Consumers aren't afraid to speak their minds when it comes to the products they purchase, and that's especially true with cars. Car consumers hold the power, and they know it. Word of mouth is an influential thing, and once people start talking about their hatred for a certain car, you can pretty much guarantee that a fallout is on the horizon.
Declining sales is basically the only reason that a car company would halt production on a model. The majority of the cars on this list are either no longer made or extremely unpopular.
Car trends change on a yearly basis and more so by the decade, so it's no surprise when car models go out of style, but the cars we're about to present are hated for many more reasons than just their unappealing appearances. An ugly car will often wear out its welcome quickly, while a luxury car or a sports car that's actually dangerous to ride may take years to be found out.
The cars on this list include cheap clunkers and cars with low or dangerous safety standards, loud engines, uncomfortable interiors, and unsightly exteriors. Some were only on the market for a few years, while others miraculously stayed around for a decade or more.
Some cars that people hate the most include gas guzzlers and environmentally unfriendly ones like the Hummer H2, the quirky-looking and peculiar-shaped Nissan Cube, the fatal and hideous Saturn Ion, and the outdated Ford Edsel, among many others.
Here are 20 of the Most Hated Cars of All Time.
20 Dodge Omni
The Dodge Omni debut model actually sold pretty well during the time when Chrysler needed it the most. The car sold so well at first that it brought the company back from the brink of bankruptcy. The car seemed to be the future of American cars, with the first front-wheel-drive hatchback, the first transverse-mounted engine, and the first with a semi-independent rear suspension. The Dodge Omni even won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award in 1978.
However, once the owners got comfortable driving their new cars, they began to notice a lot of problems. Consumer Reports quickly led to the Omni getting a bad reputation amongst car buyers for the poor build quality and the uncomfortably low safety standards. In fact, the Dodge Omni is one of the worst-rated cars ever, according to Cheat Sheet.
19 Nissan Cube
The Nissan Cube is a unique-looking car, to say the least. The curved box-shaped vehicle with an asymmetrical rear window was shockingly voted one of the "10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000" by Kelly Blue Book. A whopping 61% of people agreed that the car was "cool" in a survey. It was also voted one of the "AAA top vehicle picks for dog owners in 2010," but despite all of this, the Nissan Cube is still one of the most hated cars out there.
Not many people are into the square-shaped look of the car, and it's certainly not the most powerful set of wheels on the road. The most powerful version created was the 1.8-liter MR-engine with 122hp. After slowed sales, the quirky-looking Cube was discontinued by Nissan in 2014.
18 Hummer H2
There aren't too many fans of the Hummer H2 left - if there were even that many, to begin with at all. The enormous SUV was put on the market and manufactured by General Motors from 2002 to 2009. There's also a four-door pickup version of the H2 that was deemed the "H2 SUT" (sports utility truck). The H2 was released around the time when the economy was booming and gas prices were low; however, as soon as circumstances changed, the vehicle immediately became wildly unreasonable to own.
The H2, along with anyone caught driving one, was eventually vilified. Environmentalists went after the Hummer and deemed it as wasteful, oversized, and gaudy. Drivers have complained about the engine being loud and the car being so big that it's hard to see out of, according to Autotrader.
17 BMW X6
Buying a BMW is a symbol of status for many drivers, but when it came to the X6, many people were disappointed. In 2017, it's quite normal to see SUVs that feel as small as a coupe on the inside, but back in 2008 when the X6 was released, car manufacturers were still into the trial-and-error stage. The X6 was unquestionably a failure.
The sloping rear of the car makes for poor visibility when drivers look over their shoulders, particularly when changing lanes. Additionally, the sloping roofline makes it difficult for anyone six feet and above to sit in the back seat. According to drivers, the X6 is also lacking "the kind of feel you get in a proper sports car," according to a review by Telegraph.
16 Pontiac Aztek
Mostly everyone who catches a glimpse of the Pontiac Aztek hates the plastic-heavy SUV, but when Walter White began driving around in one on the hit series "Breaking Bad," the Aztek caught a break as well. The car had been on the market for quite some time already, but once it began making an appearance on the popular television show, millennials actually took a liking to the lemon.
However, the love for the Aztek didn't last, and it's still considered one of the worst cars to have ever been made. The high ticket price on this vehicle is also startling, considering the clunky exterior and poorly designed interior. Consumer Reports' auto team actually confessed to being so embarrassed to be seen driving the car during the day that they did most of the test driving at night.
15 Smart Fortwo
To say that people didn't like the Smart Fortwo would be an understatement. In 2013, drivers said the Fortwo was the most embarrassing car on the market. The only positive thing that Consumer Reports had to say about the car was that the "tiny two-seater is good on gas and a snap to park." However, the first fact isn't even true because, at 36 mpg, you might as well get a roomier car because you'll be paying the same amount in gas.
The shape of the Fortwo looked as if someone had just taken the top half off of the original Smart car. The small interior of the vehicle obviously provided limited storage space, which wasn't a hit with drivers. The transmission also has a terrible reputation for being one of the worst ever. The noise levels are reportedly annoying, and the ride is less than comfortable.
14 Saturn Ion
The Ion was problematic for many reasons. For starters, one of the most-heard complaints about the Saturn vehicle was that the speedometer was located above the center console, forcing drivers to physically move their heads to see how fast they were going. The Ion was also recalled a dozen times for things like ignition-switch issues, fuel-pump links, and other safety defects, none of which any driver wants to be dealing with on the road.
If the ignition switch was moved from the run position to accessory, that would mean that the car would stall and the airbags wouldn't go off in an accident. Because of all the defects, there have been a number of fatal car crashes in the early 2000s, according to a GM chronology of the recall. The car finally stopped being produced in 2009.
13 Ford Pinto
Back in the 1970s, the Pinto was one of the most popular cars around. However, these days, the Ford Pinto has a horrible reputation - and rightfully so. The car company was actually tried and prosecuted on homicide charges for selling the Pinto. After that, Ford’s reputation was in the gutter as well, and it was difficult for the American car company to bounce back.
Over 100 Ford customers filed lawsuits against the company, and it was the first time in United States history that a corporation was indicted on criminal homicide charges. The Pinto was sadly responsible for over 900 deaths and mutilations. The drivers’ cars caught fire after rear-end collisions, according to Automotive News. The biggest problem of all was that Ford was exposed for having known about these issues before they put the Pinto on the market.
12 Chevrolet HHR
The retro-styled, five-door, five-passenger station wagon was launched in 2006 and was only sold until 2011. HHR stands for "Heritage High Roo." The Chevrolet HHR was one of the worst-selling cars of all time, only selling one million units during the six years it was on the market. However, during that time, the HHR also generated around six million recall notices.
It's also not the most attractive-looking vehicle and somewhat resembles the Chrysler PT Cruiser, which also makes it onto our most-hated list. The car actually shares many characteristics with the Chevy Cobalt compact sedan, like the front-wheel-drive architecture. The 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 143 hp in the 2007 models was switched out for a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 172-175 hp, Edmunds reported. Chevrolet stopped making the car after the 2011 model due to poor sales.
11 Aston Martin Cygnet
The Aston Martin Cygnet was never actually released in America, and that's because the hatred for the tiny luxury car spread worldwide. The idea behind the car was to proactively combat European air regulations, but the result wasn't what Aston Martin had initially hoped. The car only cost around $40,000 and was marketed to young adults living in the city. The company had hoped to attract new customers to their clientele while pleasing the long-time Aston Martin owners as well.
Aston Martin quickly realized that the Cygnet was a flop and ceased production quickly and quietly before it had a chance to really impact the brand’s reputation poorly. It didn't help either that the car debuted in the midst of the Great Recession. Quite frankly, the Cygnet didn't have much hope at all for being a successful sell from the start.
10 Chevrolet Aveo
In 2002, GM bought out Daewoo Motors, a South Korean automotive company that ran into financial trouble. They basically took the automaker’s Kalos model and put a Chevrolet logo on it and called it a "Chevy Aveo." The car is also marketed worldwide in over 120 different countries under seven brands. The car had 14-inch wheels, a terrible transmission, and a homely build. There were also sedan and hatchback versions, but neither were anything to get excited about.
The Aveo got around 35 miles per gallon on the highway, had a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, and produced 108 hp. After not seeing much success with Aveo sales, GM made a few modifications, launched a second generation of the vehicle, and renamed it "Sonic" in 2012.
9 Chrysler PT Cruiser
The Chrysler PT Cruiser is definitely one of the most unsightly cars around, and you'll still catch quite a few of them on the road, despite the fact that the company discontinued production in 2010, according to Automobile Magazine. Chrysler claimed that the car was the first example of a “modern retro car for the masses,” but it was really just an ugly, low-set clunker.
The PT stood for “Personal Transportation” but it was actually expensive to run and depreciated in value and performance rather quickly. The PT Cruiser only got around 24 miles per gallon on the highway and 19 in the city. There was also an optional four-speed automatic transmission that drivers complained about in the car. It also featured a horribly cheap interior filled with cheap plastic.
8 Ford Edsel
In the late 1950s, American cars were at their most colorful, gaudy, and outrageous. The Ford Edsel line was no different, and the car manufactures thought that it would be the future of cars. Ford even claimed September 4, 1957 “E-Day” a year before the car launch to hype up the consumers’ excitement.
Ford also produced 18 different versions of the car, which was unheard of at a time when other manufacturers offered just a few different models. The car was only manufactured from 1958 to 1960 because sales tanked so quickly. The Edsel had poor quality, had reliability issues, and was priced much higher than any other Ford models at the time. Most people didn't even like the way it looked. The failure ended up costing Ford around $250 million, according to The Washington Post.
7 Fiat Strada
Fiat has produced a few failed models, like the Multipla, but the majority of people would argue that they hate the Strada even more. The supermini coupe utility truck was first produced by the Italian automobile manufacturers in the seventies with the tagline “handbuilt by robots.” However, drivers who were looking for a cheap little car were sorely disappointed with the final product. In 1983, Fiat halted production in the United States.
The Strada is currently still being produced around the world, particularly in Europe and South America, but it's manufactured in Mexico under the name "Ram 700." The car has a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine and produces 115 hp. Despite its success globally, the Strada isn't likely to make a comeback in the United States anytime soon.
6 Chrysler Sebring
The Chrysler Sebring was a car that wasn't favored by many. For a lot of drivers, the Sebring represented all of the negative things about Detroit before the recession. Over the 15 years of production, three generations of convertibles, two generations of coupes, and two generations of sedans were made.
The Sebring was never a beloved car, and most drivers had complaints about defects, including misleading fuel-economy numbers, transmission issues, a failed front suspension, and oil leaks, according to Consumer Affairs. The car has been reported to jolt and accelerate quickly, and numerous consumers complained about the convertible model’s top breaking. In 2009, Chrysler stopped producing the car after a significant decline in sales, and the 2010 model was the last of its kind.
5 Jeep Compass
Before the Jeep Compass was redesigned in 2017, drivers had a lot of issues with this model. In a hate-filled Consumer Reports survey for 2016, people ranked the Compass as having the worst reliability in its class with the worst satisfaction rating of any SUV in the country. Drivers found the Jeep model to be noisy, complained it was expensive on gas, and claimed there was poor visibility.
In a survey, over half of consumers who purchased a Compass said that they regretted their decision. The Compass doesn't look like a typical Jeep either and is covered in plastic, has strange-looking headlights, and has an unimpressive grill. Perhaps, after the modifications Jeep made to the 2017 model, fewer drivers will feel as inclined to hate this car.
4 Kia Rio
The Kia Rio is one of the cheapest cars that you can buy; however, like the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” Drivers who paid for this vehicle were certainly not happy with the product. Not to mention, it's one of the most dangerous and deadliest cars to drive, according to Cheat Sheet. This obviously didn't sit well with consumers.
The Kia Rio was ranked first (and that isn't good) with a driver death rate of 149 per million registrations. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests exposed the 2012-2014 models as having vulnerabilities in the leg and head areas. That being said, Kia has made significant changes to the 2017 model, and there might be some potential for the Rio to make a comeback.
3 Dodge Coronet
Much like the Ford Edsel, the Dodge Coronet became outdated and out of style by the end of the fifties. The over-the-top, decked-out car was produced as a full-size model from 1949 to 1959 and as a mid-size from 1965 to 1975, according to Allpar. The car stuck out like a sore thumb on the road, and drivers were often made targets by the police for speeding.
The Coronet’s extravagant back wings quickly became unpopular as the trends changed for car styles in the sixties. While people seemed to like the Coronet for a few years, sales dipped significantly at the end of the decade, which motivated Dodge to restyle the car and launch the intermediate size, but sales for that model weren't too overwhelming either.
2 Kia Spectra
The Kia Spectra was produced in America from 2000 until 2009, and it didn't make a good impression on the car industry. The Spectra, with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, garnered an alarmingly bad safety record along with disappointing resale values. Drivers cited poor performance, cramped second-row seats, and a noisy engine at higher rpm, according to Edmonds. Drivers also complained that the front cushions didn't have a lot of padding, so they weren't comfortable to sit in for long durations.
The car also had poor fuel economy, making it expensive to drive, and most people purchasing a Kia are looking to save money, not spend a ton on gas. By 2004, sales had already begun declining quickly for the Spectra, and it was soon replaced by the Forte in 2008 before production was halted altogether in 2009.
1 Toyota Tercel
Today, Toyota is considered to be one of the most reliable car brands in the world. However, this wasn't always the case. It takes time, as well as lots of trial and error, for an automobile manufacturer to build such an excellent reputation. The Tercel, however, was definitely an example of an "error" on Toyota's part.
The Tercel was first manufactured in 1978 and referred to as the "Corolla Tercel." It made its debut in America in 1980 in both hatchback and sedan versions, according to Toyoland. The subcompact cars that were produced in the eighties were some of the most hideous, and the newer models in the nineties didn't exactly go over well with consumers either. In 1999, Toyota halted production on the Tercel, and that was that.