Top 10 Ugliest Cars in Recent History

Some cars are just a bit “not my style”, and then there are the ones that are just plain ugly!  Here are our top 10 contestants for ugliest cars in recent history!

1.    Pontiac Aztek (all models)
2.    Ford Tempo (all models)
3.    1975 AMC Pacer
4.    1985 Yugo GV
5.    1974 AMC Matador X coupe
6.    1980 Chevy Citation

7.    1981 AMC Eagle wagon
8.    1981 Dodge Aries
9.     Chevy Celebrity (all models)

10.   2000 Toyota Echo coupe

The Pontiac Aztek was created to appeal to the new-wave granola SUV types, and failed miserably.  This bulky box on wheels lacks a single attractive feature, and may have been spewed forth from a busted-up tanker and coated with cheap plastic.  No thanks Pontiac.
Pontiac Aztek
When Ford unleashed its ‘Tempo’ model, it was clearly confused.  This vehicle is not much more sophisticated than a child’s car, and likely costs just a bit more.  Unless it was simply to cater to a low-income market, I cannot understand how this ever made it to production.  I had to borrow my grandmother’s Ford Tempo the other week while visiting her, and once I got it up to 60 miles per hour (which took forever), the sucker broke down and left me stranded on a highway.  Suck it, Ford

Ford Tempo

The 1975 AMC Pacer is the epitome of the mini-hatchback gone oh-so-wrong.  From the ugly bumper, unattractive body design, all the way to the cheap ass rims, this is AMC-A major catastrophe.  Did it only come in mustard yellow or string-bean green?  I can see Kitty Foreman from ‘That 70s Show’ taking this little eyesore out for groceries

1975 AMC Pacer

The 1985 Yugo GV comes to mind.  The 85 Yugo resembles a washing machine with wheels, and the grill appears to be plastic.  This is the definition of a no-budget car, and may be what Geo used to inspire its Metro.  Can you picture this as a luxury car rental?  Ha.

 1985 Yugo GV

The 1974 Matador X coupe looks like a number of 70’s style automobiles.  Simple design, cheap feel, overall unimpressive.  I can picture a dude with sideburns, aviator shades and bellbottoms leaning against the side, searching for his pride as his date bolts. 

  1974 AMC Matador X coupe

Who cares if it was America’s first front wheel drive compact car; the Chevrolet Citation is one ugly machine.  It just squeals, “I have no style or sophistication, and likely no job”.   And it is too fat for its wheels.  There. I said it.

Chevy Citation

The 1981 AMC Eagle wagon looks like it belongs in a chop-shop, like it was initially an experiment gone awry, then accidentally replicated.  Joe Dirt called, he wants his wheels back.   Did Eagle every make anything attractive?

1981 AMC Eagle Wagon

1981 must have been a bad year for automakers, it seems all the designers had quit.  The 1981 Dodge Aries is another fabulous example of one ugly car.  It looks like someone drew a rectangle, added wheels and headlights and called it a day.  There are literally no defining features on this car, but if you lean in real close, you can hear its desolate whisper, “Please destroy me”.

1981 Dodge Aries

Chevrolet gets another one, with its Chevy Celebrity cars.  Chevy obviously has a well-developed sense of humor for naming it “Celebrity”, and these boxes are not too different from the Dodge Aries.  I think they gave them away, as I used to see many of them on the roadways as a child, full of rust spots.

Chevrolet Celebrity

Finally, the 2000 Toyota Echo coupe.   What is under the hood is not being debated; it is simply that you must look at the exterior.  And no one should ever have to do that.

2000 Toyota Echo Coupe


Let’s compare notes, please add your favorite ugly cars in the comment section below!


If you have or had one of these cars it may be time to try out a luxury car and see the difference.  Don’t worry if you cannot afford an expensive car becuase you can try one for a day with a luxury rental car.  I am sure after you day is over with a luxury car you will see the error in your ways.


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