Forbes recently put together a list of “truly wretched cars,” so they could “openly and readily ridicule” them as some of the worst cars on sale for the 2015 model year. The automotive industry has made great strides in modern times and there are few new cars that will be horrifically slow, unreliable, or unsafe, traits which defined a good number of cars from the 80s, 90s and even the early 2000s.
The list of the 15 worst cars seems to consist of models that are becoming a bit long-in-tooth, or ride on aging vehicle platforms. There are little to no cars with controversial designs currently on sale, like the Pontiac Aztek, and even historically weak nameplates like the Chrysler 200 have grown up quite a bit for 2015. So to help find today’s worst buy, Forbes studied the initial quality, long-term reliability and estimated deprecation rates of the industry’s offerings.
General Motors is absent from the 15 Cars To Avoid list until we arrive at the second slot, which is occupied by the Cadillac XTS. The full-size Caddy received low marks for initial quality and performance from J.D. Power and also had a below average projected resale value from ALG. Forbes also noted that XTS “falls short” when compared to other offerings in today’s “sophisticated luxury car market.”
This result probably isn’t surprising to the high ups at Cadillac, or very upsetting. The XTS was never meant to be the brand’s flagship and is actually a product left over from GM’s bankruptcy era. The model is intended to fill the full-size sedan slot in Cadillac’s lineup until the CT6 arrives, a position which otherwise would have sat empty.
Forbes doesn’t have any disdain for the XTS, saying it’s one of their “guilty pleasures,” but notes the Chevrolet Impala with which it shares a platform offers similar amenities for much better value. If your fixed on buying a full-size Caddy, you’d be best off to wait for the arrival of the much more advanced CT6 sedan.