I always have a hard time with every list that claims to list the “10 worst” of anything. It doesn’t matter whether it’s cars, movies or music. It ultimately boils down to someone’s opinion, and it might not be the same as mine.
The folks over at Edmunds.com have put together a list of 100 worst cars. I understand they spent lots of time and energy going over all kinds of details. They tried to look not just a the car itself, but at the impact it had on its manufacturer or even society. You can read the full list here. Here is the bottom ten:
2001 Pontiac Aztek
1974 Ford Mustang
1955 BMW Isetta
1971 Chevrolet Vega
2003 Saturn Ion
1958 Edsel Corsair
1982 Cadillac Cimarron
1979 Olds Cutlas Supreme Diesel
Don’t get me wrong, the Pontiac Aztek was one ugly car, but does it deserve to be the worst car of all time? Was it really singularly responsible for killing Pontiac?
1974 Mustang II
The 1974 Mustang II didn’t do much to build on the legendary name, but it still sold like gangbusters. Plus, hot rodders have been using the efficient Mustang II front end for years. Is it really the second worst?
There’s no question the BMW Isetta was a deathtrap on wheels. It’s main safety feature was a removable top so that passengers could escape should the only door be pinned shut in after ramming into the rear of another car. But some argue that the Isetta helped BMW survive as a carmaker. The 507 may have been elegant and powerful, but the Isetta made money. Today’s cool BMWs might not have existed without the Isetta.
I’m not saying that the cars on that list are good. I’m just trying to make the point that most cars have the occasional redeeming value.
Now let’s move on to something much easier. Say the 10 worst quarterbacks of all time?
Bio: Rick DeBruhl is a gearhead since birth. Growing up he had car wallpaper in his room. In high school he spent way too much time in auto shop. After working his way through college at Sears Automotive, he turned to journalism, working as a reporter for more than three decades at KPNX-TV. Of course, he couldn't leave cars behind completely. In the mid-80s he started covering auto racing for ESPN. These days he covers IndyCar for ABC, NASCAR Nationwide for ESPN, and the Barrett Jackson collector car auctions for SPEED. His day job is working as the Chief Communications Officer for the State Bar of Arizona.