TopSpeed’s 15 Worst Cars of the Decade
Ranking the best cars is fun, but ranking the worst is like frolicking on a perfect beach, it just never gets old. Taking into consideration that the year is almost complete, we wanted to rank the worst vehicles of the decade and seeing as how there were so many, ten just wasn’t enough.
Some weren’t very hard to think of, stuff like the Chevrolet Aveo and the Smart ForTwo were obviously going to be on the list, but there were a few that will shock you. If one sentence can sum up our thought process during this evaluation it would be this, ’high sales don’t mean anything’.
Look at the Chevrolet Impala and the Jeep Wrangler. Both sell fairly well, but both are awful. The Impala is fat and drives like a boat and the Wrangler is an off-road machine that most won’t take in their yard, leaving it hard and uncompromising on the road. Despite these two perfect examples of automotive incompetence, both didn’t make the list.
Find out what did by hitting the jump.
When the Focus debuted it was a fantastic little car. It was fun to drive and easy to whip around corners. Even the styling was ahead of its time. The praise didn’t last long though, as the Focus plumped up. Ford piled on the weight, made the steering and suspension horrendous, and the styling bland. A once great car was ruined and the Focus wouldn’t be the only example of this from the Detroit automakers.
What kind of machine was this suppose to be? It wore a Jeep badge, so we thought it might be good on the dirty stuff. No, not at all, and it wasn’t even good on the road either. The Compass doesn’t offer standard four-wheel drive, or anything else traditionally Jeepish. Like putting a four-cylinder in a Mustang, this vehicle is an abomination.
Dull, boring, ugly, and built like a turd. These are just a few words that describe the Sebring. We’re honestly not sure why anybody would want to buy one of these vehicles unless they were practically free. Give us a bicycle, scooter, or a good pair of sneakers and we would take them over the Chrysler. It was so bad in fact, that we had to be talked into driving it back in 2007. We wish we had said no.
Chrysler PT Cruiser
Have you ever wanted to drive a hearse, but don’t want the job that comes with it? The PT Cruiser might be your best bet. At first, the car was pretty good. Sure, the interior was upsetting and the drive wasn’t all that impressive, but it was unique and it had that special flair. If Chrysler had only updated it once in awhile it might have made a different list, but they didn’t. The PT Cruiser grew fat and old and was outdated years ago. The only decent version was the GT and it wasn’t even that good. A turbocharged four-cylinder with 200-some horsepower and horrendous gas mileage. Now, it’s gone and all we can say is, thank you for ruining another good car Chrysler.
Kia hasn’t had many flops in the recent years, but back in 2003, things were different. The Amanti was Kia’s attempt at creating a luxury car, something to compete with Honda and Toyota. Let’s just say it didn’t work. The car was ugly inside and out, drove like a bus, and weighed as much as one too. Luckily, making a terrible car didn’t cost Kia like it did the companies that built the cars above and below this one.
GM sure knows how to sell a car. Let’s take a Chevrolet Tahoe and give it a big macho body and then charge more for it. Americans will love it. Well, some did and some didn’t. We happen to be on the ’not like it’ side. TheH2 was useless where it shouldn’t be - off the road - and terrible on the road. The interior was built like trash and it was stocked with more chrome than a 1950s Cadillac. Did you have an issue with being picked on in high school and need something to make you feel big and important? Well, get a Hummer. If you’re a normal person, then buy something else, anything else.
Just as bad as the H2, but smaller. The engine was pathetic, as was the handling. The H3 was hard to see out of and got worse gas mileage than the space shuttle Atlantis. Despite the large size, the rear-seat wasn’t that spacious and you can get better cargo room in a Ford Fiesta. All of this can be yours for $30,000. Really?
We know that some of you might like the Maybach because it’s basically a private jet on wheels. But it costs as much as one and offers the most boring styling this side of the Chevy Impala. Most of the people who can afford this car can buy a plane or a helicopter for long journeys and around town, so why not buy theRolls-Royce Phantom? It looks better and drives better.
Some say that the Avenger is good on the highway, but those people must like road and tire noise that can damage ear drums. The engines were slow, the handling was bad, and the build quality was awful. The trunk was small and the styling was a bit overdone. The car featured a four-speed automatic transmission, something that was outdated in 2000. Want to know why Chrysler went bankrupt? Take a look at one of these.
If you love driving a golf cart, you will love the Smart. The only reason to buy one of these is down to gas mileage, but the TDI Volkswagen does better, so there really isn’t a reason to get one. We think they would have worked if only sold in major cities for a cheaper price, but they were too expensive.
Such a shame that Americans actually like this car in SRT4 form. We know that America loves straight line speed and not much else but, come on. This car was is so ugly and built like a Lego car. One touch and something might fall off. The Caliber was just one of many mistakes made by Chrysler during the 2000s.
That’s right, the whole damn company makes the list. Every car Daewoo ever sold here in the U.S was bad. The safety ratings were scary and the transmissions were just plain awful. There wasn’t much to love about the Korean mistake.
Time magazine in 2007, called the Aztek one of the worst cars of all time, and again in 2010 as the 34th worst invention of all time. A poll in The Daily Telegraph in August 2008 placed the Aztek at number one of "The 100 ugliest cars" of all time. That sums it up right there.
Toyota hasn’t exactly made bad cars, there just about as appliance-like as it gets. The Echo on the other hand, was bad. Some might call the car ahead of its time, but let’s face facts, the Echo wasn’t a very good car. Some of its innovative features still haven’t caught on. Being green never hurt so bad.
There you have it, our least favorite cars. If we forgot anything please let us know in the comment section below.