Even if you are not from the United States, you have probably heard of Consumer Reports. It is a popular and well-respected publication that deals with buying cars, among other things. For the better part of the 20th century, Consumer Reports has been the authority behind many road tests.
In modern times, Consumer Reports is much more present online, bringing the latest reviews to millions of consumers worldwide. For many years, the magazine has tested numerous cars and helped in their popularity, as well as sealing the fates of the less fortunate ones. They have marked some vehicles as good, but have declared some as failures, both in the quality and design departments.
In almost all cases, their writers and testers understood the market and pinpointed what is good and what is bad with a model. Here is a list of 10 vehicles that Consumer Reports marked as terribly bad with explanations on what made them fail. You may know some of the vehicles and never heard of others, but they all have one thing in common: They are bad and Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend you buy them.
1. Pontiac Aztek
Introduced in 2000, the Pontiac Aztek was a good idea, on paper at least. The mid-size crossover model came with sharp new styling, a decent engine lineup and plenty of interior space, which was a modern concept at the time. Pontiac was eager to present it to the public, since the overall sales of the brand weren’t good, and they thought that the new model would boost the popularity of the brand and bring new customers to the dealerships. The plan was sound, except for one thing – the design.
Somehow, the Pontiac designers managed to draw and push to production one of the ugliest cars ever made. Even from this distance and 17 years after the first Aztek saw the light of day, it is still a car with the design that makes no sense whatsoever. Simply, every design component and the car as a whole, is extremely ugly and the interior is also questionable. The Aztek designer later worked on a great-looking Corvette C7 and it is strange how he managed to do such a bad job at Pontiac. Maybe he had a bad day.
The pure ugliness of the car and finish quality sealed the faith of the Aztek, despite some positive aspects of this model. The Aztek had plenty of space inside, a decent performance, higher than the average equipment level and a big trunk. In fact, it made a great family crossover, if it wasn`t for the hideous design.
In recent years, well over a decade after they stopped producing them, Azteks are popular, mostly due to an appearance in the cult TV show, Breaking Bad. Azteks have won first places in many “ugliest car” lists. Unfortunately, the failure of the Aztek affected Pontiac as a brand and a couple of years later, Pontiac closed its doors for good.