The 12 Most Embarrassing Cars From the Last Decade

Pontiac Aztek

Pontiac Aztek | Source: GM

A few years back, sat 1,500 licensed drivers down and asked them to look at photos of 12 vehicles made in the last decade to decide if they would be embarrassed to be seen driving them. The participants were then asked to rank the three most cringe-worthy, and with more dumb cars on the way, it doesn’t look like things are going to get better any time soon.

“All these cars are bold statements,” managing editor Des Toups said. “You either love them or hate them.” While going out on a limb has certainly yielded some tremendous results in the past for certain auto manufacturers, more often than not, the general populace remains divided into two camps: “Camp Love It!” or “Camp Hate It!”

Unfortunately, little to no explanation was offered as to the thinking behind respondents’ particular choices in these polls, and it should be noted that the users were told to only rank the 12 cars given to them, rather than submitting contenders of their own.

Additionally,’s “Cringe Score” represents the relative weight of all votes cast for a particular vehicle based upon a 1-to-10 scale, which means that the points given were not a percentage. The Cringe Score made it possible for assigned point values to represent the top three vehicles chosen as the most cringe-worthy, then standardized them on a 1-to-10 scale. Here’s how the experiment shook out.