Last week we covered some of the highlights in the 2013 vehicle market with our post about the trucks with the best gas mileage in 2013. This week we’re going to cover some of the most questionable cars that the 2013 market has to offer. What makes these vehicles a questionable purchase ranges from not living up to the hype to simply not being a great value. Regardless of the reason they’ve made our list, these are all vehicles you should think twice before purchasing.
Many of the vehicles you’ll find on this list are overpriced because of the hype that surrounds them which is a bad sign when it comes to the long term value of your car. It’s important to always think beyond the car lot when you’re ready to purchase a vehicle because of the fact that you might need to use the equity and the value of vehicles that are artificially overpriced will lose a considerable amount of value over time making it hard to get an auto title loan in the future.
In addition to losing their value some of these vehicles will also end up costing you more when it comes to auto insurance, with those things combined these are the cars that have made our list of the most questionable cars of 2013.
Not So Smart Car
The Smart for two smart car has seen a high success rate across Europe. The smaller streets and road-side parking make this vehicle highly useful in those countries.
The high price and poor fuel economy is worth the price when you can find a parking spot 15 minutes faster than before. The car has seen nothing but failure here in the U.S. for the same reasons the vehicle is “worth” the price across the Atlantic.
On top of the price and poor fuel economy for a compact smart car (32-36 combined, depending on model), the Smart for two lacks the visual appeal that many car owners—that are looking to pay the price—would be willing to pay for.
When they’re ready to spend $12-15,000 on a new hybrid, why not go with one that looks more appealing with better gas mileage? Nissan is currently working with Mercedes to create a more appropriate replacement.
The Scion iQ is next up on the list. Although it got quite a bit of attention in 2012, the 2013 version has only landed in the possession of 1,009 buyers. Various reviews reported that the car was slow, tiny, and expensive.
Buyers who thought that they might find more room in the back to make up for the speed were severely disappointed when they found the cargo area lacking in space and usability. Its positive review comes from its perfect place in city-life driving.
The Fiat Fad
The Fiat 500 boasts about 3,000 sales a month. That’s not bad considering the Scion’s lack of success, but it’s still not doing as well as the creators had hoped for before.
It’s “cute.” Consumer Guide called it “brimming with European personality” even. It even gets moderate gas mileage (31 in the city, 41 on the highway), but that’s not enough to make the $16-22,000 price tag. On top of the price, the car is cramped and lacking in the engine power found in competitors.
Judging by America’s track record though, this car will become fashionable as it begins to fade from the minds of Europeans. Take a look at the Fiat 500 again in a few years.
They Actually Called it The Cube
Next, take a look at the Nissan Cube. First instigated in 2009, it has hardly changed its shape or usability over the past 4 years. This year’s model is no exception.
The designers hoped to create a car that is roomier and fuel efficient at the same time. Although they were able to create a machine to fit those needs, the Cube just simply hasn’t caught on with the public. It never found a niche in the market. Consequently, it hasn’t done as well as other cars out there doing the same kind of thing: like the Kia Soul.
The Kia Version of The Cube
The Kia Soul hit the market like the cube should have, but failed at. An interesting mix between the mini-cooper and Cube, the Soul is Kia’s second-best-selling car.
The Outdated Lexus
The Lexus GX 460 is holding onto a design that has slowly faded out of style over the past 10 years. It continues to keep the style of an SUV from the early 2000’s.
It’s tall, and keeps similar perpendicular proportions of the times. Not to mention its combined fuel economy sticks around 17 mpg on a good day. Maybe there are a few people still looking for the old-style SUV, but most end up spending their money on the Lexus RX instead.
The Dated Runner
The Toyota 4Runner is another model of car holding on to the old ways. It’s most recent body design was made in 2009, making it a car in transition. It’s blocky and hasn’t caught up with the rest of the industry in terms of technology inside the car though.
This may be the perfect fit for some that look for the 4Runner to continue doing what they’ve always known it to do. Although it may seem unthinkable, there is still a market for people who don’t care about the newest looks or gadgets in the car.
For one reason or another though, these cars manage to sell enough cars for you to see many of them on the road. Some sell better than others. Some work better than others. Everyone has their own taste for a vehicle though and choices are made accordingly. It will be interesting to see how these designs survive or fail in the future.
Title loans can be taken out for these vehicles just as easily as they can be taken out for any other popular car on the market. Luckily title loans are determined based on the fair value of the car, not on whether or not the car catches on or flops in the market place.