Most disliked cars of 2013

Cars today are made better than ever, but that just raises the bar for a new round of pans from the critics.

2014 Nissan Versa Note

nissan versa note

Nobody said it was easy to develop a car that sells for $14,000 -- especially one that is engineered in high-cost Japan -- but the Note hatchback, which went on sale in September, falls short on several fronts: an undistinguished design, a hard-plastic interior, and a widely detested continuously variable transmission that is both sluggish and noisy. The Note found no fans at Car and Driver, where "rarely have we wanted out of a car so badly before we made it out of our office parking lot." Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal was no more charitable. "It is a shambles, a car so out of step with the best in its segment, it almost has an early 1970s, East German vibe to it."

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 30 2013 07:10 AM ET
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