Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but we know ugly when we behold it. As part of our design month here at CNET Car Tech, we round up the 10 reviewed vehicles that are most likely to offend aesthetic sensibilities. Check out our rogue's gallery of auto eyesores.
"Butt ugly" is how one of our editors described the Acadia as it arrived in the CNET garage, and we are not arguing with that assessment. Its pear-shaped rear end is enough to ensure that even the most aggressive of tailgaters give it some room on the highway.
The Honda Element divides the automotive community. There are those misguided souls who think it looks cool and stylish, and there are the realists who can plainly see that it looks like a cross between a UPS delivery truck and a garden shed.
Chrysler's strategy of naming its bloated minivan after a beautiful resort doesn't wash. With unfortunate styling cues like hood strakes and a huge, gaudy grille, they would have been better off calling it the Chrysler Fresno.
If Acura ever gets into designing boats, it will have a head start with the blueprint for its new MDX. With gunwale-like front fenders, a bowed front end, and a black-plastic bumper and spoiler, the MDX looks more ready for the high seas than the highway.
With its garish chrome wheels and fender trim and its chopped-off rear end, the monstrous EXT is nearly as ugly as it is inefficient. We can only assume that the model is the most stolen car in America due to the work of some publicly spirited folks who are doing their best to rid the roads of this unsightly beast.
Can you still hear the lambs screaming, Clarice? Just the look of the Hannibal-Lecter-in-a-face-mask styling of the Subaru Tribeca with its trapezoidal snout and leering smile is enough to send shivers down the spine.
The Rondo may be able to hold a lot of passengers, but don't expect that your friends will want to catch a ride with you. With its bulbous profile, the wagon crossover looks like the love child of the Nissan Quest and the Toyota Yaris.
HHR apparently stands for "Heritage High Roof." It could equally stand for "Hyper Hideous Retromobile." Its bulging hood and protruding wheel arches make the popular panel van look like an outtake from the auto world's equivalent of Extreme Makeover.
If the Q7 is anything to go by, Audi should stick to designing cars. While the SUV does feature a nicely curved side profile, its massive front fascia and brawny grille hint at bulldozer from the front.
With its ungainly stance and distended profile, the Nissan Quest is the Quasimodo of the road. Its proponents point out that it can hold seven people. So can a hot tub, but you don't see people driving around in them.