For the publication’s April 2018 issue, Consumer Reports listed 108 vehicles with records of much-worse-than-average overall reliability over the last decade. With subscriber reponses in hand, 18 of these models were from the 2017 model year. “We recommend skipping all of them,” Consumer Reports tells its used-car-buying audience, yet as Canadians registered over 2 million new vehicles in 2017, many of these nameplates were most definitely not avoided.
Consumer Reports listed 18 MY2017 vehicles that must be avoided, but Canadians certainly didn’t avoid all of these vehicles in 2017
2017 BMW X3
2017 Buick LaCrosse
2017 Chevrolet Cruze
2017 Chevrolet Camaro
2017 Chevrolet Corvette
2017 Chevrolet Silverado
2017 Chevrolet Tahoe
2017 Ford Fusion
2017 Ford Mustang
2017 GMC Acadia
2017 GMC Sierra
2017 GMC Yukon
2017 Jaguar F-Pace
2017 Lincoln MKC
2017 Lincoln MKX
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC
2017 Tesla Model X
2017 Volvo XC90
- 2017 BMW X3
- 2017 Buick LaCrosse
- 2017 Chevrolet Cruze
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- 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe
- 2017 Ford Fusion
- 2017 Ford Mustang
- 2017 GMC Acadia
- 2017 GMC Sierra
- 2017 GMC Yukon
- 2017 Jaguar F-Pace
- 2017 Lincoln MKC
- 2017 Lincoln MKX
- 2017 Tesla Model X
- 2017 Volvo XC90
– 2017 Sales: +6% to 5,730 – The 2017 BMW X3 was the last year for the second-generation version of BMW’s second utility vehicle nameplate. And while many models grow more reliable with age, Consumer Reports says the 2017 ×3 is a vehicle to be avoided. Yet in the minds of Canadian buyers, the X3 was more desirable than ever. 2017 was the X3’s best year ever, and X3 sales through the first one-sixth of 2018 are up 81 percent, year-over-year.
– 2017 Sales: +17% to 921 – Although Buick LaCrosse sales increased in 2017 compared with 2016, Canadians certainly avoided the biggest Buick sedan over the last year. Buick sold nearly 4,000 copies of the LaCrosse as recently as 2010, more than 9,000 in 2008. Regardless of what Consumer Reports says about the latest generation of the LaCrosse launched for the 2017 model year, Canadians were already avoiding this car, just as they’re avoiding most vehicles in this category.
– 2017 Sales: +3% to 27,520 – A slight uptick in sales in 2017 once again made the Chevrolet Cruze Canada’s fifth-best-selling car. Clearly this is not a car that Canadians are avoiding, though the Cruze is not pulling in as many buyers as it did between 2011 and 2015, when more than 30,000 were sold annually.
– 2017 Sales: +9% to 2,952 – Though not nearly as popular as the Ford Mustang – another car Consumer Reports suggests avoiding – the Chevrolet Camaro did report a six-year sales high in 2017. Still, south of the border, in a car market eight times larger than Canada’s, Camaro sales are 23 times stronger.
– 2017 Sales: +15% to 2,016 – One of a bundle of Chevrolets and two Chevy sports cars on Consumer Reports list of 2017 vehicles to avoid, the Chevrolet Corvette is outrageously popular by the standards of premium performance cars. In fact, Corvette sales have grown in five consecutive years, surging more than 700 percent between 2012 and 2016.
– 2017 Sales: +32% to 59,066 – There are only two pickup trucks on Consumer Reports list of the MY2017 vehicles to avoid. One is this Chevrolet Silverado, the other is its identical twin, the GMC Sierra. The Silverado produced its greatest year of Canadian sales ever in 2017, jumping by nearly a third over 2016’s total.
– 2017 Sales: +2% to 3,110 – Full-size SUVs remain relatively rare, but they’re increasingly popular in Canada. The Chevrolet Tahoe is a main player in a General Motors quartet that owns more than two-thirds of the segment. Tahoe sales have more than doubled since 2012.
– 2017 Sales: -33% to 9,736 – It was Canada’s best-selling midsize sedan as recently as 2014. But Fusion sales have been falling since a 2013 peak, plunging by more than half during that timespan.
– 2017 Sales: +9% to 8,348 – It’s not just Canada’s best-selling sporting car, it’s a global sales leader. Yet Consumer Reports says the 2017 Ford Mustang was a vehicle to avoid. 2017 sales of the Mustang rose to an 11-year high in Canada.
– 2017 Sales: +37% to 5,380 – New in second-gen form in 2017, the GMC Acadia is smaller than before, no longer sharing its dimensions with the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. The number of Acadias sold in Canada is also smaller than before. On two occasions, one as recently as 2015, GMC sold more than 6,000 Acadias. Acadia volume in 2017 recovered somewhat after a disappointing 2016, but sales are up only 2 percent in early 2018.
– 2017 Sales: +21% to 61,883 – The GMC Sierra joins its Chevrolet Silverado twin as the only pickups on Consumer Reports’ list of 2017 vehicles to avoid. Like the Silverado, the Sierra reported record Canadian sales in 2017. The Sierra is the best-selling vehicle at GM Canada, where more than 300,000 vehicles were sold last year for the first time since 2008.
– 2017 Sales: +24% to 3,514 – Canadian sales of the GMC Yukon doubled over the last two years to a new high of 3,514 units. This coincides with the GMC Yukon arriving on Consumer Reports list of vehicles to avoid for the second time in three years.
– 2017 Sales: +103% to 2,612 – Based on history, it’s not surprising to see a Jaguar on any list of vehicles to avoid. But the F-Pace, the newest and highest-volume Jaguar, is actually the only Jaguar on the list. Nearly six out of every ten Jaguars sold in Canada last year were F-Paces.
– 2017 Sales: -11% to 2,337 – Although it competes in a hot segment, Canadian sales of the Ford Escape-based Lincoln MKC decrease, year after year. Ford Canada reported 2,970 MKCs in 2015, one-fifth fewer in 2017. Most MKC rivals – Q5, GLC, RDX, NX, X3, Macan, F-Pace – find more Canadian buyers than the small Lincoln.
– 2017 Sales: -6% to 3,345 – Together, the Lincoln MKC and Lincoln MKX produce 70 percent of Lincoln’s Canadian sales. But they’re the only two 2017 Lincolns that Consumer Reports insists must be avoided. 2017 was the MKX’s second consecutive year on the CR list.
– 2017 Sales: +83% to 8,742 – For years, Mercedes-Benz sold around 5,000 GLKs per year. The second-gen GLK took on the GLC name, and sales skyrocketed. In fact, GLC sales are still rising, having shot up by a third through the first one-sixth of 2018.
– 2017 Sales: +75% to 1,803 – By no means is the three-row Tesla available on every street corner, but Canadians nevertheless drove home in more copies of the Model X in 2017 than, for instance, the BMW X6, Range Rover Evoque, Nissan Armada, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Infiniti QX30, and Volkswagen Touareg. But littered with issues surrounding gullwing doors and fit and finish, the Model X is among the vehicles Consumer Reports says must be avoided.
– 2017 Sales: -10% to 2,650 – Newly launched in late 2015, the second-gen Volvo XC90 has brought Volvo back from the brink in North America. Sales ticked down slightly on 2017, the second consecutive year in which the XC90’s been among Consumer Reports to-be-avoided vehicles.
– 2017 Sales: +10% to 13,330 – Over the last decade of Consumer Reports compilations, three automotive brands have garnered more placements than any other. Cadillac is one, with eight vehicles on the CR’s lists between 2007 and 2017. Nevertheless, Cadillac sales in Canada rose to an all-time high of 13,330 units in 2017, thanks largely to the success of the SRX-replacing XT5.
– 2017 Sales: +1% to 300,367 – The Ford Motor Company’s namesake brand earned more vehicle placements on Consumer Reports lists of vehicles to be avoided than all but one. Between 2007 and 2017, ten Ford vehicles earned this undignified placement. Ford is nevertheless Canada’s top-selling auto brand, and has been for nine consecutive years.
– 2017 Sales: +13% to 171,005 – Between 2007 and 2017, no auto brand suffered the ignominy of seeing more of its cars, trucks, and SUVs listed by Consumer Reports as vehicles that ought to be avoided than General Motors’ Chevrolet marque. There have been 12 different nameplates since 2007. In 2017 alone, of the 18 vehicles listed, five were Chevrolets. Chevrolet still managed a nine-year sales high in 2017. Bowtie nameplates on Consumer Reports list accounted for 55 percent of the brand’s sales.