There are some cars that are just strange from the outside in — cars that look weird, drive weirdly, and don’t have a whole lot to offer, other than maybe acting as an exercise for the company’s engineers in design. The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet comes to mind, as it tries to combine the functionality of an SUV and the enjoyment of a convertible but falls somewhat short on both ends for obvious reasons.
Then there are other cars, which, although they might look pretty unusual, are actually great cars — useful, efficient, powerful, you name it. There are at least a couple of redeeming features about them. Respected auto authority Edmunds recently asked its readers to vote in a poll to determine what the “Best Car With Controversial Styling” was, and they responded willingly.
Here are the 12 cars that made the cut, ranked in order of popularity from least to most.
12. 2012 Mitsubishi MiEV
Mitsubishi’s jelly bean-inspired electric car is certainly quirky, and for an affordable play in the electric vehicle market, there are few better options, provided you don’t need to travel great distances. Like the Smart coupe and other offbeat vehicles, the Mitsubishi MiEV has a loyal following of fans — not enough to make it a mass market success, but enough to keep it coming back for now. Among Edmunds readers, 1.2 percent felt that the MiEV was the best car with questionable styling.