• Nov 4, 2009
Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. While some cars seem to be almost universally loved for their gorgeous lines and undeniable sense of style – the Lamborghini Miura and Shelby Daytona Coupe certainly come to mind. Others, such as the new Honda Accord Crosstour and even the latest Nissan GT-R, not to mention nearly everything currently wearing the Acura badge, sport more debatable duds.

And what of the car that's most commonly associated with the green movement? Of course, that would be the Toyota Prius, and we know that some happen to find the car rather attractive... whether that's for its slip-through-the-wind styling or fuel mileage – made possible in part by that styling – its owners happily enjoy. According to BusinessWeek, though, the second-gen Prius is one of the 50 Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years. Not a distinction any owner wants their car to carry.

Take heart, Prius owners. There are a number of questionable vehicles on the list. For instance, the classically boxy Volvo 240 isn't ugly at all... it's purposeful and practical. Neither are the Lamborghini LM002, 2002 BMW 7 Series, Tata Nano or Toyota iQ deserving of inclusion on this unflattering list. Lastly, does anyone really think the DeLorean is that unattractive? Unabashedly '80s sure, but ugly? Nah.

[Source: BusinessWeek]
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      • 5 Years Ago
      I liked the Volvo 240 and the VW New Beetle. The Honda Element is funky looking, but it is really good at what it does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Worst list ever.

      I would only agree with about half of those... or less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holly Cow! The Enzo, New Beetle, DeLorean made the list. I don't think so! Yes, on the Aztec, Volvo, Tata....
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's wrong with what the Enzo looks like?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad to see the Fiat Multipla made the list, by far the ugliest in my opinion. I like many of the cars on the list, sad to see that anything "different" is labeled ugly. It will be a sad day when everything looks like an Accord/Camery.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this person belongs at a haters ball, if only for the inclusion of the 240. Its boxy, but good! And the Nano? Form following function if there was such in automotive design! Its not pretty, but its certainly not ugly. DeLorean? Really? Again, stop drinking the haterade. 80s details notwithstanding, the Giugiaro wedge is classic. Gorgeous? of course not. But ugly?

      The Enzo however, IS ugly. There's no question in my mind that its stunning, but its not pretty.

      Where is the 1959 Impala with its excessive trunk wings? Or the Edsel with its bizzarely proportioned grill... or the Porsche Cayenne???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just like well-respected tech author John C. Dvorak says, these lists are bogus. Just a bunch of guys in a room writing down whatever pops in their head. Total content fillers with no real substance behind them. Even many of the reasons with the photos were weak at best--especially that of the New Beetle. Oh and if the Bangle-butt was so horrible, why has just about every luxury car and wannabe luxury car company adopted it in its designs?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "This is the design philosophy of the Thing: Take the basics of the Beetle—an engine, powertrain, and seats—and plop them in an unfinished metal box. There's no front grille, the bumper is an afterthought, and nobody bothered to round the fenders."

      Was this author a fashion designer? They obviously know little about automotive design. Why would a rear-engined car (The Thing) need a grille? Why would you "round the fenders" on a military vehicle? The powertrain includes the engine!

      The complaint about the El Camino's "mystifying hub caps" is truly mystifying- it doesn't have any!

      The RAV4 was a sales flop?!

      The Pacer, Multipla and SsangYong- awful.
      Twingo, Nano and Enzo- perfect,
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love 'experts'

      I miss my 1976 Chevette!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, it's like these guys don't have a clue...
        - Chevy El Camino? Classic! (shoulda put up the Ranchero - that was ugly)
        - Subaru B.R.A.T.? Again, another classic, esp. with the jump seats!
        - DeLorean? Come on...

        - Cimmaron? Merely uninspired, but not downright ugly
        - Toyota Van? only if you give it a clown-car paintjob...
        - Escalade? A zillion rappers and soccer moms can't be wrong!
        - Avalanche & H2? Because they are big?

        Basically, anything that isnt a generic 3-box sedan, they dislike. If it's aero or otherwise funky, they don't like it.

        Bah.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It has everything to do with the look of the vehicle...the vehicle looks like a douchbag would drive it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cadillac Escalade
        Introduced: 1999
        The perfect car design if fuel, practicality, maneuverability, and class mean nothing to you. One of the most self-indulgent vehicles ever made, the Escalade is for looking rich while you're burning gasoline.

        /----------------------------

        Notice how the description has absolutely NOTHING to do with the look of the vehicle, it's just their twisted world view which seems to mix class envy and environmentalism into a nice big pile of FAIL!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why is BW waisting time writing about cars? Autoblog doesnt spend time writing about the 50 worst run businesses of the last 50 years. Although they do spend a lot of time writing about the 3 worst run businesses...

        Also remember who their target reader is, someone who drives a Taurus but aspires to a Merc S600 and is not aware that you can purchase a car with a manual trans.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What do those stodgy bunch of tool-sheds at BW know about cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ferrari Enzo? Citroen BX? Roomster? Lagonda?

      I don't see the ugly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow I found Eva Longoria's topless video is here:
        http://cli.gs/Eva-Longoria
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. These guys are idiots. I wonder what their idea of a good looking car is? Vanilla Camrys and Corollas? Stick to stocks and the numbers pencil necks...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Lagonda was one ugly POS....and it really was a HUGE POS.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the Pruis looks decent for what is it.


      Enzo? ummm im sorry WHAT?


      The Toyota IQ I think its cute its no where near ugly
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        If the IQ had twice the HP, it'd be awesome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gotta admit, once I got past my personal favorite ugly ducklings, I had to agree with all 50. I realized if I left out personal feeling or didn't make excuses for the car, all 50 would be downright ugly or just poorly designed.

      A pretty accurate list for the car lover without any bias.

      If your favorite fan-boi car was in the list, look deep inside and see the ugly, it is there. Embrace that you love something that is flawed and possibly ugly. It will be OK, breathe...
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