Hey Readers; Tell Us About Your TWATs

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Some time ago in TTACs history, the site held an award for the poorest choices in the automobile kingdom. We called it the Ten Worst Automobiles Today – or, the TWATs, for short. It’s been almost 4 years since the TWATs were last run, but for 2012, they’re back.

Conventional wisdom has it that it’s pretty hard to buy a bad car nowadays. In 2008, that wasn’t the case. But 4 years on, the crop of cars has undeniably gotten much better. Boring may be the operative word, but it’s hard to find a truly wretched vehicle for sale.

Rather than handing down the gospel from on high, like every other auto site, we’re opening up the floor to you, the readers, to nominate cars for the TWAT awards.

Rules will be similar to the Farago era. We are still tweaking the rules for this year’s competition, but here are the old rules, for reference.

1. Any car or light truck offered for sale as a new vehicle in the U.S. between January 1 and today is eligible for nomination. I know those of you in Canada and other countries feel left out, but we have to draw the line somewhere to keep this under control. It doesn’t matter who built it or where, just that it’s sold legally in the States.

2. All nominations have to be justified. That doesn’t mean just saying it’s a POS car. Tell us WHY it’s a POS car. Nominations may be deleted unceremoniously and without warning for any of the following reasons: insufficient justification, excessive verbosity or pontification, foul language or patent absurdity.

3. All nominations must meet TTAC’s house rules on flaming or trolling (i.e., don’t). Offensive comments about other readers will be summarily deleted and the writer could be banned from TTAC. However, offensive observations about the nominees are encouraged.

4. Blatantly badge-engineered siblings can be nominated jointly if they all suck equally (see winner #8 above). Platform mates can be nominated separately, but may be combined at the whim of the editor for the final vote.

5. If we can wake them up long enough, TTAC’s writers will select finalists from the nominees, give or take a few. The number of times a vehicle is nominated is irrelevant so don’t waste the pixels on typing “me too.”

6. Readers will vote via an electronic survey on the finalists to determine America’s Ten Worst Vehicles. Multiple voting ain’t kosher so don’t even try.

7. Nominations begin today and will continue until midnight EDT, Sunday December 8, with the 20 finalists presented for voting a few days afterwards. The winners will be announced whenever we get around to it. We have nothing to give the winners but our disdain, so the winning manufacturers will find out about it like everyone else.

How do you decide what crapmoblies are worthy of your attention?

– Styling so bad it could even make Stevie Wonder look the other way.

– A market misfit that makes you wonder what the product planners were smoking, drinking, shooting up or otherwise self-administering.

– Engineering malpractice that makes the vehicle practically undrivable or so bland you wouldn’t want to drive it.

– Something that you can’t quite put your finger on but gives you the urge to regurge anytime you think about it.

So now it’s in your court. Make your nominations below and tell us which ones you think are really deserving of being named one of TTAC’s Ten Worst Vehicles.

Following the poll, our editors will chime in with some of their own choices, and Murilee will present his list of most wretched rental cars.

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  • Bill mcgee Bill mcgee on Sep 13, 2012

    Agree about the ugly and impractical Mini coupe . Also Dodge Calibre and Nitro , if they're in the time frame . Driven both of these = awful driving , awful interior Smart car Nissan Juke ( yeah it's distinctive , so were Datsun F10 and Saturn ION ) and Versa sedan -awful , hunchbacked dimensions ) the entire Lincoln line - enough is enough , pull the plug on it

  • Dolorean Dolorean on Sep 13, 2012

    For a matter of perspective, here's the list from AutoBlog of the worst selling vehicles of 2011: 10. Subaru Tribeca MSRP: $30,595 Units Sold: 2,791 9. Mazda Tribute MSRP: $20,555 Units Sold: 2,696 8. Mercedes-Benz R-Class MSRP: $52,690 Units Sold: 2,385 7. Suzuki Equator MSRP: $17,899 Units Sold: 2,127 6. Cadillac Escalade EXT* MSRP: $63,060 Units Sold: 2,036 5. Toyota Land Cruiser MSRP: $68,920 Units Sold: 1,662 4. Acura ZDX MSRP: $46,020 Units Sold: 1,564 3. Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback* MSRP: $18,395 Units Sold: 1,548 2. Hyundai Azera MSRP: $25,495 Units Sold: 1,524 1. Acura RL MSRP: $47,700 Units Sold: 1,096 You may notice, many are cars mentioned so far. Apparently the American public isn't as stupid as we thought.

  • Jkross22 I know this is TTAC, but shouldn't the US government and the politicians we elect be more focused on more pressing issues? I'll just spitball a few, less politically charged ones for fun..... Why can't the FAA hold Boeing and the airlines accountable for flying planes with bolts that don't come undone and wings that don't fall apart? What about crime and homelessness and inflation and cost of secondary education at public colleges and trade schools? Yeah, yeah, we don't want the Chinese to run over domestic car makers. Go tell Ford and GM. They've contributed to the concern. Is Stellantis even considered domestic anymore? Aren't they French or Italian or Bolivian?
  • Analoggrotto Alan's dream vehicle in the Heavens of Oz where they blow kangaroos and dingos all day long while listening to Obama speeches on repeat.
  • MrIcky Worrying about mileage is for poors.
  • ToolGuy A 'true' Volvo (pre Ford Motor Company). I would buy this and drive it for 3 years until I can get one of them 'Chinese' EV things. But I'm offering $1,850 against your $3,700 because you couldn't be bothered to pull it outside for pictures. 😉 And I will stick close to home with this one -- no road trips.In related news (Relevant and Connected!!): My new dishwasher is Swedish -- little outfit called Frigidaire, you may have heard of them. (On order, should be here in March)
  • CKNSLS Sierra SLT Let me get this straight-It's OK for GM to make cars in China and ship them here-under a Buick name. But for the Chinese to directly do it is not OK.If the Big 3 had not a deserted sedans/low end of the market they wouldn't have anything to worry about.Yea...makes perfect sense.