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These Are Top 3 Ugliest Cars Ever Made in America

Automotive Designs Reflect the Worst-Ever Rated Three American Cars

Car designs reflect the beauty standard of those eras. Designs typically evolve through the incorporation of environmental and contemporary elements. Initially, American cars were characterized by comfortable seats and spacious interiors, designed for long-distance travel across the vast continent. As a result, car bodies become boxier, focusing more on comfort than aerodynamics or technical elements.

Over time, American cars underwent various design changes, resulting in models that looked vastly different from their predecessors. However, some overly experimental designs led to the creation of vehicles that were considered to have the worst designs. Here are three selected models with the worst designs in American car history.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

Chrysler PT Cruiser, Inspired by Al Capone

The Chrysler PT Cruiser, a five-door hatchback wagon produced from 2000 to 2010, still receives harsh criticism for its design. Cultural anthropologist and psychiatrist Dr. G. Clotaire Rapaille participated in designing, claiming his inspiration from the car of legendary American gangster Al Capone.

The PT Cruiser is primarily sold in the U.S., with a 2.4L natural aspirated engine and a 2.4L turbo engine. Despite its divisive design, it was chosen as the 2001

North American Car of the Year for successfully incorporating American sentiments and emotions. Its unique appearance still makes it popular as a tuner car.

Chevrolet SSR, Crossover Pickup Truck

The second car with the worst design is the Chevrolet SSR, a convertible pickup truck sold from 2003 to 2006. It was designed to resemble the popular styles of the 1940s and 1950s, combining the unique configuration of a sports roadster and a pickup truck.

This experimental vehicle was priced over $40,000 at launch, making it more expensive than other pickup trucks. Its sales were low due to its limited cargo capacity and practicality. Engine options included an initial model with a 5.3L V8 engine producing 300 horsepower and a later model with a 6.0L V8 engine producing 390 horsepower.

Pontiac Aztek

Pontiac Aztek, Highly Rated by Owners

The Pontiac Aztek is frequently cited as having one of the worst designs for a midsize crossover SUV, produced from 2000 to 2005. Its unconventional design, characterized by an insect-like front end and an abruptly angled rear end, led to sales that reached only a third of the expected numbers.

However, despite its unconventional design, owners rated the Aztek highly for its excellent ride, comfort, and practicality. In the U.S., it’s known as the “perfect car in all aspects except design.”

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  • Gregg

    I love these articles written by car-clueless people.The PT was a nice design, as well as the SSR.They were a succesful oart of the retro look movement. A worst designed car list that does not include the Pacer, Gremlin, Fairmont, K-cars, most 80's full size vehicles and of course Edsel is stupid.

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