9 new cars to avoid (and 9 better alternatives) – CBS News

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The Discovery Sport’s combination of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission results in spiky, uneven acceleration, according to Consumer Reports. So-called “turbo lag,” which delays power kicking in, and reluctance of the transmission to downshift can make it difficult to merge onto a highway. The engine is rated for 20 MPG in city driving, 26 highway.

The Discovery sport also has poor predicted reliability. The base price is $37,455, but typically equipped models run into the high $40,000 range.

If you can afford to spend more, the top-rated entry in the CR road test and owner satisfaction is the Porsche Macan. Test drivers describe the Macan of having sports-car feel and performance along with the practical uses of a small SUV. The base turbocharged V-6 engine is rated at 17 MPG city, 23 highway. The base price is $54,400, but typically equipped S models run into the low $60,000 range.

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