Subcompact Car: Mitsubishi Mirage

The Mirage is the Japanese automaker's attempt at a no-frills, bare-bones, value-above-all-else vehicle. It succeeds, but perhaps a bit too well. Here's what CR had to say:

"[The facelifted Mirage's] enhancements won't mask the weak, vibrating three-cylinder engine that delivers sluggish acceleration and a raspy chorus of lament. Plus, the cabin is depressing, feeling drab, cheap, and insubstantial."

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Compact Car: Fiat 500L

Fiat's 500L is not necessarily an attractive vehicle, but a tall roof and small-but-pretty-efficient engine helps endear this car to a crowd that wants both space and those all-too-precious mpgs. But that comes at a cost, as CR explains:

"The 500L has the worst reliability of any new car in our latest survey of more than 740,000 vehicles. This Italian confection feels undercooked and has several significant flaws."

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MSRP: $19,195

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Midsize Sedan: Chrysler 200

The Chrysler 200 was the replacement for the Sebring, one of the most maligned cars in recent memory. Anything was an improvement, but CR explains why the 200 just isn't up to snuff:

"A mediocre car in a category overflowing with competent, and even excellent, alternatives, the 200 drives like it's from a previous era."

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MSRP: $21,995

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Compact Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Mercedes-Benz's CLA-Class promised Teutonic driving pleasure and aesthetics for a surprisingly affordable price. Of course, as CR found out, that low price meant some corners needed to be cut:

"Most mainstream sedans deliver a better driving experience than the CLA, let alone a typical Mercedes. The engine and transmission lack refinement. At times the powertrain feels unresponsive, and while the car is agile, the ride is punishingly stiff."

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MSRP: $29,900

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Midsize Luxury Car: Lincoln MKS

The MKS, which rides on the same platform as Ford's current Taurus, is a fairly old vehicle by most standards. Its age shows through, as CR notes, especially when compared to Lincoln's newer offerings:

"The ride -- something a luxury car should be good at -- is neither isolating enough nor adequately composed. And the base 3.7-liter V6 engine lacks refinement."

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Family SUV: Dodge Journey

The Journey is old, but it's not particularly unattractive. However, CR points out that what's underneath this so-so skin isn't all that wonderful:

"On paper, the Journey may sound compelling, but in our tests, we found that the three-row SUV has a confining interior, lacks agility, and the V6 delivers the worst fuel economy in its class."

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Luxury Compact SUV: Land Rover Discovery Sport

The Disco Sport marked the return of the popular "Discovery" nameplate, replacing the LR2. But the mythos of the name and the actual product don't always align, as CR points out:

"From the storied Land Rover brand, one would expect a more regal entry into this hot market segment. Instead, the Discovery Sport struggles in comparisons against even mass-market small SUVs."

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MSRP: $37,070

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Large Luxury SUV: Cadillac Escalade

The Escalade isn't just for music artists and professional ball players. But compared to its competition, CR has a rather unfavorable opinion of this conveyance of the well-heeled:

"It rides too stiffly and can't stop or handle with the grace of its peers. The Escalade simply floundered in our tests. Despite casting a massive shadow, the hulking Cadillac is not even that roomy inside."

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MSRP: $91,875

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Minivan: Chrysler Town & Country

Chrysler's replacing the Town & Country with the Pacifica this year, but CR warns against those who might still be considering this way-old workhorse:

"This year the Chrysler is being replaced by the new Pacifica van, and the Dodge is being discontinued. Don't be swayed by the massive incentives that will likely be available on these two minivans."

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Green Car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The i-MiEV, aside from having a terrible name, is Mitsubishi's sole battery-electric offering. But that doesn't mean Mitsubishi put 100 percent effort into this car, as CR so gracefully notes:

"This half-step up from a golf cart is slow, clumsy, and stiff riding. The as-tested 56-mile range brings new definition to range anxiety. But at least that mediocre range limits the time spent in this subpar automobile."

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