The 5 Ugliest Cars Ever Made

By on May 21, 2015

#4: SsangYong Rodius

The SsangYong Rodius had everything wrong right from the beginning. The name “Rodius” was the Korean automaker SsangYong’s attempt to create a portmanteau of “Road Zeus” to appeal to English-speaking customers, and needless to say, they failed pretty miserably. However, SsangYong’s inability to grasp the English language was not the greatest failure of the Rodius. The worst sin of this vehicle is how utterly and completely ugly it is.

The SsangYong Rodius first debuted in 2004, and was instantly hailed as one of the most unsightly creations an auto company had put out in quite some time. The minivan-SUV amalgamation looks exactly like that – a minivan and an SUV forced to breed, producing a very deformed, hideous child.

The Rodius was marketed as an ultra-efficient people mover, as the enormous, clunky beast can fit upwards of 11 human beings at a time. The initial design stated that the company stylized the car after a luxury yacht, but in our opinion, it looks a whole lot more like a shipwreck.

Fortunately, this ugly car is not sold in America at present, so you will likely never have to witness the horror of the SsangYong Rodius in person.


#3: Pontiac Aztek

The Pontiac Aztek may be a cult favorite after it was used as the car of Walter White in the hit television drama Breaking Bad, but pop culture fame alone does not serve to make the Pontiac Aztek any less ugly.

Debuting in 2001, the Pontiac Aztek was completely discontinued by 2005, as this ugly car just could not cut it with consumers. With bulky, misshapen sides, tiny wheels, a hideous rear end, and numerous other design sins, the Aztek is one of the ugliest cars you’ll find on the roads of America. And with the popularity of Breaking Bad, the Aztek has seen a resurgence on the roads, making it the most popular ugly car on this list by a significant margin.

Before its Breaking Bad stardom, the Aztek was widely regarded as one of the worst cars ever produced, and not only for its ugliness. In fact, many experts blame the Aztek as part of the reason for Pontiac’s demise in 2010.

If only Breaking Bad had been such a hit a few years earlier, who knows what would have happened, but as things played out, the Aztek was a commercial flop, and continues to be regarded as one of the ugliest cars to ever drive out of a production factory.


  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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