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What are America’s Most Disappointing Cars in 2024?

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A bar graph with the percentage of survey respondents (from Consumer Reports) who would buy or lease their specific models again.

What are America’s Most Disappointing Cars in 2024?

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

Cars are such a fundamental part of American life, that certain brands or models can attract abject tribalism from their fans and blind judgment from critics.

Meanwhile, there are some car owners who simply do not jive well with their auto of choice, and would not be hitching their wagon to the brand any time soon.

We rank the 10 most disappointing cars to own, based on the results from an annual survey by Consumer Reports which asked 330,000 members whether they would buy or lease their same vehicle again.

Ranked: The Least Satisfying Cars to Own in the U.S.

The Infiniti QX50 is the least satisfying car to own, according to those polled at Consumer Reports. An overwhelming three quarters polled said they would not buy or lease their car again.

The QX50 is Infiniti’s compact crossover offering, currently in its second generation (introduced in 2019). Major criticisms from auto reviewers revolve around the car’s fuel economy and loud engine, especially compared to rival cars from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

“The QX50’s attractive styling and interior may entice luxury shoppers, but the powertrain’s shortcomings mean it can’t quite match the upscale experience offered by numerous rivals.” — Car and Driver Magazine

For a car priced between $42,000–$60,000, these fundamental flaws explain why most owners would not want to buy again.

RankBrandModel% of Buyers Who
Wouldn't Buy Again
1InfinitiQX5075%
2VolkswagenTaos62%
3NissanSentra61%
4KiaSorento Hybrid58%
5NissanKicks56%
6KiaSeltos55%
7Mercedes-BenzC-Class54%
8VolkswagenJetta53%
9KiaForte53%
10NissanAltima52%

Note: Infiniti is Nissan’s luxury vehicle division.

At second place, more than 60% of respondents said they would pass on purchasing the Volkswagen Taos if given the chance. While the 2024 model is reasonably reviewed, previous models appear to be mired with engine issues, including stalling and acceleration lag.

Between August 2021 and March 2023, a total of six recalls were issued for the Taos.

Volkswagen has another car on the disappointment list (the Jetta, ranked 8th), but Nissan is underperforming Consumer Reports’ members the most. More than 50% of the respondents would not buy or lease either the Sentra, the Kicks, or the Altima again.

Interestingly there isn’t a noticeable correlation between price and displeasure for survey respondents. The Infiniti QX50 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (ranked 7th) are the only two cars on the list priced above $40,000. The other range between $20,000 (Kia Forte) and $39,000 (Kia Sorento Hybrid).

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Visualizing the Average Lifespans of Mammals

While smaller animals such as weasels typically live 1-2 years, larger counterparts can thrive for decades.

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Infographic depicting the average lifespans of diverse mammals.

Visualizing the Average Lifespans of Mammals

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Mammals, though comprising a small fraction of Earth’s creatures, hold vital ecological roles globally. They are crucial for maintaining ecosystem health through services like pollination, seed dispersal, and predator-prey dynamics.

In this visualization, we depict the average lifespans of mammals, using data from Discover Wildlife and the United Nations.

Human Lifespans on the Rise

Defined as warm-blooded creatures with hair or fur, mammals nurse their young with milk from mammary glands. While smaller animals such as weasels typically live 1-2 years, larger counterparts like elephants can thrive for decades, and bowhead whales can live for 200 years, or even longer.

AnimalAverage lifespan (years)
Weasel1 to 2
Hedgehog3
Wolverine12
Tiger14
Brown bear25
Lowland tapir30
Western gorilla35
Brandt's bat41
Humans (1950)47
Elephant56
Humans (2022)72
Bowhead whale200

Notably, human lifespans have experienced a remarkable surge. According to the UN Population Division, the global average life expectancy has surged from 47 years in 1950 to 72 years in 2022, marking a 25-year increase. This is attributed to advancements in nutrition, medication, and essential resources.

However, as human longevity flourishes, it can have an adverse effect on wildlife mammal populations. To put this into numbers, over the past 100,000 years, the surge in human population has precipitated an 85% reduction in wild mammal biomass.

Today, livestock dominates 62% of the world’s mammal biomass, with humans accounting for 34%, while wild mammals comprise only 4%.

Despite a decline in mammal diversity, the total biomass of terrestrial mammals has significantly increased, expanding approximately ninefold over the past 10,000 years.

Curious to learn more about mammals? Check out this graphic that shows the biomass of all the world’s mammals.

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