Forbes Magazine has come out with a “Worst-Made Cars On The Road” List, and three of the seven vehicles on the list were SUVs. The Cadillac Escalade, which according to Consumer Reports is rated among the worst in its luxury SUV class for value and safety, was on the list as was the Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Nitro. All of the seven vehicles on the list, which in addition to the three SUVs has three pickup trucks and one car, the Chevrolet Aveo, are cars by American manufacturers.
Forbes evaluated vehicles based on five categories: (1) Consumer Reports Predicted Reliability Score, (2) Consumer Reports Value Score, (3) Consumer Reports Safety Score, (4) Consumer Reports Overall Score, and (5) J.D. Power and Associates’ Dependability Circles.
Despite Cadillac posting sales gains of nearly 76% over the past year, the Escalade did not fair well in the rankings. Its Consumer Reports’ reliability score was “Fair” and J.D. Power gave it a dependability score of 2 out of 5. Its overall Consumer Reports Score was only 61 out 100. The 2010 Escalade has a manufacturers suggested retail price of $62,495.
The Dodge Nitro, which is a mid-size SUV, rated among the worst in overall value, according to Consumer Reports. Its overall Consumer Reports score was a lowly 33 out of 100. Consumer Reports Predicted Reliability Score for the Nitro was “Poor” and its J.D. Power Dependability Score was 2 out of 5. The Nitro has a manufacturers suggested retail price of $22,335.
Consumer Report rated the Jeep Wrangler as among the worst in overall value. Its overall Consumer Reports score was a pathetic 17 out of 100. Its Consumer Reports Reliability Score was Poor and J.D. Power Dependability Score was 2 out of 5. The Jeep Wrangler has a manufacturers suggested price of $21,915.
While these ratings may be somewhat subjective, they do not help these vehicles’ reputations or resale values. Also, strangely, despite all the recent troubles they have had, no Toyota made cars or SUVs were on the list.