2001 Pontiac Aztek
"With atrocious proportions wrapped in plastic body cladding, the Aztek looked like a station wagon stretched out by a car bomb," Brauer said. His description may sound harsh, but he's not alone in his assessment.
In 2007, the Aztek was listed in Time magazine's "50 Worst Cars of All Time." Three years later, on the "50 Worst Inventions" list, it placed three spots behind asbestos. The automotive website Edmunds.com placed it at the top of its "100 Worst Cars of All Time" collection, in which they decried the Aztek's "utter hideousness" and called it "the only car on the list to kill an 84-year-old car company."
1960 Plymouth Valiant
Unlike most cars on this list, the Plymouth Valiant was very successful throughout its production. "The Valiant was well-engineered and sold in large numbers between 1960 and 1976," Brauer said.
But an ugly car is an ugly car, and the Valiant was exactly that. "Its styling in the first few years was busy and lacked cohesion," he said. "Time has only emphasized the bad body-lines."
1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS
The Isuzu VehiCROSS, a compact SUV, fulfilled its mission from a performance standpoint. The styling was another matter, and some likened it to "a Tylenol capsule on wheels," Brauer said.
But many disagreed. The VehiCROSS appeared on the cover of the May 1999 issue of Motor Trend and won a place on its "Top 10 Sport Utilities" list for styling. But as Brauer pointed out, "the VehiCROSS was supposed to be an example of the future of SUV styling. It's 14 years later, and we haven't seen anything like it since."