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Consumer Reports has some new information that it offers to advise is about which new cars to avoid. And you may find some surprises...

Here are the cars to avoid, by category, with some of Consumer Reports’ comments on why they rejected them:

Subcompact cars:

¦ Smart ForTwo (tiny, two-passenger cabin, a herky-jerky transmission, an underpowered engine ... a dumb choice)

¦ Scion iQ (rear seat is awful, the cabin is loud, acceleration is molasses-like)

¦ Chevrolet Spark (ride is stiff, the dinky 1.2-liter engine is slow, and handling is lackluster)


Compact cars:

¦ Scion tC (lack of driving enjoyment, hard ride)

¦ Mitsubishi Lancer (underpowered engine, noisy interior)

¦ Dodge Dart (unrefined ... more expensive than most competitors)

Midsize sedans:

¦ Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger (corporate cousins ... plenty of them on dealers’ lots at a discount. Don’t be tempted.)

Large sedans:

¦ Ford Taurus (ridiculously cramped for such a large car ... controls for its MyFord Touch infotainment system are complicated and distracting ... reliability has been sub-par)

¦ Lexus IS (falls short — very short)

¦ Lincoln MKS (doesn’t cut it as a luxury sedan)

¦ BMW 7-Series (a ponderous, technology-laden vehicle with ... ungainly handling)

Wagons & minivans:

¦ Honda Crosstour (ungainly handling ... unintuitive and complex touch-screen radio system)

Small SUVs:

¦ Jeep Compass (2.4-liter engine is rough and sluggish ... cabin is cramped, cheaply trimmed)

¦ Jeep Patriot (compliant ride and mostly simple controls. But little else stands out.)

¦ Jeep Cherokee with 2.4-liter engine (half-baked ... under-powered and not very fuel-efficient, and the nine-speed automatic transmission is unrefined and unresponsive)

¦ Mitsubishi Outlander (handles clumsily, the ride is fairly stiff, and the interior feels cheap)

Midsize & large SUVs:

¦ Ford Edge (unrefined power train ... ride is jittery and road noise invades the cabin. And the MyFord Touch system is convoluted to use)

¦ Nissan Armada (overall fuel economy of 13 mpg is abysmal, reliability is poor and ownership costs are the worst in the category)

¦ Dodge Journey (below-average reliability ... lack of agility ... transmission is reluctant to downshift)

Luxury SUVs:

¦ Volvo XC90 (an old design that wasn’t that competitive when new)

¦ Lincoln MKX (handling is clumsy, the MyLincoln Touch control system is frustrating, and it has been unreliable)

¦ Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (choppy ride, a noisy cabin, and disconcerting emergency handling)

Now, after reading this have you changed your decision on a new car you had in mind?