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25 Ugliest American Cars Ever

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Don’t get the wrong idea here.  We are huge American car fans and still drool over ZR1 Corvettes, GTS Vipers, classic 302 Boss Mustangs, etc, unfortunately every now and then U.S. car designers get their designs horribly wrong.  These ugly cars may be completely mechanically sound, reliable, fast, luxurious and packed with all sorts of other great qualities, but still revoltingly ugly cars.

Designing cars can be an exceptionally difficult process since there are thousands of considerations that go into a car model’s design.  It seems that car companies launch ugly cars the most when they start with a clean slate of paper (so to speak) and try to create a totally fresh and new car. Without the ability to do mass test marketing prior to launch (aside from concept cars); automakers risk missing the mark with their designs and standing to lose millions and sometimes billions of dollars.  Even though a some cars are unattractive, it doesn’t guarantee that they will be a commercial flop.  The Chrysler PT Cruiser was actually a relatively big success for Chrysler Corp, even though we think it is quite an ugly automobile.  Others cars such as the Edsel, were basically universally accepted as ugly (mainly due to the awkward front grill design) and lead to that Ford subsidiary’s demise.

Few cars execute their exterior design exactly right.  Either the car has the use of too much plastic (first gen Chevy Avalanche), too large of a gap between the tire and upper wheel well, awkward light placements and so on.  As long as American cars are rolling off the assembly lines, then there will continue to be colossal failures in car design.  There is a fan out there for every model of car, no matter how incredibly ugly the majority of us think it is, so we don’t expect readers to unanimously agree with our ugly American car list.

Check out our list of the 25 ugliest cars that have originated from America below.  Make sure to click the Like button and post a comment below to speak your mind on what you think of this list and perhaps other ugly cars that you think should have made it.

List of the Ugliest Cars Ever from the US:

  1. AMC Eagle Wagon (1979-88)
  2. Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible (2005-2010)
  3. Pontiac Aztek (2001-05)
  4. Mercury Zephyr (1978-83)
  5. AMC Gremlin (1970-78)
  6. Pontiac Trans Sport (1990-99)
  7. Oldsmobile Calais (1985-86)
  8. AMC Pacer (1975-80)
  9. Dodge Rampage (1982-84)
  10. Ford Mustang II (1974-78)
  11. Cadillac Cimarron (1982-88)
  12. Buick Skylark (1990-98)
  13. AMC Matador (1971-78)
  14. Ford Thunderbird (1980-82)
  15. Lincoln Versailles (1977-80)
  16. Edsel Corsair (1958-60)
  17. Dodge Dart (1961)
  18. Packard Hawk (1958)
  19. Plymouth Valiant (1960-66)
  20. Mercury Sable (1986-91)
  21. Chevrolet Avalanche (2001-06)
  22. Ford Ranchero (1977-79)
  23. Ford Pinto (1971-80)
  24. Lincoln MKT (2010-14)
  25. Ford Taurus Sedan (1996-97)

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  • Ole Unca Bob

    A friend of mine in college had a 1957 Ford Edsel and it was a very nice car–smooth ride, good acceleration, luxurious interior and low maintenance. That grill design killed this car before it ever got started. With a different grill, things might have been a lot different.

    • Surprisingly, they look pretty good today. I saw one place at a huge car show this last summer. It was immaculate though. I bet they’ll be increasing in price as collectors jump on a piece of history…..

  • Ned

    I own a 2014 Lincoln MKT. The interior kicks ass and actually the exterior styling gets me a lot of compliments. Also, your 0-60 time is dated. My car does 0-60 in 5.5 seconds. A real sleeper going against 95% of the cars on the road.

  • SamJS

    I disagree with a number of the vehicles included on the list above. Unique appearance does not equal “UGLY”.

    Of course what can you expect from a generation that defines “COOL” cars as:
    The Nissan Cube
    Scion B
    Kia Soul
    Ford Explorer, etc.

    It’s as if everyone has decided to drive around in the crate the “Real” car was shipped in, rather than the car itself. It’s like wearing shoe boxes on your feet, instead of the shoes.

    • chlyn001

      I agree w/ your first three picks, but what the heck is the matter w/ an Explorer? I could live w/ one of those anytime.

      • SamJS

        Nothing wrong with the Ford Explorer, that’s what I drive. But they are all boxy shape as was my late 80s Isuzu Trooper. But although they are cool, they’re anything but stylish. I didn’t buy either of them for their style, but for on and off-road ability, durability, and dependability. I certainly wouldn’t want a low-slug vehicle like a Ferrari or Lamborghini to drive off-road, I’d never make it over the first hump. Those are stylish vehicles, but absolutely worthless on any surface other than well maintained roads and highways.

        To be perfectly honest one car I always liked and would have loved to have, but never bought was was the old late 70s AMC Pacer, sort of looked like an upside down cereal bowl driving down the road, but it gave it that quirky look I like, just like the old VW Beetles and VW Fastbacks I also liked, enjoyed and owned.

  • lurch394

    Do not agree about the Mercury Zephyr. It had a simple, understated design.

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