The Truth About Cars Website Names Its Ten Worst Automobiles for 2006

PROVIDENCE, R.I.--()--The Truth About Cars website (TTAC) has revealed the ten winners of its first annual Ten Worst Automobiles Today awards. According to the sites readers, the very worst vehicles sold in America today are GMs minivans.

For voting purposes, TTAC lumped all four of GMs virtually identical people movers together: the Chevrolet Uplander, Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza and Pontiac SV6.

In his description of the winner, reviewer William C. Montgomery slated GMs minivans for their antique engineering, woeful looks, cancerous effect on not one but four GM brands and their abject inability to hold a candle to their foreign-owned competition. In terms of dreadful driving dynamics, contemptible aesthetics and torturous ergonomics, no other vehicles sold in America can compete with these ridiculously-named Crossover Sport Vans.

The automotive websites readers voted the new Jeep Compass Americas second worst vehicle: a lackluster vehicle that betrays its storied brands heritage. According to TTACs description, its an ugly, gangly, underpowered, mud-aversive half-breed that staggers into the light, turning all who see it-- or heaven forbid buy it-- into grotesque, bobble-headed morons. The Compass stomps all over Jeeps reputation as Americas purveyor of authentic off-road vehicles.

The rest of TTACs Ten Worst are the Jeep Compass (2), Buick Rendezvous (3), Chrysler Aspen (4), Hummer H2 (5), Chevrolet Monte Carlo (6), Subaru B9 Tribeca (7), Saab 9-7x (8), Lincoln Mark LT (9) and Chevrolet Aveo (10). Capsule reviews are below.

To create the list, The Truth About Cars asked its 40k daily readers to nominate the worst vehicles for sale in the United States during the 2006 calendar year. A selection committee comprised of ten TTAC writers selected 20 finalists from the readers nominations. Finalists were chosen for their crimes against aesthetics, engineering, ergonomics, driving dynamics and/or brand authenticity. The final ten winners were chosen by readers via an electronic poll.

Site publisher Robert Farago said his team created The Ten Worst awards as an antidote to the annual love ins provided by the mainstream automotive media. The profusion of best of automotive awards reflects the fact that the manufacturer-sponsored magazines and websites cant tell it like it is, Farago said. TTAC is the home of take-no-prisoners automotive journalism. Our Ten Worst list says were not afraid to tell the truth about cars.

10. Chevrolet Aveo

Chevy likes to tout the Aveo as the lowest-priced [new] car in America and in spite of their warning content may vary, its easy to see how they achieved that goal. From the hollow-sounding doors, bargain-basement plastics and skinny tires to the coarse-sounding engine that strains when faced with even the slightest incline, it exudes cheap from every ounce of its being. The Aveo also refutes the smart shoppers mantra you get what you pay for. In the case of this captive Korean import, you pay little and get even less.

9. Lincoln Mark LT

Lincolns badge engineered Ford F-150 is an unholy degradation of the world-famous Lincoln Mark nomenclature. While Brother Navigator sets the luxo-truck standard for wikkid beat boxes, wood-trimmed tillers, ventilated seats and power running boards, the LT went the adhesive-backed bling route, hit the showers and called it a day. From the richly textured but rock-hard interior plastics to the exteriors mega-dose of bottom-dollar spizzarkle, the Mark LT is a rolling testament to Dearborns short-term, suicidal reliance on bean-counted engineering.

8. Saab 9-7x

The Saab 9-7X is a Chevy Trailblazer with the ignition key between the seats. Moreover, the Saab 9-7X is a Chevy Trailblazer with the ignition key between the seats. I can't stand the fact that the Saab 9-7X is nothing more than a Chevy Trailblazer with the ignition key between the seats. And when you stop and think about it, the Saab 9-7X is a Chevy Trailblazer with the ignition key between the seats. Who did GM think they were fooling when they released the Saab 9-7X, which is nothing more than a Chevy Trailblazer with the ignition key between the seats? You know what I hate most about the Saab 9-7X? Its a Chevy Trailblazer with the ignition key between the seats.

7. Subaru B9 Tribeca

Subaru execs may have been stony-faced when TTACs flying vagina description of their new SUVs grill treatment started making the rounds, but at least they didnt turn to stone. Given the unrelenting hideousness of the Tribecas design-- from its genital front end to its fallopian dash to its alien eyes rear end -- they should count themselves lucky. The fact that the B9 is also slow, thirsty and cramped proves that repulsiveness can be more than skin deep. Why Subaru felt the need to enter the SUV segment when it offers such a wide range of superb four wheel-drive sedans and wagons is anybodys guess. Clearly, they shouldnt have bothered.

6. Chevrolet Monte Carlo

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo is a wrong wheel-drive engineering joke from the late 80s. But thats not the Monte Carlos only/best claim to shame. Its the merciless butchering of its once decadent personal luxury lines. In one fell swoop, the baroque fenders went from tacky-posh to adolescently unrefined. From the front, the Asian-inspired headlights assault the muscle car values once associated with this famous coupe. At the rear, sacrilege takes the form of taillights that look like a two-way bookshelf speaker that met the business end of a heat gun. Factor in various grades of interior panel gapping, Wal-Mart specd polymers and parts bin swapping with zero integration and youre done.

5. Hummer H2

The Hummer H2 is a rebodied last-generation Yukon thats so damn heavy the IRS will give you a tax break because you just bought a piece of commercial farm equipment. It looks like a school bus from behind and a morbidly obese Cherokee from every other angle. It doesn't handle. Braking distances are straight from 1956. It gets less than 10mpg and takes longer than 10 seconds to reach 60. Only a handful of non-journalists have ever taken it off-road. Even the name sucks (literally): the H2 is a sad simulacrum of the first Gulf War winning off-road champ HUMVEE. While the H2 doesnt come with hair plugs, it tells the world that the man behind the wheel has a small penis, or brain, or both.

4. Chrysler Aspen

To quote Simon and Garfunkel, every way you look at this you lose. The Chrysler Aspen is a badge engineered Dodge Durango-- an Olde School SUV at a time when its competition has either gone to work at McDonalds or headed for college. Its ugly. Its thirsty. Its slow. Its badly built. Its cramped. Its expensive. Chrysler is trying to flog this monstrosity as a blingmobile-- which is like trying to sell cocaine as a sleep aid. Although the Aspen was an inexpensive-- make that cheap way for the Dark Lords of DCX to expand the Chrysler brand portfolio, its a perfect example of the old adage Just because you can do something doesnt mean you should.

3. Buick Rendezvous

Based on a 1997 minivan, the Rendezvous is a platform partner to the Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana and Oldsmobile Silhouette, and a twin-under-the-skin to the gruesome Pontiac Aztek. Its outlasted them all, creaking along for almost 10 years with nothing more than a few trim changes and corporate-wide mechanical updates. The ungainly Rendezvous ride, handling and performance are on par with a 10-year-old minivan. In fact, the Rendezvous embodies everything thats brought GM to the brink: penny pinching, brand dilution and chronic neglect. Its set to be replaced by the Enclave, and not a moment too soon.

2. Jeep Compass

Props to DCX for trying to introduce an economical model for fans of the storied Jeep brand.. In this horror story, Dr. Frankenstein (played by the mustache-twirling Doktor Z) grafts round headlights and a seven-slot grill onto the face of a mediocre high-riding sedan (a.k.a. the Dodge Caliber). He throws the switch and an ugly, gangly, underpowered, mud-aversive half-breed staggers into the light, turning all who see it-- or heaven forbid buy it-- into grotesque, bobble-headed morons. The Compass stomps all over Jeeps reputation as Americas purveyor of authentic off-road vehicles. Its time to get your pitchfork.

1. GM Minivans

Talk about retro-design. Rather than simply cop styling cues from bygone classics, GM built the Chevrolet Uplander, Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza and Pontiac SV6 using 25-year-old engineering. (Though not literally true, its true enough.) In terms of dreadful driving dynamics, contemptible aesthetics and torturous ergonomics, no other vehicles sold in America can compete with these so-called Crossover Sport Vans. For their antique engineering, woeful looks, cancerous effect on not one but four GM brands and their abject inability to hold a candle to their foreign-owned competition, GMs minivans earn The Truth About Cars accolade as the worst vehicles currently for sale in America.

The Truth About Cars is a Forbes Best of the Web automotive website, available at www.thetruthaboutcars.com.

Contacts

The Truth About Cars
Robert Farago, 401-521-5789

Contacts

The Truth About Cars
Robert Farago, 401-521-5789