QOTD: Which Current Vehicle Has the Fewest Redeeming Qualities?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
qotd which current vehicle has the fewest redeeming qualities

Even for a dyed-in-the-wool fanatic of a particular car, said fanatic is likely reasonable enough to see one or two flaws somewhere in their beloved ride of choice.

Conversely, the biggest consumer of Haterade for the very same car is often able to see a couple of good qualities or features in the vehicle they despise. Other times, the [s]losers and haters[/s] passionate individuals on either side of the automotive aisle (road?) can come together and agree certain vehicles are just not that great, overall.

Today we ask: Which current vehicle has the fewest redeeming qualities?

Though it seems easy enough on the surface, today’s question might take some critical thinking to answer. The popular phrase to throw around — “There are no bad new cars today!” — is generally true. We are living in a time of reliable, affordable, safe, powerful, long-lived, and efficient vehicles across the board (notice I did not say beautiful there). Picking a vehicle worthy of your disdain is much more difficult than it would’ve been in, say, 1980, when the obvious correct answer would be the awful Ford Thunderbird, specifically in top Town Landau trim.

But I digress. It’s time to get the ball rolling with the vehicle I’ve selected in response to today’s question.

And there it is, the Hyundai Veloster. To my mind, the Veloster doesn’t have many redeeming qualities. It’s not very good looking, it’s not spacious, it’s not comfortable, nor is it particularly sporty. Starting at over $18,000, it isn’t cheap, and its 35 mpg highway rating isn’t great for such a compact car. The exterior and interior are both dated, having gone through only minimal changes since its introduction in 2011. You can check out the Veloster for yourself at your local Hyundai dealer (where options will likely have it up to $24,000), or in parking lots of whichever stores still sell white sunglasses.

What’s your pick for least redeeming vehicle on sale today?

[Images: Ford; Hyundai]

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  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Jul 05, 2017

    Juke Nismo. Ugly, cramped not much faster than a regular Juke. On the way out. Add Sentra Nismo. Surely the 21C Chevette S?

  • Seanx37 Seanx37 on Jul 05, 2017

    Dodge Journey. Anything that says "Fiat" on it.

    • Vulpine Vulpine on Jul 06, 2017

      "Anything that says “Fiat” on it." You're ignoring some surprisingly good cars with that statement.

  • RHD I wonder if these will be as easy to steal as so many other Kias are...
  • Zerog Isn't this the car that the self anointed AutoExtremist said would finally shut down Tesla AND the Prius?Just like his father - that Detroit bubble does him no good
  • Zerog When will the media admit that Mary Barra has simply been a disaster of a CEO, and "Dan the Man" Akerson is to blame?
  • Tassos When the Volt was on sale, it cost twice as much as the (better looking!) Chevy Cruze on which it was based. The interior of the Volt did not match that lofty price either. I like plug-in vehicles with a good Electric only range and no range anxiety. People with a 40 mile commute each way, if they were allowed to free charge at the office especially, could save some $ with the Volt, but not as much as to justify its lofty price.The 2nd gen VOlt was less nerdy looking than the 1st, but also even more similar to the new Cruze and indeed the Civic, which cost almost HALF. Then the geniuses at GM made a 2-door Caddy out of the Volt, the ELR, which was much smaller inside than the already cramped Volt, and... asked for... 4 times the price of the CRUZE. Don't remember the failed Caddy Cimarron? Neither did those morons.So a good idea in principle was screwed beyond recognition. GM Bled billions despite the lofty price, sold a bunch of VOlts, and finally had to cry "UNCLE". The end.I am not at all attracted by the VOlt's lousy interior. Its gas only MPG is also lousy compared to the ICE competition. A prius was 50% cheaper and far more sophisticated mechanically and got a stellar 50 MPG overall, and could be had in plugin with 10-20 mile range (the current one will double that again).
  • Buickman GM marketing killed many a car.