• Dec 14, 2011
Inside Line is at it again, this time with a list of the 100 worst cars ever made. While we were pretty pleased with the website's choices for its 100 best earlier this year, this one is somewhat less satisfying, which is to be expected.

Calling out the bad eggs is indeed trickier and more fraught with potential missteps than merely committing sins of omission. So yes, we've got our beef with a few of the cars listed. The General Motors 914 at #45? Hardly. If you want to pick on a Porsche, why not the 924? Speaking of which, putting the BMW Isetta on the list (#3) is like bullying a kindergartener. And don't even get us started on the inclusion of the Ariel Atom, at #94 or any other number.

Despite our quibbling, the list is a lot of fun – and sure to bring back "fond" memories for those who've had the misfortune of owning Iron Duke-powered GM products or tried to convince others that a Renault Fuego qualifies as a sports car. After devouring all 100 entries, we can say with certainty that there are far more "worthy" of inclusion here, and encourage you to name names in the comments.

And before anyone gets upset that our lede photo spills the beans on the "winner," ask yourself, is there any other vehicle that could possibly top such a list?


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      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some seriously good and revolutionary cars here. Seems like Inside Line is just pulled $%&#$ out of their backside on this one.
      Egon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any 'worst cars' list that includes the Ariel Atom is an immediate, complete, and total failure. The end.
        Egon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Egon
        Having now tried to read some more of the article, it's painfully clear that it's worse than a total failure. Hell, the 'author' didn't even bother to write complete sentences. How embarrasing.
      omgcool
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also pisses me off that the Grand Prix GTP was on there. The front tires are wider because it's FWD and actually has performance in mind. Also, from what I hear, those Turbo T/As are pretty desirable today. AMC Gremlin: "The engine gets from 0-60 in 15.3 seconds, the pick-up you need on express ways." LOL
      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw this list on their blog the other day. Seriously, if this is what they can come up with, Edmunds should stick to financial advice. This is a site where the "auto enthusiasts" drive a RED Prius.
      AJ Haverly
      • 3 Years Ago
      I feel Ive wasted my time reading that and lost much respect for inside line
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      How could any other vehicle lead the list? I was going to ask the opposite question. How could this lead the list? The only way the Aztek is the worst vehicle of all time is if your only criteria is looks. It wasn't actually a terrible vehicle. It runs fine, drives okay (comparable to passenger car Pontiacs of the time) and people do seem to go crazy over crossovers. It's pretty hard to call a vehicle which carries out its primary function well every day the worst car of all time. Ask anyone for whom money is precious and they need a car which is more important in a car if they would rather have a car that looks lousy getting them there or just doesn't get them there. I would have to think something like the Hyundai Excel or Yugo would be the worst vehicle of all time.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
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        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
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      Brian Roos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Worst car article of all time! Bad writing, lack of knowledge, and technical glitches (several cars listed aren't pictured). Inside Line needs to take this story down. I mean 280ZX was a cool car that sold great and was competitive for the day, especially the later Turbo Versions. The Pontiac Fiero old very well all 4 years it was offered (more than most of Honda's current line up, I'm looking at you ridgeline, element, crosstour) and was still fun to drive and economical on gas. The Suzuki Samurai was a fun light weight off-roader that it was designed to be and well loved by those who owned them. The Azteck didn't contribute to Pontiac's demise as much as the cheaply badge engineered cars did. Pontiac Solstice, Grand Prix GXP, Ariel Atom WTF? These were awesome cars that were well received when they came out and have a following even today.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      reattadudes
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow. just wow. a list that actually makes a Forbes auto article look accurate, and one that manages to offend just about everyone as well. I suspect the authors are most likely too young to have first-hand knowledge of 95% of the vehicles they are "experts" on. many absolutes, like "worst car ever made", "worst blah-blah ever made", and then followed by, "it was wildly popular". gee, who knew better, the 16 year old authors, or the millions of buyers who purchased them? they have no knowledge or the slightest sense of history, like writing the Pacer came with an "archaic 6 cylinder engine", which wasn't exactly archaic in 1975. they are also not aware that the entire Pacer was designed around a rotary engine that GM was building (and AMC had a contract to buy), and the 6 cylinder engine was necessary when the rotary project was canceled. I could go on and on about other glaring errors, but I'm sure plenty of you will point out many others.
        phillip
        • 3 Years Ago
        @reattadudes
        Edmunds are the most knowledgeable experts on the web just because they have an article that you do not agree with don't insult thier intelligence and call them 16 year olds
        • 3 Years Ago
        @reattadudes
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      dklkse1
      • 3 Years Ago
      How in the hell was the Atom even considered for this list?? It's driving/racing bliss. Do those clowns at IL not enjoy adrenaline rushes and real driving experiences?
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      This list is complete garbage. The Porsche 914?? Are you effing serious?? The Lamborghini Espada?? Really?? And the countless others- '53 Vette, Solstice, 280ZX, Justy, Samurai, Aztek, Bronco- what are they doing on there?? This was nothing more than someone's personal list of cars cars they dislike, many of them for strictly subjective qualities. What a farce. And this is why that site is a joke.
      bowserusc
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have to totally disagree with this list. Everyone else has already said it, but i have to put my voice in there too. A lot of the cars they say were ugly, just aren't that ugly, in fact I think some of them look great for the styling of their times. It seemed like whoever wrote this made their judgement based on if the cars were released today. And another thing, for the gremlin it says "it runs second only to its brother the Pacer." Yet the Gremlin was ranked 19 and the Pacer 20. Just doesn't make sense. Last pont, for the Isetta, of course if you drive up to a wall you're not gonna be able to get out. If you park right next to a wall on your left (american cars) you're not gonna be able to get out. Just back in, its not like its hard to maneuver.
        HW
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bowserusc
        the Isetta has no reverse gear.
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