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Apr
10

The Not-est Things Smokin’ on Four Wheels

So, uh…

These American cars are garbage, according to Forbes.com’s “worst cars on the road” list for the year 2010. All seven of the vehicles which comprised the list are made in the U.S.. Four are built by General Motors, two by Chrysler, and one by Ford, and each company has offered a public response to their respective brand slam.

The blacklist was determined by a number of factors:

“To determine our list of the worst-made cars on the road, we started with the lowest-rated vehicles from four reliability and performance studies conducted this year. Those studies are all fromConsumer Reports: The Most Reliable Cars Report; Best and Worst Values Report; Best and Worst Safety Performance Survey; and the CR overall scores for 2010 vehicles.

We then added to the list any vehicles that received fewer than three out of five power circles in this year’s Vehicle Dependability Study from J.D. Power and Associates. Any car, truck or SUV named among the worst in at least three of those five total studies made the final cut to be on the “Worst-Made” list.”

Fair enough. The criteria seem reasonable and universally important. Now to see the cars, eh?

7 . Cadillac Escalade – $62,495

6. Chevrolet Aveo – $11,965

5. Chevrolet Colorado – $29,695

4. Dodge Nitro – $22,335

3. Ford F-250 – $28,020

2. GMC Canyon – $16,985

1. Jeep Wrangler – $21,915

.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                .

Buyers beware! If you’re like me and are starting to scope the car market, make sure you pay attention to articles like these– especially the reputable ones. Don’t be the fool whose pride and joy winds up on Forbes 2011 worst-cars-ever-made list. Apparently, the makers featured here are revamping their lineup for next year. We’ll see if they can avoid the critical scythe of Forbes magazine on the next go-round.

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