QOTD: What Popular Vehicles Do You Loathe?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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In last week’s QOTD, we made a big list of cars that were considered the oddball choice among their market segment, but which you loved anyway.

This week we head in the opposite direction. We’re talking about the popular vehicles you loathe.

This time around, there’s a rule against vehicles in the oddball or outcast category — it’s easy to hate on the outcasts. The vehicles we’re seeking today are those which are presently popular, or which were so when they were new. And you can’t stand them.

Maybe it’s because they have styling that grates on your nerves. Perhaps your chosen vehicle was so popular that you saw it daily, and simply grew sick of looking at it. Or maybe there’s some other obscure reason, psychological or otherwise, for this loathing. Let me give you an example of a single car which fits all the characteristics above.

Here it is, the New Beetle. The moment Volkswagen released its New Beetle, it was everywhere: television shows and movies, around town, school parking lots, and of course in the copious cutesy advertising. I never liked the styling, and I didn’t like how it was marketed. It annoyed me how excited everyone was for the flower vase. It didn’t seem like a particularly good car, per the report I heard from a relative about the bulb change procedure for the headlamps. I loathed it at the time, and still do. The New Beetle 2.0 is better in that it lost some cartoonish features, but not by much. The whole thing makes me shake my head.

But what about you? Which popular cars present or past do you loathe?

H/t to JohnTaurus for this QOTD suggestion.

[Image: Volkswagen, FCA]

Corey Lewis
Corey Lewis

Interested in lots of cars and their various historical contexts. Writing things for TTAC since late 2016 from a home base in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can find me on Twitter @CoreyLewis86, and I also contribute at Forbes Wheels.

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  • Hpycamper Hpycamper on Aug 24, 2018

    d-i The Box. By Honda. (Element). Not pretty, but its box shape makes it more useful than its brother, the CR-V.

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