• Nov 8, 2006
The votes are in, the judges have, uh, judged and it's official: Democrats control the House.

No, wait. Wrong election. The Truth About Cars readers and staff have chosen the 2006 winners (losers?) of The Worst Automobile Today award.

For those with stomachs too queasy or hearts too weak to read criticism of the domestic auto industry, we recommend you find something else to read. Those TTAC folks get kinda brutal.

Just to keep you in suspense, the list of TWAT winners, with excerpts of TTAC's witty criticism, is after the jump.

Here are the 10 winners for The Truth About Cars TWAT award with excerpts from their comments. Be sure to check out TTAC for the full, venomously funny commentary on each car.

10. Chevrolet Aveo


From the hollow-sounding doors, bargain-basement plastics and skinny tires to the coarse-sounding engine that strains when faced with even the slightest incline, it exudes "cheap" from every ounce of its being.

9. Lincoln Mark LT


Lincoln's badge engineered Ford F-150 is an unholy degradation of the world-famous Lincoln Mark nomenclature.


8. Saab 9-7x


The Saab 9-7X is a Chevy Trailblazer with the ignition key between the seats. Moreover, the Saab 9-7X is a Chevy Trailblazer with the ignition key between the seats.


7. Subaru B9 Tribeca


Why Subaru felt the need to enter the SUV segment when it offers such a wide range of superb four wheel-drive sedans and wagons is anybody's guess. Clearly, they shouldn't have bothered.


6. Chevrolet Monte Carlo


The Chevrolet Monte Carlo is a wrong wheel-drive engineering joke from the late '80's.


5. Hummer H2


While the H2 doesn't come with hair plugs, it tells the world that the man behind the wheel has a small penis, or brain, or both.


4. Chrysler Aspen


It's a perfect example of the old adage "Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should."


3. Buick Rendezvous


The Rendezvous embodies everything that's brought GM to the brink: penny pinching, brand dilution and chronic neglect.


2. Jeep Compass


The Compass stomps all over Jeep's reputation as America's purveyor of authentic off-road vehicles.


1. GM Minivans

In terms of dreadful driving dynamics, contemptible aesthetics and torturous ergonomics, no other vehicles sold in America can compete with these ridiculously-named "Crossover Sport Vans."

And, once again, the link to the full story at TTAC is here.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      "These awards smell pretty fishy to me." - laserwizard

      Comedy gold.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Minivans deserve first place...

      But where's the new Dodge Dakota? That thing is a HORRIBLE replacement for such a well proportioned truck it used to be.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There are some craptastic vehicles on this list...but a few don't belong. Just because you can't afford a Hummer you don't have to hate it. Like somebody already said its a NICHE vehicle. Nobody can use the argument that "it wastes too much gas" so does the sequioa. Others might say "its a waste, all the soccer moms don;t take it off road" they dont take their tahoes or pilots offroad either. This is a case of just plain bias on the part of the people who picked it. I'll bet most of them have never even stepped into one, nevermind drove one.
      Chevy Monte Carlo?Don't knock it cuz its front wheel drive... If you wanted a shi**y front wheel drive coupe to knock on, try the Solara, a.k.a. the most uninspiring "sports" coupe on the market. At least the chevy is available with a 303 HP V8.
      TTAC needs to chill out and instead of being a website filled with hate...they should try and actually HELP the industry for once...
      • 8 Years Ago
      all these cars can be found at www.gnaa.us
      they are a real award
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd like to know what I need to do to get a twat award. Maybe two or three.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #10
      #17
      #20

      Same person.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "But where's the new Dodge Dakota? That thing is a HORRIBLE replacement for such a well proportioned truck it used to be."

      Not really, hell GM had 20 years to get the small truck right and they walk out with the Colorado *rolls eyes*. Having driven every generation of Dakotas the current generation one is one tough truck, with it able to out-tow the current "full sized" Tundra...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with this list except for the Hummer H2, Subaru Tribeca, and Chevy Aveo. As previously mentioned, the H2 is a niche vehicle and it's a great vehicle for its niche category. The Subaru Tribeca is an ugly vehicle but its a good package and I don't think it deserves to be on the list. The Chevy Aveo isn't a bad car, in fact its probably average in its category. I agree that its not too powerful but it looks OK and its got decent quality and a very good price.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kinda sad, it seems like the people behind this list drove maybe 2 out of the 10 vehicles. I've read reviews from reputable car magazines about many of these so called "TWATS" and they are no where near the worst. Seems like the Lincoln, Saab, Subie and Jeep got the bad rap just because of the supposed "dilution" of the brand. Not really on their merits as actual cars (although I'll agree with the jeep assesmant)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ugliest cars or trucks ever?

      1) Element did not make the list
      2) Ridgeline did not make the list
      3) Yari sedan with cheap interior did not make the list
      4) Tribecca did (surprising)
      5) Avalon did not make the list
      6) Quest did not make the list


      The truth about cars has some way to go if they want to be up to snuff doing some trash journalism. This last analysis lacks depth and frankly is kind of hollow. Nice example of the future negative and non-constructive generation.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I actually agree with this report! The GM vans are butt ugly. And so is the nose of the Tribeca. The Subaru has been known as unattractive since day one. If you think it's nice looking, you are one of the VERY VERY few. Even Subaru has admitted it's front end looks need a "change."
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder if Rick Wagoner will accept his TWATs personally?
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