By on November 8, 2007

jp008_003cp.jpgThe fat lady has finally sung. The Truth About Cars (TTAC) and its faithful readers have identified the Ten Worst cars for sale in America in 2007. We began with a list of 136 reader-nominated vehicles. Our writers narrowed the field of bad dreams down to 20 finalists. By popular vote, you selected the ten most odious automobiles. And the winners are… after the jump (we need the page views).

10. Saturn ION – The lame duck ION waddles off the field of battle without achieving any glory whatsoever. From its Frankensteinian proportions and ditchwater dull detailing, to misaligned panel gaps visible from low earth orbit, to a Playskool-inspired dash made of recycled plastic swords, to engines so coarse they might as well been stickered “for agricultural use only,” the ION was a born loser. If only Saturn has followed its own advice to “re-think American.” – SM

9. Chrysler Aspen – Its OK love your SUV. Just not this one. The Chrysler Aspen is a cynical repackaging of the Pleistocene-era Dodge Durango, complete with an arthritic suspension and interior appointments you’re best advised not keep. It’s ugly, slow (even with a Hemi underhood) and badly built. It’s no wonder Aspen customers are lined-up none deep. – SM

8. Chevrolet TrailBlazer / GMC Envoy / Isuzu Ascender / Saab 9-7X   – These four remaining examples of the GMT-360 platform are old school SUVs in strictest sense of the term; anyone whose education involved spending endless hours at a desk nailed to the floor in a drafty, cheerless classroom will know what I mean. We’re talking Trabant-class fit and finish and Yugo-compatible interior design. Although there may be a good reason to buy one, you can hear the competition singing “anything you can do I can do better.” And by God, they’re right. – AD

7. Hummer H2 – According to its detractors, the H2 represents everything that’s wrong with SUVs. We agree. The H2’s immense charisma has vanished as quickly as hopes for rapid fire nation building you-know-where. All that's left (automotively speaking) is a huge, slow, thirsty, ungainly five-year-old truck based on an eight-year-old platform. Sure, the H2 is great off road– as long it’s a double wide path. Meanwhile, you might as wear a freshly-bludgeoned baby seal as drive this big rig. How great is that? – JB

6. Hummer H3 – The H3 is a 4700lbs. truck with a 220 horsepower five-cylinder engine. For those of you who don’t count rivets for fun, the H2’s baby brother is thirstier than Lindsay Lohan fresh out of rehab, slower than continental drift and rougher than Class VI rapids. Its gangsta style portals severely limit visibility and the back seat is adult aversive. Hell, it’s not even available in Jackass Yellow. No, you take it off-road. I’m buying a Grand Cherokee. – JB

5. Chevrolet Uplander - Last year’s worst of the worst is finally making its exit. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Chevy's dead van walking never fooled anyone with its SUV-wannabe styling and piss-poor platform. The only remnant of GM’s po-faced assault on the minivan market can't hit the ash can of automotive history soon enough. – FW

4. Dodge Nitro – The Nitro is the answer to a question nobody asked: who wants a rough-running, gas-guzzling, hard-shifting, sloppy handling, cheaply adorned, pavement bound, neutered Jeep? Comic book styling can’t overcome the Nitro’s fundamental lack of fundamentals. It’s a four-wheeled testament to Chrysler’s brand mismanagement and thoroughly inept product development. – WM

3. Chevrolet Aveo – From its tinny-sounding doors to its penalty box interior, the Aveo screams cheap more loudly (and persistently) than an amphetamine-crazed parrot. Normally slow means frugal. Not here. So… what’s the point? Now that GM has proven they can’t build a decent small car in the U.S., perhaps they’re trying to demonstrate that they can’t build one in Korea either. Done. – FW

2. Chrysler Sebring – The Sebring is a born rental car. It’s hideous in a deeply bland sort of way. Its cabin, handling, acceleration, and ride quality (or complete lack thereof) are to driving pleasure what hair shirts are to eczema sufferers. The fact that Chrysler is contemplating killing the Sebring less than a year after its launch confirms it: this is an automobile even its mother can’t love. – RF 

1. Jeep Compass – Jeep’s recipe for disaster is both simple and comprehensive: laughable aesthetics, second-rate road manners, poky performance and interior materials pulled from the bottom drawer of Chrysler’s parts bin. But the Compass’ mortal sin-– for which we’ve slated it before, from which it can never be redeemed-– is the fact that this re-skinned all wheel-drive Dodge Caliber wears the storied Jeep badge. For shame. – WM

And there you have it: ignominy on wheels. With your help we’ve named and shamed the Ten Worst cars sold in America in 2007. Here’s hoping their manufacturers appreciate a little TTAC tough love. If not, well, there’s always next year! 

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113 Comments on “The Truth About Cars: Ten Worst Automobiles 2007...”


  • avatar
    Jeff in Canada

    FIRST!

    Well done TTAC! A Great sampling of awfulness!

  • avatar
    confused1096

    GM and Chrysler must be so proud.:)

  • avatar

    Every one made by an American company. Makes me to be an American.

  • avatar
    Sanman111

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: American isn’t making a comeback, though Ford might be.

  • avatar
    gakoenig

    GM and Chrysler – neck and neck with 5 each!

  • avatar
    cynder

    Maybe this is the problem with Ford–they don’t have a single product people are talking about. Good or bad.

    I just want the Jeep Compass and Chrysler Sebring/Dodge Avenger off the road. I feel sorry for the drivers of these things and have to divert my eyes.

    I notice the pan handlers don’t bother drivers of these car either like they’re confused about who is worse off.

  • avatar
    CarnotCycle

    Can’t really argue with the list, democracy has spoken and it appears a million minds are wiser than ten. If I was to think anything should be on the list that isn’t, it should either be a Nissan Armada (but its a better execution of the same thing as the Aspen, so no-go there) or the Scion xB.

    Given how far the xB de-volved from generation-to-generation, its like looking at a evolution chart from chimp to man in reverse. All these vehicles on the list are either first-run losers, or “legacy” losers that are merely continuing the tradition. The current xB is the biggest fall-off from what was an original, market-unique machine into a bean-countered Rubbermaid-on-wheels. That shoulda been worth something.

  • avatar

    Nothing but GM and Chrysler….I used to be pulling for Chrysler, but now….**** them. They've let me down time and time again. They deserve every award they get. Cerebus, it's time to clean house. Keep the Magnum(oops, too late), Ram, Avenger, 300, Town and Country, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler. Ditch EVERYTHING ELSE!!!!

  • avatar
    Brian E

    I find it highly amusing that the words “small car” in the Aveo summary link to an ad for the Suzuki Reno, which is equally TWA-worthy. Perhaps Suzuki is feeling left out?

  • avatar
    RLJ676

    Despite the “all American lineup”, I don’t think it is as bad as it appears.

    The domestics (GM really) still have some dogs in the market on this list, they are all “lame ducks” on the way out, being replaced with signifigantly improved models which I believe is progress.

    Well, except the hummers, while although awful, are quite profitable and they can’t be blamed for producing them in my mind.

  • avatar
    dwford

    The fact that all 4 of Chrysler’s “winners” were introduced in the last year speaks to the monumental task Nardelli faces.

    At least a couple of GM’s models are on the way out….

    Those I have had the misfortune of finding myself in – Compass, Envoy, H2 – are well deserving of their award. Good Riddance.

  • avatar
    NickR

    Now that GM has proven they can’t build a decent small car in the U.S., perhaps they’re trying to demonstrate that they can’t build one in Korea either.

    Man, that’s cold. But deserving. Indeed, small and primitive is almost forgivable in exchange for good mileage, but without the latter…incentives, here we come.

    As for Chrysler, it pains me to read the list, because I root for them for the sake of nostalgia but I can’t object to any of these vehicles being on the list. They deserve it. God, that damned Aspen.

  • avatar
    Kman

    Congratulations to all the, well…. winn…um…

    Ok.

    Congratulations to TTAC and its readership on this excellent list. The list is excellent, not its contents.

    The final list is right. The Jeep compass is in its proper place at the bottom of the heap. This is quite an accomplishement in a year where the Chrysler Sebring exists.

    For shame indeed.

  • avatar
    GS650G


    The fact that all 4 of Chrysler’s “winners” were introduced in the last year speaks to the monumental task Nardelli faces.

    Not really, he is going to sop up stock options with a biscuit when they torpedo Mopar.

  • avatar
    TexasAg03

    I agree with everything on the list, although I think you were too hard on the Hummer H3.

    Huh, huh, huh….I said “hard”….then I said “on”….then I said “Hummer”…huh, huh, huh…

  • avatar
    rtz

    Any chance of a Ten Best Automobiles 2007 where we can discuss the merits of said vehicles? What’s good about anything? Can we even get a list of 10?

  • avatar

    rtz :
    Any chance of a Ten Best Automobiles 2007 where we can discuss the merits of said vehicles? What’s good about anything? Can we even get a list of 10?

    Patience, grasshopper. The Ten Best awards will be coming up in May. In the meantime you can review the 2006 winners here.

  • avatar
    shortthrowsixspeed

    “field of bad dreams”

    “might as wear a freshly-bludgeoned baby seal as drive this big rig”

    “thirstier than Lindsay Lohan fresh out of rehab”

    “dead van walking”

    “an automobile even its mother can’t love” . . .

    gems of automotive poetry. but how bittersweet to waste such talent on such scum.

  • avatar

    how’d fud motor company manage to escape the noose? their cars (and trucks) are just as reprehensible as anything from the general or the dog. what about that (lack of) focus, eh? how about it?

  • avatar
    unsprung weight

    #11: Jeep Commander. Ten pounds of car in a five-pound sack.

  • avatar
    SunnyvaleCA

    Could you post a small picture with each “winner”? I can’t remember which vehicles are which, and a picture would help refresh my memory.

  • avatar

    SunnyvaleCA:

    Could you post a small picture with each “winner”? I can’t remember which vehicles are which, and a picture would help refresh my memory.

    Your wish is our commend (this time). Frank Williams is working on creating a link for each photo.

  • avatar
    Point Given

    Another “great” list. Lots of nominee’s just stalking the list I’d assume.

    In just about everyone’s line-up you can pick at least one dog out.

    I hope the automakers take a look at the list as constructive help on tuning the products.

    On to the ten best!

  • avatar
    Seth

    You know the odd ball out of this pack is Sebring. I dont think its bad.. I wouldnt have put it in the list leave alone in the second spot. Sebring is not a bad design overall me thinks.. Ten worst should include vehicles that you dont want to touch with a ten foot pole.

  • avatar
    starlightmica

    Links to the, uh, winners’ sites:

    10. http://www.saturn.com/saturn/vehicles/ionsedan/overview.jsp

    9. http://www.chrysler.com/aspen/

    8. http://www.chevrolet.com/trailblazer/
    8. http://www.gmc.com/envoy/envoy/index.jsp
    8. http://www.isuzu.com/ascender5.jsp
    8. http://www.saabusa.com/saabjsp/97x/index.jsp

    7. http://www.hummer.com/hummerjsp/home.jsp

    6. http://www.hummer.com/hummerjsp/home.jsp

    5. http://www.chevrolet.com/uplander/

    4. http://www.dodge.com/nitro/

    3. http://www.chevrolet.com/aveo/

    2. http://www.chrysler.com/sebring/

    1. http://www.jeep.com/en/2008/compass/

  • avatar
    beetlebug

    I think it’s funny that people thought Chrysler would axe the Sebring. It’s a brand new platform, you don’t just introduce such and then say “eh.” It fills a niche that Chrysler can’t abandon. I think the design is ugly as all heck (I do like the Avenger better) but it’s a foundation they can work to improve upon. However, I wish someone would tell me why they brought back the “low hanging gas tank” look in the back. I mean, really, I’ve not seen that since the 80s.

  • avatar
    SkiD666

    OK, just saying
    Hummer H3 – 242 HP, 4700 lbs, 13/18 MPG on Regular, small windows in back limiting visibility

    Toyota FJ – 238 HP, 4300 lbs, 15/18 MPG on Premium, elephant ear c pillar blocking visibility

    Is there really that much difference other than who makes them?

  • avatar
    tiger260

    Great feature. A list that few could argue with.

    Your comment about owning a Hummer being akin to wearing a freshly-clubbed seal pup is particularly well put. I did make me wonder who exactly does buy Hummers now? I mean, it seems to me that the stigma of being seen idriving something so un-environmentally friendly and the sniggers about “compensating-for-some-inadequacy- in-the-intimate-anatomy-department” must surely outweigh any percieved feeling of acquired machismo that the owner may think he’s getting?

    At what point so even the stupidest Hummer owners realize that far more observers are laughing at them than being impressed by them?

    We will reach that tipping point soon and truly cut Hummer sales dead?

    Hmmm, maybe not – after all there appears to be a surprising gap in perception between what people imagine that others think of them when they see them and what those observers actually think. The classic example is the youth in the trashy old beater with the windows down, shades on, stereo cranked up to the max, cruising slowly down the main street, thinking to himslef, “look at me I’m really cool” – whereas in truth – 99% of the people who are looking at him are thinking “my, what a jerk”……

  • avatar
    ajla

    OK, just saying
    Hummer H3 – 242 HP, 4700 lbs, 13/18 MPG on Regular, small windows in back limiting visibility

    Toyota FJ – 238 HP, 4300 lbs, 15/18 MPG on Premium, elephant ear c pillar blocking visibility

    Is there really that much difference other than who makes them?

    The FJ is about $5000 less in its 4×4 manual trim than the H3.

    I don’t think anyone even nominated the FJ.

    To me the HUMMER’s are the perfect representation of the “Je ne Sais Quoi” assessment of the TWA’s.

    tiger260 put it perfectly:
    I mean, it seems to me that the stigma of being seen driving something so un-environmentally friendly and the sniggers about “compensating-for-some-inadequacy- in-the-intimate-anatomy-department” must surely outweigh any percieved feeling of acquired machismo that the owner may think he’s getting?

  • avatar
    SherbornSean

    The list is good news for Ford, which somehow squeaked by without a Panther on the list. GM not so bad, considering 3 of their 5 are in their final year, and the other 2 are Hummers.

    Chrysler on the other hand,…

  • avatar

    # Robert Farago :
    SunnyvaleCA:
    Could you post a small picture with each “winner”? I can’t remember which vehicles are which, and a picture would help refresh my memory.

    Your wish is our commend (this time). Frank Williams is working on creating a link for each photo.

    I’ll pass. I don’t mind reading about it, but I don’t feel like looking at all this scrap metal.

  • avatar

    For those who do want to look at all this scrap metal, clicking on the name of the vehicle will show you a picture of it.

  • avatar
    Bill Wade

    # Robert Farago:
    November 5th, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    SunnyvaleCA:

    Could you post a small picture with each “winner”? I can’t remember which vehicles are which, and a picture would help refresh my memory.

    Your wish is our commend (this time). Frank Williams is working on creating a link for each photo.

    It’s bad enough that we have to read about them. You wish to further damage our eyes by posting pictures?

  • avatar
    OhMyGoat

    I’m a little tempted to print out the list and leave it within sight of a Compass driving co-worker.

    Interestingly, within a few weeks of ownership, said co-worker backed her pride and joy into an immovable object caving in a corner of the rear bumper necessitating a stay at the body shop. One week later, on the drive home from the body shop, the newly repaired (but no better looking) Compass was then side-swiped. An accident? Perhaps. Or, was the responsible party simply doing his part to keep this monstrosity off of the streets and out of sight for one more week. He had my thanks…

  • avatar
    Jason

    Wow! Even the dork-mobiles from Toyota like the xB (2nd gen) and new xD would look like like a pair of gems among these domestic turkeys! Even Toyota Turkeys are good at something, even if its just providing plain old boring but no drama transportation, but every one of the TTAC “winners” have absolutely nothing redeeming about them. Not one thing! I definitely like the “for agricultural use only” describing the Ion’s engine – and I thought ToYoCo’s 2.4L 4 pot putting out only 158 bhp compared to Honda’s 190 bhp was an embarassment. America lags the rest of the West and Japan in math and science, and boy, in at least the realm of automotive engineering, does it ever show.

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    So which was the worst of the worst? Number 1 or number 10?

  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    Man I love this time of the year with this site – sometimes I have to keep the laughter down at work when I read the reviews and comments!

    There’s a lot of good opinions posted here, so I would like to propose a couple of things.

    First (dealing with 2007-08 model years), maybe a top-10 list of the biggest surprises as in cars that we thought would make zero impression upon first view changed to a positive impression based on seeing it in the flesh or behind the wheel. Case in point, I was having a tough time taking the Audi RS8 as stylish saying that (in pictures) it looked like styling cliches slapped together…and then I parked next to one and had a chance to look at it in more detail. Quite nice – the DRL LEDs are striking. Much like the TWATs, educated opinions count.

    The other idea was to add a somewhat deeper level to the TWATs – the greatest letdowns of the 2007-08 model year. Case in point – we all knew from the beginning the Jeep Compass was a trainwreck from the start, but what did we have hopes for and didn’t deliver? An example I can give would be whatever Honda did to the Accord. Now that I’ve seen quite a few on the streets (come to Ohio, buy a Honda…it’s the law!) and I have to say that almost all of the “style” clashes with the shapes next to it. Another example could be examples of the poor real-world mileage of the Altima Hybrid and the Lexus LS600h. I think very few would nominate last year’s Accord for a TWAT so that means that it flew under the radar or people just liked it. Now it is starting to raise a stink about the size and looks.

    I’m just throwing these ideas out there and I realize putting the TWATs and TBAGs together (I never thought I would ever put those words in the same paragraph!) has to be an insane amount of work, but opinions count on this site. I also hope the “winners” of the TWATs get known on a national level – witness the end of Chrysler as we know it.

  • avatar
    Kman

    I find the new Accord Sedan classically beautiful. And the interior is entry-lux quality.

  • avatar
    NICKNICK

    The photo of the Compass accessed by clicking the link in the text makes it look like the vehicle is proud to suck.

    I hope that whomever approved its production learned a lesson.

  • avatar
    f8

    “Chevrolet TrailBlazer … We’re talking Trabant-class fit and finish and Yugo-compatible interior design.”

    Haha, totally right. I was in one of those (03 or 04 Trailblazer) and the interior is godawful, with huge gaps, cheapest possible flat-gray plastics, and an incredibly gloomy and dark overall feel. It was like being in a monochrome plastic crypt

  • avatar

    I have to imagine that the people responsible for the Uplander were not asylum bound when they gave that one the green light.

    But – but – but at some point there must have been a clay model of it, 1:1. Or did they just rip the design straight out of the CAD-CAM and shoot it off to the assembly line?

    No, there must have been a clay model. And they were standing around it. And instead of someone saying: “OK, joke’s over. This is one ugly car. Trash it.”

    Instead of saying that, someone said: “That clay sure has a nice color. What if we make that the launch color of the vehicle?”

    And they all went home, secure in the knowledge that they had a good day’s work behind them.

  • avatar
    jurisb

    so sad to read that Amrican car industry can only prevail in 10 worst category. making no real competetive products, yet still wanting to have them( imports) , you increase trade deficit. that breeds unbelievable debt burden. for example, education system in USa for year 2006 received approx. 56bn- (down from the past year.). NASA- 15bn, ( approx the same). while SERVICING NATINAL DEBT and paying interest on loans (of China and Japan mainly) surged to staggering 400bn . 56- to education. 400- to servicing debt! Just keep on making average products detroit! we `ve got plenty of Hondas to buy! Bush`s attitude of allowing to decrease money supply towards education already shows how shortsighted he is. My condolences to all of you for having such a president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • avatar

    For your fans in Canada, include the Pontiac Wave, its the same vehicle more or mostly less than the Aveo!

  • avatar
    shaker

    jurisb:
    The U.S. Army offers money towards education — problem solved.

  • avatar
    210delray

    So refreshing to see this “ten worst” list as opposed to the usual blather that “all cars are good today,” with the implication that you can just pick a vehicle, any vehicle, and it will be in the words of the short-lived Buick tagline, “all good.” Well maybe according to Motor Trend…

  • avatar
    JJ

    …and interior materials pulled from the bottom drawer of Chrysler’s parts bin.

    Actually they have just one drawer, and it contains just this crappy plastic they apply in all their models and is only really acceptable in the Wrangler…

  • avatar
    car nut

    I would just once love to see a list of the best usa cars and worst of the foreign cars. seems any time a list is made of best cars it all filled with cars most of us will never buy and if the list does include cars made in the usa it is a list of bad vehicles. Did we forget where we came from. (BUY AMERICAN).

  • avatar
    ThresherK

    No, there must have been a clay model. And they were standing around it. And instead of someone saying: “OK, joke’s over. This is one ugly car. Trash it.

    I read that the ’53-’54 Hudson Jet came to life this way. Ordered to style a small car with certain features that they thought didn’t look good on a vehicle of its size, the styling team made a mockup so Godawful ugly it would bring the board of directors to their senses.

    And the board selected it! The designers couldn’t back out, and actually built the thing and tried to sell it.

    (No references, sorry. Hope this isn’t some urban legend.)

  • avatar
    NickR

    Did we forget where we came from. (BUY AMERICAN).

    My parents, and then I, ‘bought American’ from the mid-60s through the mid-90s. It started out okay…somewhat primitive vehicles that could at least be relied on to run for a long time. However, round about the mid-70s the vehicles turned into pieces of crap and they stayed that way until we gave up and started buying Japanese.

    I think giving them a 20-year chance is more than adequate. Every damn vehicle on this list belongs on this list.

  • avatar
    210delray

    ThresherK: To my eyes at least, that Hudson Jet, while not beautiful, is kind of cute considering its contemporaries. 1953 Plymouth anyone?

    It bears a passing resemblance to the 1952-54 Mercury, maybe in 7/8 scale.

  • avatar
    jazbo123

    The point should be made that these are the worst cars in the North American market, not the worst in the world I would guess if the same game was played in India, Indian cars would predominate. China? You fill in that blank ;-)

    Korea? the UK (if they still make 10 cars there…)? Russia?

    Maybe Germany and Japan would be the only places where a domestic TWA award wouldn’t be filled with their own domestics. Oh, that’s right there are only domestics allowed in Japan.

  • avatar
    Dorian666

    I still cant believe everybody missed the most expensive worst car . The Lexus SC430, the inverted bathtub that does nothing well. Every time I see one drive by I think ” You could of bought a [insert any another expensive coupe]“. Instead of 98,000$ Cdn wasted on that.

  • avatar
    Kman

    “Buy American” is for suckers, since american industry doesn’t “buy american (labor or parts)” itself. Whenever presented the opportunity, a corporation (american or otherwise) won’t be thinking any noble thoughts, but going where it doesn’t have to think: where the numbers are smallest. Witness the disastrous products coming from China.

    Factories in cheaper-labor countries, suppliers from around the globe. What does Buy American mean anymore? Besides, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, M-Benz, Honda and more all have huge production numbers coming out of America (US & Canada).

    “Buy American” is in the same league of betrayal as “Support our troops”. Both abuse the nobility and goodness of the average citizen, for the benefit of, and pillaging by, a small, selfish group.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    “jazbo123 :
    November 6th, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Maybe Germany and Japan would be the only places where a domestic TWA award wouldn’t be filled with their own domestics. Oh, that’s right there are only domestics allowed in Japan.”

    You’re probably right about Japan… but don’t be so sure about Germany. Granted, most German cars are at least interesting and quite a few are very rewarding to drive. But most of us know the German automakers have a less-than-stellar reputation for reliability these days. Okay, that’s the take here in North America. But from reports I’ve read, the Germans themselves don’t have a very high opinion of many of their own brands – for those very same reliability issues. What’s more, Germans don’t seem to be all that impressed with the alleged “prestige” of some of their own luxury nameplates. Perhaps it’s a case of the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence. Or maybe it’s familiarity breeding contempt.

  • avatar
    Landcrusher

    I also wanted to make the point that all the WORLD’s TWA are not made in the USA. The cost of certification are rather high, so many TWA worthy machines just don’t get into our market at all.

    Still, the Compass soooooo deserves the number one spot. It’s all wrong, in so many ways. They should really export them all as fast as possible, and make an attempt to get back the ones they sold.

    Dear Compass Owner,
    We are happy you made the decision to choose a Jeep product. Unfortunately, we now realize that we have sold you a product that does not merit the Jeep name plate. Please make arrangements to return it to the nearest Jeep dealer who will be glad to offer a full refund and a special discount on another Jeep or Chrysler vehicle. While we are sorry for the inconvenience, we fear we may never sell you, or any of your friends, another car if we do not quickly correct our mistake. While your vehicle is still safe to drive, we do recommend wearing a disguise to protect your image.

    Thank You,
    Bob

  • avatar
    glenn126

    Now that I officially belong to the SAH (Society of Automotive Historians) I “just have to comment”. The 1953-1954 Hudson Jet was styled (using the word loosely – even for then) after the 1951 Ford because Hudson’s biggest dealer, in Chicago, also had a Ford franchise and he liked the look of the thing… this dealer had so much pull with the old boy running the show (Barritt was his last name) that they p*ssed away $16 million which should have gone towards a new V8, and a restyle for the senior cars – instead of a disasterously bad car like the Jet.

    My grandfather had a Jet, before I was born, and my father says it was one of the worst cars he’d ever had. The front suspension fell apart – literally. (Michigan roads suck now, and sucked 50 years ago…)

    Murray Body was the contractor to engineer and build the bodies for Hudson, and Murray also supplied the contemporary Willys Aero Lark line, which was a far nicer looking car. The Jet was just plain “wrong” – too tall, too thin, too derivative. I understand there was a cloth “wall” between the Jet and Aero Lark, and the Hudson executives could only go one side, and Willys executives on the other. If only the Hudson guys had peeked…. they’d have taken an axe to their own efforts then and there.

    Now, one of our collector car customers has a 1953 Hudson Hornet – you know; the car that slaughtered V8 powered Detroit iron at NASCAR for several years in a row despite an antiquated flat-head six? He put a 1953 Chrysler 331 Hemi engine in his Hornet. Said since Hudson joined AMC in 1954, and since Chrysler bought AMC in 1987, it was “all in the family.”

    Pretty impressive to see that stock Hemi period-correct V8 under the hood of that ’53 Hornet. I bet it absolutely FLIES down the road, too. (That’d been a better use for the name “JET”…)

    So, to go into “whatif” mode, had Hudson gone ahead and spent the money on an upgrade for their Hornet in 1953, AND a new V8 (they could have done a 50/50 deal with Kaiser, which also desperately needed a V8 and had already designed one – abandoning it due to lack of money), then a 288 cubic inch over-head valve V8 of about 175 horsepower would have exceeded the stock 308 cubic inch flathead six of 1953 by about 30 horsepower. NASCAR would have been even more shocked by Hudson…. Hudson would have been in better shape by the time of the merger – even Kaiser might have survived a few years longer in the car business….. who knows.

    It’s noteworthy that this Kaiser V8 engine design was eventually built by American Motors starting in 1956 (through 1966 for AMC and contract built by AMC through 1968 for Jeep Wagoneer and Gladiator pickups) – the engineer who’s primary duty it had been to design it for Kaiser simply recalled his own design from his head when he went to work for AMC. When AMC President George Romney found out about this guy, he nearly fell over himself to commission the new hire to develop AMC’s V8! (Yeah, this was Mitt Romney’s father).

    Interestingly, AMC had a joint venture with Packard for Packard to build V8’s for themselves, their Clipper division, and American Motors’ Nash and Hudson divisions in 1955 and 1956, so the new AMC V8 was introduced “just in time” – as AMC would have been “V8-less” had this new engine not come out mid-year 1956. (Packard V8 production only ran for two years). Timing is everything.

    My own personal very first car, a 1966 AMC Ambassador, had a 327 cubic inch 4 barrel Holley carburetor premium-fuel, 270 horsepower “sleeper” V8. It was a green four door sedan, and yeah, being young and dumb and 16 1/2, I did blow the doors off of plenty of 10 year old Mustangs driven by other young and dumb guys….

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    obbop

    If the determining factor for “bad” was based upon the quality of warranty work as provided by the manufacturer through its dealers, my own personal experience would see an all-GMC list of vehicles.

    Still regretting buying Chevy.

    Live and learn, I suppose.

    However, due to the input within this site from its writers and reader’s comments, I am assured my next vehicular purchase will result in a much happier outcome.

  • avatar
    shortthrowsixspeed

    glenn126, that was a very very interesting trip through car history. kudos to you.

  • avatar
    jazbo123

    Landcrusher :
    November 6th, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    I also wanted to make the point that all the WORLD’s TWA are not made in the USA. The cost of certification are rather high, so many TWA worthy machines just don’t get into our market at all.

    To expand on Landcrusher’s point… the most TWA-worthy cars globally wouldn’t meet the regs required to be sold in North America, so again these are far from the worst cars in the world, just some of the less desireable according to our spoiled-rotten tastes.

  • avatar
    FreeMan

    Now that TTAC has done away with the TWAT, it seems Sony has picked up the ball: http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/misnomers/sony-twat-camera-case-is-unfortunately-named-319477.php

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    ucanthandlethetruth

    lostlogic

    “Every one made by an American company. Makes me to be an American.”

    Huh?

    Well anyhow, while these cars may not be good, any list from this site is a self fulfilling prophesy incestuously molded by a few dedicated foreign car enthusiasts. The good thing for those manufacturers on the list is that so few people will ever see it.

  • avatar
    RoadKill166

    What just struck me is how many people buy these Heaps O’ Automotive Apathy. I realized I’m surrounded by TWA, er, winners. Next door neighbor has an Uplander. Friends down the street, Grand Prix . Guy down the block, another Grand Prix. But my favorite is the guy who brings his dog to the park across the street every day. He used to have an H3, but a few weeks ago, he traded it in on a new……Aspen! Yes, talk about moving up.

    I know these cars can be had on the cheap, which is all a lot of people care about. So when we ask why domestic auto makers aren’t embarrassed to sweep these prestigious awards, it’s because if they happened to drive down my block, they would say “Hey, not doin too bad here”

    Ah well, I guess it’s my fault for not being able to live in a BMW neighborhood….

  • avatar
    obbop

    Uhhhhhhhhh….. the voters were mostly Americans who do not write the articles upon this Web site.

  • avatar
    davey49

    Well, I like 5 of those cars and I own 1.

  • avatar
    Stephan Wilkinson

    “Makes me to be an American” was obviously intended to read, “Makes me proud to be an American.” Or maybe, “Makes me puke to be an American…”

  • avatar
    thetopdog

    davey49:

    Are those 5 the Sebring, H2, H3, Nitro and Trailblazer/Envoy?

    While I can’t find much to like in the aforementioned 5, the other 5 (with the possible exception of the Aveo since its so cheap) on the list are such execrable examples of automotive garbage I can’t imagine anybody being attracted to any aspect of any of them

  • avatar
    blue adidas

    Ion – This deserves every criticism ever thrown at it. WTF GM? Terrible terrible car.

    Chrysler Aspen – This deserves to be here also. But not more than the Infiniti QX. The QX has all the proportions of a warthog with tacked-on ersatz appliqués, without any of the reliability you’d expect from a vehicle produced in a developed country. The Aspen is a beauty queen in comparison.

    Trailblazer – I rented one of these last summer and was shocked at how much it didn’t suck. Okay, the interior was GM 1990s lousy, but I really enjoyed driving it for a long weekend. Its weaknesses are overstated. Conversely, the Kia Sorento with a base price of nearly $22k is an embarrassing turd inside and out. Now that Kia is asking real money for their terrible cars, they need to be held to a higher standard. But honestly, the Sorento is such a non event, that it’s well below anyone’s radar here.

    Hummer H2 – How could this be on the list? It’s far too ghetto for me, but they sell like crazy and are exactly what consumers want. If this is here, so should the bloated Land Cruiser! I don’t believe that either should be on this list, but the H2 is much more successful in its execution than the overwrought, equally gas guzzling Land Cruiser.

    Hummer H3 – Okay, this poseur-mobile is lame. It only sells because it rides the coat tails of the H2. I’d say that the H3 ties in lameness and fakeness with the contrived cartoonish Toyota FJ.

    Uplander – Lame duck, and good riddance. I think the Nissan Quest is equally as deserving. Both are poor vehicles that did not meet the market demands.

    Nitro, Aveo – Both lame, but so is the Focus, the Yaris, every Kia, the Versa and the Sentra.

    Jeep Compass – A good attempt by Jeep to completely destroy the brand equity they’ve created for a half century. For this reason, this car is the worst of the worst.

  • avatar
    jerseydevil

    ah, the creme de la creme, kinda. Bravo. SO many bad cars, so little time!

  • avatar
    peteinsonj

    I’ve driven only 2 of the cars on the list — the Chevy Aveo multiple times as a rental. It got my vote this year.

    The other car, I also own, and just bought 2 weeks ago — a 2008 Saab 9-7x.

    It ain’t no Trailblazer or Ascender — not by a mile.

    The interior has enough unique pieces, there are sufficient Saab exterior styling cues — its not the same.

    Yes, its not as refined as some others in the “class” — but there are certainly no fit and finish gaps between pieces, exterior or interior!

    Moreover, to me its not just the vehicle — its the sales and service process that determine what I’ll buy. I have a great Saab dealer — no nonsense, no hassle, doesn’t oversell during service or repair, and a loaner when the car is being serviced or repaired (this is my 2nd Saab).

    Lastly, lets also be clear, its stickered at least $15k less expensive than an X5 or M class. And while Volvo appears to be in the same price, no VOlvo dealer within 15 miles had an XC on the lot for less than $51k.

    It might be useful to get the rankings 2 ways — 1)votes based on perception (e.g., I really think the Sebring looks awful, but have never driven one), 2) votes based on vehicles actually driven (enough people borrow cars or drive rentals, that this shouldn’t be too limiting)

    Pete

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    oboylepr

    blue adidas

    There could only be 10. While there are many other ho-hum or downright awful cars out there, TTAC’s readers have spoken! How accurate is this ‘Ten worst cars in NA’? Well it would seem to closely reflect what the non-pistonhead public are saying (with their wallets that is). If the Yaris, Versa, Sentra, FJ are so bad, how come they never made the worst 10? If I remember correctly there were few nominations for the worst 10 in the models mentioned! maybe we should have a ‘runners up’ list as well.

  • avatar
    CeeDragon

    The corporate ecosystem in the 2.8 amounts to this:

    We have X% of productive, effective employees here and they can’t be on every project. Therefore, they’ll be thinly spread apart or placed on a small number of projects.

    The other projects will get the people who are just productive enough to not get fired or are brand new. Oh, and these other projects will get underfunded and understaffed.

    One of the major problem is that the percentage of highly-performing employees is dramatically different in the 2.8 than in, say, Honda or Toyota. I know because my work requires me to. If you underpay your engineers, you’ll end up with an unmotivated, low-productivity culture. If you overpay your unskilled workers, you’ll end up with a culture of entitlement. If you embarassingly overpay your senior executives, you have a lot of people wondering why the execs aren’t sacrificing and therefore will not sacrifice themselves.

  • avatar
    bajaracer

    I LOVe my H2 Hummer, it’s the first American vehicle Ibought with ZERO problems. I got rear ended the other day by a Honda Accord, only damage was he trailer hitch cover broke. Who cares that it only gets 12 MPG around town? It can pull my boat and trailer weighing in at 15000 lbs.. By the way, that milage is fantastic compared to the boat @ 0.5 MPG!

  • avatar
    Pelle Schultz

    How did things at Chrysler get so bad, so quickly? It seems like only yesterday (or a few years ago) that their efforts were being lauded by buyers and many in the automotive press. Too much badge-engineering? The beauty of Jeep was always its lineup simplicity: CJ/Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee. The Liberty was a step in the wrong direction that’s turned into a Grand Mudslide.

    As for GM: please go out of business faster. Every time I rent one of these pieces of crap (not by choice, but necessity) or ride in a friend’s (or parents’), I am disgusted and appalled. This is the same company that built my Dad’s ’65 Impala SS convertible? Even Dad gave up and drives a Subaru these days.

  • avatar
    NickR

    I still think the Sebring could be salvaged (somewhat) by making a wagon out of it. It would take away much of the hideousness.

    Oh, I just read that there is going to be another Bullitt Mustang. How awesome is that? *yawn*

    The Aveo makes me think of a quote from R&T from quite a few years ago. They were reviewing some other econobox and their summary was ‘No one should have to take poverty this seriously.’

  • avatar
    Ryan Knuckles

    Pelle Schultz :

    but that’s a Trail Rated Grand Mudslide, whatever that means..

  • avatar

    I think its amazing what stylists get paid to come up with ugly looking cars!

  • avatar
    tomaxhawk

    Pelle Shultz: “How did things at Chrysler get so bad, so quickly?”

    Cost cutting and long standing corp. arrogance. I know a guy who owned 3 Dakota 4X4’s over the years and when the latest iteration of that vehicle was shat into the world a couple of years ago, he refused to get a new one; said the old ones rode better, had better interior in that there was too much plasticky expanse of dash and door panels and that everything now appeared cheapafied. One tends to wonder how design decisions like this could be allowed when foreign (and now, happily GM) competitors in the same market segements keep raising the bar with every new or redesigned model. Must be some super smart auto gurus behind the scenes at these companies. If you can get your hands on these out of print books
    “Collision GM, Toyota, Volkswagen and the Race to Own the 21st Century (1993)” and “Rude Awakening: The Rise, Fall, and Struggle for Recovery of General Motors” by Mary Ann Keller its well worth the read and describes what was wrong (and still is wrong) with the domestic auto industry. Remarkable insights by this auto industry analyst.

    Here’s a link to a more recent published article by Ms. Keller:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/11/AR2005061100180_pf.html

  • avatar
    y2kdcar

    Pelle Shultz:
    How did things at Chrysler get so bad, so quickly?

    tomaxhawk:
    Cost cutting and long standing corp. arrogance.

    I’ve heard the same thing from insiders at Auburn Hills. They lay most of the blame for both problems at Daimler’s feet. Does anybody do arrogance better than the Germans?

  • avatar
    tomaxhawk

    Sad that the Ten Worst Autos 2007 are all domestic nameplates. Does TTAC publish a 10 Best list? Would any domestic models make it on a ‘Best’ list?

  • avatar

    We do indeed: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=3789

  • avatar
    unohugh

    The Toyota has been roundly criticized by most publications as uncomfortable with dangerous blindspots while the Hummer H3 has gotten much better reviews. The one negative on the Hummer has been that it, like the FJ, is underpowered. GM listened and is now offering it with a 5.3 V8. I think some of this also stems from the fact that there are two kinds of car guys. There are people who grew up working on and hot rodding cars and as such are generally Ford/Chevy/Mopar inclined. Then there are people who are interested in cars but lack mechanical skills and are usually drawn to the latest new cars they read about in trendy magazines which are usually imports. The former make cars better the latter grade cars better.

  • avatar
    stimpy

    In comparing the Hummer models with an FJ, some excellent points are made. The Toyota gets lousy gas mileage, is equally cartoonish (especially the interior – BLEH!!!) and had super-dangerous blind spots. However, I’m willing to bet that the Toyota will last a lot longer, have fewer problems and end up with better re-sale value. Not to mention that the FJ is supposedly quite adept off-road, which would be the ONLY reason to buy one. I would be scared for my sideview windows in an H2 off-road and the H3 is a poseur-mobile.

    Other than that, the TWA list is pretty dang accurate. There is hope for Ford if they finally decide to build something stateside that comes close to their European offerings. GM and Chrysler? Call in the vet and put ‘em to sleep.

  • avatar
    davey49

    topdog- I like the

    Compass- because it’s a good price for a small wagon
    Not everyone can afford $22K plus for a CR-V or Rav4 and I could get a Compass for $18K

    trailblazer- because it’s capable with a 6800# tow rating and is not too large like the Tahoe for some people.

    H3- I think it looks good and has great off road capability

    Nitro- Just think it looks cool. I’ll admit it’s wasteful as a street car but this is all styling for me.

    Chevy Aveo- The interior of the sedan is actually really nice. It’s the nicest in the small and cheap segment.

    I like the Aspen too but I don’t know why it exists since 85% or so of Chrysler dealers are also Dodge dealers so it’s redundant next to the Durango.

    I own the ION.

  • avatar
    Macca

    davey49: "Chevy Aveo- The interior of the sedan is actually really nice. It’s the nicest in the small and cheap segment." Huh? Have you sat in a Fit, Versa, Yaris, et al? 'Cause I have, and the Aveo is absolutely nowhere near the same level of interior quality. Fisher Price plastics abound, as does road noise. 

  • avatar
    TIM

    Lame duck vehicles should not be on this list. I think it would be more entertaining to see production vehicles that are not at the end of their lifecycle. What’s the point of bashing a car that’s already on its way out? Maybe manufacturers will get a clue if they read TWAT and pull those crappy vehicles off the road sooner. Like I said, whats the point if its going away anyhow?

  • avatar
    NickRi

    Stimpy:
    FJ is supposedly quite adept off-road, which would be the ONLY reason to buy one. I would be scared for my sideview windows in an H2 off-road and the H3 is a poseur-mobile.

    Actually, the H3 Alpha and H2 just took first and second place in Four Wheeler Magazines Four Wheeler of the Year competition.

    Hummer H3 Alpha Wins Four Wheeler’s
    2008 “Four Wheeler of the Year” Award

    Los Angeles, CA, October 24, 2007–Four Wheeler magazine has named the 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha the winner of its coveted “Four Wheeler of the Year” award. The week-long competition has been held annually since 1974, and this year marks GM Hummer division’s first-ever win.

    The 2008 competitors’ list included six new four-wheel-drive sport-utility vehicles: the H3 Alpha and the full-size Hummer H2, the Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee CRD, the Nissan Pathfinder, and the Toyota Land Cruiser. To qualify, each vehicle must be entirely new, or sport substantial mechanical revisions from a previous model year, in addition to using a two-speed transfer case.

    “Hummer is intent on becoming the off-pavement adventure brand, and in the three years since the introduction of the H3, Hummer has listened to its critics and made major improvements each year, culminating in the H3 Alpha,” said Four Wheeler technical editor Sean P. Holman. “To our testers, there was no better vehicle in the test to tackle a favored trail, or the road taking you to the trailhead. The H3 Alpha, with its V-8 engine, supple suspension, ample clearance, and exterior protection, was able to earn the respect of our judges in every aspect of the test, and performed in some cases beyond expectations.”

    “With the new 5.3L V-8 engine, Hummer addressed the H3’s weakest link,” added Four Wheeler editor Douglas McColloch. “With its refined interior styling and independent front suspension, it offers car-like on-road ride and handling characteristics, and laudable creature comfort, without sacrificing any of its considerable off-pavement capabilities,” McColloch commented.

    The H3 Alpha won several of the most challenging categories in the competition, including Off-Road Performance, Exterior Styling, and Empirical Scoring, which measures data such as acceleration and braking, power to weight, and ramp over angles. The test consisted of a 1,000-mile curriculum on streets, highways, rocky trails, desert sand dunes, water crossings, and steep hills. Elevations ranged from sea level to in excess of 6,000 feet. With its new 5.3L V-8 engine, rear locking differential, class-leading ground clearance and aggressive all-terrain tires, the H3 Alpha excelled in virtually every on- and off-pavement driving environment.

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    unohugh

    Stimpy:
    the H3 is a poseur-mobile.
    NickRi:
    Hummer H3 Alpha Wins Four Wheeler’s
    2008 “Four Wheeler of the Year” Award

    That’s pretty good for a poseur-mobile! How ’bout the Z06, the new Malibu, the Silverado (especially the Duramax/Allison which is what Toyota was using to pull their company race trailer) and the upcoming Camaro, Blue Devil and Volt? The General may not have to go out of business after all.

  • avatar
    davey49

    Macca- I’ve sat in all those and I still say the Aveo is best in segment. It’s the sedan only I’m referring to, the 5 door is a different car. The Versa has a good interior, the Yaris is awful. The Fit is OK. The colors are a bit depressing
    The Aveo’s interior is actually a lot nicer than other more expensive GM cars. The Saturn Aura, Pontiac G6, Impala and the previous generation CTS come to mind.
    I won’t disagree that the other cheap cars aren’t better cars than the Aveo.

  • avatar
    davey49

    Regarding the FJ vs H3 debate;
    Both seem as useless or useful as each other since their performance is similar, but the H3 seems more adult. The FJ seems like a high schoolers “cute” or “cool” 4×4.

  • avatar

    Regarding the person who said the Aveo was a great Car, just remember its not really a Chev, but a Daewoo!For the record GM bought Daewoo’s bankrupt Car division early in 2003 and started the same year sneaking in Daewoos under the Chevy and Sukuki banner.
    Daewoo quality was a joke several years ago and its still a joke.
    GM has never marketed another company’s and made money doing so(remember the 70’s Firenza) The GM/Daewoo subterfuge of selling Daewoos as rebadged Chevys and Suzukis will eventually cut into Cobalt sales as well.

  • avatar
    westhighgoalie

    I think the hords of voters got it absoloutely right! I think Hummers (both of them) are the most rediculus vehicles on the earth. My theory… Global demand isn’t raising gas prices… It’s those morons who buy hummers and get all of 8 miles to the gallon! It’s the only way americans are going to get more respect… We need to take the absurd Hummer, Suburban, GMC Yucons, and Ford Expedition drivers and glue them (so they won’t return to their wastefull ways) into more economical vehicles. Thats my 2 cents…

  • avatar
    gtwildfire

    Sorry, but my first impression, having read this list and never having heard of TTAC is that 1.There is a bias against sport utilities and 2.there is a bias against American cars.

    I really wonder about the accuracy of the poll results that made up the list. It’s suspicious that there was not one entry from anywhere else on Earth other than the U.S.

    Reading between the lines (although the writing was definitely well-done and entertaining, honestly… Kudos) anyway the writing was inundated with much more disdain than a painstakingly fact-based or objective effort would have had.

  • avatar
    Macca

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong – but cars were nominated by readers, and then votes were submitted by readers.

    The only bias that shows up on this list is that against purely crap vehicles.

    If there was an anti-SUV bias, then why wouldn’t the “king” of SUV’s be here (Escalade) or any of it’s brethren? The point is that some of these SUVs (TrailBlazer et al) are completely archaic and have been for years, others represent fads in the worst sense of the word (Hummer & friends), one is just a painfully low-bar rebadge (Aspen), and yet others still are just re-skinned Dodge Calibers and have no business wearing the once-proud Jeep nameplate (Compass).

  • avatar
    Gypsy

    I still can't understand why anyone would still buy or defend an SUV. Suuu-Veee's (Calling Hogs) have been shown to be no safer, only give the perception of having more room and cause more deaths than all other vehicles combined. I wonder how many people are now broke because they took a 2nd mortgage to buy the gas pig and now can't make the payments because they are paying $600 a month for gas. This country's love affair with gas hogs (anything that gets less than an average of 30 mpg is what I consider a gas hog) is directly responsible for the world oil price. Demand is driving price and the US demands more oil than all other nations.

  • avatar
    unohugh

    Gypsy: I still can’t understand why anyone would still buy or defend an SUV.
    Try hauling a car and trailer behind your Prius. Throw a 6′ ladder and six 80lb bags of Sakrete in your Camry. Try passing two tractor-trailers on a two lane uphill with your Civic. I can do all those things with my 400hp Trailblazer SS and haul four people and a Great Dane comfortably. Well, the two people in the back sometimes get a little drool on ‘em. The SS lists for less than $35k and I buy gas and diesel in bulk since I have storage tanks at my house, so I’m not worried about going broke. If you see a silver blur rocket past your little greeniemobile, wave, it may be me!

  • avatar
    Gypsy

    unohugh: I do believe I passed a non SS Trailblazer when I was pulling my Snowmobile and 4 wheeler back to South Dakota with my Ford Focus. When I put up a retaining wall I used 300 80 lb blocks so I had it delivered. Let’s see you haul 12+ tons plus a trailer. You go ahead and put that 454 gas pig on the road and every time you are driving it alone just think about how much cost you are accruing. Any business that needs to haul should use a truck. I like Peterbuilt’s. The rest usually just want something that makes them feel like they are driving a truck. The only time a Trailblazer is a blur is if I don’t slow down going by gas stations as they are dropping another $70.
    Even bulk diesel is now over $3. and might go up and down but will keep trending up.
    If you want speed look up the Tesla or Wright speed. That is the greeniemobile that will smoke any Trailblazer, SS or otherwise.
    Peak oil happened around 2005. See Bloomberg News, “With oil prices so high, why are oil profits down?” It’s because oil production is down. Ask yourself, at $95 a barrel wouldn’t they be producing all the oil possible?
    SUV’s are only worth the scrap metal they weigh. I guess gas is going to need to go to $4 or $5 dollars a gallon before some people get a clue.

  • avatar
    Gypsy

    To readers.
    I apologize for being so crass. I was out of line. Fuel economy is something I feel strongly about as the more gas we use the more oil price goes up the more money Arab nations make. That is what really makes me upset. Also, I try to buy American to the point of even looking who made my shirt. Unfortunately I often can’t find American made cloths, but that is for a different site. I just want a comfortable American made car that gets 40 mpg and I can’t find one.

  • avatar
    Enright

    It is facinating how effective the news of automotive quality effects it’s resale value in realtime. That can be viewed at Auto Auctions both online and off.

  • avatar
    davey49

    I like the way everyone assumes an SUV is a 10MPG or lower behemoth. There are SUVs that get 20 MPG or better.
    TWA winner Jeep Compass is one of them.

  • avatar
    Macca

    Davey, I wouldn’t be so quick to label the Compass as an “SUV” – that’s giving it far too much credit. A reskinned/rebadged Dodge Caliber ain’t no SUV.

  • avatar
    rommel543

    I proudly own a Compass and love the feel and handling of it. When I was looking for a new vechile I test drove 3 different Mazda, a couple different Honda, Ford, Chevy, and Pontiac. The Compass easily compared to ANY of them. The handling is great, the fuel mileage if better than many others and I can get all 3 my kids in it. The interior has a better quality than most of the others that I drove (a piece of the dash fell off of the Mazda 3 when I was test driving) and has far better esthetics. You want an ugly gas guslering, poorly designed vechile try looking at the Toyota FJ. http://www.toyota.com/fjcruiser/ My Compass has more passanger room, far better handling and pick-up, and console design.

  • avatar
    Neely2005

    I find it humorous that the Jeep Compass is the worst car but the Jeep Patriot and Dodge Caliber (which are almost identical according to this website) don’t even get mentioned. The inclusion of the Jeep Compass on this list has nothing to do with the car itself and everything to do with Jeep Snobbery that thinks it’s not a real Jeep.

    http://www.rrstar.com/homepage/x799502952

    “Well, don’t believe everything you read,” Bryden said. “It’s been very good for us. It’s very good on fuel, and we’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback. I can’t say for sure whether it sells more to women. I can say it sells very good to Chrysler employees, and they know when something is a quality vehicle.”

    Seems like the people who would know (the people that build cars) like the Compass.

    The Compass is a Great Value for the price IMHO!

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    I think anyone buying a Chrysler-Cebrus product is taking a chance in that just down the “short” road these vehicles including “Jeep” could be owned in China, not a nice thought to some I dont think either

  • avatar
    davey49

    I wouldn’t call the Compass an SUV but others might because it rides high and has a hatchback/liftgate accessed cargo area.
    This might be a time where Chrysler is missing Plymouth. The Compass could easily be a Plymouth so the Jeep fans wouldn’t be so upset.
    Gentle Ted- I’m still holding out hope for Magna purchasing Chrysler’s car operations.

  • avatar
    Gypsy

    “I like the way everyone assumes an SUV is a 10MPG or lower behemoth. There are SUVs that get 20 MPG or better.”
    Uh 20 MPG is still a gas hog. My mother drives a Deville that gets in the mid 20’s and my Brothers Lincoln Town Car gets 22-24mpg. It does that bad because he drives hard. I used those two examples as I drive a Saturn SL that averages better than 35 mpg and my wife drives my Focus. Those cars would not be a fair comparison. I needed to use large luxury cars to even get close to the poor fuel economy that even small SUV crossovers get. How have we gotten so accustomed to bad fuel economy? In 1976 I drove a 1968 Opel Kadet that would get 40mpg. True it could only go 70 MPH and would need a tail wind to go faster but it was transportation. In 30 years we have truly gone backwards. I maintain that anything that gets less than 30 mpg is a gas hog and it’s not efficient unless it will pull over 40 mpg.

  • avatar
    davey49

    20 MPG is good enough for me. Any more usually involves too many compromises

  • avatar
    LarryH

    Personally I think domestics are getting bad raps, they to be the favourite punching bag. Do some of those cars/trucks deserve to be on the list, yes. Are there some that don’t since there is an import that should be there? Big 10-4 good buddy. Personally I think the domestics are more in tune with what the average North American wants but the media tell them they want Europeon/Asian styling and handling so the buying public says, “oh okay”. Then again maybe I am to prejudice towards the big 3. Well lets grab a case of beer, sit around the campfire and settle this once and for all!

  • avatar
    armadamaster

    “The list is good news for Ford, which somehow squeaked by without a Panther on the list.”

    Pfft…a Panther belonged on that list? The only other actual really real “Ford” platform left in their lineup (except arguably Mustang & Focus(?)). The only vehicle period tested and passed for 75+ MPH rear crashes, proven good for 400K+ miles, and according to NHTSA ratings matches the “Safest Car in America” the new Taurus. Yeah…what a turd.

    Good calls on the Uplander, ION, Aspen, Nitro & Compass, but there was still room to add for some desperately deserving imports.

    Aveo is a turd, anybody buying one knows it’s a turd, they are buying it because it’s a turd. Look at me! I’m in a Ryder truck yellow Aveo! This is all I can afford! So follow me home and put me out of my misery!

    Ford has one good sedan/wagon entry….the “new” Taurus/X. Only Ford can take a already too bland Five Hundread and make it bland and ugly with a Taurus nameplate. I could have probably filled that list up with just Chrysler SUVs.

    And there’s so much stuff to choose from on the foreign side that belonged on there it’s ridiculous, Sequoia, FJ, Element, any Hyundai except Sonata, Land Cruiser, Mitsu Dakota, yet NONE made it but domestics? Uh-huh, that’s objective.

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    ionosphere

    I think GM are hyprocrites, telling us to “buy american”, yet build the Chevy Aveo in Korea. What’s up with that?

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    unohugh

    GM sold 9.3 million vehicles worldwide in 2007. GM North America accounted for less than half of those sales (4.5 million). Are you really surprised that a global corporation is involved in joint ventures and foreign ownerships that bring products here from around the world? When you buy a GM product, you are buying from an AMERICAN corporation regardless of where the product is made. That’s not true of Japanese or German products. That’s why we call them FOREIGN manufacturers.

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    jimjam25

    The Nitro is HIDEOUS and cheap looking. I can understand people purchasing this vehicle if that’s all they can get, but the people I see in them are riding around as if they driving a new Range Rover. LOL This thing’s junk, just drive it and get dark tint so no one can see who you are.

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    jimjam25

    I would add to the list the Magnum. That thing is about as ugly as any vehicle on the road. It’s boxy and way too big externally for the room you get on the inside. The high windows and slab doors (like all Chryslers) and inexplicably oversized wheels are extremely displeasing to the eye. The gas mileage is poor and only the SXT has power, but I still wouldn’t be caught dead in one.


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