The sports car segment is one of the most highly desired segments in the automotive industry. Drivers who enjoy a fun, speedy experience and personality in their rides have always sought these cars out from the pack. The sports car has evolved a lot over the past several decades from the early days of the muscle car era. However, that doesn’t mean that some automakers haven’t produced some of the ugliest sports cars around during that time.
Several sports cars missed the mark in many areas, including performance and styling. If a car ends up ranked among the ugliest sports cars, it’s usually an inclination of a deeper problem with the design. These cars end up universally panned and written off by true auto fans. We looked back at some of the ugliest sports cars to hit the road and why drivers avoid them.
20: Pontiac Fiero
The venerable Fiero was a General Motors effort to reinvent the sports car. As a company that relied on big V8 engines in a previous life, the automotive industry was forcing them to adapt. High gas prices and tougher emissions regulations meant automakers had to get creative and squeeze more power and performance out of a smaller engine. The Fiero went with a mid-engined design much like the Toyota MR2 (via Auto Trends).
The result was a car that drove surprisingly well, but in reality, fell short in a few crucial departments. Styling of the original Fiero was questionable at best and overtly blocky, to say the least. The car was also minuscule compared to most other cars on the road. The interior was also a far cry from other sports cars on the market. The car came out during a period of cheap GM interior design that had flimsy plastic and cheap fabrics.