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Here at MotorTrend, we prefer to focus on things that go fast. But having already published a list of the quickest cars we tested this year, we felt we’d be remiss to not also publish a list of the cars with the worst 0–100 km/h times of 2018.
Since some of these cars were tested on extremely hot days, it’s possible their times were skewed a little bit. But even if they’d all be a tick quicker on a cool day, there’s still no denying these 12 cars are about as slow as new cars get.
Does that make them bad purchases? Not necessarily. Just know that if you value acceleration, you’ll probably want to cross these cars off your list of potential buys. Either that or plan to do an engine swap.
From its affordable price to its off-roading ability, the Subaru Crosstrek has a lot going for it. We even named it a finalist in last year’s SUV of the Year competition. Unfortunately, the thing the Crosstrek doesn’t have is enough power.
If you can look past its refreshed jack-o’-lantern front end, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra offers some great driver-assist features and surprisingly good steering. But with only 147 hp under the hood, it’s quite a bit slower than the rest of its competition.
This one’s a little confusing. Even though the turbocharged Santa Fe we tested had a 50-hp and 82-lb-ft advantage over the naturally aspirated version, its 0–100 km/h time was 0.7 second slower. Maybe that Santa Fe was just having a bad day?
Unlike some of Mitsubishi’s other recent offerings, the Eclipse Cross is a decent car. It’s a little overpriced, but odds are, you can find a dealer willing to negotiate. Just don’t expect it to be all that quick. The first one we tested posted a 9.0-second 0–100 km/h time, and the second needed 9.6 seconds.
These days, the Forester competes directly with other compact crossovers such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Unfortunately, although it still has a significant advantage when it comes to off-road capability, the Forester’s 182-hp engine doesn’t have enough grunt.
When you’re shopping for a subcompact such as the Hyundai Accent, you typically understand that it won’t be quick. In exchange, though, you get an incredibly affordable new car with impressive fuel economy. But even for its class, the Accent is incredibly slow.
6. 2018 Toyota Corolla (9.9 sec)
Thankfully, there’s a new Corolla that’s much quicker than it was before. But if you find a deal on a leftover 2018 model, be prepared for it to be slow. As in, there are only a few new cars you can buy today that are any slower.
Looking at the spec sheet, you wouldn’t expect us to like the Kicks very much. But after driving it, we came away seriously impressed with what a great value it is. You just have to be OK with the fact that it’s far from quick.
We can’t fault anyone who likes the C-HR’s styling. At the very least, it’s interesting enough to stand out much more than, say, the Honda HR-V. If you live at a high altitude or regularly need to merge with highway traffic, though, you might want to look elsewhere.
As a commercial van, the Transit Connect mostly succeeds. Unfortunately, if you plan to use the passenger version as a family minivan, you’ll quickly find it has a few shortcomings. One of them is its much-slower-than-average acceleration.
Unless you need the diesel-powered Velar’s 430 lb-ft of torque for towing, we strongly suggest sticking with the 380-hp gasoline version. Or at least the 247-hp base model. Despite the diesel’s impressive torque, it absolutely crawls from 0 to 100 km/h.
As a temporary offering to fill the subcompact-crossover-sized gap in the Ford lineup, the EcoSport seems to be working. But put your foot down, and you’ll quickly be reminded that the EcoSport was never designed with the U.S. in mind. Even the quickest version we tested needed 10.7 seconds to hit 100 km/h, which is still slower than everything else we tested this year.
* Indicates vehicle was tested in hot weather