Usually, when a car gets redesigned, it means improvements are made. A lot of resources go into technology, market, and business research to make updates that will cause buyers to take notice. Not always, though. The editors at cars.com have come up with a list of redesigned cars that just don’t make the cut. Here are their top five worse car redesigns in the last decade.
5. 2011 Volkswagon Jetta
Most critics consider VW’s 2011 Jetta to be a failed Americanization of the European version. Despite a low starting price, trim upgrades are costly, bumping it up into the premium range. The issue is, the inside doesn’t shout premium…it doesn’t even whisper it.
The editors at cars.com assert that the Quest’s mis-design goes as far back as 2002. The chunky style and four tiny sunroofs have a small but dedicated following. The remainder of the minivan customers, however, are looking elsewhere for sleeker styling and more functional features.
The original TC had a upscale cabin that really made buyers feel like they were getting a good deal for the class. The 2011 update, though, substantially cheapened the look and feel of the interior.
The first Focus to make it to the US was a Euro-styled compact that had many robust features and attractive styling. The following versions, including the ’08, were a paired-down American version that were far from the mark. It took years for Ford to get back on track from these misguided cost-cutting measures.
The mid-sized sedan is a very competitive market. The 2013 update of the Chevy Malibu didn’t cut it in terms of transmission and final interior fit and finish, but that wasn’t nearly the worst part. The backseat was noticeably too small, which is neither a quick fix nor an issue that potential buyers are likely to overlook.
Keep in mind these redesigns if you’re in the market for a new car. There may be a reason that the price on one of the flub-ups seems too good to be true.