The cars which enthusiasts dislike may vary greatly from person to person, with some being massive fans of the Mustang Mach-E electric car and disliking the Bentley Flying Spur, while others loathe the AMC Pacer and adore the Lexus LFA.
While automotive tastes and interests are completely subjective, there is an unwritten list containing cars most motoring enthusiasts dislike and even hate. This may be because the car is ugly, terribly made, or just has something about it that brings out the anger in all of us. Here are 10 cars collectively hated by motoring enthusiasts.
10 Chrysler PT Cruiser
The Chrysler PT Cruiser is one of those cars that motoring enthusiasts cannot believe actually exists. It was designed to look retro yet modern, following the basic styling of the Ford Woody from 1953. The Chinese version of the PT Cruiser was even available with a woody decal on the side.
The PT Cruiser was a terrible car. It had an unremarkable 2.4-liter inline-4, which was later upgraded with a turbo to spice up the range, but it did nothing to increase the desire for the car. Strangely, the PT Cruiser was in production for 10 years before being discontinued.
9 Fiat Multipla
The Fiat Multipla has consistently been voted as the ugliest car ever made. It is a bloated, un-styled hunk of Italian metal, plastic, and fabric that is the lowest point in automotive design. It also had boring engines that were too underpowered – appropriate for the car.
This all being said, the Multipla was extremely practical. It had mountains of interior space, a large trunk, comfortable seats, and great fuel economy. Fiat even updated the Multipla to get rid of the lip on the hood (hands-down the ugliest part of the car). Still, these great aspects of the car could not redeem the reputation of ugliness that the car had already received.
8 Nissan Juke
The main issue with the Nissan Juke is that it was hideous. Like the Multipla, it is relatively practical. Unlike the Multipla, it actually had relatively good engines. It was even available with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged inline-4 mated to a CVT automatic.
It looked like a bloated version of Nissan’s Micra city car. The front headlight situation with the daytime running lights above the main headlights looks like it was an afterthought, rather than an integrated design. Luckily Nissan has fixed most of the design issues with the newer version.
7 Pontiac Aztek
The Pontiac Aztek falls into the bad-car-because-it’s-ugly category. It is supposed to be an SUV or MPV-type vehicle, but instead, it has messy angles, an oversized rear, and a terrible front. Pontiac noticed this and for the mid-cycle refresh, they did… nothing. They added some new wheels and trim pieces, but most of the design stayed exactly the same.
The drivetrain didn’t inspire confidence either. It was fitted with a 3.4-liter V6, with power going to mostly the front wheels via a 4-speed automatic transmission. Strangely, the Aztek scored one of the highest ratings in customer satisfaction in 2001. Weird.
6 Chevrolet HHR
The Chevrolet HHR looks like the GM version of the Chrysler PT Cruiser. It was another attempt to capture the classic and retro styling and bring it into the modern era. As expected, this didn’t work all that well. The HHR looked like it was stung by a bee and had swollen up as a result.
The HHR was also available as a higher-performance variant, called the HHR SS, which was fitted with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 as the Chevrolet Cobalt SS. This meant 260 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque mated to a 5-speed short-throw manual transmission and front-wheel drive. The most interesting version of the HHR was the SS Panel Van – a sort of hot-rod hot hatch.
5 Honda Element
The Honda Element is a compact crossover SUV from the Japanese brand that was a total departure from the company’s usual designs. It had four doors, but the two rear ones were half the size and opened using rear hinges – just like on a Rolls-Royce.
The Element was a box with wheels and had a lot of black plastic trim defining the design. It was fitted with two versions of the 2.4-liter i4 Honda used, mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4- or 5-speed automatic – depending on the model year. The Element was impractical, slow, had terrible fuel economy, and was boring to look at or drive. It did, however, win the 2007 ‘Dog Car of the Year’ award, due to the ease of cleaning. So that’s something.
4 AMC Pacer
The AMC Pacer is one of the automotive world’s lemons. It was an interesting take on the standard hatchback and was the US’s idea of a compact car – which was still available with a V8. The Pacer was designed as a 2-door hatchback and a 2-door wagon, but thanks to the styling which incorporated 16% more glass than the average American car at the time, it got the nickname ‘The Flying Fishbowl’.
A motoring magazine even described it as “the seventies’ answer to George Jetson’s mode of transportation”. While some praised the ‘futuristic’ styling of the Pacer, others noted the terrible driving dynamics and severe lack of performance. A 1970s British publication’s heading on the Pacer’s review was, We test the Pacer – we wish we hadn’t.
3 BMW X6
The BMW X6 was the start of the automotive world’s incessance on producing coupe-SUVs. This trend started with BMW and had since infected every other German manufacturer, with it spreading to the British, Americans, and even the Japanese.
Every generation of the BMW X6 has been the X5’s ugly sibling, sporting a bloated stance and a raked roofline that just eats into headroom. Granted, these coupe-SUVs are currently among the fastest SUVs on the market, but they are still just vehicles to show off – sacrificing practicality over style.
2 Reva G-Wiz
The G-Wiz is one of the most hated cars in the UK. It was introduced in 2001 and has been the scourge of the road since. Technically a quadricycle rather than a proper car, this electric vehicle had a range of just 50 miles, took eight hours to charge to full capacity, had a top speed of just 50 mph, and cost a ridiculous $13,000!
The G-Wiz was bought by many to use within major city centers as it was tax and congestion-charge exempt and could be parked almost anywhere with ease – even easier than the Smart ForTwo. The G-Wiz was discontinued in 2019, after almost 18 years of production. It is amazing to think that it lasted so long given the dislike.
1 Toyota Prius
Ah, the Toyota Prius. Everyone’s favorite economy car. The Prius was the first properly viable hybrid passenger car and is so far the most successful as well. Introduced in 2001, the original Prius struggled to take off, but the second generation from 2003 ticked all the boxes.
Since then, the Prius has picked up speed (metaphorically speaking, as the Prius is terribly slow) and sales didn’t really drop until the influx of other hybrid and fully electric vehicles. The current generation Prius is available as a normal or plug-in hybrid, but it has lost some of its charm – most likely due to the horrendous styling. The Prius is one of the most collectively hated cars on the road, getting sneered at when motoring enthusiasts see one.
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