The 5 Ugliest Cars Ever Made

By on May 21, 2015

Most of the time here at Motor Guides, we give you lists that detail the BEST cars in various categories. But every now and then, we like to mix it up and show you a few terrible cars that you should never consider buying or driving. While we’ve already covered the least reliable cars ever and the cars that are most likely to get you speeding tickets, another reason to steer way clear of certain cars is simply how they look.

Everybody wants to be a driving a sexy, sleek vehicle that is the envy of everyone who sees it. Nobody wants to be driving the hideous, box-shaped misfit that makes pedestrians and motorists alike shield their eyes when it passes by.

When buying a car, looks are certainly a factor to consider, and while people can have wildly different tastes, it is pretty consistently agreed upon that the five cars on this list are downright U-G-L-Y ugly. Unless you have a strong taste for the weird or want to be ridiculed by your peers, you should not own one of these unsightly autos.

Here are the five ugliest cars of all time.

#5: Nissan Cube

Production of the Nissan Cube began in Japan in 1998, finally making its way to the United States in 2009. The car had been varying degrees of ugly throughout its entire production history, but perhaps the worst offender was the (pictured) 2014 Cube, which led to the car’s discontinuation in the United States in 2015.

While the Cube was super cheap – the 2014 Nissan Cube had an MSRP of just $16,900 – and relatively fuel efficient, the clunky design aesthetics ultimately did the crazy looking box of a car in. With horrendous blind spots, slumping, inefficient windows, and a back window that wraps around the side of the car, the 2014 Nissan Cube drew very, very little praise from anyone – except, maybe, from Nissan employees.

The Nissan Cube can’t be faulted for its performance, as it provided a pretty good value at an incredibly low price point. However, the design team behind the Cube should feel bad about themselves, as they produced one of the ugliest vehicles we have ever seen.


  1. Twiga

    May 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I can’t take any “ugly car” list seriously unless the Aztek is #1. The lime green one is so hideous that my wife said “Please pass that thing or drop back so I don’t have to look at it.” This is a good list, just out of order.

  2. Msgtdubb

    May 29, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I’m sorry. You missed the “Troll”. Also known as the Nissan “Juke”. With headlights mounted just above the bumper and bulges everywhere. I have to look away every time I see one. I’m afraid to see if anyone was hurt in that mangled metal

  3. rabrooks

    May 30, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Say what you want. The Aztek was a running machine. It was great on the highway. It’s soft frame(from a van)gave a luxurious ride. It had room like a checker cab. I loved it. However, even with AWD, it still had little ground clearance, and a high center of gravity which would have been suicidal for off-road. The engine pulls cleanly with power to spare. Mine was a 2000. I see more of them every day. Might get another. With good control modules it was pure pleasure to drive. Got lots of attention sitting still. It came with several different “life-style” packages. Tent, cooler, bike-racks, and lots of power ports and radio ctrls in the back etc. Semi-outback camping anyone? It was well thought out. I don’t think it was ugly. Mine was white with black cladding. I called it the “Space Shuttle” cause that’s what it looked like.

    • Robert

      June 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      @rabrooks> I should like to point out that the only Aztek you would be hoping to purchase would be used, as it is no longer in production. No Pontiacs are. sry

  4. K

    July 2, 2015 at 6:10 am

    The Nissan Juke..oh I mean ” Nissan Puke” ..that’s what I call it! I cannot even look at them! How can anyone want to buy one. This is one of the ugliest cars in recent years! It should be # 1 or # 2!!!!

  5. Jonny

    August 3, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    How could they possibly have forgotten the last year of the Toyota Celica for this list? That was one of the ugliest cars of all time. Toyota apparently decided to capitalize on the market for adding ugly aftermarket parts to cars by selling a car that was already ugly and looked like it had ugly aftermarket parts on it.

  6. Thardte

    August 4, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    You started on the right track with the Nissan Cube, but that whole genre SUCKED. Start with the Chrysler PT Cruiser, then the Chevy HHR, and finally the ugliest of all the Scion B.

  7. Joe Schmuccatelli

    August 8, 2015 at 9:46 am

    You guys left out the AMC Gremlin and Pacer. They were seriously ugly. They also came in the most bizarre color schemes as well.

  8. Brad

    August 10, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    The Nissan Juke is so bad, it made me like the Aztek. How can this ugly bastard not be on the list??

  9. Mike Sunderland

    August 10, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    I’ve got to agree with rabrooks. I’ve owned 2 of them. A 2001 that came with all the bells and whistles including the camping package, the towing package, and the bike rack with seat covers and rubber floor mats. I leased the first one because I wasn’t sure I would like it, but I did and bought a 2004 that still runs great to this day. I kept all of the goodies from the leased one and they work great in the one I bought.

    The bells and whistles were not the best part of the car. I’ve hauled just about everything in it. I’ve gotten a washer and dryer in it…at the same time. I’ve hauled a 240 gallon fish tank but I had to go back for the stand. Many Items, large and small will fit it’s 6’by 4′ flat bed and with the tailgate down they can be even longer. Plywood, sheetrock 20′ 2 x 6’s you name it. It’s never failed me.

    I didn’t care for the black cladding on the 2001, but they went to painting the cladding on the later models like my 2004 and they look much better.

    I had someone pull out in front of me in the 2001 and hit her smack in the side. Her’s was no longer derivable, but I drove mine home another 200 miles with no problem. It needed some minor body work, but that was it. The cop said he was thinking about buying one for his wife, but didn’t think it would stand up in an accident. He said ‘I stand corrected!’

    Say what you want, but I think they were one of the most useful vehicles ever made and while they didn’t win any style points, lots of cars emulated the styling in following years.

    so…..get over it!

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