Americans have always loved their cars, and that love might sometimes seem unconditional. If you ever check the sales charts, you’ll be surprised to see poorly reviewed vehicles logging tens of thousands of sales in a year. No matter how many problems a car has, the sheer volume of the U.S. market can keep it afloat.
Even with that built-in advantage, there are many cars that wear out their welcome among the car-buying public. American consumers will turn on ugly cars quickly, but an attractive ride that’s dangerous to drive could take years to expose. However, you can rest assured a lemon will show its true colors eventually.
In some cases, the love affair is short and not sweet. Here are 25 of the most hated cars of all time.
1. Saturn Ion
Saturn may have started out as an ambitious concept from GM executives, but cars like Ion ensured it would not stick around for long. Ion’s dull looks were nothing compared to the grating driving experience or countless quality issues. Among the many stupid things found in an Ion, the speedometer’s spot above the center console really stands out. It forced you to look about 18 inches to the right to see how fast you were going.
Throw in a dozen recalls — ignition switch concerns, fuel pump leaks, etc. — and the brand became a punchline by the time of its death in 2009. Justin Bieber even took a stab at the brand during his Comedy Central roast in 2015: “I’ve been driving recklessly, getting arrested, smoking weed, abandoning monkeys, and urinating publicly. But my biggest regret is plowing my Maserati into Jeff Ross’s Saturn in the parking lot.”