11. Pontiac Aztek
In 2000, the Pontiac Aztek seemed a viable idea on paper, at least. This mid-size crossover model with sharp new styling, a decent engine lineup and plenty of interior space was a modern concept at the time. Pontiac was eager to present it to the public because their overall sales were slumping. They thought the new model would boost the popularity of the brand, bringing new customers to their dealerships.
The plan was sound, except for one thing – the design. The Pontiac designers managed to draw and push to production one of the ugliest cars in automotive history. Even 17 years after the first Aztek saw the light of day, it is still a car with a design that makes no sense whatsoever. Consumers found the car extremely ugly and the interior was also questionable.
The Aztek designers later created the great-looking Corvette C7, so it is strange how they managed to do such a bad job for Pontiac. The pure ugliness of the car, as well as the bad fit and finish quality, sealed the fate of the Aztek, despite some positive aspects of this model. The Aztek had plenty of space inside and delivered a decent performance. It also had a higher-than-average equipment level and a big trunk. In fact, it would have been a good family crossover if it wasn’t for that hideous design.
In recent years and over a decade after they stopped producing them, Azteks are popular. This is mostly due to its appearance in the cult TV show, Breaking Bad. It has also placed first in many ugliest car lists. Unfortunately, the failure of Aztek affected Pontiac as a brand. A couple of years later, Pontiac closed its doors for good.