American vehicles make up most of Forbes’ 2011 Worst Cars on the Road list

Article by Christian A., on April 26, 2011

The majority of the cars listed in Forbes’ 2011 Worst Cars on the Road list are American automobiles. The list is dominated by General Motors and Chrysler models while the European manufacturers weren’t as widely represented.

At the top, we find the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Smart ForTwo model. There’s only one on the list from Japan -- the Titan model from Nissan. The American models on this list include the Dodge Dakota, Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and Chrysler Town & Country.

The long American manufacturer that didn’t make the list is Ford. Forbes wanted to keep this list as accurate as possible and so it got its data from six studies by Consumer Reports, such as the Most Reliable Cars Report, Best and Worst Safety Performance Survey, Best and Worst Fuel Economy, Highest Cost of Ownership, the Best and Worst Values Report and Consumer Reports' overall scores for new cars.

The S-Klasse was cited for its high cost of ownership, low fuel efficiency and a low rating for overall value.

But what made the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Liberty, Dodge Nitro and Dodge Dakota land on this list are the points for reliability and fuel economy. The Chrysler Town & Country earned a place on this list due to concerns about its reliability and cost of ownership.

Meanwhile, the Cadillac Escalade merits a mention for being on the Worst Value, Highest Cost of Ownership and Worst Safety Performance lists. Doug Betts, Chrysler's senior vice president of quality, said that later this year, we should expect to see 16 all-new or extensively updated vehicles at Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Fiat dealerships.

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