These American Cars Used To Be Different… Now They're Just Weird – HotCars

If you’re reading our blogs, you probably love cars. And if you love cars, then you know that they’re always changing. Sometimes that’s a good thing—you can’t go wrong with a Tesla Model S or a Ford Mustang. Other times, though? It’s just weird. For example, remember the 1975 AMC Pacer. It was supposed to be all futuristic and “space-age”, but now it just looks like a big mistake. Like a car from the future, but one that got lost on its way here.

Another great example is the OG GMC Terrain. They originally intended for it to be a luxurious SUV for people who wanted to feel like they were driving around in a comfortable big luxury car, but now it just feels out of place. Because we miss our weird cars, we have made a list of the 10 weirdest cars on American roads that were produced by US car companies.

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9/9 Chrysler 300C

Silver 2006 Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring driving

Take the Chrysler 300C for example. The Chrysler 300C was a great-looking, powerful car that had all the right features to make it a bestseller. It had rear-wheel drive, independent suspension, and even a Hemi engine under the hood.

2023-chrysler-300c rear 3/4 view
Via: Chrysler

However, in recent years, it has become less popular because of its enormous size and horrendous fuel efficiency.

8/9 2010 GMC Terrain


Another example is the 2010 GMC Terrain. The 2010 GMC Terrain is a great example of a car that started out as a unique and interesting vehicle—and then got lost along the way. This car used to be known for being one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market, but now it’s just weird looking.

2010 GMC Terrain SLE

It had a sleek design and innovative features, such as a power tailgate. But now that all of its competitors have caught up and features, it seems like an out-of-place vehicle—and not necessarily in a good way.

7/9 1975 AMC Pacer

Red 1975 AMC Pacer
Via: BringaTrailer

The 1975 AMC Pacer was a strange car in its day and is even stranger today. It was big, boxy, and based on the idea of having a car for upper-class stay-at-home single.

1975 AMC Pacer In Red
via Classic Cars

It also had a weirdly futuristic design for its time, which is probably why it’s so strange to look at now, it looks like something the Jetsons would drive and that’s just weird.

6/9 2007–2017 Lincoln Navigator

White 2010 Lincoln Navigator
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The 2007–2017 Lincoln Navigator is a whole different story today compared to how popular it used to be. They designed this SUV to be luxurious—but now that SUVs are being made smaller and more efficient, this model makes little sense.

White 2008 Lincoln Navigator
Via Exotic Motor Cars

We know what you’re thinking: “Wait, isn’t this car still in production?” But it’s not the same Lincoln Navigator we know and love right now!

5/9 1994–1996 Chevy Impala SS


The Chevy Impala SS is a car that was wildly popular in the 90s but just looks out of place today. The 1994–1996 Chevy Impala SS was a massive vehicle that boasted a powerful engine and innovative technology. It was one of the first cars with traction control, which allowed it to be driven on both snow and wet pavement.

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But now? The Impala SS is just weird. When you see one on the road today, you’ll wonder why in the world someone would want such a big car with such an outdated design.

4/9 Chevrolet Avalanche

2005 Chevrolet Avalanche
Rutger van der Maar via Flickr

The Chevrolet Avalanche made its debut in 1999 as part of General Motors’ plan for high-end trucks. The biggest problem with the Chevrolet Avalanche was that, while still considered a truck, it was just too wide to fit into most parking spaces.

Front 3/4 view of the original Avalanche

And its boxy shape makes it look like they should use it for hauling lumber around instead of people.

3/9 The Complete Cadillac Catera Line

1999 Cadillac-Catera

There are lots of good examples of cars that used to be cool and now are just weird. But one of the best ones is the Cadillac Catera line, which was produced between 1995 and 2001 and featured a 3.2-liter V6 engine with 181 horsepower.

Nowadays? This car belongs to the “didn’t age well” at all categories of any car auction site.

2/9 The Original Ford Taurus

Ford Taurus SHO Plus
via BringATrailer

Another example is the original Ford Taurus from 1986. They introduced the original Ford Taurus as an answer to Japanese competitors like the Toyota Camry and Nissan Maxima. It offered several features that were unique including aerodynamic styling and high-quality materials inside and out.

Ford Taurus SHO Plus Package
 via Deadclutch Database

But it also had a very boxy shape that made it look like something from another era—and it probably would’ve been better off stuck in that era. Related:

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1/9 Pontiac Aztec

via wikimediacommons

The Pontiac Aztec used to be an iconic American car, which looks like a terrible mistake today. It was a huge, spacious vehicle that boasted a lot of weird design features and was available in an array of colors. But now, it just looks really weird.

Pontiac Aztec
Via CarPixel

The engine is small and weak—it’s not able to handle heavy loads or long hauls. And the exterior design? Well, let’s just say that the Aztecs aren’t exactly going to turn heads for the right reason.


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