You don’t have to spend a large sum of money to get a great car. In fact, some of the most expensive cars are the worst cars to own. Just because there is a large price tag attached to certain models is no guarantee of dependability, comfort or excellence in performance. If you’ve been considering the purchase of a high end car, make sure that you check the ratings so you end up with a vehicle that you are pleased with versus a lemon that comes with perceived prestige. We’ve compiled a listing of 20 of the worst cars that cost over $100,00.00 so you won’t end up with a big ticket item that gives you buyer’s remorse.
Here they are in no particular order: *star ratings are compiled from sites such as Car and Driver, Edmunds, and Consumer Reports
2016 Dodge Viper
The 2016 Dodge Viper is one of the worst expensive cars. It received a mere 6.8 out of a possible 10 point rating on major sites like Edmunds, Car and Driver, and others. The Cost is $118,795, making it one of the most spendy Dodge models on the market. It gets 12 mpg city and 21 on the highway. It is a beautiful car that offers great power, good cornering grip and a user friendly infotainment setup, but it is also known for providing a harsh and uncomfortable ride. The cockpit is tight and the seats are not comfortable. The fuel economy is low and the brakes lack responsiveness. It only gets a 2.5 out of 5 stars for reliability.
2016 Nissan GT-R
The 2016 Nissan GT-R goes for between $101,770 and $149,990, depending on its features and options. While the acceleration, power, grip and cornering ability are all excellent, the luxury grade materials have been seriously skimped on. There is an above average cost of ownership for the class of car. The reliability score is a 3.5 out of 5. The car gets an overall score of 7.5 out of a possible 10. If you were taking an exam, that would amount to a C grade which makes it a poor deal for the high price tag. This car is not a good value for the asking price.
2016 Jaguar F-Type
The Jaguar F-Type cost is $106,450. While the engines are powerful and it’s agile in handling ability, the fuel economy is lower than competitors. It’s also a pain to try to use the audio and climate controls. They are complicated and cumbersome. This vehicle has a reliability rating of just 3 out of 5 and its overall score is 7.5 out of 10 with the cost of ownership being the lowest score at 5.9 out of 10. When you’re spending this kind of money, you should at least be able to depend on the car, but that’s not the case with the Jaguar F Type.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class Coupe
The design of this particular Mercedes-Benz attempts to mix a compact SUV with a coupe and it is not a good look at all. The car is extremely unattractive with a cost of $114,385. This is perhaps one of the most tragic attempts to achieve a crossover effect. The design simply does not work. Why would anyone want to spend this kind of money on a car that has absolutely no curb appeal? Yes, it is a luxury car and it does have some interior comforts, but it’s not something you’ be anxious to show off.
2016 Audi A8
This car has a cost of $137,900. The good part is that the engines run with smoothness and power and the handling is sporty. The interior is upscale, but there are not many driver assistance features. In addition, the infotainment system is outdated. There is also limited trunk space. It only gets a 3 out of 5 for reliability and the cost to own is sadly low at 5.5 out of 10. The overall rating for this Audi is 7.4 out of 10. The car is simply not a good value for the asking price. You would think that Audi would at least upgrade the technology and infotainment for the cost of this car.
2016 Jaguar XJ
The cost for this car is $121,000. The engines are packed with power and it handles in a composed manner. The drawbacks are that the seats are cramped compared to other cars in its class, there is less intuitive technology, the reliability score is 3.5 out of 5 and the cost to own is ridiculously high with a rating of 5.6 for expense. It gets an overall rating of 7.3 out of 10. What really makes this one of the worst cars to buy is the fact that you won’t be able to depend on it with any confidence.
2016 Land Rover
A brand new Land Rover can cost you up to $200,000.00 or more. It’s great for off the road use with powerful engines but this is where the good stuff ends. The reliability rating is low, the infotainment system is frustrating and the cost to own is rated at 4.4 out of 10, making it a terrible value for the price. With a reliability rating of 2.5 and an overll score of just 6.8, this is one of the worst vehicles over $100,000 you could buy.
A new G-Class costs between $122,000 and $225,000. The vehicle has a lot of power but for a luxury rig, the ride is a bit unsettling. It doesn’t handle well because it feels cumbersome and it is hard to handle on the pavement. There are not many driver assistance technologies included. It gets a weak 6.9 out of 10 on performance and an overall score of 7.3 out of 10. Mercedes-Benz could have done a better job for the high price tag they put on this car. The addition of some driver assistance and perhaps a better design for the steering and suspension would have brought it closer to being worth the asking price.
Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG
Brand new, this vehicle costs $150,000. It doesn’t hold it’s resale value so you lose money the minute you drive it off of the lot. This is partly due to the fact that it has earned a reputation for being unreliable. The cost of repairs is through the roof. Combine this fact with its history of having mechanical issues, it may not be the best choice in high end vehicles. This particular Mercedes-Benz has resulted in a lot of buyer’s remorse so you want to be careful not to join the growing number of dissatisfied owners.
2017 Tesla Model X
This model is certainly innovative, but it’s cost is $146,000 and one look at it will reveal how ugly it is appearance-wise. There is a lot missing on this vehicle. There is no radiator grille and even though it’s not a requirement, it makes the car look weird. The front end needs to be dressed up if they’re going to ask such a hefty price tag.
2017 Bentley Bentayga
This vehicle is the most expensive SUV out there. The base price starts at about $229,000 and can reach nearly half a million dollars with all of the perks. It has the appearance of an older funeral car and is marked with sharp corners. Although it performs well, has plenty of space for luggage and passengers, it is one of the most unattractive vehicles on the market. Unless you want to have the feeling that you’re driving in a vintage version of the mortician’s family car, it might be best to avoid this one.
2016 Pagani Huayra
This supercar comes with a super price of $1,070,500. the car rides extremely low and is so curvy in design that it has an odd appearance. It is bent for speed and if that is your wish, this may be your car. When it comes to the appearance, it looks tacky and you’d think for a million dollar vehicle, it would have been designed for eye appeal. You probably won’t be the envy of the neighborhood driving this ugly car.
2015 Pininfarina Sergio
A three million dollar car is pretty darned expensive. It is very fast, but the configuration is an open top and it is not an attractive vehicle at all. We’re seeing a trend in expensive, fast cars coming out with tragically unattractive designs that make them something you probably wouldn’t want to be seen driving. There are only a few of these vehicles around so it would be hard to even find one for sale and that might be a good thing.
Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero
This car has a price tag of around $8 million. It is another unattractive vehicle that has no aesthetic redemption associated with it. The design is a sad mixture of a limousine and a luxury coupe. What were the design team thinking? The cost of ownership is beyond ridiculous. With the exception of being a collector’s piece for the sake of prestige, we can’t figure out why anyone would really want to own this vehicle.
Mercedes Maybach 57
The new sticker price is $305,500. It’s a competitor of Rolls-Royce. The car just does not retain its value. Within less than a decade, the value dropped two hundred thousand dollars. Yes, it has all of the bells and whistles, but at it’s core, it’s like investing in a declining market. If you’re going to invest in an expensive car, it’s best to find one that will hold its value a bit better.
This vehicle runs about $143,000 and it is another high end car to avoid. What makes this one of the worst cars over $100,00 to buy is the fact that it doesn’t hold it’s resale value at all. You take a loss when you drive it off of the dealership lot. It’s an attractive car, but the newer models are losing their sporty edge. They are cumbersome to drive and not that comfortable for passengers and driver.
Fully loaded, a new Escalade will cost you right at $100,000. Yes, it is a luxury SUV but it lacks the features that a car of this cost should have. The fuel economy is at 16 mpg whic is low. It is among the lowest rated luxury SUVs with a low reliability rating that is lower than average. It rides stiffly and it doesn’t handle as well as many of its competitors. If you’re going to spend this kind of money, you could at least end up with a vehicle that not only looks amazing, it should handle with precision and be comfortable to ride in.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
This vehicle costs up to $111,000. It has powerful engines with great fuel economy thanks to the turbodiesel V6. The interior is posh as a luxury vehicle should be It has great off road ability, but there are some definite drawbacks for the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. The rankings are fairly low for a high en vehicle with a mere 7.2 out of a possible ten points. The reasons for the low ratings are that the infotainment system is cumbersome and the car has less cargo space than its competitors. It is rated with less than average on its predicted reliability and this is a very big concern for a vehicle that may be taken into remote locations. It gets the low scores of 2.5 out of 5 for reliability and 5.6 out of ten for the cost to own. Who wants to get stranded in the wilderness?
2016 Porsche Cayenne
This car sells for $157,300 fully loaded. Why would you buy a stripped down version? There is no doubt that this is one beautiful vehicle. It features comfort and an interior that is designed for driver comfort. A few more items on the plus side are its excellent acceleration, nimble handling and comfortable interior. On the downside, the cargo area is remarkably cramped and small. Overall, it gets a rating of 8.0 which is high enough to be suitable, but the most concerning features of this car are the sot to own ratings. It has the lowest cost to own rating of any of the vehicles in this review. a 4.8 out of 10 rating when it comes to value for the cost makes it a bad deal.