There is absolutely no question that the 2000s brought upon some truly marvelous vehicles to the automobile world. So many car manufacturers were able to improve upon their histories, and the technological advances that started to present themselves during it made for some quality cars. However, even with this clearly being the case, it is absolutely important to remember that there have been some truly abysmal cars from this decade as well. In fact, it may be even fair to classify some of these as easily some of the worst cars in the history of automobiles.
With all that's been said, we will look at the 20 biggest duds carmakers tried to sell us in the 2000s throughout this article. It's important to note that these vehicles will be coming from a wide variety of car manufacturers. This will show the fact that even the best of manufacturers were prone to making lemons during this time period. Criticism is definitely warranted for these vehicles, as they clearly were not built in an effective manner. At the end of the day, it goes without saying that buyers should avoid purchasing these cars used. They are not worth the stress.
Now, let's look at these poor cars from the 2000s!
20 2009 Hummer H2 SUT
The 2009 Hummer H2 SUT was a complete and utter disaster from the very start of its time on the primary market. This is largely because of the fact that the vehicle was built in a very poor fashion, which of course, would lead it to have many major problems.
Engine and transmission problems were definitely the biggest and well-known issues that would come from these cars, and this would sink its value rather quickly. When seeing as how they also were major gas guzzlers, it is clear that they never should have been released in the first place.
19 2005 Kia Amanti
Kia is definitely known for making very reliable vehicles, so it is understandable that they receive a lot of praise. However, that does not exempt them from making mistakes as well, and this is definitely presented through the 2005 Kia Amanti.
There is no question that this vehicle was rushed through its overall development, and as a result of this, it would go on to have a plethora of major issues that never seemed to be fully resolved. Constant breakdowns became the norm with these cars, and as a result of this clear fact, they would sink in overall value.
18 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo
The 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo definitely was a significant car because it would go on to take away a lot of the popularity of the series. This is largely because of the fact that this car was a complete and utter lemon, especially when seeing as how it had a very short life cycle.
The biggest issue that would be presented through this vehicle was that it had an abundance of major problems with its engine. This would result in it being prone to breaking down at any given moment, and this would make its owners grow extremely tired of it rather quickly.
17 2002 Lincoln Blackwood
The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood was a great idea at the time of its release, as it was a pickup that was supposed to mix luxury with performance. However, this truck would end up being terrible when it came to being used in working conditions, which would make people despise it.
This would end up sinking its value so badly that it actually would end the series after just one release. This truly is disappointing because this truck could have been something special, but at the end of the day, it was built in such a poor manner that it lost any chance of being successful.
16 2008 Dodge Avenger
The 2008 Dodge Avenger definitely did not reach the level of expectations that originally were given to it. This is largely because of the fact that it clearly was poor when it came to its overall structure. This would end up making people end up avoiding it entirely.
According to CarComplaints, this car would go on to have a high amount of major issues when it came to its engine, as well as its interior accessories. At the end of the day, it truly is disappointing that this car was a failure, as it had a lot of potential to be special.
15 2006 Chrysler Crossfire
The 2006 Chrysler Crossfire would end up being the last straw for the series, as it was a complete and utter lemon. This definitely was not ideal, as the car manufacturer had hoped that this vehicle would end up bringing in a plethora of sales.
At the end of the day, it is clear that Chrysler needed to do a better job when it came to building this vehicle. In fact, one could even argue that they rushed it during its development, as it had so many avoidable issues that they clearly did not recognize before its release.
14 2001 Ford Explorer
The 2001 Ford Explorer definitely can go down as one of the worst ones ever from the very popular series. This is largely because of the fact that it clearly was not built in an effective fashion. This would result in it having a very short lifecycle, which would make it heavily disliked.
According to CarComplaints, this car had an immense amount of issues when it came to its steering, as well as its transmission. This would take away its reputation of being a reliable family vehicle, and that is what normally makes people so drawn to the Explorer series in the first place.
13 2005 Toyota Echo
The 2005 Toyota Echo was supposed to be a vehicle that was built to last and would provide a plethora of safety for its passengers. This would end up not being the case in the slightest, as this vehicle would go on to possess far too many major problems from the very start.
According to CarComplaints, this vehicle had a lot of major issues when it came to its transmission, as well as its engine. It would become so bad that the car manufacturer would decide to completely erase the series, as it had developed far too negative of a reputation.
12 2004 Chevy SSR
The 2004 Chevy SSR was one of the stupidest releases in the history of the automobile world, as this car lacked an overall purpose. This car was technically classified as a pickup, but lacked any real towing capabilities and was built like it was meant for a Barbie doll.
One cannot blame the car manufacturer for aiming to make something different, but this car was a complete and utter lemon at the end of the day. Not only did it have an awful appearance, but it was also prone to having a plethora of major issues that would go on to sink its overall value.
11 2001 Cadillac Catera
The 2001 Cadillac Catera was a luxury car that had high expectations of making a lot of noise in the primary market. However, this would end up not being the case because of the clear fact that it was built in an extremely poor fashion. This would make it prone to having many major problems.
At the end of the day, this car is easily one of the worst ones to ever enter the automobile world, and it really did not deserve a place in it. As one could assume at this present time, these vehicles are primarily found in junkyards, rather than on the actual road.
10 2007 Dodge Nitro
The 2007 Dodge Nitro came into the automobile world with a massive following, as it was supposed to be a top-notch vehicle. However, as time would surely tell, this vehicle was a complete and utter lemon. In fact, it became one of the worst vehicles of that release year.
Seeing as how this vehicle had an immense amount of issues with its brakes, it is quite understandable as to why so many people would end up giving up on it. There is no question that it was far too dangerous to drive, and this would end up ruining it overall value.
9 2001 Jaguar X-Type
Jaguar has been able to become one of the top car manufacturers in the entire automobile world because of how its immense success over the years. However, when looking at the 2001 Jaguar X-Type, it is clear that this car does not follow in that direction at all.
This vehicle ended up being so poor that the vast majority of the automobile world easily consider it to be one of the worst cars of this decade. When seeing as how its engine needed constant attention from mechanics, it is quite simple to understand why this is the case.
8 2006 Jeep Compass
The 2006 Jeep Compass came into the automobile world with the expectation that it would be a very solid family vehicle. There is no question that this is the area in which the car manufacturer truly thrives, but they failed immensely in reaching this with the 2006 Compass.
There is no question that this car had an immense amount of potential, but it simply possessed far too many monstrous issues from the very start of its time on the road. When seeing as how its interior accessories would crumble on their own, it makes sense as to why so many people were disappointed with this model.
7 2005 Ford Excursion
The 2005 Ford Excursion is a vehicle that the car manufacturer desperately wishes that they could erase from their history. This heavy duty vehicle was expected to not only have an immense amount of power, but also be able to provide a lot of safety for its passengers.
At the end of the day, it clearly failed to do this, and this is what would end up dropping its value extremely quickly. People completely began to avoid this car when word got out that it was prone to having a lot of major problems with its engine, and it had no durability in the slightest.
6 2008 Lexus HS 250h
Lexus has been able to create some very nice luxury cars over the years, but they failed immensely with the 2008 HS 250h. This car was a complete and utter failure from the very start of its time on the primary market, and it is easy to see why it did not end up selling well at all.
For a car that was so expensive, this vehicle was miles behind its competition, and this is because it was extremely poor when it came to its overall structure. As a result of this clear fact, it is safe to consider this vehicle as one of the worst vehicles of this decade.
5 2001 Pontiac Aztek
The 2001 Pontiac Aztek was so hyped up that many people believed that it would end up saving the car manufacturer. However, it would end up doing the complete opposite because of how astronomically bad it was. Engine and transmission issues were always present.
This car was built so poorly that Edmunds considers it to be the worst vehicle to ever be released in the entire history of the automobile world. This definitely makes it qualify as one of the biggest duds of this decade. It ultimately never should have been released in the first place.
4 2009 Chevy Aveo
The 2009 Chevy Aveo failed to make an impact in the automobile world during its time on the primary market. This is largely due to the fact that it lacked any real originality. Nobody was thrilled by its release, and this can be seen by its extremely low sales.
As time would continue to pass by, it became clear that it also lacked in any real amount of durability. Due to this clear fact, it would go on to have an immense amount of issues with its engine, as well as its steering. This would end up sinking all of its value, and now it is seen as one of the worst cars from this decade.
3 2008 Dodge Caliber
The 2008 Dodge Caliber was released under the impression that it would end up being a very solid family vehicle. At first glance, one may even assumed this to be the case, as Dodge had an extremely solid reputation over the years for their spectacular models.
However, this would end up not being the case for the 2008 Caliber, as it would go on to have an immense amount of problems with its engine and transmission. As a result of this, many car experts classify this as one of the worst vehicles of this decade rather easily.
2 2007 Chrysler Sebring
The 2007 Chrysler Sebring definitely ended up being a complete disaster on the primary market, and this ultimately makes a lot of sense. Seeing as how this vehicle would break down on its own in a matter of months, it makes a lot of sense that people grew tired of it.
At the end of the day, Chrysler clearly needed to do a far better job when it came to building this vehicle. It is clear that it definitely had a lot of potential to be something special, but the car manufacturer evidently rushed the development of it before its release.
1 2007 Smart ForTwo
The 2007 Smart ForTwo definitely had the right idea in mind when it came to building an environmentally friendly car, but boy, these cars were ugly. As a result of this, nobody would actually be intrigued in this vehicle. In fact, it was made fun of more than anything else.
At the end of the day, this vehicle could have actually been pretty solid if it was built in an entirely different way. It's clear that people were just not impressed with the strange appearance of this car, and it does not come as a surprise at all that it would end up being a commercial failure.
Sources: Edmunds.com, carcomplaints.com, autowise.com