Special Report

Worst Car Brands of 2019

Source: Courtesy of General Motors

10. Cadillac
> 2019 Sales: 75,735
> J.D. Power overall quality score: 9 out of 10
> Consumer Reports brand score: 57 out of 100

Cadillac has been struggling as a brand for years, with U.S. sales effectively cut in half since the mid-1980s. The brand scored well in J.D. Power’s most recent overall quality survey, but in Consumer Reports’ reviews, it is one of the worst rated car brands. It received an average predicted reliability score of just 19 out of 100, the worst of any of the 28 car brands ranked by Consumer Reports.

Source: Courtesy of General Motors

9. GMC
> 2019 Sales: 277,280
> J.D. Power overall quality score: 8 out of 10
> Consumer Reports brand score: 56 out of 100

GMC is the second-largest brand on this list, with over 270,000 units sold in the U.S. market through the first six months of 2019. Its sales, however, do not appear to be an indicator of the brand’s quality. The brand received just a 6 out of 10 in J.D. Power’s mechanical quality component of its quality survey, tied for the worst score awarded to any brand.

Source: Courtesy of FCA US

8. Jeep
> 2019 Sales: 456,281
> J.D. Power overall quality score: 8 out of 10
> Consumer Reports brand score: 50 out of 100

Jeep scored just a 50 out of 100 in Consumer Reports’ brand report card, the fifth worst score among the 33 auto brands ranked. Recent versions of the Wrangler, one of Jeep’s top-selling models, have compared poorly to modern vehicles in crash safety ratings, and the 2019 edition of the vehicle had not been tested as of June in the United States after receiving a one-star rating from Europe’s top safety ratings group, Euro NCAP.

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