13: Ford Tempo
The Tempo is another car that got off to a bad start thanks to a less-than-stellar reputation. It’s no surprise that compact American cars were at their lowest quality levels in the 1980s. The automakers were just trying to squeeze as much profit as possible. But the Tempo pretty much takes the cake when it comes to a cheaply-made American compact car (via Curbside Classic).
If you could keep the vehicle on the road, it managed to prove to be an affordable ride but that was just about it. The Tempo managed to get one of the most questionable reputations of any Ford car and the company’s small car branding never recovered.