Consumer Reports magazine has named its three cars and crossover SUVs that irritate their owners the most -- the worst for owner satisfaction. Of the six, only one comes from a Detroit automaker.
Three come from a single maker -- Nissan.
Among cars, the Nissan Sentra, Kia Rio and Nissan Versa were so bad that fewer than half of owners surveyed by the consumer magazine said they would buy them again. Among SUV, only one fell below the 50% mark -- Chrysler's Jeep Compass. But the other two SUVs on the "worst" list, Nissan Pathfinder and Hyundai Tucson, didn't fare much better, with only slightly more than half of the owners say they'd be willing to plunk down cold-hard cash to buy again.
The annual survey covers 350,000 vehicles from a year to three years old, Consumer Reports says in its January issue. The survey isn't necessarily about reliability. Owners were happy when their cars met fuel consumption expectations. They also took into account the styling, cargo space, features, repair costs and driving dynamics.
Of the six biggest dogs in the survey, only the Jeep comes from a Detroit maker.