It’s the 21st century. Car design is arguably in its prime with numerous innovations in how an auto can look and feel. So there’s no excuse for these five aesthetic offenders that ruin a perfectly good day while on the freeway. We’re not talking old, or cheap, we’re talking bad all over. Here, the fugliest of them all and what to get instead:
Toyota Tundra pickup: When it leaves the assembly line, they smash it through some fencing. As intended, all the rails stick to the front. Toyota calls it a grille and says customers want this clutter in the name of improved “styling.” We say: it’s a truck. It doesn’t need to be metrosexual. Photograph courtesy toyota.com.
Nissan Versa sedan: The Nissan Sentra is bad, but the Versa is worser. It’s too high-waisted, and the goggle-eyed headlamps stare inappropriately, like Urkel on wheels. Those flouncy accent lines and silly shape make it look like the Spice Girls getaway car—not something you want for the next ten years. Yet the Versa Note, a related hatchback, is just darling. Photograph courtesy nissan.com.
Mini Coupe: We say this out of love: the Coupe design comes up short—especially compared to its more stylish siblings. The Mini Coupe proves an automobile can survive decapitation and still function normally. This should be the official car of the Headless Horseman in Fox’s Sleepy Hollow series. Photograph courtesy flickr.com/nrmadriversseat.
BMW X6: How the company that creates the 435i Coupe (and other sweethearts) perpetrated this atrocity should be taken up by Congress. It just looks so darn clunky. Maybe with so many beautiful cars, BMW felt compelled to make one eyesore to keep the universe balanced.Photograph courtesy wikipedia.com.
Chevrolet Spark: This line of electric cars was supposed to be Chevy’s affordable answer to the Prius. Instead it exists to make the Yaris feel like a Jaguar convertible. Multi-segmented eyes, the available Lime Green color--it’s not hard to imagine slime oozing from its thorax after a collision. This car takes “going green” too far—skip the Spark, go for the Leaf. Photograph courtesy commons.wikipedia.com.