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The Truth About Cars: Ten Worst Automobiles 2007

By Robert Farago
November 8, 2007

The fat lady has finally sung. The Truth About Cars (TTAC) and its faithful readers have identified the Ten Worst cars for sale in America in 2007. We began with a list of 136 reader-nominated vehicles. Our writers narrowed the field of bad dreams down to 20 finalists. By popular vote, you selected the ten most odious automobiles. And the winners are… after the jump (we need the page views).

10. Saturn ION - The lame duck ION waddles off the field of battle without achieving any glory whatsoever. From its Frankensteinian proportions and ditchwater dull detailing, to misaligned panel gaps visible from low earth orbit, to a Playskool-inspired dash made of recycled plastic swords, to engines so coarse they might as well been stickered “for agricultural use only,” the ION was a born loser. If only Saturn has followed its own advice to “re-think American.” - SM

9. Chrysler Aspen – Its OK love your SUV. Just not this one. The Chrysler Aspen is a cynical repackaging of the Pleistocene-era Dodge Durango, complete with an arthritic suspension and interior appointments you’re best advised not keep. It’s ugly, slow (even with a Hemi underhood) and badly built. It’s no wonder Aspen customers are lined-up none deep. - SM

8. Chevrolet TrailBlazer / GMC Envoy / Isuzu Ascender / Saab 9-7X - These four remaining examples of the GMT-360 platform are old school SUVs in strictest sense of the term; anyone whose education involved spending endless hours at a desk nailed to the floor in a drafty, cheerless classroom will know what I mean. We’re talking Trabant-class fit and finish and Yugo-compatible interior design. Although there may be a good reason to buy one, you can hear the competition singing “anything you can do I can do better.” And by God, they’re right. - AD

7. Hummer H2 - According to its detractors, the H2 represents everything that’s wrong with SUVs. We agree. The H2’s immense charisma has vanished as quickly as hopes for rapid fire nation building you-know-where. All that's left (automotively speaking) is a huge, slow, thirsty, ungainly five-year-old truck based on an eight-year-old platform. Sure, the H2 is great off road– as long it’s a double wide path. Meanwhile, you might as wear a freshly-bludgeoned baby seal as drive this big rig. How great is that? - JB

6. Hummer H3 - The H3 is a 4700lbs. truck with a 220 horsepower five-cylinder engine. For those of you who don’t count rivets for fun, the H2’s baby brother is thirstier than Lindsay Lohan fresh out of rehab, slower than continental drift and rougher than Class VI rapids. Its gangsta style portals severely limit visibility and the back seat is adult aversive. ****, it’s not even available in Jackass Yellow. No, you take it off-road. I’m buying a Grand Cherokee. - JB

5. Chevrolet Uplander - Last year’s worst of the worst is finally making its exit. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Chevy's dead van walking never fooled anyone with its SUV-wannabe styling and piss-poor platform. The only remnant of GM’s po-faced assault on the minivan market can't hit the ash can of automotive history soon enough. - FW

4. Dodge Nitro – The Nitro is the answer to a question nobody asked: who wants a rough-running, gas-guzzling, hard-shifting, sloppy handling, cheaply adorned, pavement bound, neutered Jeep? Comic book styling can’t overcome the Nitro’s fundamental lack of fundamentals. It’s a four-wheeled testament to Chrysler’s brand mismanagement and thoroughly inept product development. - WM

3. Chevrolet Aveo - From its tinny-sounding doors to its penalty box interior, the Aveo screams cheap more loudly (and persistently) than an amphetamine-crazed parrot. Normally slow means frugal. Not here. So… what’s the point? Now that GM has proven they can’t build a decent small car in the U.S., perhaps they’re trying to demonstrate that they can’t build one in Korea either. Done. - FW

to find out which are the two worst cars for 2007 according to TTAC, CLICK HERE -Hint: They are not Ford products.
 

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It seems that Ford is ignored on a lot of 10-worst car lists lately. There sure is a lot of GM vehicles on this list too, and there is another list that has 5 Chyrselers. Wow!!!

I keep reading how Ford has little product to compete with the likes of GM or Chrysler, but what they do have seems to do pretty dam fine. Finally, Ford good news is more common once again.
 

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Wow, like 2b2 said, at least most of the GM products are on their way out or are old, but the Chryslers (Sebring, Compass) are pretty much brand new. Lets hope Chrysler and Jim Press can fix that problem because having 4 brand new products on the worst list for 2007 is pretty sad.
 

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H3 for 2008 is updated, the Alpha model has a V8 and diesels are offered overseas.
The H2 is a great truck offorad, but most people would not want one. its not for everyone. For 2008 the interior is to die for. go sit in one.

The rest of GM vehicles are dead or dying, we all knew they were bad.

My joy is that there is not a single Ford product there. My sadnes is that for DCX, new products are making the list.
 
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