Sometimes automakers have a sense of humor. These ten cars prove that.
Not a very good convertible, not a very good crossover, and not reasonably priced. The Murano CrossCabriolet has no reason to exist, yet somehow it does and I can't help but love it.
Suggested By: macnamera, Photo Credit: Nissan
The SVX was both beautiful and technologically advanced, but it was hideously expensive for a Subaru and only available with a fun sucking 4-speed auto.
Suggested By: Desu-San-Desu, Photo Credit: Subaru
Right. Let's take the smallest truck/SUV we make and stick turbocharged V6 engine in it with all-wheel-drive even if it kills all semblance of practicality. One contemporary road test had the pickup beating a Ferrari 348TS in a drag race.
Suggested By: promoted by promoted by. Is that all you people care about? The only things left to promote are memories., Photo Credit: GMC
It's a pillarless coupe MPV. What more do I have to say? Somehow not the craziest Renault on this list, though.
Suggested By: RMudkips, Photo Credit: Renault
Reader bohemianleper can explain to you why the Prowler has earned a spot on this list.
"Why did Plymouth even have a retro halo car? The only other cars produced by Plymouth for the last decade prior were entry level equipped Chrysler sedans and vans. No other attempts to differentiate the brand or even create their own models ever made it past a clay model, unless you count the Dodge neon panel van, err PT Cruiser.
The Prowler actually had some styling potential, and had they ever managed to bring some guts and a few more models of excessive retro design under one badge, it could have been a significant thing. In the end its a sad endcap to a dead brand."
Suggested By: bohemianleper, Photo Credit: Plymouth
The Phaeton was designed to be better than all of its luxury flagship contemporaries, and in many ways it was, but you can't sell a car like that to brand-snobby Americans.
Suggested By: VTECkickedinBRO, Photo Credit: Volkswagen
It was one thing when Renault made a ridiculous mid-engine rear wheel drive hatchback to homologate a race car, but another thing when they just decided to do it for no reason. Ladies and gentleman, the Clio V6 Renault Sport.
Suggested By: DennyCraneDennyCraneDennyCrane, Photo Credit: Renault
For some reason Mercedes decided to give the full AMG treatment to its minivan and unsurprisingly no one bought them. Still though, the appeal of a 510 HP minivan is immense. It's the ultimate sleeper.
Suggested By: Highbury, Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz
Sure, there's a business case for a volume brand to have a halo sports car like the Chevy Corvette, but for some reason Dodge cranked the insanity up to 11 with the OG Viper. V10, no door handles, no A/C, no top, and side pipes that burned your leg and made the cabin unbearably hot.
Don't forget, this is from the people who brought you the K-Car.
Suggested By: Zoom, Photo Credit: Dodge
The LFA took years to develop, was incredibly expensive to buy, and wasn't all that much faster than a cheaper Nissan GT-R. Furthermore, it didn't make any sense for Lexus, a company which makes nice yet boring luxury cars, to have a hardcore flagship supercar.
Still though, we got the LFA and what a car it turned out to be. Flawed? Yes. Perfect? Yes.
Suggested By: SennaMP4, Photo Credit: Lexus
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Top Photo Credit: Renault