Although the year 2020 has come and gone, that years’s vehicle models are still out on the road. Unfortunately, there are some models that don’t quite live up to their usual standards. Before you make an automobile purchase or choose to upgrade this year, there are a few shortcomings you should be aware of before ever getting behind the wheel of a 2020 model.
Consumers choose to buy particular cars for a wide variety of reasons, whether it be purchase price, fuel economy, or how the car makes them look or feel – but there are some things that simply can’t be ignored.
Read on to see which 2020 models car experts say you should avoid purchasing.
MSRP: FROM $31,545
Even though Volkswagen has had issues with rebuilding public trust ever since the 2015 fraud scandal, the 2020 model still has a number of issues yet to be remedied – though it does come with a rather nice third row of seats.
However, there have been almost half a million VW diesel cars found to have software that can falsify emissions numbers by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as far as reliability, it sits in the bottom five. This probably isn’t your best bet.
MSRP: FROM $28,295
When it comes strictly to off-road use, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler ranks far above all the competition. However, in terms of day-to-day driving on pavement, the Wrangler fails miserably. It’s considered an uncomfortable, bumpy, and noisy ride that has turned many drivers off to this year’s model.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler also suffers from a low-reliability rating, a high starting price, and terrible gas mileage. Numerous complaints also cite loose steering and tire pressure issues.
MSRP: FROM $29,800
The Chevrolet Traverse midsize SUV is Chevrolet’s response to Buick’s Enclave (maybe a little too well matched). However, or perhaps because of this, the 2020 model has many of the same problems and issues.
A lack of real engine power and issues with the transmission and the vehicle’s electronics are some of the major problems the 2020 model is currently facing. Not to mention that many of this model’s competitors are looking at more upscale interiors for comparable prices.
MSRP: FROM $31,785
Despite its comfort and ease of driving, the Nissan Titan is still one of the lowest-scoring vehicles. Compare this to rivals such as the Dodge Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 and you’d be better off with one of these two.
The 2020 Nissan Titan is reported to have terrible fuel economy, clumsy handling, and a frustrating-to-use infotainment system. Take into account that its rivals can haul and tow much more than it can and you’d be better off avoiding this model this year.
MSRP: FROM $22,500
Though an odd fit in a category that includes the Subaru Outback, the Audi Allroad, and the Volkswagen V60, the FIAT 500L still earns the lowest spot on the list of wagons. Regardless of its comparable cargo and seating capacity, it has some more serious issues that warrant consideration.
The 2020 FIAT 500L has been categorized as having a stiff drive, awkward and uncomfortable seating and driving position, poor handling and acceleration, and mediocre fuel economy. But what may be the biggest strike against the 2020 FIAT 500L is its poor rating in the overall crash test.