19: Toyota MR2
The Fiero isn’t alone in the debacle of mid-engined cars that turned out ugly. The ’80s MR2 was also a travesty on wheels. The car bore a striking resemblance to the Fiero and it’s a hard question as to who copied who. The MR2 had the legendary reliability and driving reputation of Toyota behind it but that was about it. The car wasn’t particularly impressive when you took it out for a drive. The buzzing engine and lack of off-the-line performance made it more of a novelty car than anything (via Auto Evolution).
Cargo space was also limited. The car was a two-seater that threw practicality out the window. The MR2 did a lot of things right and the premise was great. But when it came to design, it wasn’t functional enough. The MR2 went through many generations and gained a solid fan base. But the original styling of the car was a travesty and the quintessential over-stylized look of the ’80s.