Acadia: Per JD Power, the 2014 GMC Acadia has a few different things ultimately unappealing to the average driver. Subpar gas mileage, poor quality, poor overall performance, and average predicted reliability don’t do this car any solids. But, on the Brightside, it did receive a five star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Jeep Patriot: The biggest fault of the Jeep Patriot may be its tendency to shy away from what Jeep truly stands for – the Patriot is arguably not a true utility vehicle. While it is “Trail Rated®”, it offers little cargo space, poor acceleration, not much room, and a fuel economy that’s simply nothing to write home about.
The Ford Edge: According to Consumer Reports, the 2014 Edge has some good points, but it’s not one of the best choices. The automatic transmission isn’t very smooth, the design isn’t all that refined, and it offers a MPG overall rating of just 21. The technology is also lacking – it produces a bumpy, loud ride, has low reliability, and offers a touchscreen navigation system that is too distracting to a driver whose eyes should be in one place: on the road.
The Nissan Armada: The 2014 Nissan Armada, as reported in USA Today, has its fair share of problems. The reliability is poor, the ownership costs are unusually high (the highest, in fact, in the category) and the 13 MPG fuel rating isn’t doing bank accounts (or the environment) any favors.
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: The 2014 Range Rover Evoque may seem luxurious and sure looks stylish, but it’s not all that practical, especially after its flaws are taken into consideration. The biggest complaints about this vehicle include a ride that is choppy, a cabin that is too noisy, and an emergency handling system that is unreliable and concerning.