The cars that make Americans cringe

Everyone occasionally buys things they wind up regretting. But when it's a major purchase -- like a car -- the stakes are higher.

 of 14
 of 14


Aug 21, 2013 8:47PM

Maybe it is just me but when I was growing up new cars were a spectacle that was awaited by everyone with bated breath.  Each model year was as distinct as a finger print in most cases and had stand out features that made model identification easy.  Now when someone is asked to describe a getaway vehicle from a crime scene about all they can say with any certainty is what color it was.  LOL


In fact the sameness effect is so bad that I cannot even discern who the actual manufacturer is unless I get a really close up look and can see the emblem.  Who ever is running the design schools today seems to be stuck with the dumpling on wheels concept.  The technology is great but the styling leaves a whole lot to be desired in my opinion.  Even Europe is following this boring trend.  If I am going to pay in excess of a hundred grand for a car it is going to have to look like something other than a Bismarck or long john donut on wheels. 

Aug 22, 2013 7:55AM
Aug 21, 2013 9:34PM
Is this Cube actually a car? looks like a shoebox with wheels! plain ugly!!!!
Aug 21, 2013 9:26PM
Tastes can be fickle, but the all-time king of embarrassment has to be the AMC Pacer if you go by looks alone. As for embarrassing from the point of view of "I couldn't buy a more piece of **** car", that honor has to go to the Yugo.
Aug 21, 2013 8:30PM

Pontiac Aztek

usually makes the list as one of the worst top ten cars ever made,  killed Pontiac.

Aug 21, 2013 11:36PM

I also don't think any real man should be driving a Prius, or Nissan Leaf, there are better looking Cars that get good Gas Mileage


Aug 22, 2013 8:57AM
On a cold, rainy day I would take any of those duds instead of walking.
Aug 21, 2013 8:19PM
Aug 22, 2013 10:49AM
To each their own. I personally don't like small cars or box shaped cars, but what a boring world if we all drove the same thing.
Aug 21, 2013 8:38PM
I do not equate my personal worth with the car I drive, and think any paid-for vehicle looks good.  What is embarrassing is the number of people who must have a $50K new car, but live in a crappy rental apartment or trailer house.  Also, the Honda Element was one of the most versatile vehicles ever produced, and I would buy a new one if they still made them.
Aug 21, 2013 8:05PM
Based on the number of people who would be "embarrassed" to be seen in it, it appears that Smart For Two drivers are in the more self-assured sector of the population.  But that wouldn't take much in a country full of people whose self-esteem is dictated by a machine.
Aug 21, 2013 9:31PM
Now that Hummer I would be "em****ed" to be seen in! Nothing but a " look at me how stupid I am" vehicle!
Aug 22, 2013 8:36AM

So basically, people get embarrased to be seen in a vehicle that doesn't look like a basic, generic car. Most of the cars in this list are unique, some really ugly, but unique nonetheless.


I have on 02 Pt Cruiser and am not embarrassed to drive it. There are definitely things I don't like about it like the materials/workmanship quality and fuel consumption, but I have no problem with the styling.

Aug 22, 2013 12:21AM
I purchased a 2004 SSR new.  While driving it home from the dealership a young lady yelled "I LOVE YOUR CAR".  I got nothing but compliments and everybody wanted to either drive it or go for a ride in it..   
Aug 22, 2013 12:55AM
the smart for two has to be the scariest looking vehicle to even think about driving in heavy traffic .  Give me a Lincoln like that any day to drive .
Aug 21, 2013 10:49PM

Toyota prissy-a$s

EPA rating:  The most 'smug' producing car on the road. 

Sales slogan:    Only the most pretentious of losers can drive a prissy-a$s!

Aug 22, 2013 9:41AM
The HHR surprises me.  For soo many people that wouldnt be caught dead in one GM sure sold a lot of them. 
Aug 22, 2013 11:56AM
if the car will function from point a to point b and , has comfort , and a good safety record who cares .too many people are more concerned about what other people think about the look of their car they overlook the dependability and history of the model .
Aug 21, 2013 9:37PM

SMART????? hmn? wouldn't want to be caught between a Buick and a Caddy! NOT very smart to drive one!



Aug 22, 2013 8:05AM
I always had a rule that i stuck with since i was 16 .If it starts,  goes down the road ,gets me to my destination and its paid for( it is a good car). There must be enough old Lincolns out there to last me till i am dead. Nothing like a $2800.00 Continental or Town car .Embarrassed, never just Frugal.Most I had  went over 300,000 miles then scrapped it for$500.00.
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?


Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.

Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.