When it comes to ugly cars, everyone has their own list, but a few cars can be found on all of them, like the Pontiac Aztek. In this list, we’ll show you the 3 ugliest cars that, in concept, were actually pretty good.
The 2012 Fisker Karma
The 2012 Fisker Karma was one of the most unconventional cars ever made. It was an electric car that had a petrol engine that didn’t work as an engine as much as it did as a generator. If that sounds confusing, that’s because it is. So confusing that it caused a lot of issues that Fisker kept having to fix during its release.
That was the first issue with the Karma, the second was that its design was both stunning and hideous at the same time. The body of the Karma was sleek and modern for its time. The designer and owner of the company Henrik Fisker is a car designer by trade and used to work for both Aston Martin and BMW.
The problem is that the Karma had a face only a mother could love. As the guys on the old Top Gear pointed out, it had a mustache made by huge vents, which made no sense on an electric vehicle. Many of you might be thinking, oh that’s not so bad. However, it would be like waking up every morning to go for a drive and be greeted by the face of the Monopoly man.
That being said, the Karma had a decent performance, such as doing 0-60 in 6.3 seconds and being able to take turns at high speeds with no shifting.
The biggest problem for the Karma was that it was priced as a luxury sedan but because of its face it neither looked as good as the competition nor performed how it should have for its price.
In fact, Consumer Reports gave it a failing grade after comparing it to the Porsche Panamera, which was priced in the same ballpark. The Fisker could have performed well if it had made changes to its price tag and definitely to its design.
The Chrysler Crossfire
The saddest part of the Crossfire’s history is that it was actually an excellent car on paper. It combined design elements from Chrysler with a Mercedes-Benz SLK engine. So, American stability with German performance. That sounds like a winning combination.
Unfortunately, the Crossfire’s design elements weren’t well-received by critics. However, if you’re someone that likes the look of a car that resembles a ’20s Roll-Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Coupe, the Crossfire is for you.
The Crossfire came with several engine variants, all versions of the SLK, however, none of them were able to perform like their Mercedes cousins due to poor weight distribution and body design.
The Crossfire could have been great. It’s short falling was the fact that Chrysler never actually took the time to design the car. If they had, the Crossfire could have been a huge success.
The Subaru Baja
Subaru drivers are some of the most fiercely loyal car customers that there are. They will tell you what a pleasure it is to drive a Subaru, until the cows come home. However, the Subaru Baja wasn’t well-received by critics or even long term fans of the manufacturer.
It found itself being somewhere in the middle of being a car and being a truck. If it had decided to go the Australian route and been a 2 door vehicle instead, it could have been what they call a Ute, but it didn’t. So it stays in limbo as to what it really is.
The plus side is that it performs well. It can haul, and with the rear gate, you can even have a 5-foot truck bed to use. However, it falls short when it comes to the design aspects that make the vehicle functional. Such as the fact that if the tailgate is down, you can’t see the license plate, and of course, the overall design was not a pretty one.
A car is a huge investment. These three ugly cars fell just short of hitting the mark, and show that forethought takes a car company a long way.