By on August 7, 2010


I was watching TV the other day and on came “National Lampoon’s Vacation”. I absolutely LOVE this film. The thought of driving 2408 miles across the United States to visit “Wally World” is something I’d love to do (OK, maybe not “Wally World”, but you get the idea). If I drove 2408 miles across the UK, I’ll end up driving my car off a cliff as we’re such a small country. However, what DOESN’T appeal to me is driving 2408 miles across the United States in a “Wagon Queen Family Truckster” (which, according to IMDB trivia was actually a modified Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon). As the picture will show you, it’s a bit of a monster. But it got me thinking…

Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. But sometimes something is so hideous, even the most liberal person has to say “You’re one ugly mother f*cker!” (preferably in an Austrian accent). So here’s my question for the B&B. What car, currently on the market, is the most ugliest? Which automobile makes the “Predator” look like Angelina Jolie? Now, I’m not looking for bland. Bland is livable with. I mean so hideous, it scares your children. So, have a think and let me know. It’s a Sunday and I’m really bored! And maybe, that’s a prelude for TTAC’s 10 Worst Cars of 2010? In 2009, everything was bad.  (Nominations with a link to a picture will receive honourable m,ention on Sunday.)

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80 Comments on “Question Of The Day: The Butt-Ugliest Car Of All Times?...”


  • avatar
    third trimester crisis

    I nominate the Chevy HHR and the Kia Soul.
    Actually you could say “any car currently made by Citroen” but that would always be true so it’s not really fair to the other ugly cars to consider Citroen

  • avatar
    RickM

    Lincoln MKT…so hideous it frightens the kids!

    • 0 avatar
      Z71_Silvy

      Nailed it.

      I saw one today…and at the same time had diarrhea and vomited all over the car. It was a mess.

      Although…the 2011 Super Doody comes close to the same level of ugliness…

    • 0 avatar
      carguy

      +1
      The pictures don’t do the ugliness justice as its proportions are even more ungainly in real life. From the back it looks like a hearse and from the side the small rear window looks like the entire back was retro-fitted. Its an awkward stylistic mess that should have never ventured further than the drawing board.

    • 0 avatar
      TwoTone Loser

      One Sunday in Florida-

      Alan Mulally: (snorts coke) I have to make the greatest car…I want my genius to be real…I will make the best car ever.(snorts a bit more coke) It will be from THE FUTURE! It will have the fluid lines of the Batmobile….a Garbage truck….and a Piano…And Bill Paxton’s Hairline! It’s GOT TO HAVE BILL PAXTON’S HAIRLINE! I THINK HE IS AN AWESOME GUY!

      And the steering wheel will have a touch screen…NO! Just an iPad! but 22″ across! It says in my contract I get to design ONE CAR!!!!This is it!! Get me some crayons! I’m sketching this out right now!!!”

      This story may be apocryphal.

  • avatar
    Dukeboy01

    The gold standard is the Pontiac Aztek, a car so ugly that it has transcended it’s hideousness to become something of a cultural icon the way the Edsel did. It’s so bad that it was the obvious choice for the daily driver of Bryan Cranston’s nebbish chemistry teacher turned meth- cooking criminal mastermind on AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” The car on that show is lime freaking green on top of everything.

    As for ugly vehicles that are currently in production, I vote for the 2010 Acura ZDX. It has the same goofy proportions and strange design elements, like a chopped down rear hatch and a nose piece that looks like it was styled by a chimpanzee with a dull tomahawk, that the Aztek had for twice the money.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.topcarpictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/2010-acura-zdx.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.topcarpictures.com/2010-acura-zdx-pictures/&usg=__RY57_cixjyQ7byLHChPwrXlDcqg=&h=390&w=588&sz=35&hl=en&start=0&tbnid=aglxsscsF9_KSM:&tbnh=163&tbnw=244&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dacura%2Bzdx%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1T4TSNA_en___US368%26biw%3D1345%26bih%3D506%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=1043&vpy=228&dur=1700&hovh=183&hovw=276&tx=133&ty=151&ei=GstdTM7eFsOAlAfHxvCICQ&oei=GstdTM7eFsOAlAfHxvCICQ&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=10&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:0

  • avatar
    Hank

    In the US: ZDX, Crosstour, Aveo5, Juke

    Outside: What’s that nostril fronted car from China?

    • 0 avatar
      bufguy

      In fact, damn near any seventies/eighties GM sedan is a candidate. GM’s products of those two decades were, by most accounts, obviously a half-assed, soul-less attempt by people who just didn’t give much of a sh!t about what they were doing (other than keeping costs down and profits high). It’s as if GM executives at the time were openly contemptuous of their customers, daring them to buy the most mediocre styled cars possible. So, GM wins this contest

      Totally disagree with this statement. The 1977 GM B bodies were some of the handsomest cars ever produced. In addition they turned out to be very good cars.

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    Now: Acura
    Classic: AMC Gremlin.

  • avatar
    jpcavanaugh

    The ugliest US vehicle in production is the Chevy Colorado pickup.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://chevroletcolorado.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/2010_chevrolet_colorado.jpg&imgrefurl=http://chevroletcolorado.net/2010/&usg=__O6RtPVMoEM7PqA_oxoCCrWJyuJQ=&h=480&w=640&sz=27&hl=en&start=0&tbnid=Bwb6h6c-aIMzPM:&tbnh=123&tbnw=157&prev=/images%3Fq%3D2010%2Bchevy%2Bcolorado%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26biw%3D1024%26bih%3D562%26tbs%3Disch:10%2C220&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=452&vpy=160&dur=1210&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=116&ty=118&ei=99NdTJaiEYS0lQe28sWZCA&oei=49NdTIb5CMGB8gbi3fC0DQ&esq=5&page=1&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:12,s:0&biw=1024&bih=562

    As for an ugly classic? Awfully hard to top the 62 Dodge Dart.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.autodriversclub.com/classic_car/img_big/dodge_dart_413_1962.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.autodriversclub.com/classic_car/files/dodge_dart_413__1962.htm&usg=__5L_eF7fxX-I9aWYh3R5hBQPsEWA=&h=270&w=401&sz=21&hl=en&start=0&tbnid=K5swhtvQTraPeM:&tbnh=121&tbnw=154&prev=/images%3Fq%3D62%2BDodge%2BDart%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26biw%3D1024%26bih%3D562%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=612&vpy=112&dur=75&hovh=184&hovw=274&tx=121&ty=111&ei=TtNdTJfiFIKB8gbchJW3DQ&oei=TtNdTJfiFIKB8gbchJW3DQ&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0

    • 0 avatar
      stationwagon

      that 1962 Dodge Dart is absolutely beautiful, it looks like it came from retro-futuristic movie; an alien car. I’m also one of the few people who like the Mitsuoka Orochi.

  • avatar

    Those who call the Aztek the gold standard of ugly have never seen a Hensen M30.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    CTS Coupe. That graceless, miscegnated shitbox is a pestilential blight upon the land.

  • avatar

    For historical ugly, it’s difficult to beat the Saab Sonnets in any of their many iterations. Here’s a link to images of the II and III http://www.obscure.org/~azathoth/charlie/saabsonett.html

    • 0 avatar

      I beg to differ. The Sonnett II is a little bug-eyed, but doesn’t look out of place or too unusual when sitting with cars of its vintage. I’ve always thought that the Sonnett III is actually a great looking car. Crisp liness, a Kamm back rear end. I don’t think that you could hope for much better with a FWD sports coupe.

      Are they as sexy as a Volvo 1800ES, no, nor as fast, but I wouldn’t call them ugly.

      BTW, while the front end on all the 1800 Volvos is beautifully sculpted (and apparently all welded up from different pieces and a nightmare to restore), the 1800 coupe does not have the most graceful of rear ends. I love Volvos and all, but the 1800 coupe with its stubby tail fins looks like it’s trying out a fad that doesn’t fit well. On the wagon body, the fins are subsumed into the overall greenhouse/rear end design and end up being a nice styling cue rather than an anachronism like on the coupe.

  • avatar
    TwoTone Loser

    No nominations for the Citroen HY Van? Or with its goofy angles and corrugated steel sides, is it so ugly that it is beautiful?

    • 0 avatar
      Felis Concolor

      For me, there is a unique cachet associated with a vehicle which eschews style completely in favor of absolute utility. Citroen’s iconic van is just one of those types of vehicles. I would definitely put it in the category “too plain to be ugly”.

  • avatar
    Ingvar

    Without a doubt, the SsangYong Rodius. A car that makes epithets like “flying vaginas” sound like something coming from a church choir. Or how about those descriptions:

    “The car was designed by Ken Greenley, former head of the automotive design course at the Royal College of Art in London. The design goal was to capture the essence of a luxury yacht. In 2005 the Rodius won the dubious distinction of being voted “the ugliest car ever made” by visitors to motoring website CarData, and is described by Top Gear Magazine as a car “that looks like it got bottled in a pub brawl and stitched back together by a blind man” as well as being described as “having a face like a burnt thong” by the Australian magazine Wheels. In 2010, the Australian magazine liftout of the Sydney Morning Herald, Drive Life, described the car as being “so cack-handed in every aesthetic department it makes the average people-mover owner feel like they are getting about in an ultra-stylish Italian sports machine”, later going on to calling it a “collapsing bus shelter on wheels”.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SsangYong_Rodius

  • avatar
    Jimmy7

    STILL the Datsun F-10:
    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/curbside-classic-the-ugliest-car-ever-1977-datsun-f-10/

  • avatar

    As already mentioned, the Crosstour, but tied with the Aztek.

  • avatar
    BMWfan

    AMC Pacer followed closely by the Aztek

  • avatar
    SomeDude

    Can’t decide between the Juke and the Acura TL. Both are currently on the market (the criterion most posters here miss)

  • avatar
    Wheeljack

    All Time: Gotta be the ’70s era AMC Matador Barcelona Edition.
    Current: Lincoln MKT – a prow only a prawn could love.

  • avatar
    AaronH

    I know it is difficult for you public school grads but try to comprehend what you read…..

    • 0 avatar
      davey49

      The writer should change the title then. It says ugliest car of all time but the article says “currently on market”. Both answers are correct.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      Do you mean “public school” in the British or American sense of the word? It’s important to understand the different, though perhaps not as important as “fanny”.

  • avatar
    pgcooldad

    This has got to be it! Hint … It’s a Fiat.

    • 0 avatar

      Put that Fiat in the same driveway with a 2004 Malibu Sedan and you’d have a cadre of ugly so awful it would peel paint off cars a hundred feet away.

      But since the topic is “current”, I’d have to say the new Subaru Outback. It looks like Mr. Potato Head crossed with a Hyundai Santa Fe.

  • avatar
    mistrernee

    Any of the current Mercs are hideous, but someone must see something in them. An IROC-Z or an 80’s 300ZX has more class than any new Mercedes imo.

    Everyone says the Aztek, but they are lost in a sea of similar vehicles nowadays and are pretty ordinary. At the time it was a shock though.

    Qvale Mangusta?

    Never seen one in the flesh so it’s hard to be sure and it isn’t currently on the market that I know of.

  • avatar
    Emro

    I will also vote for the Crosstour and MKT… and i will add Sebring :)

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    I know the Astek is quite bad but to me it’s corporate cousin the Buick Rendevous is far worse, yes worse than an Astek.One the ugliest vehicles ever. That weird back qtr panel angle does not work with the rest of the vehicle. And that Billy bass mouth grill yuck.

    Yesterday I actually saw a silver later model Astek, the lower clading was body colored and it had nice rims. Dare I say not bad for an Astek.

  • avatar
    JimC

    Shooting from the hip I would have said Pontiac Aztek, but I forgot about the aforementioned Matador, Pacer, and Gremlin. Citroën DS has gotta be in the running. Toyota Previa van anyone?

    Are we talking mainstream cars or are we opening the floodgates closed to low production oddities?

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Let me add ugliest import. Nissan Armada. It’s like a 56-59 Nash Rambler wagon on roids with a Kabuki mask front. Yuck.

  • avatar
    davey49

    jpcavanaugh- no pickup can ever be ugliest, because it is such a perfect shape to begin with.

  • avatar
    Felis Concolor

    I haven’t seen enough automobiles this year to be certain of knowing what the most repulsive design is yet, although for sheer “what were they thinking” double-takes, I give the nod to Nissan’s Juke and Acura’s continuing “beak” phase. Lincoln’s MKT is especially ugly for its questionable styling cues and how it savages the Flex’s utility while leaving behind reminders of its origins. Just lose the 3rd row in there already and turn it into cavernous storage or something remotely useful.

  • avatar
    mikey

    Check out a dog taking a dump. You know,how they kind’a bring thier front paws closer to thier rear paws, and they really look uncomfortble.

    It brings to mind the side profile of a Nissan Quest.

  • avatar
    NulloModo

    Ugliest current car – Nissan Juke

    Ugliest previous model – Infiniti J30 (looks like a dog scratching it’s butt on the road)

    Most dramatic decline in beauty from previous model to current – Jaguar XJ

  • avatar
    210delray

    No one mentioned the ’58 Edsel yet? Must be a young crowd commenting today…

    About “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” my wife and I saw it for the first time a year or so ago (via Netflix). We hated it and rated it accordingly (1 star). Now, I generally like movies about cross-country road trips, funny or serious.

    This movie was not funny, just lame. The only scene where we laughed was when the dead grandmother or aunt was strapped to a chair on top of the wagon’s roof.

    So does this make us old-fart get-off-our-lawn types?

  • avatar

    Currently on market has been deleted. Don’t want to give up on all those ugly pictures. Fire away! The ugliest, please! With links.

  • avatar
    Harley

    There are so many butt ugly cars in history.
    Look at the ’62 Dodge Dart, all wonky eyed, nothing seems to relate with anything else.
    Another one is ’96 to ’99 Mercury Sable, it’ll make you weep with pity, so ugly. That weird little ‘missing teeth’ grill with those strange little lights that look like the last teeth remaining.
    Or the ’59 Buick, astounding bad taste.

  • avatar
    obbop

    1974 AMC Matador

    • 0 avatar
      JimC

      That Aston Martin and the Volvo 780 Bertone look similar (similarly ugly)- I think the earlier 262 Bertone was just as ugly too, but “Huh? What the…?” ugly, which isn’t as bad as “I think I just threw up in my mouth” ugly.

      The ’92 Buick Skylark was pretty ugly, dunno if I’d put it on the short list of contenders for ugliest ever. (To me the boattail Buick Rivieras were also ugly but not necessarily ugliest.)

      (Woops, clicked on the wrong reply- I meant to follow HoldenSSVSE’s post just below.)

  • avatar
    HoldenSSVSE

    Well, you’re throwing a softball here.

    1) 2001 Pontiac Aztek – enough said and such an easy target

    2) 2010 Honda Crosstour – my eyes!!! OK, another easy target

    3) 2010 Acura TL – Knights of the Round Table, ASSEMBLE!!!

    4) Toyota Previa “Leggs Egg” van – don’t bend over because this is going to hurt – A LOT

    5) 1992 Buick Skylark – shark noses should have died with the Graham

    6) 2006 Subaru Tribeca – is that a toilet seat or a grille? Didn’t that go out with the Edsel?

    7) 1961 Citroen Ami – Affreux!!!

    8) 1976 Aston Martin Lagdona – Bond, we’ve designed you a car so ugly it will make your enemies gouge their own eyes out. Quite brilliant if you ask me!

    9) 1996 “all oval” Ford Taurus – holy ovulation Batman! Ovals, ovals, everywhere!

    10) Nissan Cube – we will NOT be assimilated, resistance is required

    11) 2003 Honda Element – get a box, take away all the charm and hang more plastic on it than a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche (improved without all the plastic)

    12) Any Subaru Baja with two-tone paint – silver and yellow? REALLY?!?!

  • avatar

    I don’t see the problem as being too many ugly cars (the Honda Crosstour and Porsche Panamera don’t look as bad in person as they do in 2d photography).

    I see the problem as being too many boring lookalike cars. It’s almost as though makers of midsize sedans are afraid of making anything that isn’t pareve. They’re willing to make distinctive interiors, but is there really a car in the Camry, Accord, Sonata, Fusion, Malibu, Altima, class that has distinctive styling? Maybe the Mazda 6.

    Perhaps it’s the influence of women consumers. I just saw a survey recently that says that women don’t list styling high on their list of why they choose a particular car. Women make about 80% of the consumer purchase decisions (or have at least a 50% voice in those decisions) in the US. Perhaps manufacturers feel that any kind of cutting edge styling will turn off the mass market. Women, apparently, want beige, at least when it comes to cars.

    With all the respect that I have for designers, how much does it take to dress up a sedan? Most people like the looks of the Buick LaCrosse, and it is a handsome car, but the reality is that most of the appeal is a clever visual trick created by the character line that goes down the side of the car and arches over the back wheels.

    That character line does a lot of things. It evokes the fender lines and chrome trim of the 1950s Buicks. It gives the rear end haunches – haunches are always good – see the Book of Jaguar. Before the haunch the front part of the character line dips down, which I think draws the eye away from the high belt line of the car’s basic platform, and makes the car look more svelte.

    So if they can give the LaCrosse some character, how come nobody will make an aesthetically superior family sedan?

    I realize that aero and packaging needs drive designs to a common shape, but when car guys like us have trouble telling a Sonata from a Camry, it’d be nice if the manufacturers showed a little style.

    There was a time when, at least in Detroit, the bread and butter sedans were sure to get styling that set them apart from their competitors. Now we make jokes about Camcordatalbumas (actually, the best joke is “phylum camcordata”).

    • 0 avatar
      rudiger

      RS is on the right track. The problem with these ‘ugliest car’ debates is that the most egregious examples are still distinctive and stand out in a crowd. That, alone, disqualifies them for the title. It’s sort of like the Ed Wood syndrome: Ed made movies so bad they ended up being good. The same applies to cars. The most outrageous, poorly-designed vehicle will garner attention and cause someone to stare in the same way people will look at a bad car wreck.

      Likewise, vehicles like the Edsel, AMC’s creations, or early sixties Mopars are tough to call the ugliest because someone was really making an effort to design a car that would sell. Not to mention that, all too often, these guys had to come up with something on a shoe-string budget. They at least have character (even in a bad way).

      No, the ‘ugliest’ cars, to me, are the blandmobiles designed by companies with big-budgets, and of that group, the 1974 Malibu 4-door sedan is clearly near the top of the list, followed by stuff like the 1978 Olds Cutlass 4-door ‘fastback’.

      In fact, damn near any seventies/eighties GM sedan is a candidate. GM’s products of those two decades were, by most accounts, obviously a half-assed, soul-less attempt by people who just didn’t give much of a sh!t about what they were doing (other than keeping costs down and profits high). It’s as if GM executives at the time were openly contemptuous of their customers, daring them to buy the most mediocre styled cars possible. So, GM wins this contest.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    This is hard.

    There’s ugly by intent, like the Juke or Multipla, which isn’t so bad because they’re trying to get attention. You can kind of forgive them for it.

    Then there’s ugly by committee, which is worse. It shows such a callous lack of care that it deserves the scorn it gets. The Ovoid Taurus comes to mind.

    There’s a blend of these, which is ugly by exaggeration: you take one or more styling cues that are popular right now, but don’t necessarily go together and you overdo them anyway. You’re not intending to make an ugly car, but the amateurish execution guarantees it. Think anything with more chrome, fins, little windows, huge logo, big grille, overly-low or high, etc. Anything from a fin-festooned Cadillac of yore to the Honda Crosstour.

    I suppose it depends what offends you the most, the product or the intent. Personally, I can take the Juke (pun intended) because at lease Nissan is trying to do something interesting; I have trouble with the Crosstour because you can tell it came out of a focus group.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    This is hard.

    There’s ugly by intent, like the Juke or Multipla, which isn’t so bad because they’re trying to get attention. You can kind of forgive them for it.

    Then there’s ugly by committee, which is worse. It shows such a callous lack of care that it deserves the scorn it gets. The Ovoid Taurus comes to mind.

    There’s a blend of these, which is ugly by exaggeration: you take one or more styling cues that are popular right now, but don’t necessarily go together and you overdo them anyway. You’re not intending to make an ugly car, but the amateurish execution guarantees it. Think anything with more chrome, fins, little windows, huge logo, big grille, overly-low or high, etc. Anything from a fin-festooned Cadillac of yore to the Honda Crosstour.

    I suppose it depends what offends you the most, the product or the intent. Personally, I can take the Juke (pun intended) because at lease Nissan is trying to do something interesting; I have trouble with the Crosstour because you can tell it came out of a focus group.

    • 0 avatar
      PeriSoft

      I get what you’re saying about intent vis. the Juke, but seriously, the best intentions in the world can’t cover that.

      If the intention-to-execution ratio is considered with the Juke, Nissan did the automotive styling equivalent of trying to help children by putting Vitamin D in milk, but screwing up and putting cyanide in instead. There are some things so utterly horrifying that intentions just don’t excuse them, and the Juke is one of them.

    • 0 avatar
      JimC

      I don’t know what’s funnier- the different cars that people are mentioning, or the competitive humor and creative metaphors to express the ugliness.

      I thought I was funny, even if unoriginal, for using “threw up in my mouth.” “Oval Taurus ovulation” (Taurus-ovulation???) may have defined a new Wheel of Fortune category that could be called paradoxical juxtaposition. Then out of nowhere, “cyanide in [children’s] milk” and I still can’t stop laughing! Iif I see one of those and I crash my own car from laughing, I don’t think the “I read a funny blog called TTAC” defense is gonna help me out.

      Keep ’em coming, guys.

  • avatar

    Ugliest ever?

    Hands down, a top ten contender for sure, the Mohs Ostentatienne Opera Sedan
    http://www.diseno-art.com/images_4/Mohs_Ostentatienne_Opera_Sedan.jpg
    http://www.diseno-art.com/images_4/Mohs_Ostentatienne_Opera_Sedan_rear.jpg
    It had a single rear cantilevered door and was built on an International truck chassis.

    Some say that the Mohs SafariKar was even uglier, but I think that it has an elegant and understated look.

    http://www.ectomo.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/safari.thumbnail.JPG

    I’m too lazy right now to see if Bruce Mohs built more than one of each. An Opera Sedan from Mohs’ personal collection was recently restored by a high school shop class and their teacher:

    http://autorestoration101.com/2010/01/26/the-mohs-ostentatienne-restoration/

    It looks like the restored car is on display in Illinois:
    http://www.hotrodhighusa.com/MOHS_Opera_Sedan.php

    I actually saw the Mohs Opera Sedan at a car show in Detroit in the late 1960s. Somewhere, if it didn’t get lost in the divorce, is an original sales brochure from Mohs.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    I just made the cross-country trip (6124 miles) over 15 days’ time with my family this summer (I live in western PA), except we took our 09 Kia Sedona. The U-Haul box we towed behind it wasn’t too pretty (we camped 12 of 14 nights). I received all the Wally World jokes from my coworkers.

    Nobody has mentioned the Pinto. I’ve owned 2 Pintos and a Bobcat, but they never seemed ugly to me, although many people think so. Now I drive an 05 xB, which is only pretty on the inside (I’m tall). I almost didn’t consider it due to its looks, until I sat inside one.

    But to me, the ugliest car is the one you hate to own due to its unreliability or poor performance. So my candidate of choice is the 2005 Honda Odyssey.

  • avatar
    OhMyGoat

    2009 and earlier Kia Amanti.

    Nissan Puke, errr, Juke,

    Infiniti QX56

    Looks like the 2011 Scion tC will be a contender.

  • avatar
    James2

    Given the mightiest efforts of Nissan, Honda, Toyota and others the title of world’s ugliest car EVAR! is a moving target.

    I don’t think it’s because women “don’t care” as I know a few girls who 1) prefer the boxy Volvo over the current design language, and 2) others who hate ’roundy’ cars. I know a few guys who couldn’t care less about cars, hence they bought Toyotas.

    Instead, I think it’s because the designers’ egos are overpowering their sense of aesthetics, proportion and elegance. They can’t stand to design a car that looks ‘normal’ and must find a way to distinguish their works. Mazda’s goofy Nagare grille is state’s evidence number one.

    The execs and marketers buy into the ego trips thinking they must create a familial appearance (hey, if kidney grilles galore works for BMW, then we must do the same!) instead of individual cars and so Acura (to name one offender) decides to completely ruin its entire lineup in the name of design uniformity.

    The Nissan Juke hasn’t reached our shores yet (I hope!) so my nominee for the Ugliest Current Car is the Toyota FJ Cruiser. The Datsun F10 has to be the Ugliest Old Car.

  • avatar
    rudiger

    FWIW, the ‘real’ Wagon Queen Family Truckster in the story which the movie was based upon was actually a 1958 Plymouth Sport Suburban Six (Plymouth SSS?) station wagon.

  • avatar
    topgun

    Fiat Multipla, SSangyong Rodius, Porsche Cayenne and Panamera

  • avatar
    Flipper

    Amc Matador 4Dr 1975 on

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1975_AMC_Matador_base_Sedan_beige_left-front.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      Wheeljack

      The coupe was hit with the ugly stick much harder:

      http://www.bwertz.com/1977%20AMC%20Matador%20Barcelona%20001.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      DweezilSFV

      The re-hash of the Matador sedan came in 74 and it’s even worse than the 75 with an electric shaver grille pattern and turn signals with gun sight trim in the centers.

      The Ambassador looked better using dual headlights to fill up some of that grille area and balance the dopey bumper shape.

      You have to go back one year to get the full effect of the Matador sedan total wretchedness.

  • avatar
    frizzlefry

    Any BMW with a bangle butt. I know there are uglier cars, easy. But that small design…mistake…had the ability to overshadow all the nice lines that any bangle BMW had. It was THAT awful. If the underlying purpose of this question is to find the ugliest automotive idea EVER…bangle butt wins. The 7-Series with the bangle butt…that trunk destroyed some really nice lines.

  • avatar
    Episode26

    @JimC

    The ’92 Buick Skylark coupe deserves no mention here or anywhere as being ‘ugly’. The sedan wasn’t the greatest but it wasn’t that bad looking. The coupe had a rather striking side profile shot. Especially if it was a GS in black.

    Why didn’t you mention the Pontiac Lemans, ya know the imported one ’84 or ’85 something.

  • avatar
    Stingray

    Fiat Multipla hands down

    http://www.mongooseexhausts.com/vehicles/Fiat%20Multipla.jpg

    So ugly even my wife that don’t care much about cars told me when she saw it in Rome: that thing is fugly.

    The Rodius is also fugly.

    The latter Acuras with that chrome grill bar and the Honda Pilot also get in this list

    http://pilothonda.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/honda-pilot.jpg

    The fact that it tries to copy the Jeep Liberty adds insult to the injury.

  • avatar

    This 1961 Dodge wagon is so ugly that it’s beautiful. It was a real attention-getter at the show. http://www.mystarcollectorcar.com/2-features/stories/694-july-2010-1961-dodge-suburban-this-rare-retired-ambulance-has-a-family-history.html

  • avatar
    IGB

    The 2011 Hyundai Azera.

    Even though it’s a current car…it’s not.

    http://www.hyundaiusa.com/azera/

    Connoisseurs of Comfort: Rejoice!

  • avatar
    bookem danno

    Serious contender: 1978-1983 Ford Fairmont. This seriously utilitarian piece of shit had to be the inspiration for Homer Simpson’s pink ride. If you asked any kindergarten student to draw their family car-this is the car you get. Four wheels and a seat in a perfect square box. It’s almost like some Ford designer lost a bet and jokingly came up with this car.

  • avatar
    Toyondai92

    In production: Accord Crosstour, Lincoln MKT, Cadillac CTS Coupe, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevy Traverse and it’s Buick twin, the current Mercedes lineup, and the rear end of the Taurus!

  • avatar
    DweezilSFV

    Here are four more: 62 Ambassador, 03 and up Saturn L Series, 61 Plymouth full size and of course the current Mazda 3.

    GM had it well covered in the 00s: Aztek,CTS, Monte Carlo, 03-05 Cavalier,Avalanche,VUE rehash for 06-07, and as mentioned the Colorado/Canyon [ a cartoon, and yes you can design an ugly truck when you go from purposeful tool to meth head carnival groupie as your inspiration ].

    The contrived brand “styling cues” overseen by that hack Wayne Cherry were some of GM’s worst designs : the horizontally split Chevy grille, Art and Bull**** of Cadillac, and the vague stab at musty old design hallmarks of Buick were so contrived as to be laughable. I am glad his claim that “we’re having fun” designing in brand defining styling was true for him. It was torture for the rest of us.

    I am happy to say that when he saw the design of the ION he hated it. I own one and rather like the design, but knowing that such a clueless and tapped out designer hated it, makes me like it even more. I shudder to think what HE would have done to it…..

    Nominating the Cadillac Escalade as this generation’s Wagon Queen Family Truckster……

    • 0 avatar
      davey49

      The 2003 up L-series is a fantastic looking car and the Colorado is a fantastic looking truck

    • 0 avatar
      DweezilSFV

      Uh,no. The 2003 and up L Series front end is every bit as bad as the 74 Matador sedan and the 62 Ambassador and the Colorado is a bad joke. From the S-10 to that ??????????????? It seems to have made the top of the list so it’s not just my opinion.
      But as they say, love is blind. And if I had one, I’d probably love it and give it premium maintenance. That wouldn’t make it any less one of GM’s top eyesores.

  • avatar

    Butt ugliest cars on the market now – The Honda Accord Crossturd and the Acura ZDX and RL.
    Honourable mention going to the Toyota Venza and the 2010 Subaru Outback.
    All have become a symbol of bloated, unimaginative, phone it in type of design that I find myself looking nostalgically at 15-18 year Accords and wondering how Honda went so horribly wrong.
    Past examples include the mid 2000’s Dodge Mega Cab truck , the Hummer H2 and H3 (excess, hubris and bad design all in one), and those weird looking Lincolns coupes from the mid 90’s that have that teardrop meets jelly bean look.

  • avatar
    oboylepr

    “It brings to mind the side profile of a Nissan Quest.”

    Mikey, you nailed it! Everytime I see one of those things I think of a funeral, even if it’s not black! I’m not quite sure why though.

  • avatar

    BMW 1600 GT
    http://www.allsportauto.com/english/detailphoto.php3?zl_id=9453&zl_idMD=1011

  • avatar
    njdave

    I can’t believe no one mentioned the Volkswagen Thing. Now THAT was ugly. Ugly enough to curdle milk.

  • avatar
    porschespeed

    Pretty much anything made in the US from 1930 till 200x.
    White trash turds with few exceptions, and that is being generous.

    It’s 1963, ‘Benz or Caddi-lack?

    It’s 1969, what’s sexy and fast, a Muira or a ‘Vette?

    It’s 1973. You want a Caddy Bro-Ham De Vomit or a ‘Benz?

    It’s the early 80s. You want a TR8, or a ‘Vette?

    It’s the mid-eighties. You want a 928 Turbo, a GTV6 TT, or a POS ‘Vette?

  • avatar
    DisTurbo

    I would say Datsun B210 hardtop, from every possible angle. I mean, who was the head of design at Datsun in those days? The grille alone looked like an acid nightmare.

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