The 5 Most Overrated Cars
In 2015, overrated cars are everywhere, whether it’s us media folk flocking to them because of the latest and greatest tech, or the public gushing over misleading performance credentials. To help you steer clear of these undeserving machines, I created a list of the 5 cars that I feel are the most overrated.
It’s almost a certainty that I will piss off a few fans here and there. Just keep in mind that one person’s trash is another’s treasure, and just because I think your favorite car is overrated doesn’t mean you can’t love it. It just means you’re not likely to impress me with it.
Go ahead and bang on that “continue reading” link below to check out my entire list, and let me know in the comments if I left something out or if you want to defend your favorite rig. Just remember to strap on your big-boy pants before proceeding, and keep it civil.
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Journalists and buyers alike have had their noses embedded in Subaru’s and Scion’s cracks ever since the BRZ and FR-S twins debuted. The twins do deserve some of the praise, as they are fun cars to drive. However, they are a manufactured fun instead of the natural fun delivered by the likes of the Miata and 370Z.
The reason the FR-S and BRZ seem like they are so much fun is because the manufacturers intentionally installed wheels and tires that were a tad too skinny and the torque curve has an almost turbo-like dip, then peak to make it feel faster than it really is.
The biggest selling point of the BRZ and FR-S is the 200-horsepower 2.0-liter engine that they share. Unfortunately, this engine’s horsepower often hides its oddly low 151 pound-feet of torque. This low torque and the manufactured fun are just two of many reasons, including shoddy build quality, that I consider the FR-S and BRZ overrated.
It’s hard to put the best-selling vehicle in America on this list, but I feel the F-Series’s time in that slot is limited. The aluminum body on the newest model is a cool novelty, but does anyone really want to drive a pickup wrapped up in a material similar to what you wrapped last night’s leftover pizza in? I’m not impressed.
What’s more, the F-Series used to have some of the most capable engines in the pickup segment, but now it is easily overshadowed by the lineups that Chevy and Ram offer, save for the EcoBoost engines. Also lacking is a small diesel engine, like the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel in the Ram 1500.
It’s no wonder F-150 sales have been sliding as of late. In fact, the 2014 Chevy Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra combined to outsell the F-Series by 14,995 units in June 2015. In June 2014, the two combined to fall 1,635 units short of the F-150’s sales.
Read our full review of the 2015 F-150 here.
Nissan’s performance arm, NISMO, has built some of the most fantastic rigs in its short existence, but the Juke NISMO falls well short of the department’s bar. Sure, the NISMO gets a stiffer suspension, larger wheels, a limited-slip diff, and some visual goodies, but its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 188 horsepower isn’t the best motivator for the 2,950-pound Juke.
In independent testing, the Juke NISMO was actually slower than the standard Juke with the continuously variable transmission. Talk about leaving a lot for buyers to desire.
You can check our driven review of the 2013 Juke NISMO here.
The Toyota Corolla has long held the title as one of the best-selling and most reliable compact cars in the world. However, so many people are quick to heap praise on it for its massive sales and perceived reliability. In the modern era, nearly every car is equally reliable, as they all share parts and suppliers.
Now, models like the 2014 Kia Forte, 2014 Mazda3 Sedan, and 2014 Chevy Cruze offer all the same features, more optional drivetrains, and prices that are about the same or less than the Corolla. Despite all of these options that are available now, the Corolla continues to get praise as one of the top compacts in the game, and I feel that this is no longer justified.
You can check our review of the current Corolla here.
I love alternative-fuel vehicles, but they are still very much in their infancies. And in these early years come cars that are extremely expensive and will be outdated only a handful of years hence. Enter the Toyota Mirai, a car who’s funky name is only superseded in oddness by its over-the-top design.
As a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, the Mirai is able to run on electricity using a chemical process that combines hydrogen with oxygen. For those who flunked eighth-grade chemistry, this means that the Mirai emits only water from its tailpipe. (Don’t feel bad, I had to look it up too.)
Where the Mirai loses me is that it can travel only 312 miles on a tank of hydrogen and it costs an insane $57,500. What’s more, after the first three years of owning the Mirai, you have to start paying for your own hydrogen fill ups, which can cost upward of $50 – just about the same as filling a medium-size gas tank.
Yes, the Mirai offers the ability to travel without emissions and not have range anxiety (once hydrogen stations are more common), but I would still prefer a battery electric car. What’s more, you can get a hell of a lot of electric car for $57,500.
You can check our review of the Mirai here.
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