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Consumer Reports Says The Mercedes GLA Is The Least Satisfying Car In America 21
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Acura ILX, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Trax, Consumer Reports, Dodge, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, Fiat, Fiat 500, Ford, Ford Transit, Infiniti, Infiniti QX60, mercedes, nissan, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Versa on 12 21st, 2017


New vehicles are typically one of the largest purchases that consumers make so it’s important that you buy something that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen and sometimes owners spend tens of thousands of dollars on something they regret buying in the first place. Consumer Reports want to help people avoid this mistake so they’ve used data from their Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey along with their own testing and reliability ratings to come up with a list of the ten least satisfying vehicles in America.

Dodge Grand Caravan

The Dodge Grand Caravan dates back to 2008 and its $25,995 price tag simply can’t make up for its many faults. As Consumer Reports notes, the minivan has the worst fuel economy rating in its class and its second-row seats are just plain lousy.

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 bills itself as fun city car but it’s simply a small, overpriced hatchback with retro styling. There are a handful of interesting variants but CR says the model suffers from a choppy ride, an awkward driving position, and a noisy interior.

Ford Transit Connect

The Ford Transit Connect was designed as a commercial vehicle and the magazine says consumers shouldn’t think about it as a minivan replacement. While it offers good handling and a decent ride, there are plenty of faults including mediocre fuel economy ratings, a cheap interior, and a lack of features.

Infiniti QX60

Luxury vehicles are supposed to be comfortable, quick, and luxurious. The QX60 ticks a few of those boxes but there’s no hiding the fact that the crossover is a Nissan Pathfinder in an extra-large suit. Despite highlighting the model’s spacious and well-appointed interior, Consumer Reports say the QX60’s fuel-economy rating is “so-so” and the driving experience is “mushy.”

Dodge Journey

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is prominently featured on this year list and that’s largely due to aging vehicles such as the Journey. While it’s relatively affordable, with pricing starting at $21,195, it suffers from worst-in-class fuel economy ratings. Consumer Reports is brutal when it comes to the Journey as the publication says “This low-rated model is a poor value anywhere — even at the airport rental lot.”

Nissan Versa Sedan

The Nissan Versa is one of the most affordable sedans in America but buyers might want to simply shop the classifieds. That bargain basement price is a result of some major tradeoffs including a cheap interior and an underpowered engine that is paired to a continuously variable transmission. The model also suffers from a stiff ride and clumsy handling.

Chevrolet Trax

The Trax recently received a facelift but Consumer Reports says one of the biggest issues is the model’s turbocharged 1.4-liter engine which isn’t powerful or fuel-efficient. The organization also notes the Trax has a cramped interior, a stiff ride, and ambitious pricing.

Acura ILX

Like the Trax, the ILX was recently updated to fix its many shortfalls but these improvements didn’t address the car’s “stiff” and “jumpy ride.” Other disappointments include incessant road noise, a bad transmission, and a confusing infotainment system.

Nissan Sentra

The Sentra has a lot going for it but even responsive handling and a spacious interior can’t make up for a stiff ride and a driving experience that is described as “ho-hum and joyless.” The base model is particularly disappointing as it is one of the slowest accelerating cars in its class.

Mercedes GLA-Class

The most disappointing vehicle might come as a surprise because it’s made by Mercedes-Benz. Despite its luxury ambitions, the GLA is a high-riding hatchback that is small, cramped, and expensive as pricing starts at $33,400. Consumer Reports say the crossover suffers from a stiff ride, a loud interior, a bad gearbox, and poor visibility – just to name a few things.



Ford Transit Connect Gets A Minor Facelift And An All-New Diesel Engine 4
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Transit on 12 4th, 2017


Ford has released the first details about the facelifted Transit Connect and Transit Courier.

Starting with the Transit Connect, the model has been equipped with a new front fascia that features a three-bar oval grille that is flanked by slimmer headlights. The van also has been equipped with a new front spoiler and a “more aerodynamic lower fascia.”

Interior changes are fairly limited but include a new instrument panel, an available 6-inch infotainment system, and updated materials that promise to be “stylish and hard-wearing.” The van can also be equipped with an assortment of driver assistance systems including Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Side Wind Stabilization, Active Park Assist, and an Intelligent Speed Limiter.

Under the hood, there’s an all-new 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine that offers improved performance as well as a lower fuel consumption rating. Customers can also order a 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine which is significantly improved and offers cylinder deactivation technology.

Both engines are connected to an improved six-speed manual transmission and the diesel engine can be paired to an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The Transit Courier adopts many of the same changes as it features revised front fascia with an active grille shutter on diesel variants. The model also features a redesigned center console and an updated engine lineup that includes a 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol and a 1.5-liter TDCi diesel. More importantly, the van’s five-speed manual transmission has been replaced by a new six-speed gearbox which offers more refinement and better fuel efficiency.

The facelifted vans will go on sale in Europe in the middle of 2018 and additional information will be announced closer to launch.

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Ford Explains Its Involvement In The Car Seat Guy Incident 15
Sep
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, Ford, Ford Transit, Ford Videos, video on 09 15th, 2017


The world's worst Transformer has returned as Ford has revealed it was behind the bizarre 'car seat guy' incident in Arlington, Virginia.
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Ford Transit Gains PHEV Range-Extender Version But It’s Not For Sale Yet 8
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Transit, new cars, PHEV, UK on 09 8th, 2017


Ford has revealed the plug-in hybrid range extender version of the Transit Custom van which is set to take part in a London trial designed to help improve city air quality.
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Ford Transit Gains PHEV Range-Extender Version But It’s Not For Sale Yet 8
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Transit, new cars, PHEV, UK on 09 8th, 2017


Ford has revealed the plug-in hybrid range extender version of the Transit Custom van which is set to take part in a London trial designed to help improve city air quality.
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Ford Launches Scrappage Scheme For Pre-2010 Vehicles, But Only In The UK 22
Aug
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in diesel, Ford, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford Kuga, Ford Transit, Reports, UK on 08 22nd, 2017


Ford is launching a new scrappage scheme for pre-2010 cars and vans in order to encourage prospective customers to trade-in their older vehicles for a new Euro 6-compliant Ford model.
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Ford Updates Transit Custom With Sharper Looks, More Tech And New Frugal Variant 12
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Transit, new cars on 07 12th, 2017


Following the introduction of the updated Tourneo Custom, Ford has released the first information on the van version, the new Transit Custom.
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Facelifted Ford Tourneo Custom Is A Premium Party For Nine 6
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Tourneo, Ford Transit, new cars on 07 6th, 2017


Ford has revealed the facelifted Tourneo Custom, which now gets a refreshed exterior and a completely redesigned cabin.
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Facelifted Ford Tourneo Custom Is A Premium Party For Nine 6
Jul
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Tourneo, Ford Transit, new cars on 07 6th, 2017


Ford has revealed the facelifted Tourneo Custom, which now gets a refreshed exterior and a completely redesigned cabin.
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Ford Recalls 400,000 Transit Vans – And Seven Patrol Vehicles 2
Jul
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ford, Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Ford Transit, Police Cars on 07 2nd, 2017


Ford has issued three recalls in the North American market, the largest of which covers over 400,000 vehicles.
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Ford Focus RS Features Bicycle Racks And Special Livery For This Year’s Tour De France 27
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Edge, Ford Focus RS, ford mondeo, Ford S-MAX, Ford Transit, Ford Videos, Reports, video on 06 27th, 2017


Ford have extended their partnership with Team Sky for two more years, and as a result, they have supplied them with a new Focus RS, which will be used throughout this year's Tour de France.
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Ford Trademark Filing Hints At Plug-In Hybrid Versions Of The Explorer, Kuga, And Transit 10
May
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Ford Kuga, Ford Transit, Hybrids on 05 10th, 2017


The C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi haven't made much of an impression but Ford isn't giving up its on plug-in hybrids as trademark filings suggest a handful of new models are in the works.
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Ford And Lincoln Issue 3 Recalls Covering Nearly Half A Million Cars In North America 29
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Edge, Ford Escape, Ford F-Series, Ford Fiesta, Ford Fusion, Ford Transit, Lincoln, Lincoln MKT, Recalls, Reports on 03 29th, 2017


Ford has issued three recalls and one safety compliance recall for North America.
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Ford Transit And Transit Custom Gain New Side Wind Stabilization 24
Feb
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Transit, Reports, Tech on 02 24th, 2017


Ford knows that driving high-sided vehicles during storms and strong gusting winds can be stressful, which is why it has come up with a new technology.
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Future Cars: Streamlining Ford’s 2019 Transit Full-Sized Van 18
Feb
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Ford, Ford Scoops, Ford Transit, Future Cars on 02 18th, 2017


Becoming a car designer for a major automaker is one of those defining moments in a product-developer’s career. If you’re lucky enough, your creative freedom can make it onto some the most iconic, stylistic and exciting model lines to ever exist.
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