The first decade of the 21st century was the decade in which automotive design went to an unseemly death, and yesterday, we asked you about Worst Vehicles of the Decade they were. And Boy Did you have feelings?
10- Nissan Altima
Nissan Altima. This is an introduction to the bad-credit Nissan driver you now see weaving through traffic with bald parts on the front wheel.
What you are looking at here is the birth of a meme.
Suggested by: 89islander
9. Dodge Caliber
I think the Dodge Caliber is right there. Horrible-quality interior materials were combined with the indifference, a driving position like sitting in a bathtub, and a dull engine made worse by the CVT’s groan. Not really good at anything it’s supposed to do.
They killed a PT Cruiser for no thing.
Suggested by: Bessie Mist
8. Chevrolet Aveo
My vote for worst would be a Chevrolet Aveo.
I drove one in 2010 or so, and I was pissed off about it. The worst new car on sale at the time – because it reminded me of a shoddy car from 1993 – in a way no new car has had in at least a decade or more. Basically, GM was making something so bad after so many years they should be ashamed of it.
At least it came in a good color.
Suggested by: CycleReport_Nate
7. Chevrolet HHR
Absolutely horrible disgusting 2005-11 Chevy HHR.
It was a cheap, cynical version of the really cheap Chrysler PT Cruiser, with the razor-cut, finger-cut plastic finishes on the inside that make the Yugo feel like a luxury car, and you could barely escape one damn if you needed a late-19th-century rental car.
The road hold was absolutely nonexistent, even compared to a PT Cruiser, I remember laughing out loud when the tires start chirping and complaining because I would have taken a normal exit/entry off a cloverleaf highway at no more than 30mph (more than the poor guy would reduce from his ugly nose in the grass). I can take the same exit/entrance with my rental PT Cruiser at 40 mph without the drama.
Viewing with the small windows was a disaster, which is bad because you really wanted to avoid looking at the vomit-inducing interior that you can’t touch because your fingers would literally bleed (yes, there was an unfinished plastic prong near the driver’s mirror adjustment which luckily rested on my finger) .
This was unsafe at any speed and litter at any speed. It could easily be the worst thing General Motors produced in the 2000s….
One of my friends’ moms had a Chevy HHR for about six months before she finally pulled out her hair and bought something else.
Suggested by: GTO62
6. Kia Rio
How did we let Kia get away with this?
2007 Kia Rio, was marketed as a sports car
Suggested by @RatRunner48 via Twitter
5. Saturn ion
The Saturn Aeon was the worst car I’ve ever driven in any decade.
Yes, but it is so Attractive.
Suggested by Twiffalo via Twitter
4. Chevrolet SSR
Chevy SSR. Foolishness as a truck, no sport, expensive, cabin crap, looks like a melted bar of soap, drives worse.
Imagine designing this, step back, and say, “Yeah. That’s excellent.” What happened? Where did the error occur?
Suggested by: Andy Jensen via Facebook
3. Dodge the Avenger
2008 The Avenger and Sebring. They were a 10 year old car when they came out. Terrible driving lines, cheap interior, poorly fitted panels, horrible reliability.
My family almost bought an Avenger. We dodged a bullet.
Suggested by: Scott Brow via Facebook
2. Jeep Compass
Since the caliber is mentioned, how about its mechanical cousin, the first generation Jeep Compass.
As one featured commenter responded, “It looks like a giant eraser.” That’s what he does, my friend. This is what he does.
Suggested by: Frosty Ass Tony La Russa
1. H2 . crab
The dangling fruit, but the H2 was Dubya’s “Mission Accomplished” banner in chariot form.
It was great off-road by all accounts, but as a status symbol for the mall’s crawler, it was a horrible, filthy hog with an indoor dollar store. I feel so sorry for every underpaid limo driver who gets stuck with a stretched-out driver
The Hummer H2 has been a huge hit for my younger brother and I, in large part because we can buy a remote-controlled version that fits Barbies and GI Joes.
Suggested by: Maymar