We would be remiss if the Land Rover Freelander didn't make this list. The Freelander did have decent maneuverability and visibility, though we can't get past the cheap instruments and controls. The Freelander has known steering problems, and the wheels can become hard to remove due to corrosion. Also known as trouble spots are the constant velocity joints, and the shocks/struts. The bottom line, the Freelander could be on this list just for being British.
2002 Land Rover Freelander SEEnlarge Photo
We saved the absolute worst car to give someone, for any reason, for last. That award goes to to the Chevrolet Aveo. The name sends shivers down ones back. Unless you're getting this for your 16-year-old daughter, you're going to get some angry stares for giving a male this terminal girl car. Once in a while you will find a morbidly obese middle-aged bald man behind the wheel. Words to describe these rare beasts could be loud, slow, buzzy, and cheap. All those words would be used on a good day. You would be hard pressed to find a positive review of an Aveo. Consumer Reports gives it a "worst" score for nearly all categories, including predicted reliability, and owner satisfaction. Bottom line, the Aveo is such a bad car, they are renaming the replacement the Sonic in hopes people will not associate the two.
2010 Chevrolet AveoEnlarge Photo