Worst Car Flops of 2011

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    2011 Smart Fortwo

    McElroy says the jerky transmission in this tiny two-door has hurt it the worst — he called it “the worst transmission maybe of all time.” The car has reportedly lost more money than it has made for the Daimler family since its launch in the late 1990s; rumors have circulated for years that the company will shutter the brand. An agreement to share a new platform with Renault could mean a big improvement for the coupe in a few years.
     

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    2012 Volkswagen Jetta

    Fisher says the 2011 redesign cost the Jetta much of what had made it a standout in the small car segment. Its responsive handling and sharp steering are long gone, Fisher says, and the high-quality interior has been replaced with hard plastics that don’t fit together well. The engines in the new Jetta are unimpressive with regard to both acceleration and fuel economy.
     

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    2012 Honda Civic

    Like the new Jetta, the latest Civic was designed only for the U.S. market. The 2012 redesign plummeted in Consumer Reports scores from one of the best small cars to one of the worst, Fisher says. Its nimble handling was replaced with a “soggy” suspension, and braking distances are too long. The interior quality also declined, with lots of hard plastics throughout the cabin.
     

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    2011 Mitsubishi Outlander

    Fisher says “there’s nothing sporty about the Outlander Sport SUV, and there’s not much utility either.” Compared to the larger Mitsubishi Outlander, it is barely cheaper and barely more fuel efficient. More apparent are the cramped interior and numb steering, he adds. The Outlander is a better value and much sportier to drive.
     

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    2011 Acura ZDX

    McElroy says that while the ZDX isn’t horribly bad in any one category, it suffered from the compilation of several minor inconveniences with no real outstanding qualities: cramped quarters, polarizing looks, lackluster handling. And it didn’t sell a whit: Acura sold 131 of them last month. Total.
     

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    2011 Lincoln MKT

    McElroy says the MKT suffers from “ungainly” body styling and an “unmitigated disaster” in sales. The fact that the Lincoln brand is no longer en vogue, coupled with the fact that Ford shuttered its sister brand, Mercury, has only served to enlarge the problem. So far, only 4,000 have been sold stateside this year.
     

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    2011 Dodge Nitro

    The Nitro shares many design attributes with the much-panned Jeep Liberty. It earns only 16mpg on average and is rated in Consumer Reports as a noisy SUV that is clumsy and stiff while lacking agility. Web2Cars calls it “behind the times.”
     

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    2011 Chevrolet Aveo

    Chevy’s tiny coupe gets sub-average reliability ratings and unimpressive acceleration. Driving can feel clunky and noisy, and the interior quality is subpar compared to other affordable compacts. Look for the Aveo replacement for 2012: the Chevrolet Sonic.
     

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    2011 Nissan Titan

    Web2Cars warns potential buyers that the Titan’s “noisy V-8 and exhaust may interrupt the driving experience.” It also notes that the truck’s reliability has dropped well below average for the past five model years. The Titan lacks a full-time AWD to match the power output, and a lack of passenger room for crew cab models makes it subpar compared to competitors.
     

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    lol that honda civic is the ugliest thing ive seen ever. yet i still see people buying it and showing there faces in it!! :p haha
     
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    plus the lincoln
     

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