A List of the Ugliest Cars

Inspired by the “Selling Ugly” episode of Under the Influence, I remembered that I had drafted a post about ugly cars a couple of years ago. I found it in my list of drafts and WordPress and decided to flesh it out. Even though many of these cars offer utility or useful features, it doesn’t change the fact that they are just nasty looking.


Nissan Cube
NIssan Cube 1There is a reason that cars aren’t square. Beside the fact that it looks ugly, there is no way this thing is aerodynamic. And let’s talk about that wrap-around rear window. On one hand, it seems like a good idea for shoulder checks. On the other hand, the damn pillar on the other side just looks stupid. If they could do it on the right side, why didn’t they just use the same design for the left? If it was down to engineering (maybe that pillar is structural for the hatch, etc.), then I have an idea: un-engineer the Cube and don’t release it. It’s terrible.

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VW Freedriving Tour

On Sunday, August 7th, I attended the VW Freedriving Tour at Exhibition Park. I had received an e-mail a few weeks prior inviting me to drive any VW I wanted on a closed course with an instructor in the passenger seat. Heck yes.

I started with the Tiguan, and found it a bit underpowered. It didn’t have a great feel to it. It was also my first trip around the course, so I was cautious as I learned the turns.

Next up was the 2.5L, 5-cylinder Jetta. This thing has a beautiful, throaty roar and it handles very nicely. I would seriously look at this car as my next vehicle, although the interior quality has taken a turn for the worse with the latest batch.

I saved the GTi for last. Now this is a pocket rocket. What a great little car. Once our Passat dies, I really want to pick up a GTi or at least a Golf as my daily driver and hand over the Santa Fe to my wife. 🙂

Here are some videos of me on the course!