By on October 24, 2007

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It is time. You've nominated 136 candidates for The Truth About Cars' (TTAC) recently rechristened “Ten Worst Automobiles” awards. TTAC’s stable of underpaid and overeducated scribes surveyed the damage and did their duty: they've winnowed the roll call of automotive abominations down to the terrible twenty. Now it's your turn to tell the truth about cars. Go to the bottom of this post and vote for ten vehicles you consider worthy of public recognition as TTAC's Ten Worst for 2007.

Some Ten Worst nominees were as predictable as an episode of Scooby Do– and they would have got away with it too if it weren’t for those meddling pistonheads! A couple of choices seemed designed with TTAC's Ten Worst awards in mind. And here they are: the bad, the ugly, the worst of the worst.

Chevrolet TrailBlazer / GMC Envoy / Isuzu Ascender / Saab 9-7X (2006 Winner – 9-7X)

Chevy Aveo (2006 Winner)

Chevrolet Cobalt  (2006 Nominee)

Chevrolet Monte Carlo (2006 Winner)

Chevrolet Uplander (2006 Winner)

Chrysler Aspen (2006 Winner)

Chrysler Sebring

Dodge Caliber

Dodge Nitro

Ford Focus

Hummer H2 (2006 Nominee)

Hummer H3

Jaguar X-type (2006 Nominee)

Jeep Commander (2006 Nominee)

Jeep Compass (2006 Winner)

Lincoln Mark LT (2006 Winner)

Nissan Armada

Pontiac Grand Prix

Saturn ION

Subaru Tribeca (2006 Winner)

To assist you in your sacred duty, lend the Ten Worst selection process an air of legitimacy, amuse you and take us to the requisite 800 words, here are guidelines for assessing each finalist. 

Value (price, content, depreciation) - Does it scream "RENTAL UNIT?" Would you be better off in the long run if you just tossed your money down a sewer grate rather than buying this vehicle?

Market segment suitability - How well does the Ten Worst finalist stack up against other vehicles in its class or price range? Is there any real justification for its existence– other than placating dealers or keeping a factory running to satisfy the terms of a UAW contract?

Reliability – When you hear someone talking about "Total Recall," do you think about Arnie's magnum opus or this car? Would you buy one only if you could unload it before the 50K mile mark? Would you let your teen-aged daughter drive one across town at 1 AM? 

Build quality – Does the wiring look like a public service announcement for The Duct Tape Council? Can you see the panel gaps from low-Earth orbit? Was the trim applied by Salvador Dali after a three-day bender?

Quality of materials – Are the materials better suited for a city bus than a private vehicle? Would you rather touch a leper than a latch? Is the faux wood/aluminum/carbon fiber as convincing as Britney Spears speaking at a Mothers Against Drunk Driving convention?

Styling – Does it look like it was designed by three different blind people? In three different countries? Communicating via smoke signals? From a bong?

Performance/handling – Is the vehicle's zero to 60 performance best measured with a calendar? Does the hubbub under the hood have any correlation with forward motion? Does the car's cornering prowess bring to mind a rutting walrus?

Design – Are the ergonomics egregious? Is there less rearwards visibility than a 747? Is it a parts bin special bereft of anything remotely resembling "special?"  

Desirability- If your company gave you this vehicle as a company car, would you consider changing jobs?  If you had to drive one in public, would you pull a cap down over your face and assume the gansta slouch just to keep anyone from recognizing you?

Je ne sais quoi- That's French for "I know this car sucks, but I can't put my finger on the exact reason it makes me gag every time one passes on the street."

So, armed with these analytic tools, we place TTAC's Ten Worst in your capable hands. When you're ready, click at the bottom of this post and vote for up to 10 selections to be named the crème de la crap of the auto industry. (No repeat voting. Violators will be forced to drive the worst of The Worst for one week.) Please feel free to justify your decision and/or lobby your car-crazed cohorts below. Voting closes at midnight, Saturday 27 October. We'll announce the "winners" on November 1.

As always, RF, the entire TTAC team and I thank you for your participation. Although we use a light-hearted tone here, rest assured we understand the importance of naming and shaming the vehicles that bring dishonor to their manufacturers and disgrace our American roadways. And to those automakers whose products appear here, a message: the truth hurts. If your vehicle is on this list, regardless of short term gain, we urge you to do the right thing. For all of our sakes, it's time for the pain to stop. 

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77 Comments on “TTAC’s Ten Worst Automobiles for 2007: Time to Vote!...”


  • avatar
    shaker

    Ahh, that Edsel photo — this may seem a bit anthropomorphic (sp?), but I can see the pain on the car’s face, and I feel sorry for it.
    But no such sympathy for the present list… HAVE AT IT!

  • avatar
    matt

    But…But…They’re all so horrible. Can’t we just say they’re all the worst? How am I supposed to pick only ten?

  • avatar
    AKM

    Wow, I never realized the Tribeca took it’s inspiration from the Edsel. I mean, the central flying you-know-what at the front of the edsel is more pinched, a bit like an Old British aristocrat lady, but the overall effect really is the same.

    Ditto for the vote screen.

  • avatar

    Sorry about that folks. I had turned it off to make a few corrections and forgot to turn it back on. Try it now.

  • avatar
    kansei

    AKM: You just made me spit up the breakfast I was trying to eat. I was thinking "wow, the Tribeca did have a direct predecessor after all" when I saw that pic. I'm going to have trouble with this survey because I agree with every single nomination being one of the worst cars on the market today. I still think there should be special 'runner up' awards.. like the Aztec for a complete design blunder, the Edsel or Tribeca for well.. looking like genitalia, the _insert car name here_ for the car so unreliable you wouldn't want to take it across town at 1AM, and something to honor a car that was SIGNIFICANTLY more appealing in it's previous generation (xB, 08 Accord all come to mind)

  • avatar
    compy386

    I still say Corolla belongs on this list.

  • avatar

    No, the corolla does not belong on the list. It is not a horrible product. It may be boring for you to drive and to look at, but it’s a proven solid investment for non-car enthusiasts.

  • avatar
    starlightmica

    AKM:
    Yes, I hear that’s what they called the Edsel back then, too.

    Talk about a race to the bottom, it’s going to be hard to choose just 10. So few votes, so much crap.

  • avatar
    NickR

    Please tell me the Sebring and Avenger are lumped together.

    Picking the ten worst out of this list was a challenge, I tell you.

  • avatar
    HankScorpio

    What exactly is TTAC’s electronic method to keep people from voting more than once? Is it by IP? Because I think someone behind our firewall already voted. If not, could be because my domain resolves as something like http://www.RandomAutoMakerWithATWATNomination.com ?

  • avatar
    jaje

    1. Saab 9-7X (2006 Winner – 9-7X) – This truck was never born by Jets. It was born by Accountants and raised by Boob Lutz.

    2. Chevy Aveo (2006 Winner) – Chevy can rebadge and pass on it’s own several different Korean cars. It choose the cheapest of the cheap and it was as reliable as their own. Not a good move.

    3. Chevrolet Monte Carlo (2006 Winner) – Nascar fans unite as their faux stock car racer can’t do anything well at all. Being 4000lbs fwd and with a Capitan Kangaroo inspired suspension and brakes. It’s only claim to fame is 400lb people can drive it to their local fast food place.

    4. Chevrolet Uplander (2006 Winner) – They are still selling these?

    5. Chrysler Aspen (2006 Winner) – Chrysler cars are not thought of as luxurious and this is their attempt to do so?

    6. Chrysler Sebring / Avenger – Designed by accountants, and morticians (the skinny windows) – destined for rental car fleets.

    7. Ford Focus – It was a decent car 10 years ago (sans the record # of recalls) and a decent platform. Move 10 years later and the full model change (already overdue) is only skin deep. This is the stupidity that Ford did with the Taurus to ruin the name and cheapen a cheap car already.

    8. Jaguar X-type (2006 Nominee) – This would be a fine car if it was a Ford…wait it is. However it is poorly built (even compared to some of the worst Jags) and sports nothing in performance. This fat tabby cat is declawed and it’s sales have shown. What suckers bought the bargain basement Jag (note the $3k in rebates to get these off the lot) may never go back.

    9. Jeep Compass (2006 Winner) – An affront to a storied brand yet it is what Chrysler does best – ruining a brands image with half hearted attempts. If Chrysler keeps on poisoning Jeep with watered down products – Jeep will lose in the long run.

    10. Lincoln Mark LT (2006 Winner) – Ford brought out version 2.0 of an answer to a question nobody asked for. A $50k gussied up pickup truck. Who couldn’t predict this failure again.

  • avatar
    dolo54

    Chevrolet Monte Carlo (2006 Winner)

    Chrysler Sebring

    Dodge Caliber

    Dodge Nitro

    Ford Focus

    Hummer H2 (2006 Nominee)

    Jeep Compass (2006 Winner)

    Pontiac Grand Prix

    Saturn ION

    Is the Avenger still on the list? If not it should be.

  • avatar
    compy386

    BlueBrat – Okay so the Corolla is reliable and maintains its value. But so do a lot of other compacts. The Civic is reliable and maintains its value. It also has a lot of standard features, handles well, and performs well. The Elantra/Spectra are also fairly reliable and have far more features than the Corolla. The Mazda 3 maintains it’s value well, but it’s a lot more fun to drive. To me it’s the weakest vehicle in its segment.

    My point is if all you’re going to talk about is how bad a car is in absolute terms, I don’t think there are that many bad cars out there. Most of the cars on that list are just not that good. Take a look at the Lincoln Mark LT. It’s not a bad vehicle, it just doesn’t really fit well with its segment (luxury pickup that’s not really any more luxurious than an F-150). If you get one used that’s taken the depreciation hit, I think it would be a pretty nice vehicle.

  • avatar
    thetopdog

    I’m really disappointed the PT Crusier did not make the list since it is hideous and has worse driving dynamics than even the lowly Aveo

  • avatar
    GEMorris

    This list is boring. Seriously, every car on this list is terrible, but most are also from terrible brands. Brands most pistonheads have given up on long ago. Why kick an already dead horse?

    We need an award for cars that are brand betrayals. Somewhere to put the Mazda Tribute’s and CX-9′s of the world.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    FINALLY!!! A list where GM, Ford and Chrysler run the table. Well done fellas. Now I know why your top level management is making so much money. Clearly, it’s the quality and tremendous respect your product has in the marketplace.

    BMW, Toyota, Honda, Audi, etc. – tisk, tisk.

  • avatar
    Jason

    Why use an Edsel as the illustrating photograph? From what I understand, it was not a bad car…it was a commercial failure. Different things, no?

  • avatar
    shabatski

    Chevrolet TrailBlazer / GMC Envoy / Isuzu Ascender / Saab 9-7X (2006 Winner – 9-7X)

    Chrysler Aspen (2006 Winner)

    Chrysler Sebring

    Chevy Aveo (2006 Winner)

    Dodge Caliber

    Jaguar X-type (2006 Nominee)

    Jeep Commander (2006 Nominee)

    Jeep Compass (2006 Winner)

    Saturn ION

    Pontiac Grand Prix

  • avatar

    I used to think the Neon was a dorky looking car. But since they replaced it with the Caliber, it almost looks good to me. Kind of like what GWB did to Richard Nixon. The Caliber is definitely the ugliest on the list. Nor is there anything cute about its ugliness. It’s just ugly. I haven’t driven the thing, but from reviews I’ve seen, it’s appearance is undoubtedly complmented by its driveability.

    The Ion is not as ugly, but it is equally a POS.

  • avatar
    Lumbergh21

    What criteria were used for winnowing down the list? I got to believe the Scion xB had the second most nominations behind the Sebring/Avenger, yet it’s not on the list. What gives?

  • avatar
    Zarba

    I was also surprised that the xB didn’t make the cut.

    However, we nominate and the TTAC staff gets to pick the list.

    Nobody said it was a democracy…

  • avatar
    umterp85

    The Scion XB isn’t a GM,Ford, or Chrysler product

  • avatar
    peteinsonj

    I’ve only driven 3 of the cars on the list – the Aveo multiple times — and it gets my vote.

    A procedural note — from a market researcher, if you present the list alphabetically, there will be a list order bias. Best option — rotate randomly…

    thx /p

  • avatar
    LincolnFan

    I still have that mental image of the brand new Army green Pontiac Aztek with the khaki colored interior the local Pontiac dealer could not give away. How did that get past Pontiac excutives? I’m too shook up to even consider the 2007 candidates.

  • avatar
    blautens

    Is it okay that I voted for a car (Chevrolet TrailBlazer / GMC Envoy / Isuzu Ascender / Saab 9-7X) not so much because I thought it deserved it (don’t get me wrong – it’s a bad SUV, particularly in certain versions) but because I own one and like the idea of getting into a TWAT every day?

  • avatar
    red.66mustang

    No Subaru Impreza/WRX? Surely you must be joking?

  • avatar
    NickR

    I didn’t for it, but I would if I could change my mind and vote for the Monte Carlo.

    I checked out one near here at lunch. A 1970 454 SS. Still not a bad looking car, and in a straight line it rocks the ****in’ house. And how we have this….this?

  • avatar
    prndlol

    This is terribly exciting!

  • avatar
    shortthrowsixspeed

    i too voted for the “Chevrolet TrailBlazer / GMC Envoy / Isuzu Ascender / Saab 9-7X”. when you only have 10 votes it pays to consolidate.

    the only car on this list i’ve driven (thank God) is the Caliber. the belt line is too high, the roof too low, the seating position too high, the windshield too slanted. there’s a distinct 1.77 second delay between depression of the right foot and decrepid meandering of the vehicle. and what the hell is going on inside?!?! that interior belongs on a playskool set. needless to say, i gave it a nod in the voting.

  • avatar
    Slow_Joe_Crow

    Maybe you guts should add a lifetime achievement, or hall of shame class for multiple winners, or out of production mega losers. The Aztek would be a shoo-in plus classics like the Lincoln Blackwood, the GM “Dustbuster” vans, the Yugo, the ML55 AMG and other memorable automotive blunders.
    Side note: when Road and Track drove a home market Yugo, the road tester described it as “a dour little device best used as a car bomb”.

  • avatar
    Blunozer

    I actually did a double take when I saw the names of the Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo…

    I thought they stopped making both years ago, but a quick drive past the rental car place proves the Grand Prix still blights the world with its very existance.

    Chevy Uplander… I am currently driving a rental Pontiac Montana SV6. I had no choice in the matter, my Miata is waiting for a part and Mazda is showing me the love by renting me this awful piece of junk. My wife’s old ’93 Mercury Villager was a better vehicle.

    Jeep Compass… Why? The(surprisingly much better) Patriot makes it redundant.

    Ford Focus… Rolling proof that, despite its bluster and recent press releases, Ford is still absolutely clueless. The ’08 Focus will be Ford’s “death cough”.

    Trailblazer/9-7x… The saddest part about these lousy SUVs is the inline-6 that is wasted in the Trailblazer’s engine bay. That engine begs to be placed in a RWD sports car, not a body-on-frame SUV. One could only hope this engine will find its way into the Camaro and G8 as the base engine, but I’m not optimistic.

  • avatar
    umterp85

    In the interest of the “Truth” I would be interested to see the actual tally for each of the 136 nominees. RF can you make this happen ?

  • avatar

    We said before nominations we would not be keeping a tally of nominations for any given model. That’s not the way this works.

  • avatar
    KatiePuckrik

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I have an announcement to make …..YOU HAVE ALL LOST YOUR FLIPPING MINDS!!!!!

    I just registered my votes for the TWAT awards and what did I find on the list of nominees? The Jaguar X-Type! That car is a sensation!!!! I own one and it is one of the best cars I have ever driven. It is solid, reliable, the handling is beautiful, the ride is exquisite and the interior is just a pleasure to be in!

    What do you lot have against the X-Type?! It is a brilliant car and I hope Jaguar make a million more!

    Now I know how domestic fanboys feel like!

    Long live the X-Type!

  • avatar

    umterp85 :
    In the interest of the “Truth” I would be interested to see the actual tally for each of the 136 nominees. RF can you make this happen ?

    Anyone who wishes to wade back through the 322 comments on the two posts soliciting nominations to track how many times each vehicle was mentioned is welcome to do so. I tracked the number of nominations for each last year and it was the headache from hell. I had neither the time nor inclination to attempt it again this year.

  • avatar
    jstrickb

    Chevrolet TrailBlazer / GMC Envoy / Isuzu Ascender / Saab 9-7X (2006 Winner – 9-7X)

    Chrysler Aspen

    Chrysler Sebring

    Dodge Caliber

    Dodge Nitro

    Ford Focus

    Jeep Commander

    Jeep Compass

    Saturn ION

    Subaru Tribeca

  • avatar
    KGrGunMan

    Chrysler Sebring
    Dodge Caliber
    Ford Focus
    Jeep Compass
    Saturn ION
    Chevrolet TrailBlazer / GMC Envoy / Isuzu Ascender / Saab 9-7X
    Hummer H3
    Hummer H2
    Pontiac Grand Prix
    Chrysler Aspen

  • avatar
    umterp85

    RF / Frank: Got it. Just wondering (given the sheer amount of votes) how/why the Scion xB did not make the list ? Your loyal commentators cannot be all that wrong….can we ????

  • avatar

    umterp85:

    Well, I voted for it.

  • avatar
    JSV

    Hello All,

    Have been reading for 2 years now and never posted. But this time, I cannot let another TTAC’s Ten worst without contributing…

    Saab 9-7x
    What the hell was GM thinking ? Everytime I see this vehicle, I cannot help but wonder how someone can drive one and pretend to be in a Saab….

    Chevrolet Monte Carlo
    Ugly Ugly Ugly…. even worst than the Focus !

    Chrysler Sebring
    Had one as a rental a few months back. Bland, very bland. absolutely not competitive in its segment. Why buy this car ???

    Dodge Caliber
    small car that slept with a truck. Weird design. Uncompetitive. A guy has a white one on my street and everyday I see it parked to his A4 and wonder what happened …

    Dodge Nitro
    Bad looking. Dont like it. Much better alternatives out there.

    Ford Focus
    Nail in the coffin for Ford. Ugggly. Just below the Monte Carlo…. How can you inspire yourself from the Sebring ?????????????

    Jeep Commander
    10 years to late. Would have been a popular vehicle during the SUV glory days but this is a case of missing the market cycle just a tiny bit….

    Jeep Compass
    My #1 nominee !!!!!! A Jeep ??? Come on !! Chrysler is diluting the Jeep brand faster that the ice is melting off the north pole ! What a truly massive error and bad looking vehicle. Wow. Trying to do worst on purpose would be difficult….

    Lincoln Mark LT
    Hello ? What is this vehicle supposed to be ? Want a truck ? Buy a truck. Want a luxury sedan, buy one. I have only seen 2 around here (Montreal, Qc) and I must admit that Im very proud of it…

    Pontiac Grand Prix
    I used to like the Pontiac 6000 in the late 80s…
    This car is so “1990s” … Old technology, old plateform… Why would someone buy this car ? Abort. Abort !

    There. Contributed !

    May the worst win !

  • avatar
    mpls244

    Are they still selling the Lincoln Mark LT? Seriously — it’s been a long time since I’ve seen one on the road.

  • avatar
    FreeMan

    @ mpls244: Were they ever selling the Mark LT?

    I know they produced them and delivered them to dealer lots…

  • avatar
    zorbgelnick

    Dodge Caliber –
    It’s what happens when you tell the car designer he can’t design a car and put him with a truck designer who is told he can’t design a truck!

  • avatar
    f8

    The lack of xB, Corolla, Accord, Civic, and some of the other completely retarded suggestions from previous threads on the list completely restored my faith in this site

  • avatar
    Lumbergh21

    mpls244 :
    October 24th, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Are they still selling the Lincoln Mark LT? Seriously — it’s been a long time since I’ve seen one on the road.

    I Don’t know if they are still selling it, but I did see one a couple of months ago parked in a neighbor’s driveway while I was out walking the dog. I just started laughing. I haven’t seen it since, so I like to think that it wasn’t the neighbor’s, just some visitor who hasn’t been allowed to return. That would make one Lincoln Mark LT spotted in a city of 90,000+ inhabitants. No, I don’t think they suckered many people into buying that one.

  • avatar
    miked

    mpls244 – I used to live in the ghetto (we’ll, at least the bad side of town), and I know of at least 3 Lincoln Mark LTs in a 5 mile radius. One even has a fake vinyl roof an dubs.

  • avatar
    Lumbergh21

    I don’t think that I can vote on the 20 cars that made the final cut, as I haven’t driven any of them. The closest I came was sitting in a Chevy Cobalt and a Saturn Ion a few years ago. That was all that I needed to know I wouldn’t be buying either one. And, none of the cars on the list offends my senses as much as the Aztec or the first generation Element (Buttuglium). So, I’ll side wiht the poster who asked us if we had actually driven any of the cars we were nominating. I can’t give a car a “TWAT” if I don’t even know how all around bad it might be.

    No I will not subject myself to a weekend of test driving each of the TWAT nominees. I enjoy test driving vehicles, but those are vehicles that I could potentially see myself buying or at least wish that I could buy. If TTAC decides to do a “Best Car” contest (nudge, nudge), I could see myself volunteering to drive each of those cars or at least as many as the dealers will allow me to. ;-)

  • avatar
    Sajeev Mehta

    RF / Frank: Got it. Just wondering (given the sheer amount of votes) how/why the Scion xB did not make the list ? Your loyal commentators cannot be all that wrong….can we ????

    Our commentators also voted multiple times for the Camry, Mustang, WRX, etc…I didn’t vote for it because it isn’t nearly as lousy as those that made the list.

    The Dodge Dakota/Mitsu Raider took the xB’s place in my voting, but it still lost out. Oh well, can’t win ‘em all.

  • avatar

    mpls244 :
    Are they still selling the Lincoln Mark LT? Seriously — it’s been a long time since I’ve seen one on the road.

    They’ve sold 6,653 so far this year. That’s compared to 9,722 sold during the same time last year.

  • avatar
    dwford

    Hey, we sold 3 more of those Focus “death coughs” this week, 2 ’08s and the last ’07. The guy that bought the ’07 drove in in a new Z06. go figure.

  • avatar
    ZoomZoom

    Oh, it’s soo soooo hard to choose. I think I’ll need a very long, very hot, and very soapy shower after this one.

    Hey, can anybody tell me whether or not a stupid name such as “Aveo” or “Uplander” would qualify under the “je ne sais quoi” category, even if I’ve never seen or driven one?

    I despise contrived names, especially if they have a bit of a condescending hint to them. Or if they just sound like they were invented by a bunch of drunk guys trading “yo mama” insults.

  • avatar
    davey49

    No point in voting for the ION, it’s already dead. They haven’t made them since January.
    The Corolla is not only a good car, it’s a great one. Best in class by some standards.

  • avatar
    HEATHROI

    Ahhh Suddenly it all make sense. La Putrick forked out for the Gentlemans Club Mondeo. Who says the British class system is dead?

    (I bet it was the diesel as well)

  • avatar
    brownie

    Can’t vote; have never even sat in any of them (at least in their current incarnations).

    Still, so many domestics? Really? I’ve never owned a domestic car, so it’s not like I’m a huge fan but… really? I can’t help but feel like somehow “value” isn’t playing into the equation properly. Scanning the list, I agree they mostly suck – hard – but they are mostly also quite cheap. And if are buying a cheap car, what do you expect?

    Also, I think you ought to disqualify the prior year’s “top 5″ finishers unless there has been a major (not just skin-deep) redesign. We all agree they suck, let’s move on.

  • avatar
    ptksr

    May I ask why 4 cars (Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Uplander, ION) on the way out with replacements (or just flat out killed) in the market now or within 6 months are on this list?

  • avatar
    NickR

    Are they still selling the Lincoln Mark LT? Seriously — it’s been a long time since I’ve seen one on the road.

    Good that you specified ‘on the road’. I see one every day mouldering on the lot of the Ford dealership close to my home.

    However, for sheer unmitigated unsaleability, nothing beats the Crossfire.

  • avatar
    zenith

    Agree with every one of the vehicles on TheHammer’s list.

    Especially, the Scion xB. I’m not a Toyota fan, but my son’s Gen1 xB is like an old Omni with the kinks, but not the fun, worked out. This nasty,overweight, over-thirsty replacement gets too much of a free ride from Toyota fanboys IMO and should have been on the ballot.

  • avatar
    KatiePuckrik

    HEATHROI :
    October 24th, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Ahhh Suddenly it all make sense. La Putrick forked out for the Gentlemans Club Mondeo. Who says the British class system is dead?

    (I bet it was the diesel as well)

    Number 1, you’re wrong. It was a petrol engine and number 2, don’t be one of those idiots who says “Oh, it’s built on a Ford Mondeo platform” because it really doesn’t matter.

    Humans share 96% of their DNA with Monkeys, but it’s that critical 4% which makes the difference. And if you’re still not convinced, remember this. In that 4% we don’t share with monkeys, lies the answer to curing AIDS…….

  • avatar

    ptksr :
    May I ask why 4 cars (Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Uplander, ION) on the way out with replacements (or just flat out killed) in the market now or within 6 months are on this list?

    The rules specified the vehicle had to be offered for sale new within the U.S. during 2007. All of these meet this criteron, and thus are eligible.

  • avatar
    gamper

    I wouldnt consider any of the vehicles on the list to be desirable vehicles. All of them are arguably the terrible 20, but I am shocked that more imports didnt make the list.

    Hello Anyone!!!! KIA AMANTI?????????

    The domestics certainly deserve a larger proportion of the nominations, but there are a few very notable imports that should be in the running for the top spot but didnt even make the top 20.

  • avatar
    Sajeev Mehta

    gamper: I voted for the Amanti too. (sad face)

    Its the Dodge Dakota of entry-level Luxury cars.

  • avatar
    Lumbergh21

    Sajeev Mehta :
    October 25th, 2007 at 11:01 am

    gamper: I voted for the Amanti too. (sad face)

    Its the Dodge Dakota of entry-level Luxury cars.

    I bet it doesn’t even come with “fine Corinthian leather.” (Said using best Ricardo Montalban impersonation.)

  • avatar
    tonycd

    Lumbergh, the Amanti is certifiably 100% ugly, but unlike the TWAT nominees it most certainly has a reason to exist. Ever sit in one? It’s a sultan’s bedroom in there (not to say sultans have good taste).

    It’s fast, roomy, comfortable, well-built, loaded and cheap. Chrysler is lucky these days to hit any two of those.

  • avatar
    BTEFan

    Glad to see the Chrysler Sebring is on there. That is probably the ugliest car on the list. No proportions whatsoever.
    And, for those of you who watch the TV Show ‘The Office’, Michael Scott, the idiot boss, had one as his company car in the first 3 seasons and I now associate the Sebring (of which they talk about every now and then on the show) with Michael Scott. They are the perfect pair.

  • avatar
    kken71

    I vote for the Ion. At the beach last summer, my friend and I took his girlfriend’s Ion coupe to pick up a movie and some ice cream one night. In that car, I couldn’t help feeling like everyone who saw us thought we were on a date!

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    s mike

    None of these cars are unreliable. They are all ugly and many have course powertrains and suspensions.

    The weighting is very skewed on looks. Given this, the BMW 5 and 7 should be at the top of the list. Doublely true since they spawned so many ugly look alikes.

    Nobody likes a fat,ugly ass on their car nor their woman

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    What is the point of placing the H2 and H3 separately? Both are ugly on the same level.
    And Saab? Not even one? There must be a reason why nobody buys these anymore! Putting your name on other maker cars says a lot about your ability to create them yourself.

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    peoplewatching04

    The Sebring, Ion, Trailblazer, and Mark LT are (just some of the cars) that are ruining the credibility of American manufacturers. These brands have to realize that consumers aren’t stupid and won’t buy a car that looks and drives like a dishwasher.

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    mantraman

    I’ll probably get laughs here, but I own a Cobalt. Granted, there are better compacts out there, but I couldn’t afford the nicer cars like the Mazda3 or Civic. Maybe it’s inexperience, it’s my first new car. However, I don’t think it deserves a Ten Worst Car award. There are many other cars that aren’t even on the list that are worse than a Cobalt. With rebates etc. I got a well equipped car with all the features I wanted,and other than some hard, easy to scuff plastic and cheap wheel covers actually seems pretty well screwed together. It even drives pretty well. Although I haven’t seen much mention of the car on this forum, so maybe no one else thinks it deserves a Ten Worst either. I could be too optimistic.

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    wsn

    mantraman, I agree. The cobalt doesn’t deserve a 10-worst title. It serves it purpose reasonably well. I voted the Hummers though. Many people believe they are tough and will win in a crash duel. But really they are not more crashworthy than any other GM SUV.

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    Steven Lang

    The Cobalt suffers from what I call, “Ford Escort Syndrome”.

    Back in the mid-1990′s Ford used to sell Escorts by the boatloads (300,000+ per annum). There were coupes, hatchbacks, sedans, wagons… you pretty much named it and Ford likely had the exact combination you were looking for.

    Unfortunately for Ford, the Escort did not have any prestige factor within it and gradually, it lost ground to other vehicles of varying quality over the years (from Cavaliers to Civics). Even though the quality was very good (Ford’s Hermosillio plant and Michigan plant were highly rated) the fact was that folks in this market segment increasingly looked at either budget vehicles (Accent, Sephia, Cavalier) or premium models (Civic, Corolla, Protege). The Escort got caught in the middle.

    I see the Cobalt in the exact same situation today. You have most folks looking at either budget transportation (Spectra, Accent, Aveo) or a premium model (Civic, Corolla, Mazda ) Vehicles such as the Cobalt and Focus no longer get the attention that they once did because their parent companies are trying to sell them on both sides of that ledger… and it simply doesn’t work anymore. As a side note to this predicament, the lower resale values of these two vehicles make them extremely good buys in the used car market.

    GM may actually register more sales if they considered the ‘value pricing’ that Ford used during the mid-1990′s. A flat price regardless of whether you get a sedan or coupe (or wagon if we’re talking about Ford in it’s Escort heyday) along with a long list of features that everyone wants for a daily commuter. I believe if GM focused on the Cobalt as a fair value proposition, it would do far better in the marketplace and neutralize much of the rancor with visiting some of the Chevy dealerships.

    Oh, and I agree that the Cobalt does not belong in the list… but my opinion is only one of thousands.

  • avatar
    off a cough

    Color me stunned. 10 union-built cars on the list.

    American cars built by Toyota, Honda, etc. are not on the list.

    Hmmm…. I wonder if there is a connection?

  • avatar
    off a cough

    dror,

    The flaws of the H2 and the H3 are not related to their looks.

    The H2 was *supposed* to be a consumer vehicle that served as a throw-back to the military HMMWV. Instead of basing it on a military H1, however, they based it on a Tahoe, wrapped it chrome and made a vehicle that has the off-road capability of a brick but none of the great features of a Tahoe.

    The H3 was a bit closer to the mark, but still suffers from an independent front suspension that has the articulation of a Honda Civic and 1/2 the power.

    Neither are being purchased by people who really take their vehicles off the road, those people still buy trucks or Jeep Wranglers.

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    oldhack

    Wow! New to the site, but shocked to find that the Chevy Aveo is a 2006 ‘worst’ — I love mine. I bought the first-year-of-issue (2004) and have driven it three years. Except when I rear-ended an SUV, I’ve had no trouble whatsoever. Firm handling, ‘bigger-on-the-inside-than-on-the-outside’ comfort, versatile (hatchback) styling that converts to a mini-truck.
    I’ll grant you, if you’re used to a Mercedes or Lincoln, the Aveo will wilt in comparison; but taken for what it is, at the price it is, it’s a gem.

  • avatar
    Steven Lang

    A few vehicles that I believe should have made the final cut… but probably aren’t in the public eye as much these days…

    Kia Rio (the most disposable vehicle sold in the U.S.A.)

    Suzuki Forenza (a harsh riding, small car with bad fuel economy and plastics cheaper than the Aerio)

    Suzuki Verona (the one midsized sedan sold today that can’t compete with a 15 year old Camry.)

    Suzuki Reno (everything mentioned about the Forenza even though it may be considered a derivative compact by some. A truly terrible vehicle. )

    Buick Rendezvous (a very poor value for the money with absolutely no competitive advantages in it’s market segment… at all. Well, other than the fact that Enterprise Rent-A-Car can buy them ont he cheap.)

    Pontiac G6 Sedan (In base form it’s actually far worse than the Grand Prix. Drives like mush, and has numerous plastics that harken back to a late 1980′s Pontiac Grand Am.)

    Honda Ridgeline (A pseudo-pickup that is to that market what the Hummer H3 is to the SUV segment… without the looks.)

    Land Rover Freelander (A $30,000+ SUV that can’t compete with $20,000 SUV’s. Atrocious quality, a turnip twilling engine, and interior components that make you think you’re driving old Joe Isuzu’s Trooper II.)

    Jaguar S-Series (The Jaguar that was inspired by the Ford Scorpio. This model simply doesn’t offer any advantages whatsoever vis-a-vis other brands in this market.)

    Scion Xb – Toyota deserves a special award for worst redesign of the year. I have not seen the new Focus yet. But the new Xb has a look that not even a Pokemon collector could love. It looks like an angry Japanese refrigerator and leaves Scion’s original demographic focus in the proverbial dust.

    Well, there you have it. The only item I struggled with in this list is whether the Chrysler Crossfire should have been put in place of the Reno. After seeing enough Renos and Crossfires at the auctions (God! It’s amazing how many Crossfires are in wholesale heaven.) I decided to go with the Reno for one reason. As a used car it is still a far worse buy than the Crossfire.

  • avatar
    quattrolife

    Was I late? Because I can’t vote.

    Rejoice! The Jaguar X-Type is being pulled from the US market for ’08!

  • avatar
    mytdawg

    It’s like a list of cars I’ll eventually own. I might as well print it off. Already got the ION. I’m buying a H3 as soon as they start getting a little rusty. The realtors and other posers should be done with them by then. I need to replace my 1985 S-10 Blazer with something a little more off-road worthy. It should be a step up for me.


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