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Lauren Fix, The Car Coach: The World's 15 Worst Cars Ever Made

Ford Edsel
The 1956 Ford Edsel is displayed at The Museum of Failure in Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

Lauren Fix By Monday, 14 February 2022 05:03 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

There are some really ugly and poorly built cars on the road. Some are gone forever. Some just stand out n the crowd. Here are 15 of the world's worst cars ever built. The years range from the 1950’s to present day. Some you may have heard of, and some you may not have heard of. Sit back and enjoy this list of the 15 worst-made cars of all time. These are in no particular order and not really in chronological order, either.

There are many, many contenders for the title of worst car ever made -- so many in fact that picking the absolute worst isn’t easy. How could these manufacturers miss the mark even in this day and age? Some models still haunt the brands to this day. I’m sure you can think of more -- please add them in the comments.

Let’s get to the list in no particular order: Make sure to add yours worst cars in the comments. Lets’ compare notes.

2004 Chevrolet SSR

GM’s retro creation, hot-rodded its way right off the assembly line. According to some, it was plain heavy, under-powered, and lazy. Definitely NOT what America would consider a hotrod. This truck was very polarizing and did not sell well. Please leave the hot rodding to the aftermarket.

2001 Pontiac Aztek

Most people disliked it because of its design and it looked unusual, like a strange three-eyed monster. It was supposed to be a family vehicle. The goal was to create a futuristic car that would set the bar for other automakers to match. Unfortunately, due to the many designers who worked on the Aztek, the car was left half-baked. The Aztek is one of the most devastating failures in automotive history. They put the best of their designers on the project. Rumor was they were fired after consumer and media feedback.

Chrysler PT Cruiser / Convertible

This was Chryslers attempt at creating a hot rod. The late Nineties was a difficult time for Chrysler. It was in partnership with Mercedes, and the German firm wanted to make cuts to bring Chrysler back into profitability. The PT Cruiser - PT standing for Personal Transport - the concept's transition to reality was not very successful. There was a taller roof with larger windows that you could actually see out of, and the overall design was more upright. The PT Cruiser was not what consumers expected, in the US Chrysler classified the car as a truck, in an effort to bring the average emissions of its commercial vehicles down. Whoever decided to add a convertible to the line-up probably had good intentions, but the execution was sad at best.

1985 Yugo GV

The creator of the Bricklin, also created the Yugo GV. Simply put, the engines gave up, the electrical system would fry and eventually something would inevitably fall off. Dubbed “the Mona Lisa of bad cars”, the Yugo should probably just have given up before it even started, right along with its 5 gallon gas tank that was not practical.

This car had the vision of offering the cheapest automobile in the U.S.; unfortunately, it was also the worst. The car was imported from Yugoslavia and sold in the United States for $4,000. In reality, it was worth around a tenth of that price. Its interior was filled with too many plastics, which meant it was supposed to be even cheaper. When an automaker fails in the luxury department, they make up for it in the performance or something else, but Yugo failed in all aspects. The car was blessed with a harsh and jarring driving experience, which was made even worse by terrible steering and handling. It begs the question, “Yugo, or no go?” Consumers answered that question. The Yugo is the butt of many jokes today.

1978 AMC Pacer

Produced from 1975-1979 and then sold out in 1980. The body surface was 37 percent glass. Came in 2 door hatchback and 2 door station wagon. The pacer’s creator was the same person that came up with the Gremlin idea. It was promoted by AMC as the “first wide small car.” Production only lasted a few years for this little wide small car.

Consumers called it the fishbowl, as the rounded glass just made the car ugly.

1966 Peel Trident

The Trident was built on the Isle of Man in the 1960s. The world’s smallest car measuring 4 feet and 2 inches in length. The Trident was an example of a futuristic bubble car like you’d see on the cartoon The Jetsons. It offered either two seats or one seat with a detachable shopping basket, and of course it’s clear bubble top made it one of a kind resembling a UFO. This is a cute museum car, at best.

Chevrolet Citation

According to the dictionary, a citation is usually defined as exemplary conduct. Unfortunately, the Chevrolet Citation, turned out to be pretty much the exact opposite of that. Clearly, the car suffered from being a rush job to such a degree that it eventually became its downfall. the Citation's end was eventually brought on by the US Government’s decision to file a lawsuit against General Motors to tackle the tsunami of complaints filed by various X-body car owners.

The car was raved about all over the media and seemed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, at least in the world of automobiles. However, it later turned out GM had duped car magazines of the time. They were all given specially modified versions of the car, in which the serious torque steer had been engineered out. By the third year, sales dropped, by 1985, the gig was up and the car was off the market.

Ford Pinto

The Pinto had a tendency to burst into flames in rear-end collisions. Though the car really wasn’t as bad as some on the list, it did have some issues, but stayed in production until 1980. There were over 3 million produced in its lifespan. Unfortunately, 1.5 million were subject to recall in 1977 due to the fuel system being defective. The Pinto was marketed two ways; one as a three-door hatchback, and one as a three-door station wagon. Surprisingly there are collectors of these little cars.

1970 AMC Gremlin

Long in the front, and short in the back. The Gremlin was an odd looking beast with a heavy 6 cylinder engine with choppy handling because of the lack of suspension in the back. It was AMC’s attempt to create a subcompact car before Ford and GM had the chance. The Gremlin came in a 2-seater and a 4-seater design. Love them or hate them, the Gremlin’s were produced until 1978, and folks still think of them as worth preserving, you certainly don’t see many of them today. The commercials were great, “Hey Lady, where is the back half of your car”

1958 Ford Edsel

There were 18 different divisions of Ford Edsel’s, started in 1957, right at the beginning of the recession. The Edsel was supposed to be everything America was looking for but seemed to be doomed from the beginning. Consumers and critics cited the Edsel as ‘ugly’, and overpriced, unfortunately production only lasted for two years and then was stopped. Back when they were made, they were a huge disappointment, but presently they can fetch thousands of dollars for collectors.

1957 King Midget Model III

This little box of a car had a 9 hp motor, and was known as a utility vehicle. Eventually, Government safety standards won, stopping the production of the Midget mini cars. These mini cars were first sold in a kit, complete with chassis, axles, springs, steering assembly, instruction manual and patterns for the sheet metal all for under $300.00. By the end of their era, the mini cars were sold as completely assembled cars by the Midget Motors Corporation, they looked similar to jeeps in present day.

Cadillac Cimarron

The Cimarron was the perfect example of good-looking cars that are best avoided. The car featured an exotic styling that gave an impression of sophistication and luxury. But that's the farthest it could go with good things. Its build quality meant that it couldn't go any far from cruising the city streets. Among other negative sides of the Cimarron was its snail-like pace. Introduced in 1981, the car sold at a huge price of $12,131. The Cimarron marked the beginning of the fall of Cadillac, causing damage that the company might not have recovered from to this day.

1957 to 1991 Trabant

Germany is well-known for some of the best automobiles in the world. With one exception, the Trabant. This one was a disaster on wheels. Dubbed the people's car, the Trabant was supposed to replace the Volkswagen Beetle. How successful was that? Its design and engineering were a serious afterthought. The list of problems for this car was endless. To start with, its body panels fell off at high speeds. Even so, the Trabant left several body panels on the road. Its two-stroke engine sucked oil like a vampire drinking blood. The car didn't have any safety features at all; no turn signals or brake lights.

2002 - 2007 Saturn Ion

The Ion is yet another common player in lists of the worst cars ever built. Despite showing a promising start as America's answer to Toyota and Honda cars, Saturn desperately needed some refreshing. And they settled for the Ion. Unfortunately, the beginning of the Ion was the beginning of the fall of Saturn. The Ion didn't answer anything, Toyota and Honda continued bringing their cars to the United States. The car was plagued with poor build quality, a wretched interior, and bad styling. But there was a no haggle price.

1973 - 1981 Reliant Robin

The car is the butt of countless jokes, the Reliant Robin was missing more than a wheel and will be remembered as one of the worst cars ever. The Reliant Robin three-wheeler borders on not being a car at all. The Robin’s basic formula had been the backbone of Reliant car production since the company’s founding in 1935. This would be a hard-pass for most drivers.

I know this is not all the worst cars. Add your worst car suggestions in the comments. This should be a good list, I’m looking forward to your thoughts.

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There are some really ugly and poorly built cars on the road. Some are gone forever. Some just stand out n the crowd. Here are 15 of the worlds worst cars ever built. The years range from the 1950's to present day.
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