With a new year comes new car models but… not all 2019 vehicles are created equal. While many (like the Honda Fit and the Toyota Camry for instance) continue to top the charts in terms of owner satisfaction, that isn’t the case for every model on the market.
There are a thousand and one potential reasons a person potentially purchases a car. Their priorities can range from reliability to purchase price, passenger capacity, fuel economy, or just how cool it makes them look pulling up to work every morning. However, there are some areas where consumers are less apt to adapt and some shortcomings that are simply non-negotiable.
Read on to see which models car experts say you should avoid purchasing in 2019.
MSRP: FROM $33,100
First on the list of car models to avoid in 2019 is the mid-size Kia Cadenza. Though Kia as a brand typically ranks on the more favorable side, this model continues to have issues, most likely as a result of the model’s redesign in 2017.
Besides having less trunk space and poorer handling than rivals models, the 2019 Kia Cadenza also has had reported issues with the car’s thermostat and climate systems, the engine, and pesky slow touch-screen response times.
MSRP: FROM $30,190
In industry-wide reliability tests, the Honda Odyssey minivan scores below average. In 2018 the model was redesigned bringing about a whole bunch of new bugs and issues that have yet to be dealt with. That being said, purchasing a used model pre-2018 is still a good bet.
The 2019 Honda Odyssey has reported multiple tech glitches especially in terms of the vehicle’s infotainment system and power doors. As of this writing there are already three recalls issued for this particular model: power sliding doors that fail to lock, a reduction in braking performance, and faulty airbags.
MSRP: FROM $21,845
Of all the compact SUVs currently on the market, the 2019 Jeep Compass is one of the lowest rated thanks to a low road test score and a subpar reliability rating.
Additionally, the engine is seen as being underpowered and the handling as apathetic. Compared to other vehicles in its category, it also appears to have less cargo space than the others. Though the price is right and the 2019 Jeep Compass performs well off-road, this is a model better left on the lot.
MSRP: FROM $28,045
When it comes strictly to off-road use, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler ranks far above all the competition. However, in terms of day-to-day driving on pavement, the Wrangler fails miserably. It’s considered an uncomfortable, bumpy, and noisy ride that has turned many drivers off to this year’s model.
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler also suffers from a low reliability rating, a high starting price, and terrible gas mileage. Numerous complaints also cite loose steering and tire pressure issues.
SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE
MSRP: FROM $40,000
After being redesigned in 2018, the Buick Enclave just hasn’t been the same. This is typical when car models are redesigned and bring about a whole new list of bugs and issues.
Early drivers of the 2019 Buick Enclave have reported issues with the car’s fuel and climate systems as well as problems with the transmission. This is just the start of a list of potential mechanical and interior problems. Besides all that, the interior of the Buick Enclave is just not as visually appealing as its competitors.
SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE
MSRP: FROM $30,895
Being only the second ever model year of the Volkswagen Atlas, the 2019 model still has a number of new-model issues yet to be remedied. For these reasons, purchasing a new model anything is never a wise idea. It’s always best to give the model a few years to get its kinks worked out.
Such issues with the Volkswagen Atlas include those involving the climate system, integrity of the car’s body, and transmission problems. The 2019 model is also reported to have sluggish acceleration and having been made with cheap materials.
CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2500HD
FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK
MSRP: FROM $37,600
When it comes to reliability in general, heavy duty pickup trucks don’t always come in on top. However, if it’s heavy lifting you need, these will do the job.
In terms of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, it’s been reported that this model has had issues with the car’s engine, trouble with the in-car electronics and infotainment system, as well as overly basic interior cabin and a lack of standard advanced safety gear.
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY
LUXURY MID-SIZE SUV
MSRP: FROM $52,950
Of all the luxury SUVs on the market today, the 2019 Land Rover Discovery ranks at the bottom of the list. If this is still the kind of vehicle you’re looking for, you’d be better off with the latest list-topping models of the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, the Audi Q7, or the Lexus RX Hybrid, to name a few.
Despite the high manufacturer’s suggested retail price, the 2019 Land Rover Discovery still lacks some of the standard safety options like blindspot monitoring. Additionally, this model has the lowest fuel economy in its class and a weaker engine than its competitors.
TESLA MODEL X
LUXURY MIDSIZE SUV
MSRP: FROM $82,000
Despite being a member of the Sport Utility Vehicle category, the third row of the 2019 Tesla Model X is entirely too cramped to enjoy. There are many other models in the same category that would be a better choice.
In terms of reliability, the 2019 Tesla Model X has shown to be the lowest rated SUV for reliability. Users have noticed problems with the car’s electronics, body integrity, and overall fit and finish issues. Additionally, the ride quality of this one is considered “stiff” and not as enjoyable as many of its rivals.
MSRP: FROM $29,930
The Chevrolet Traverse midsize SUV is Chevrolet’s response to Buick’s Enclave (maybe a little too well matched). However, or perhaps because of this, the 2019 model has many of the same problems and issues.
A lack of real engine power and issues with the transmission and the vehicle’s electronics are some of the major problems the 2019 model is currently facing. Not to mention that many of this model’s competitors are looking at more upscale interiors for comparable prices.
MSRP: FROM $36,620
As has been discussed, purchasing a car model in its debut year is never a good idea. There have been several glitches reported for the 2019 Honda Clarity—Honda’s new plug-in hybrid model.
While the fuel economy and electric range on this model are above average, the 2019 Honda Clarity comes with more than its fair share of issues. For instance, there are no physical controls to the infotainment system making it less than user-friendly. Additionally, there have been problems reported with the trunk not opening using the key fob, problems with the cabin temperature sensors, and faulty warning lights. Better steer clear of this one for a while.
NISSAN TITAN XD
FULL SIZE PICKUP TRUCK
MSRP: FROM $32,890
Despite its comfort and ease of driving, the Nissan Titan XD is still one of the lowest scoring vehicles. Compare this to rivals such as the Dodge Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 and you’d be better off with one of these two.
The 2019 Nissan Titan XD is reported to have terrible fuel economy, clumsy handling, and a frustrating to use infotainment system. Take into account that its rivals can haul and tow much more than it can and you’d be better off avoiding this model this year.
LUXURY SMALL CAR
MSRP: FROM $38,995
In recent years, the Cadillac ATS as a model has ranked as one of the worst in terms of reliability. And for 2019, only the coupe model is available as the sedan has been discontinued indefinitely. This change alone has resulted in a car with too small a backseat and even less trunk space.
In addition to the space issue, the 2019 Cadillac ATS also suffers from pesky engine and transmission issues, a faulty climate system, and frustrating infotainment controls. Add in its less-than-stellar gas mileage and you’ve got yourself another model you can skip right over.
MSRP: FROM $21,910
Though an odd fit in a category that includes the Subaru Outback, the Audi Allroad, and the Volkswagen V60, the FIAT 500L still earns the lowest spot on the list of wagons. Regardless of its comparable cargo and seating capacity, it has some more serious issues that warrant consideration.
The 2019 FIAT 500L has been categorized as having a stiff drive, awkward and uncomfortable seating and driving position, poor handling and acceleration, and mediocre fuel economy. But what may be the biggest strike against the 2019 FIAT 500L is its poor rating in the overall crash test.
DODGE RAM 3500
FULL SIZE PICKUP TRUCK
MSRP: FROM $34,445
When it comes to the 2019 Dodge Ram 3500, the phrase that comes to mind is so many problems, so little time. On the scale of vehicle reliability ratings, the 2019 Dodge Ram 3500 scored a shocking 9 out of 100.
For starters, this full size pickup truck has continuing issues with its fuel system, transmission, and suspension. There are also problems with its drive system and body integrity to round it all out. However, the Dodge Ram 1500 takes home the top score as far as full size pickups go.
MSRP: FROM $22,995
On the list of 22 different midsize SUV models for 2019, the Dodge Journey comes in dead last. Though it comes with an affordable price tag, it also comes with its fair share of problems, issues, and annoyances.
Most importantly, that low price tag may save you some cash but it’ll still get you a car with subpar reliability and few available safety features. The 2019 Dodge Journey is also reported to have poor handling, weak acceleration, and low fuel economy. You’d be better off with a model at the top of the list such as a Honda Passport or Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
NISSAN ROGUE HYBRID
MSRP: FROM $27,600
On the lower end of the list of compact SUVs you have the 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid. On the plus side, this model has superior fuel economy when compared to other vehicle models. However, if that’s not your only concern, you may want to keep looking.
It’s listed as “just OK” in its class—a distinction most likely due to its confusing and unintuitive infotainment system and its sticky braking system. Also, when it comes to agility, the 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid just doesn’t hold up to its competitors.
COMPACT PICKUP TRUCK
MSRP: FROM $25,700
As popular as the Toyota Tacoma is year after year, the 2019 model still has its downfalls. Though its infotainment system is user-friendly and it’s a fairly reliable model, it still falls shorts of its competitors.
For instance, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma has inferior towing capacity when compared to its rivals. If towing is a big selling point for you, you may want to look more in the direction of the 2019 Ford Ranger or the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado. Furthermore, the Toyota Tacoma is slow to both accelerate and brake making for a frustrating ride.
MSRP: FROM $25,500
On the plus side, the 2019 Toyota Rav4 boasts great gas mileage and plenty of cargo space, but not all characteristics of this compact SUV are positive. On the contrary, this model has a few annoyances of its own.
The 2019 Toyota Rav4 has been reported as having a stiff ride and a less than thrilling interior design. The noise from the engine tends to be loud and intrusive and of the vehicles in its class, it errs on the clunky side while its rivals are much sportier.
DODGE GRAND CARAVAN
MSRP: FROM $27,000
Though the list that the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan is at the bottom of is short, it’s still the bottom. The Dodge Grand Caravan is much more affordable than others in the minivan category, but that cheap price tag comes with a load of faults.
For instance, for a vehicle meant for hauling a family, the Dodge Grand Caravan comes with few overall safety features. It’s also built with few tech features and low-grade interior materials. When it comes to minivans, it ranks dead last in terms of ride and handling and overall reliability.
MSRP: FROM $36,995
When you hear the name “Jaguar,” you expect speed, luxury and finesse. What you don’t expect is an interior that feels like it belongs in a budget daily driver from 2007. If you’re taking on the likes of BMW, Audi and Cadillac, you have to bring better luxury interiors than this.
If the Jaguar XE started its pricing around $30,000, that would be one thing. However, the base trim is so barebones that the car might as well start at $50,000. For a car in this price range, and interior this crummy is unacceptable. Admirable performance on the track aside, this is no luxury ride, nor is it competition for anything other than a spot on this very list.
MSRP: FROM $25,985
Fiat’s not putting out great vehicles this year, with both the 500L and the 500X suffering from low user scores and poor sales. The 500X, for its part, is one of the lamest cars we’ve ever seen. The engine puts out a snooze-inducing 177 horses over its 1.3-liter four-cylinder, making it about as exciting to drive as a scooter in a supermarket. The acceleration and handling both leave a lot to be desired, but the poor quality of both the ride and interior go on to make driving the vehicle an altogether abysmal experience.
Reliability has also been an issue for the Fiat 500X: user reviews have noted the car’s propensity to break down, the interior’s shabby make and the likelihood of wearing down various elements within the vehicle. Beyond all of that, the car simply looks boring and silly, and doesn’t even sport that much cargo space or passenger space despite its boxy, SUV-like appearance. This one is a hard pass for all savvy buyers.
MSRP: FROM $46,895
Another luxury car that manages to miss the mark on luxury, the Cadillac XTS sounds great on paper. However, a pair of recalls over faulty seatbelts and braking system that wasn’t working have shined a light on the issues plaguing the XTS.
Following the recalls, enhanced scrutiny on the vehicle has revealed sub-par make on the interior of the vehicle. It’s poorly put-together, the interior tech is outdated and hard to use, and the car generally feels more like a $17,000 car than a nearly $50,000 car. Avoid this one until Cadillac buffs out all the issues.
MSRP: FROM $13,220
The Spark is tiny, inexpensive, electric and adorable. It’s also little more than a glorified golf cart. It’s got terrible acceleration, it’s not very safe, and the interior is as cramped as they come. All of this might be forgivable at the price range, but the safety ratings really aren’t going for the Spark either.
The Chevy Spark even saw a recall for its airbags. In some crashes, the airbags simply didn’t deploy. Whiley you might not get the Spark going all that fast, this is still a huge problem. We recommend looking elsewhere for an electric vehicle.
MSRP: FROM $29,220
The Charger would be an excellent purchase in any year besides 2019. This year, however, the vehicle has received two separate recalls: one for the instrument panel, and another for the airbags. While the car is great on the road, stylish and fun to drive, it’s got some issues with the fit and finish.
When you pay upwards of $30,000 for a car, you really want it to be well-made. However, the 2019 Charger has shown that it has not only shoddy build quality, but also reliability issues that make us hesitant to suggest anyone buy one. Wait for 2020 and see if the build quality returns to normal, or buy a 2017 or 2018 Charger instead.
MERCEDES-BENZ SLC CLASS
MSRP: FROM $49,945
When you buy a Benz, you want luxury, you want style, and you want a sick car you can show off to all of your friends. When you buy an SLC-Class, you get a car that looks a bit like a failed concept car and feels like a bad convertible from the 90’s to sit in.
The engine is tremendous, and the power is certainly there. However, the cramped, under-appointed interior and the dorky appearance make this car a joke for the high starting price. There are far better convertible sports cars in this price range that are much more deserving of your time and money.
MSRP: FROM $49,500
$50,000 for a car that looks like a brick and handles like a boat? Lincoln missed the mark on the MKT. The styling is truly abysmal on this vehicle, which looks about as cool as Steve Urkel trying to dance. Beyond just the visuals, the MKT isn’t very comfortable to ride or drive in.
Despite bringing the appearance of a lot of cargo space, the MKT has poor headroom, terrible cargo space and a cramped driving position. While the V6 engine is fun, it’s not enough to make up for the rest of this dorky and boring vehicle. There are way better Lincoln cars you should be considering in this price range.
MSRP: FROM $25,295
The Volkswagen Passat is a rather disappointing vehicle. While it might have a roomy backseat and a decent ride quality, there’s nothing about this car that makes it worth buying. Between the tiny, sluggish touchscreens, the boring driver engagement and transmission that feels like it’s coated in molasses, it’s hard to think about anything other than how quickly you can trade this car in for a new one when you’re driving it.
For a better car in this price range, you could opt for a Honda, which have significantly better transmissions and handlings. For a more luxurious ride from a more reputable German automaker, you could buy a BMW. But whatever you do, don’t buy a VW Passat.
MSRP: FROM $30,575
We’re not sure who, exactly, you’d be flexing on in the Ford Flex, except maybe kids on bicycles. The Ford Flex has a lot going wrong for it, from recalls over electrical fire concerns to worst-in-class gas mileage. What’s worse is that the Flex has literally nothing new for 2019: the 2019 badge is little more than an indicator of when the car rolled off the line. It’s otherwise identical to the (also awful) 2018 Ford Flex.
If you’re looking for a better car in this price range, you’ve got way better options. Midsize wagons are hardly the port of call for comfort, handling or cargo space, so we recommend either going all-in with an SUV or aiming for performance and style with a sedan or sports car.
MSRP: FROM $29,220
Of all the cars on this list, the Chrysler 300 is the most painful to recommend not getting. The blemishes on its record are notable: the handling is poor, the car was recalled for some faulty lightning, and the visibility from the driver seat can be poor.
However, the 300 also has a lot going for it. The big V8 engine, the smooth ride and luxurious interior all feel great for the car’s price. However, due to the issues mentioned above, we have to recommend other large sedans instead, like Porsche Panamera or the Benz S-Class.