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. And 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. However, they have also sealed the fates of the less fortunate ones. So, while Consumer Reports has marked some vehicles as good, they’ve also declared some as failures. And that is both in the quality and design departments.
In almost all cases, their writers and testers understand the market, so they can accurately pinpoint what is good and what is bad with a model. Keep reading this this of the worst vehicles that Consumer Reports marked with explanations on what made them fail. You may know some of the vehicles or never heard of others, but they all have one thing in common. They are bad and Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend you buy them.
Pontiac introduced the Aztek in 2000, and it 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. Best yet, it was a modern concept at the time. Pontiac was eager to present it to the public, since the overall sales weren’t good. They thought the new model would boost their popularity and bring new customers to the dealerships.
And the plan was sound, except for one thing: the design. Somehow, the Pontiac designers managed to push to production one of the ugliest cars they ever made. Even 17 years after the first Aztek, it is still a car with a design that makes no sense whatsoever. Every design component, as well as the whole car is extremely ugly. And even the interior is questionable.
Interestingly, the Aztek designer later worked on the great-looking Corvette C7. So, it is strange how he managed to do such a bad job for Pontiac. The pure ugliness of the car and finish quality sealed the fate of the Aztek, despite its positive aspects. For example, the Aztek had plenty of space inside and delivered a decent performance.
It even had 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. This is mostly due to an appearance in the cult TV show, Breaking Bad.
However, the fact is, most Azteks have won first places in many “ugliest car” lists. Unfortunately, the failure of the Aztek affected Pontiac, and a couple of years later, they closed their doors for good.