The ILX's detractors scream that it's an expensive Civic, and you know what? They're right. In fact, it's an expensive last-generation Civic. Why buy the Acura when the less-expensive Honda is even nicer these days?
The ILX's cabin is loud, its controls aren't super intuitive to use and it's no better to drive than the less-expensive Civic. This led to slow sales, and we can't really blame the public for not buying the ILX for these reasons.
Rumors claim the Impala may be on its last legs, given most manufacturers' (and consumers, for that matter) preference for higher-profit-margin crossovers and SUVs. We asked Chevrolet about this directly and our suppositions were roundly rejected. The Impala is apparently here to stay. For now, anyway.
When Fiat reentered the American market with the 500 and its subsequent Abarth and electric variants, people were snapping them up. Consumers have been decidedly less enamored of the 500L, mostly because it's ugly, and not in a fun or quirky way.
Even with a visual refresh for 2018, FCA couldn't pretty up the 500L enough to entice buyers. The fact that it's too big to be extra convenient in a city and too small to be a really practical people carrier isn't really working in its favor either.
Ever since the Flex debuted way back in 2008, it's been misunderstood and unloved by most, which is a shame. It looks really cool, and with its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, it's actually pretty quick.
The Flex, like a lot of the cars on our list, is a model without a real purpose and that lack of direction has only become more apparent in the five years since its last refresh. See also: Lincoln MKT, with which the Flex shares its platform.
The reason the K900 doesn't sell well has nothing to do with whether or not it's a good car -- it is. It's more to do with people's perception of the Kia brand, and the idea that a company known for its budget wares might not be top of mind for full-size luxury cruisers.
The upcoming 2019 K900 (pictured here) looks like it's been upgraded in every sense of the word, from improved aesthetics and lighting to an even more luxurious interior, complete with a fancy branded dash clock. Will it be enough to boost sales? We'll see.
The GX is a Lexus-badged version of what's known as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado overseas. It's a body-on-frame SUV that's kind of a hodge-podge between the Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser. It's an old, outdated contender in the very popular luxury crossover space.
It's not particularly pretty, and the interior is incredibly outdated. The infotainment system isn't stellar and leather isn't standard on the entry-level model -- strange for a Lexus. The GX comes standard with a 4.6-liter V8, which sounds cool, but means it's hardly fuel efficient.
Lincoln is undergoing its own "She's All That" transformation, with vehicles like the Continental and Navigator receiving significant praise. But then there's the ugly-as-sin, Ford Flex-based MKT which, um, still exists.
With a starting price in excess of $43,000, people aren't lining up at Lincoln dealers to grab MKTs. Just about the only time we see them in the wild these days is with livery plates, quietly schlepping people around cities such as Los Angeles and New York. Sales figures for 2018 are dismal: Just 783 MKTs left dealer lots in the period from January to April.
So what went wrong? Why doesn't the 370Z fly off Nissan showroom floors? Partly because it lacks a few things in its more basic trims that are available for similar money from other brands, such as a real limited-slip differential.
The manual transmission versions have historically had a terrible, heavy clutch, too.
Most importantly, however, the thing hasn't really been substantially updated in years, and it shows -- especially inside.
Ah, the Beetle. Volkswagen's attempt at capitalizing on nostalgia. It worked for a while, thanks to its funny shape, decent engine options, and silly flower holders, but as they say, "Nothing gold can stay."
Despite a generally positively received second generation, and some cool special editions like the Dune, sales have stagnated and the Beetle isn't long for this world. Volkswagen managed to move just over 5,000 nostalgiamobiles since January.