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?
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