Stupid can be subjective, but it’s surprising when automakers can get something so very, very wrong, or even worse, proceed in the face of a better idea. When it comes to older cars, it’s somewhat executable for there to be a few wrong turns. They simply didn’t know any better. But in the modern world, some examples are inexcusable.
Fair warning, there are more than a couple Chrysler products on this list. Let’s start with the sports car that wasn’t any good at being a sports car. “Would you like an ugly Miata built on the frame of an outdated SLK? Have we got the car for you!”
The Hummer H2 was like a burning neon sign that read “I have male insecurity issues”, but at least it would do, you know, truck stuff. The H3 was a useless miniature version targeted towards the same crowd. Awful.
Chrysler PT Cruiser
This is retro styling gone absolutely wrong. In every possible way. Why did anyone ever think this was a good or attractive car?
Probably the worst car I have ever driven. The Calibur is awful in every single way, probably because it’s trying to be every kind of car at once. A prime example of “trying to be something for everybody” making you “nothing to anybody”. I don’t know who bough these. Probably people who were confused about their lives.
2000 – 2004 Monte Carlo
Is it a sports sedan? Nope. Is it a grand tourer? Not really. Is it made out of terrible plastic bits? Yep. Can I at least have a V8. No, but here are some terrible racing stickers.
Classic? Timeless? Stylish yet restrained? Fast? Yes. All those things. Sitting the engine directly on top of the rear axel? Dumb. Deadly. Stubborn.
Here’s why it’s stupid. It using an unnecessarily enormous engine. The biggest production engine in any car in the world. Sure it makes 640 horsepower, but it requires an 8.4-litre V10 to do it. It’s not like there aren’t better engines kicking around the Mopar family. We’re looking at you 707 horsepower 6.2-litre Hellcat Hemi V8. There is simply no reason for this big dumb engine ruining the balance of a purpose built sports car. Sure, it’s heritage, but things change.