The car market offers a lot of new products, and the choice is bigger and better year after year, but…we can meet the models which do not live up to expectations in practice.
There are at least 6 models you should take a closer look at before buying in 2023, since they are lacking in quality, performance, and value for the money, in the opinion of The Car Help Corner.
They are the Mazda MX-30, Genesis GV60, Land Rover Range Rover Velar, Jeep Grand Cherokee 4XE, and surprisingly for us, two Fords – F-150 Lightning and Explorer.
1. Mazda MX-30
Subcompact electric crossover SUV
Mazda produces cars with beautiful exteriors and modern interiors. We can’t argue with that. Because of its small battery, unimpressive engine power, and a miserable driving range between 120 and 250 km (75-155 miles) on a single charge, the MX-30 is a loser compared to most of its rivals.
2. Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Luxury midsize crossover SUV
The carmaker calls the model “avant-garde”, and maybe it is. Nevertheless, the Velar’s quality and reliability disappoint: they are worse than one would expect from a vehicle of such status and image. Quality issues include, in particular, freezing screens, backup camera malfunction, and body parts falling off.
3. Genesis GV60
Battery-electric compact luxury crossover SUV
This is a good vehicle overall and would be a great choice, if not for the availability of more affordable alternatives in the market. Why should a buyer overpay if he/she can buy a mechanically identical and $15,000-20,000 cheaper Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6?
4. Jeep Grand Cherokee 4XE
Full-size luxury plug-in hybrid SUV
The Grand Cherokee is the most-awarded SUV ever, but its plug-in hybrid 4XE version may be a disappointment for some. For a vehicle priced around $80K, it has poor performance and fuel efficiency (20 mpg), a noisy engine, and a short electric-only range of only 20 miles.
5. Ford F-150 Lightning
All-electric full-size pickup truck
This is a well-promoted, highly-anticipated, sought-after model. Although in the real world, its driving range turned out to be sub-par, even with no towing, and its actual charging time is longer than one could expect. Add here so-so performance at low temperatures and the excessive price, and we’ll get a poor value for purchasers.
6. Ford Explorer
Midsize 3-row SUV
The Explorer is good, but others are better, for example, the Toyota Highlander. The Ford’s interior, real performance, and reliability leave much to be desired… and its price tag as well.