Unpopular Carpinions/Discussion: What car do you hate the most and why?
The time for peace is over.
The last discussion seems to have brought out quite a bit of positivity and passion for certain cars. Outstanding! That's the whole point of a gathering like that, and we really knocked it out of the park, gang! Now flip the script. It's time for some anger management, so forget all that lovey-dovey malarky and tell us about what's the car you hate the most and why. Let the community know where you stand on what car to ostracize the most. May I lead again? Of course, it's not like you have a choice, but I'm sure you appreciate the sentiment.
In an age of dividedness, it's time to unite and share in some love.
What I Hate: 1,000 BCE-2020 CE Nissan 370Z
Inspecting this used example for a friend has taught me that even over a decade later, the 370Z remains a likable but flawed driver's car.
Okay, okay, lower the pitchforks for a sec. Allow me to go on record by saying this was actually much harder than picking a favorite car as I'm that twit who usually finds the silver lining in any car. In my opinion, there's actually no such thing as a "bad" car. It's all just a matter of preference. That being said, I wholeheartedly respect and understand the Nissan 370Z, but of all the cars I like, this is perhaps the one I like the least. I don't actually 𝘩𝘢𝘵𝘦 the 370Z, but it's just not for me.
Photo: Jeric Jaleco
The Z isn't a bad sports car. In fact, it's actually a pretty damn good one with well-weighted steering and plenty of usable power. Brakes, even on base cars, are stout and capable, and the chassis has plenty of grip and poise for whatever the driver has in mind from canyons to track days. A friend of mine even purchased one for those very reasons. I don't bat much of an eye to a 370Z nowadays simply because the shortcomings simply end up subtracting too much from the sum of its parts.
For starters, it's just plain old. A dinosaur. It's a relic among the new kids on the block where there are now two generations of Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ, and Mustangs and Camaros are sold with turbo-fours as standard equipment. There isn't really much in the way of creature comforts for daily use, and information is spoon-fed to the driver in dot matrix font or an equally-archaic (and optional) nav screen.
That being said, I know thousands of enthusiasts revel in its ease and simplicity as a purist product. I get that. In that sense, it kind of succeeds. But the fact it sold for as high as the mid-$40k range in recent years seems like a slap to the face. The only real value in a new one would be a base model stripper variant or at least the lowest-tier Sport which would ring closer to $30k.
The 2020 Nissan 370Z is an appealing option for people who want alot of horsepower for a lower price.
Don't forget that VQ engine that lurks beneath the elongated hood. Boy, did I find that to be unpleasant. For those who asked why I ended up with my glorified rental car of a Mustang over a Z car, the VQ is a major contributing factor. Yes, it's tunable, strong, and puts out an abundance of power while revving to the sky. Should you choose to exploit those attributes, however, it feels like it a junkie on the verge of an overdose. It's unpleasantly jittery and not in ways that invoke the sensations of classics or race cars.
Once more, it's impressively capable, but the way it feels as though it wants to rattle itself to pieces above 4,000 RPM doesn't inspire confidence in wanting to go further. It surely couldn't have been a bad example that I drove because I've driven two, the second being nearly new.
Oh, and 90% of Z cars with exhausts sound like shit. I'm sure there's high-quality, properly-tuned exhausts out there, but it seems as though a majority of the population refuses to buy them. The result is a horde of sports cars with raspy trumpets bolted to the back of them ready to shatter eardrums and disappoint the parents of the owners.
A bad sports car? No, definitely not. I'll emphasize that this car has garnered a following for its purity, tunability, and out-of-the-box performance. I had fun in both of the cars I've driven, but the overall impression they left me with was as bittersweet as bittersweet gets. Likable, but not lovable.
Dishonorable Mention: 2014-present Mitsubishi Mirage
Thank you, Papa Doug. Very cool.
Yes, I know this is a very niche car for a very niche buyer at the end of the market that needs basic, cheap transportation with a warranty with as little excess and complexity as possible. That being said, if I'm ever at a point in my life where I feel the need to land one of these tin cans in my driveway, just drag me into the yard and put me down.
I've never wanted to commit seppuku more in my life than when I worked as a dealership porter and had to move a 2015 Mirage hatchback to the Mitsu dealer across town to get recall work done. The design inside and out makes a Corolla look like a Lamborghini, and the build quality makes a Fiat 500 feel like a Rolls-Royce. The CVT perpetuates the stereotypes of a droning, rubber-bandy slushbox, and the three-banger doesn't pump out that much more power than kei cars of old. Despite running on bicycle tires, it felt as though it tramlined on the freeway like an aggressively-aligned sports car, but that's most likely just the ponderous steering or the wind treating you like a volleyball between the lane markers.
As of currently, it carries a single star out of five on 𝘊𝘢𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘋𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳's charts and makes Wikipedia's "List of Automobiles Known For Negative Reception." If there was a Golden Raspberry award for cars, this would be a back-to-back winner. Even without knowing that, it doesn't take any more than a quick test drive to make you think, "Wow, this is shit."
That bottom-basement figure gets you a hatchback model and even includes $995 in destination charges.
Still, I can't give this car too much of a beating for what it represents to people: dirt cheap, simple, reliable, and warrantied transportation for urbanites who find Corollas and Civics a bit too much of an indulgence.
What car do you have disdain for and why? Do you feel lukewarm about it or is it more like a seething hatred that makes you want to leave the dismembered bodies of the engineers' loved ones at their doorsteps? Share your dissatisfaction as if you know more than these car companies down in the comments below.