By on September 20, 2017

Land Rover LR2

Utility vehicles have been a hot ticket personal transport item for some time, much to the delight of OEMs and their shareholders. As the definition around what should qualify as “utility” became more and more blurred during this (presently, CUV) craze,  inevitably some entries missed the mark and floundered. Perhaps a redesign was in the cards if the manufacturer felt confident, or a product cancellation if it didn’t.

Either way, recent examples of bad utility vehicles are our subject today. What’s your pick for the worst utility vehicle of the past decade?

We’re only considering recent utility vehicles, because we’d surely end up down AMC International Harvester Scout Bronco II street in short order. The rules are just two:

  1. The vehicle must have been available between model years 2008 and 2017.
  2. It must be a North American market offering.

There aren’t limitations further than those, but we leave it to you to keep the topic specifically on utility vehicles. Have a look at the selection below, which will surely put your mind in the gutter right place for this question.

2012 Acura ZDX-002

That’s right, my personal pick for worst recent utility vehicle is the Acura ZDX. Labeled by its designer as a “4-door luxury sports coupe” (eyeroll), Acura intended the vehicle to straddle the lines of coupe, sedan, and SUV. The ZDX appeared in the Acura product offering pamphlets between 2010 and 2013. Though the ZDX is of the same era and idea as the similarly ugly Honda Crosstour, the two vehicles are not mechanically related. The Crosstour was an Accord sibling, while the ZDX is of MDX lineage.

2012 Acura ZDX-018

Though the familiar Honda 3.7-liter V6 provided 300 horsepower, a hefty curb weight of over 4,400 pounds kept sporting pretensions far away. With regard to utility, cargo capacity with all seats in place was 27.5 cubic feet. For comparison, a much smaller Ford Escape provides 34.3 cubes, while a Lexus RX350 has an even 40.

2012 Acura ZDX-028

All the inconvenient packaging didn’t come cheap, as in 2010 the introductory price was just over $46,000 (the RX350 AWD started at $39,025). It was available in a wide variety of colors that included black, grey, silver, and white. As a result, Acura shifted just 7,191 units over seven calendar years. Many a sad ZDX languished on lots through 2014, and a final two were sold in 2015.

Fifteen years from now, tune in when Rare Rides presents the Acura ZDX. For now, tell us your pick for worst utility vehicle.

[Images: Land Rover, The Truth About Cars]

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141 Comments on “QOTD: What’s the Worst Utility Vehicle of the Past 10 Years?...”


  • avatar
    Car Ramrod

    I think the Jeep Patriot edges out the Dodge Journey. Abysmal interior with no power, delivered with a nasty sound. We thought about buying a Patriot as a commuter because it was so cheap, couldn’t bring myself to do it.

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      Patriot is bad, but Compass* is worse. All the downsides of the Patriot, plus it’s ugly too boot. The Patriot was at least cleanly styled.

      *The latest Compass excluded

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      The Compass edges out over the Patriot. Same abysmal interior and engine wrapped in an uglier package.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I think FCA actually made a mistake with the new Compass – you could slap pretty much any badge you wanted on it, and car buyers wouldn’t know it was a Jeep. It’s yet another generic CUV.

      Why not do an updated Patriot, with classic Jeep styling and up to date platform, engine and interior?

      • 0 avatar
        whynot

        Probably didn’t want to potentially steal more sales away from the Renegade, so they went with the softer baby Grand Cherokee look.

        A base Renegade with an automatic transmission and A/C (because lets be honest, few will go for manual with no A/C) is only about $1k less than a base auto Compass.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          You’re probably right, of course…and maybe their marketing indicated that buyers would prefer a more generic CUV with some Jeep flavor than a more traditional looking model.

          Still, I think making the Compass generic won’t do the brand any favors in the long term. Jeep is Jeep. The Compass is just another CUV – there’s nothing really distinct about it. That might be a problem for a brand that trades on distinctiveness. We’ll see, I guess.

          • 0 avatar
            whynot

            Jeep trades a lot on its name- people buy Jeeps just because the badge says Jeep. As long as they have the Wrangler giving them the “Jeep” image they will do fine (as long as SUVs/CUVs are in vogue).

    • 0 avatar
      Car Ramrod

      I voted for the Patriot because what it was differed so greatly from what I expected it to be. It showed promise as a fresh take on the XJ Cherokee, and if it hadn’t been botched it would have won over some more buyers. The Compass was a generic lump of suckage from 1000 feet away, so I had no such expectations.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        The Patriot was actually pretty contemporary – 10 years ago. Problem is, FCA let it rot. They didn’t even update the interior.

        Shame, I think they had something there.

        • 0 avatar
          whynot

          It didn’t get a full interior redesign but the Patriot (and Compass) did get a much needed interior upgrade in 2009/2010? The interior hard points were obviously the same but the overall quality was lightyears better.

        • 0 avatar
          Polishdon

          They did upgrade the interior in like 2015 or 2016. I currently lease a 2016 Heap Patriot 4×4. Cannot wait till March to unload it back on FCA. Mechanically it’s been fine. But costly to service (air filter is like $40) and fuel economy sucks. Ride comfort is fair. Inside room is terrible. I actually was OK with the styling.

          What’s funny is that the Renegade has better people room then the Patriot.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      I actually think all three of the Mitsubishi-based crossovers (Journey, Patriot and previous-gen Compass) are fine vehicles. The later ones don’t seem to have any quality issues, and if you need a basic SUV, they have you covered. Their only crime is anodyne design and decade-old technology.

      • 0 avatar
        S2k Chris

        If you just need “a car” a Patriot or Compass is fine, but should you just be getting “a car” when you buy a Jeep? I say no, a Jeep should be at least a little bit unique and special. The Patriot and Compass were not.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          Actually, I’d say the Compass and Patriot *were* unique (well, unique-looking, anyway) and that might explain why they sold basically unchanged for so long.

          Personally, I still like the looks of the Patriot. If they did a truly up-to-date one, it’d be interesting.

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        Eh they’re not horrible, but don’t lack quality issues either. These are plagued with the now-infamous TIPM issues, as well as body sealing issues (exacerbating flaky electronics), and classically weak Chrysler front ends (control arms/ball joints). I would feel fine buying a end-of-run model with the 6spd auto or one of the rare stick shifts.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Comparing 4 cylinder to 4 cylinder, I would take a Patriot over a Journey, no question.

      I actually don’t hate the Patriot, and I found myself thinking “it can’t be that bad” when they would pop up in my potential rideshare vehicle candidates. Problem is, that awful 2.4L engine. I just don’t think I could risk it.

      @s2kchris, it seems I did run across a 4wd/manual Patriot. But, I’m not 100% sure, it was a while ago.

    • 0 avatar
      FormerFF

      I defended the Patriot at length in these pages a year ago here: https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/08/defense-jeep-patriot/ Having lived with it for another year, I stand behind my defense. It’s been reliable and easy to live with. It does not have the room inside of a Rav4 or a Rogue, but is is a smaller vehicle than either of those.

      I had the misfortune to get in an accident with my car, and had a Versa and Corolla as rentals. I would much rather drive the Patriot than either of those.

      • 0 avatar
        Shockrave Flash Has Crashed

        I agree with you FormerFF, it was hard on gas and the tank was a little small, however, it never went back to the dealer. Not even once. It was easy to get in and out of. After I got used to the CVT I kind of liked it. For $17K it was a nicely equipped. I loved the heated mirrors. Plenty of ground clearance for getting though snow.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Mazda Miata.

    (Hey, you wanted a car that was a lousy utility…)

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    2013 Nissan Rogue. Cheaply build. They rattle, creak, and groan. They feel flimsy, the A/C is not the best on the planet. The seats are uncomfortable. They don’t do as well on fuel economy as a minivan. They don’t offer any more room than a mid-sized sedan. The CVT goes to limp mode every time you cross the mountains so you end up getting passed by angry semi drivers since you can barely maintain 40mph. The Bluetooth integration sucks so bad as to make it mostly unusable. It isn’t even built into the head unit so you have to manually mute the radio to answer the phone. Speaking of radios, it sucks too. Well, it sounds good if you compare it to two ripped speakers in a cardboard box. Maybe. It does have an Aux port.

    I can’t actually think of any redeeming quality of it that isn’t better in just about any other vehicle sold in the US. OK, a Unimog probably does not ride as well or get as good gas mileage. But at least it can haul something.

    I know all this because we own one. Before you ask, it was given to us to give to our daughter when she goes to school.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Strong argument. Seems to combine everything I dislike about modern Nissans: Terrible powertrain, terrible styling, terrible interior, and inexplicably terribly popular.

      • 0 avatar
        whynot

        Well the reason they are inexplicably terribly popular is because Nissans are terribly cheap which admittedly makes them terribly good values (when just looking at features for money).

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus

          Agreed. The people I know who have late-model Nissans all claim the reason they bought it was that it’s cheap and good on fuel. Same argument one would’ve made in 1977 after buying a B-210.

          Problem is, there are other good values out there. When I told my friend what my brother paid for his low-mileage 2016 Fusion, she could not believe that she paid more for her Altima with less equipment and more miles. “And I love those cars!” she said. I asked if she looked at them before buying the Altima. She said no, because she assumed they would be more expensive.

          She has since given the Altima to her daughter, and says once she gets her daughter’s tuition and senior pics/ring/trip/etc paid for, she’s going to get a Fusion or Accord. For now, she drives a first-gen Durango SXT.

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus

            Since I don’t have permission to edit, I’ll leave this here in a reply:


            I do believe she got a bad deal on her Altima, I think the dealer screwed her because she was already of the mindset that she was going to get a great deal before she ever stepped foot on the lot, and the salesman took advantage of that. I haven’t mentioned this to her because it would do no good whatsoever, its over with now and nothing would be served by bringing it up. I do believe she will do more shopping around next time. I hope so, anyway.

        • 0 avatar
          Flipper35

          We have a base model Rogue and a base model Avenger with one option, the V6. The interior is far better in the Dodge than the Nissan. There is better sound/phone integration. The car gets far better mileage with similar cargo space. There are no rattles or squeaks in the dodge and they are within 5k miles of each other.

          The PO on the Nissan had it in half a dozen times to fix the loose metal toolbox lid sound under the cowl and they never did find the issue.

          So, the FCA product has more features for the money (base models) than the Nissan and is far better put together, believe it or not. The Nissan has been reliable but in the mountains out west EVERY time through the CVT gets hot and goes to limp mode.

          Now, if you want to talk dealership experience…

          Anecdotal stuff: The best we got on a road trip in the Nissan was 26mpg (crossing South Dakota, how flat does it get) on the highway running 75+ on the interstate. We get over 31 routinely in the Dodge at the same speeds (Indiana, pretty flat too).

          The reason we were given the unit is because it had absolutely no resale with 32k miles on it when it came time to trade it in.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      My brother’s wife is up to 193k miles on her ’10 Rogue. In the pluses column I’ll put cheap, good ground clearance and lockable AWD option for rural dwllers such as them, good ride quality, and up until the transmission suddenly failed at 186k miles, it was a very reliable vehicle despite extended use on gravel roads. Minuses are indeed the cheap interior, poor visibility, and less room than other compact CUV entrants (fixed with current gen Rogue). Up until the catastrophic mechanical failure, the CVT worked just fine and actually excelled in the hills IMO.

    • 0 avatar
      TrstnBrtt89

      I LOATHE the Nissan Rogue. It is probably one of my least favorite vehicle’s on the road alongside the Honda CR-V and the Jeep Wrangler. Anytime I see a Rogue I just assume that the owner walked into a car dealer that happened to be a Nissan dealer and said “yes one Crossover vehicle” and that was it.

  • avatar
    deanst

    Yeah – FCA products should “win” here. The Honda products were idiotic, but will provide someone stress free motoring for 15 years or so.

    Close runners up are any German sport utility coupes – which make early AMC Eagle products look attractive.

  • avatar
    ash78

    The ZDX got my scorn, but since it was killed so quickly, I almost want to give it points for uniqueness and rarity. It has grown on me.

    On the other hand, my answer is easy:

    2009 Chrysler Aspen

    A one-year orphan based on a several-year-old BOF SUV…which arguably sucked even in its utilitarian Dodge form. It was weak badgineering during a tough transition time for Chrysler, and reeked of trying to grasp at the tiny bits of luxury SUV boom just as large SUVs were starting to die off thanks to the 2008-09 fuel crisis and Great Recession (for the young folks out there, gas went from $2 to $4 in about 6 weeks, shocking the entire market).

    Sh*tty product, sh*tty timing. There’s not much else about that vehicle or its launch that could have been worse.

    It makes the Lincoln Blackwood look like a resounding success in my book.

  • avatar
    seth1065

    And the winner is with out a doubt the Nissan Murano Convertible , it was expensive , it was a joke , it was ugly and it had no room in it and was hard to see out of, I would take the Acura ZDX in a minute over this interesting vehicle. I think the sticker around 48 K and did I mention it is a 2 door.

  • avatar
    phlipski

    Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet – the expensive automotive example of the old saying, “When you try to be everything to everyone – you’re nothing to no one.”

    • 0 avatar
      Der_Kommissar

      Ding ding ding- we have a winner. There’s a real estate agent in my area who owns one, so I’m subjected to seeing it once a month or so. It is an abomination.

    • 0 avatar
      ash78

      No other vehicle in history has started out with my hatred, but now I really sort of like them. Just for the sheer ridiculousness. There are several in my area and they seem to have a cult-like following. I have to applaud Nissan for their balls here.

      As a consumer…what a waste of money.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Isn’t any CUV/Crossover/etc. introduced in the past 5 years just a cynical cash grab?

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      You really want my answer on that?

      Well, yeah, they are. But then again, this is the car biz…it’s all pretty much a cynical cash grab. If it weren’t, your choices of vehicle would all be named “Corolla.”

      • 0 avatar
        Willyam

        Ding!

        When friends or extended family ask me “I’m getting divorced/downsized/sued and I need a cheap car that can do everything and never break” my answer is almost always Vibe/Matrix (because it’s a Corolla you can put furniture in).

        The response is “but…but…but…”. One in-law took me up on it when the divorce wiped out two cars with payments, and rewarded it’s trouble-free year of service by trading it on a giant used Buick Enclave at the first opportunity.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    When in comes to worst UTILITY vehicle branded as SUV/CUV, it must be Nissan Juke. Ok, may be, shared with CX3

  • avatar
    jack4x

    Even worse than the Murano convertible is the Range Rover Evoque convertible. Same lack of utility and cringe worthy styling, with an added helping of worst in class reliability

  • avatar
    Nellakwah

    While the ZDX wasn’t my cup of tea – with the X4, X6, and M-B equivalents of coupe-like crossovers out now, it wouldn’t seem so out of place in this market. We give Acura crap for not taking chances, and at least this car was different.

    I’d nominate the Rogue, the Murano Cross-Cabriolet, the Jeep Patriot/Compass, maybe the Trax? Terribly built, would make driving the proverbial beige Camry seem like a major step up in every way.

  • avatar
    chiefmonkey

    The looks of the ZDX grew on me. It might be the only Acura crossover/ SUV I sort of like.

    I would pick the Honda Ridgeline, Subaru Baja, BMW X4, BMW X6, all of the BMW “GT’s.” That’s all that comes to mind right now…

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Everything fake and pretentious. So pretty much all of them.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I don’t understand why the ZDX bombed and the X6 did not. They were the first fashionable four-door coupe SUVs (no, not the Aztek).

    My nomination goes for the Murano CrossCabriolet.

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      Because BMW badge.

      People who buy Acuras are inherently more practical than BMW customers, otherwise they would BE BMW customers. And practical people didn’t have much use for a ZDX when an MDX was the same thing and way more useful.

  • avatar
    edu8rdo

    I loved, and still love the look of the Acura ZDX. I’m looking forward to the day when my wife and I need a second car. I can give her our new current ride, and I can shop around for a beautiful hooptie like the ZDX (or a 3rd gen GS, and the like). But when it came out, I knew it would struggle – the look was a leap for Acura.

    Nevertheless, regarding the QOTD – this is finally a list where Americans come out on top! In order of crappiness:
    1 – Dodge Journey. Easily the worse vehicle I had to drive in the last 5 years.
    2 – Chevrolet Captiva. Usually when Asians and Americans have babies – they’re hot. Not here.
    3 – GMC Terrain. Recall my first meeting this this car – I thought, “GM is now just punking us”.

  • avatar
    RedRocket

    There are no shortage of contenders beyond the ZDX: I give you the Crosstour, Juke, Cube, CX-3, HRV, C-HR, and the original Rogue with its designed-in drivetrain shake.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Rogue, its not a bug but a feature!

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Rogue is a mutant who could drain the life out of anyone who touches her.

        Come to think of it, one could say the same of the roadgoing Rogue…

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          So true. What is the Magneto of automobiles of you think? Tesla?

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Well, to be Magneto, a car would have to be a) all powerful and b) totally emo.

            Lamborghini Aventador…in flat black?

            (Tesla’s more like Professor X, I’d say…cool and intellectual.)

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Interesting selection as when I picture Lamborghini in general I don’t think “emo”.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            You kidding? The guy might not have the entire Paramore catalog in his playlist, but he’s a TOTAL emo d!ckbag. Most super-villains are, if you think about it.

            Ditto for Darth Vader and Kylo Ren.

            Some wounded souls spend all their money at Hot Topic and some become super-villains.

          • 0 avatar
            Ryoku75

            “Magneto does not drive a Lamborghini! My vehicle needs no gas! For it is not every car!”

            http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-shOIP9TZ07w/TdmAOf4sGRI/AAAAAAAAADA/tb3EF-biufE/s1600/Picture+3.png

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I’m not disagreeing Magneto doesn’t exhibit emo qualities, I was just commenting Lamborghini as a marque doesn’t strike me as brand selected by an “emo” character.

            “Most super-villains are, if you think about it.

            Ditto for Darth Vader and Kylo Ren.”

            Agree on Vader but disagree that Kylo Ren is a super-villain or even a regular villain. That was one of the worst real films I have ever seen in terms of acting and casting, I don’t even believe the portrayed character of Kylo Ren could bag groceries for me let alone be the new Sith villain. I picture him pining away in his mom’s basement waiting for Hot Topic to call on his job application submission, alas the call never comes.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            …yep, and when poor little Ben Solo flunked out at Hot Topic, next up was the job offer from Snoke…

            Agreed, Kylo Ren’s a whiny little b*tch, but then again, so was Anakin. He’s clearly Sith Lord In Training.

            Disagree on “Force Awakens,” though. Pretty solid movie, if you ask me.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Snoke offered on-the-job-training and a 401K.

            I thought the whiny b*tch approach to Anakin was also a huge mistake, and sullied those two films. Could have still done the internal conflict thing with some dignity along with a real actor (read: not Christiansen) and real dialogue (read: not Lucas). Same formula for “success” used in SW7 I see.

            EDIT: My guess is Christiansen just did what he was told regardless of his own opinion of performance because he realized he really wasn’t that good and was being paid well (or he was delusional in his own abilities).

            We can agree to disagree on that, still haven’t seen one better than Empire.

  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

    Whichever one had the worst AWD system. Honda CR-V is diffinitely in the running.

  • avatar
    chiefmonkey

    Oh, I forgot to mention the Audi Q5. It’s one of the awkwardest/ugliest SUV’s on the road. None of the proportions match, from the terrible Audi front grille to the overly curvaceous rear. Can’t believe how popular they are and how self-assured Q5 drivers always look. The new generation is a bit better, I guess…

  • avatar
    r129

    The Nissan Rogue Select. As if the original Rogue wasn’t bad enough, they continued to unnecessarily pawn it off on uneducated consumers for two more years.

    Since this goes all the way back to 2008, the Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X are able to squeak in there. All of the reliability and class-leading design and engineering of the Chevy Trailblazer, but with a tiny and soon to be non-existent dealer network, plus even worse depreciation. How could you go wrong?

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      Meh the Rogue select has its place in the market place: sub $20k crossovers with AWD, competing against the Jeep Patriot and Mitsubish Outlander Sport. Within the context, it’s actually fairly competitive. A surprising amount of ground clearance and a selectable locking viscous coupling, and very compliant ride. On the flip side, interior quality sucks, outward visibility sucks, interior room compared to Rav4/CRV is not great.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    Chevy HHR. A ripoff of the PT Loser as that party was ending. It was too narrow for no good reason except for “style”, which had to get old before the wiskers wore off the tires. Thankfully there was no GMC badge brother.

  • avatar

    Does Pontiac Aztek count? Dangerous too, as other road users will try to look away to protect their eyesight.

  • avatar
    IHateCars

    Dodge Nitro….not one redeeming quality.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    Anything with a fastback roof, or whatever roof the Nissan Juke has.

    I’m ultimately torn between Toyotas Juke rip off and the Acura above. So it’s an Accord that costs more, yet gives you less space?

  • avatar
    hannahk

    I still remember exactly where I was when I first saw an Acura ZDX because I was so taken aback by how ugly it was.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    For me it’s the Theta-based Suzuki XL7 that debuted in ’07 and replaced the rough and tumble BOF trucklet. Just a total horror show of a vehicle.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    I quite like the Land Rover pictured in the article and it certainly wipes the floor with many a Jeep product from the last 10 years. This article needs a picture of the Compass, but not the car, rather the navigation device used by FCA to find and kill the guy who designed that monstrosity. How anyone can attack any Land Rover product for things like reliability when you look at some of the garbage made by Jeep over the years is totally beyond me. The original Freelander was rubbish (although good off-road) but actually it’s the only truly rubbish car that Land Rover ever made. I could write a book on Jeeps….renegade, compass, patriot, etc

  • avatar
    I_like_stuff

    I liked the Acura ZDX and the Honda version, Crosstour. It was a unique look, just a little ahead of its time,. If it were to have debuted today, the auto press would have been swooning over the “bold design”.

  • avatar

    The Jeep Patriot is hands down the worst vehicle I have ever driven. FCA should be ashamed of themselves for unleashing this vehicle on the public. Did anyone truly look at this car, drive it, and say “Yes, this is the best we can do. Someone really wants to buy this.” ???

  • avatar
    scott25

    I like the ZDX and Cross Cabriolet just because they’re unique. I’ve always thought the ZDX is the only attractive coupeUV also.

    Other than the obvious Journey and Compass, I’d nominate the last XL7, the Hyundai Veracruz, and Kia Borrego. Incredibly poorly executed and designed vehicles in dying segments.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      Why the Veracruz or Borrego? Borrego botched the timing in regards to fuel prices, but from everything I’ve read, they were a decent value proposition in the IRS+BOF generation of Explorers and Pathfinders. The Veracruz always struck me as a totally under-the-radar premium-ish CUV, like an oversized three-row RX350. In fact, Lexus would have been wise to in turn copy the concept and introduce an enlarged three row RX CUV (which they are now doing).

      I’ll also give a shout out to the 1st gen Kia Sorento, the BOF solid rear axle midsize SUV with gen 1 RX300 styling. A really decent and underappreciated SUV IMO.

  • avatar
    Speed3

    Buick Encore.

  • avatar

    It’s got to be the 2004-2008 Chrysler Pacifica. So very, very ugly. So very, very awkward. Especially from the back, but from all angles.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Pacifica_(CS)

    • 0 avatar
      ash78

      Yeah, it was pretty bad, but like the Ford Freestyle, if it were introduced today (with more modern styling), the press would probably love them. At the time, they were just impractical minivans.

    • 0 avatar
      newenthusiast

      Was that marketed as an SUV at the time? I thought it was positioned as sort of an upscale retro wagon/people mover, like…..a somewhat nicer PT Cruiser?

    • 0 avatar
      chiefmonkey

      Everyone I know who had a Pacifica really liked it; oddly, going as far as calling it extremely reliable and lamenting that it is no longer in production (it its original form). Maybe there was more to the Pacifica than meets the eye…

      • 0 avatar
        Flipper35

        My sister refuses to give hers up because she can’t find another vehicle like it. The seating is perfect for her to get in and out of the vehicle. She can sit back away from the wheel (which is not a 3 spoke, she hates the 3 spoke wheels) and move the pedals up to match her position. It seats 6 comfortably and drives well.

        To me they look a little porky on the outside but they are pretty comfy inside.

        If I recall, they were one of the original crossovers when they came out with the marketing calling them a new segment. Cadillac followed with a similar vehicle shortly after.

  • avatar
    Marko

    Mercedes GLA250 – sure it’s not much of an SUV, but it counts because Mercedes tries to pass it off as one. I’m of average male height, yet felt like I had to contort myself into the driver’s seat in the showroom. Once inside, all I noticed were the laughably chintzy interior materials. I didn’t drive it, but couldn’t see why someone would even pay $299 per month for this thing. By all accounts, the ride quality sucks as well, and it’s just plain ugly to look at.

  • avatar
    whitworth

    Jeep Renegade.

    Built on the Fiat 500 platform which takes honors in being one of the most unreliable new cars you can possibly buy.

  • avatar
    SuperCarEnthusiast

    The Patriot was the America answer to the Mercedes G Class AMG vehicle. The only difference is around $200K, big engine and luxury packages!

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