Consumer Reports is now deducting points from the Overall Score of any vehicle we determine has a shifter that is difficult to operate or that can be confused for other controls. We are deducting additional points from the Overall Score if a tested vehicle does not automatically return to Park or engage the parking brake when the engine is shut off. Likewise, the score is penalized if it does not engage the parking brake when the driver’s door is opened with the engine running when stopped.

The following cars have seen a reduction of their Overall Scores because they have these type of shifters without the safeguards we believe are fundamental to safety. Those with an * lost enough of their Overall Score that they are no longer recommended by Consumer Reports.

For more on automatic shifters, read our new report, "When It Comes to Automatic Shifters, It's Proceed With Caution."


Land Rover Shifter

Click through the model names to see the revised Overall Score and to learn more about the concerns with each vehicle.