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Ugliest cars?

Posted July 30, 2008

The folks at, a car site, have put together a list of the ten ugliest cars sold in the United States.

What do you think?  I don't see any cars here that strike me as particularly ugly, but I don't know what I'm talking about.  I don't know that world.  I never really notice cars.  I've seen only a few car designs in my life that struck me as truly ugly.    The Honda Element -- that passenger shoebox  -- is one.  I've seen some paint colors that brought me up a little short.  Those weird, orangish, rust-colored paint jobs are odd.

WARNING: The Jalopnik comments section has some profanity.  It's hard to find a site without profanity, either in the editorial or comments.  The class deficit is sad.



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  • hi_i_am_wade Jul 31, 2008

    WHAT! Who actually made that list! A blind monkey? First, not one of the new Cadillacs were on that list, cars so ugly that I would have put a paper bag to ride in that car. Those cars redefine ugly because of their box edges and corners. Second, some of those ugly cars are not actually ugly.

    Whoever put that list together needs to have new eyes installed.

  • Broker - Back from Lurking Jul 30, 2008

    sine... I'll have to give you that on the Rambler - What a *homely* vehicle!!! A face that even a mother would wince at when she kissed. As for the Buick and Olds, I'm partial to the old hunks of steel, even when their accutrements are brash and over the top (and few are more over the top than that shovel-shaped chrome blah!)

  • capitalland Jul 30, 2008

    The pontiac Aztec of years past is still the ugliest box rolling down our highways.

  • sinenomine Jul 30, 2008

    None of the ten cars in the sample is particularly hideous. Some of the ugliest vehicles made in my lifetime, in no particular order, are:

    - Pontiac Aztek (possibly the all time ugliest);

    - Hummer;

    - Cadillac Escalade and similar GM vehicles;

    - 1961 Rambler American;

    - 1958 Buick (find a picture on the net and be sure to note the "chrome shovel" on the side of the car;

    - 1958 Oldsmobile (only real contender versus the Aztek).

    The '58 Edsel, frequently cited by many as being ugly (it was likened to an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon when it was new), is a thing of grace and beauty compared to any of the above.

    The Gremlin was plug ugly; the Pacer was merely strange.

  • JofNC Jul 30, 2008

    Scion should have left the xB alone. And are they kidding me? Why stretch out the C-pillar on the xA and call it an upgrade/rebadge to the xD?!

  • JofNC Jul 30, 2008

    The Pontiac Aztek was quite ugly on the outside... but I was suprised to see how functional the vehicle was.

    A few cars that I think are ugly today are:

    The new Chrysler Sebring convertible. Who would pay that much for a chrysler?!! And the antenna is UGLY!

    The Jeep Compass. Who designed that wanna-be-Jeep!?

    I agree that the new Focus is hiddeous too.

    The new TL isn't a looker either! I hate the front end!

    And what is up with Chevy putting the same tail light design on most of their cars? If they really wanted the Malibu to sell, they should have created a new designed tail light instead of slapping a cobalt lense on there!

    And I guess if you buy a Subaru, that company thinks you should be into drifting and body kits! What happened to "Subaru! We're going places in the south!"

    I like the VW, Cadillac, Hyundai and Honda cars though.

  • davido Jul 30, 2008

    I had a friend who had a Pacer. He was somewhat shaped like a Pacer, come to think of it. Ditto on the milk crate shaped vehicles.

  • Libandproud Jul 30, 2008

    The Scion, without a doubt. Looks like a toaster with wheels.

  • f6rider Jul 30, 2008

    Brian it would have to be the old Pacer, bet you have never seen one, of course the Gremlin was about as bad.

  • Broker - Back from Lurking Jul 30, 2008

    For modern cars, I'd say Scion, Element, Prius, Dodge Nitro, Smart For Two, and anything with a Korean pedigree.

    Historically, the Car Talk guys (click and clack) point to AMC Gremlin and Pacer as ugliest cars... and I'd have to agree!!!




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