Mitsubishi Problems vs Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai Troubles
It's well-known that Mitsubishi's quality does not compare to that of Toyota or Honda. But what about Hyundai and Kia? Or Yugo, arguably the worst car even sold in USA. Worse than Ford Pinto!
We checked NHTSA's database and could not find anything on Yugo. We gues the database was set up after the Yugo had died. However, we did find info on Mitsubishi, Kia, Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and other. We decided to look at a model year which is not too old or new and settled on 2003. This allowed us to have a model year close to what many visitors to our site is earching for. Then we got a count for each make's complaints.
We decided to focus on Japanese and South Korean makes and attempted to get 2003 year (proxy for 2003 model) sales figures for them. We got them for Kia, Hyundai - the Korean makes, and Toyota, Honda, and Mitsubishi - the Japanese makes.
As seen in the chart, Mitsubishi performed the worst, more than twice a bad as Toyata, and even worse than Kia!
Since we didn't have data on Yugo we cannot tell if Mitsubishi would have peformed worse than them. But its sales seem to be going Yugo's way though.
Last Update: January 25, 2010