2008 Scion tC steps inEnlarge Photo
Scion was Toyota's attempt to appeal to the young. They hoped to use its funky image to lure in first-time new car buyers who might stay loyal to the Toyota brand as they aged. In some ways, it didn't work. The boxy xB and subcompact xD proved more popular with older drivers looking for a bargain than with the young buyers Toyota wanted to entice. But the tC hit the mark. It's a sporty-looking coupe that's often modified by enthusiastic young car lovers. It's also, apparently, crashed regularly. The Lancer was labeled a substantial risk in six categories, but the tC just missed that honor, landing in the red in five of six.
2007 Suzuki ForenzaEnlarge Photo
Now discontinued, the Forenza was Suzuki's attempt to win a foothold in the competitive small car category. It never caught on in the world of Civics and Corollas, but apparently earned a following among people with less-than-stellar driving skills. The Forenza was labeled a "substantially worse than average" risk in all but one category of claim, and those who bought it for its low price are hating the high cost to insure it today. It was replaced in Suzuki's lineup by the all-wheel-drive SX4.