7. Pontiac Aztec
Introduced in 2000, Pontiac Aztek was a good idea, at least on paper The mid-size crossover model with sharp new styling, a decent engine lineup, and plenty of interior space was a pretty modern concept at the time. Pontiac was eager to present it to the public since overall sales were not so good, and they thought 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, Pontiac designers managed to draw and push to production one of the ugliest cars ever made. Even from this distance 17 years after the first Aztek saw the light of day, it is still a car with a design that makes no sense whatsoever.
The Aztek designer later designed a great-looking Corvette C7, and it is very strange how he managed to do such a bad job at Pontiac. The ugliness of the car and not great fit and finish quality sealed the Aztek faith despite some good aspects of this model. The Aztek had plenty of space inside, decent performance, higher than average equipment, and a big trunk. In fact, it would be a good family crossover if it wasn’t for the hideous design. In recent years, over a decade after they stopped producing them, Azteks are popular, mostly due to their appearance in the cult TV show “Breaking Bad” and first places in many “ugliest car” lists. Unfortunately, the Aztek failure affected Pontiac as a brand, and a couple of years later, Pontiac closed its doors for good.