The Truth About Cars website has named its 10 Worst Cars for 2007 — and they are all General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC products.
“Detroit makes some great cars, trucks and SUVs,” Publisher Robert Farago says. Long live those. But here (accompanied by TTAC's barbed comments in the second-annual judging) are cars he claims “deserve a dignified and immediate death”:
- Saturn ION
The lame-duck ION waddles off the field of battle without achieving any glory whatsoever. What's wrong? Frankensteinian proportions, ditch-water dull detailing, misaligned panel gaps, Playskool-inspired dashboard and engines so coarse they might as well been stickered “for agricultural use only.”
- Chrysler Aspen
It's a cynical repackaging of the Pleistocene-era Dodge Durango, complete with an arthritic suspension. It's ugly, slow and badly built. No wonder Aspen customers are lined-up none deep.
- Chevy TrailBlazer/GMC Envoy/Isuzu Ascender/Saab 9-7X
These are the four remaining examples of Ye Olde GMT-360 SUV platform. They're old-school SUVs in the strictest sense.
- Hummer H2
Its immense charisma has vanished. All that's left is a huge, slow, thirsty, ungainly 5-year-old truck based on an 8-year-old platform.
- Hummer H3
The H2's 4,700 lbs. baby brother is thirstier than Lindsay Lohan just out of rehab, slower than continental drift and rougher than Class VI rapids.
- Chevrolet Uplander
Making its exit but not gracefully, this dead-van walking never fooled anyone with its SUV-wannabe styling on a poorly engineered 1990s-era platform.
- Dodge Nitro
Who wants a rough-running, gas guzzling, hard-shifting, sloppy handling, cheaply adorned, pavement bound, neutered Jeep with comic book styling?
- Chevrolet Aveo
Screams cheap louder than an amphetamine-crazed parrot.
- Chrysler Sebring
A born rental car. It's hideous in a deeply bland sort of way.
- Jeep Compass
Laughable aesthetics, second-rate road manners, poky performance and interior materials pulled from the bottom drawer of Chrysler's parts bin. But the Compass' mortal sin: this re-skinned all-wheel drive Dodge Caliber wears the storied Jeep badge.