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The Worst New-Car Values of 2010

Consumer Reports arrives at one of its most highly anticipated annual lists: the worst new-car values of 2010.
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- After studying and testing 280 cars in eight categories, Consumer Reports has arrived at one of its most highly anticipated annual lists: the new cars offering the worst values of 2010.

(Perhaps the only list more highly anticipated is

Consumer Reports'

list of the the

new cars offering the best values of 2010

, a slideshow of which just so happens to be available here:

Consumer Reports' best new-car values of 2010


Regardless, results for the worst car values of 2010 were based on the cars' performance, utility and reliability, in addition to the cost of ownership over the first five years. The car receiving the lowest overall marks, according to those metrics, was the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, which received a paltry value rating of 0.30.

The value of the average vehicle was set at 1.0 in the rating scale; a score of 2.0 would, according to the metric, represent twice the value of the average model.

Another car receiving low marks for value from

Consumer Reports

was the Chevrolet Aveo, and as the magazine notes: "When comparing economy cars, for example, you might think that the Chevrolet Aveo and


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Fit, each priced at about $16,000, would provide the same overall value down the road ... but ... the Fit is a far better choice. A low purchase price doesn't mean that a car is a good value."

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In addition to overall scores,

Consumer Reports

broke down the worst new-car values into eight vehicle categories. The results, and photos, follow....



Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT

Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT received the worst "value rating" in the small cars category at a base price of $11,965, with a 0.71 value rating.

Consumer Reports

says its value of the Chevrolet Aveo5 1LT is far below even more expensive models, such as the Volkswagen Golf and Honda Civic, and that "the ride is jittery and noise is constant."


WORST VALUE: Family Cars

Dodge Avenger R/T (3.5, V6)

Dodge Avenger R/T (3.5, V6) was given a mere 0.69 value rating, worst in the family cars category, by

Consumer Reports

at a base price of $20,230. "Our tested Avenger had a stiff and unsettled ride with pronounced suspension noise,"

Consumer Reports



WORST VALUE: Wagons/Minivans

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT (3.8)

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT (3.8) placed last in the minivans category, with a 0.72 value rating from

Consumer Reports.

The car starts at a base price of $21,800 and "vague and imprecise steering requires constant small corrections,"

Consumer Reports




Dodge Nitro SLT (3.7)

Dodge Nitro SLT (3.7) had the worst rating among small SUVs.

Consumer Reports

gave it a value rating of 0.48. "This noisy SUV lacks agility because of pronounced body lean and vague steering," it writes. The car sells for $23,250 (base price).



Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Consumer reports gave the midsized SUV Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara a value score of 0.30 -- the lowest among all 280 cars tested. The car has a $21,165 price tag (base price) and "falls short when driven on-road. Handling is compromised by vague steering and low cornering limits."

Consumer Reports

says its reliability has been well below average. Chrysler's Wrangler sales fell 23% to 4,888 units in the U.S. in January.


WORST VALUE: Upscale Sedans

Dodge Charger R/T (V8)

At a base price of $24,390, the Dodge Charger R/T (V8) ride is "stiff, and frequent ride motions make the car feel unsettled,"

Consumer Reports

notes. It was given a value rating of 0.72 and came in last under the upscale sedans category examined by

Consumer Reports.


WORST VALUE: Luxury Sedans

Mercedes-Benz S550

With a base price of $35,995, the Mercedes-Benz S550 was given a value rating of 0.55 and placed last in the luxury sedans category by

Consumer Reports.

"Reliability has been average," the report says. The hybrid edition is new for 2010.


WORST VALUE: Sporty Cars

Chrysler Sebring Convertible Limited

The Chrysler Sebring Convertible Limited received the worst value rating in the sporty cars category, at a base price of $20,120. The car received a score of 0.57 with its "unsettled" ride and "ungainly" handling,

Consumer Reports


-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York

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