The Ten Least Practical Street-Legal Cars Ever Sold

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If you want comfort, get an S-Class Mercedes. If you don't insist on much practicality, choose one of these...

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10.) Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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Our very own Raph put it the best:

Zero utility...in any field.

thevegetable added:

die die die!

I rest my case.

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9.) Renault Clio V6

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The Clio is a perfectly usable hatchback with the engine up front. But when they put a V6 in where the rear seats used to be, feather-throttle-not-hair points at what happened:

heh... had to find a picture of the trunk now.

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My guess? Whatever you put there will melt.

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8.) Suzuki X90

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Do you miss Suzuki? Well, McMike can live without the X90 for sure:

The interior space of a Miata coupled with the performance and handling of a Samurai made this not only the dumbest, but one of the most impractical vehicles ever built.

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7.) Plymouth Prowler

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I'm glad they made the Prowler, it's such a silly thing! However, there are a few problems according to TheCraigy:

Absolutely no useable trunk space. Terrible ride. Wonderfully plasticky 90's Mopar interior. Not that fast either, which makes it less "practical" than all of the other trackday cars by default which at least have speed as a purpose.

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6.) Reliant Robin

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The good news:

  • You could drive it with a motorcycle license.
  • It was cheap to run.
  • It made people smile.

The bad news:

  • It could only go in a straight line, very slowly.

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5.) Radical SR8

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It has a license plate, and does the Nürburgring round in 6:48. Like this:

You can imagine how practical it is.

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4.) Ariel Atom

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In Britain, the spirit of Colin Chapman lives on. The Atom is only worse than the BAC Mono or the Caterham Seven because it doesn't even have body panels. It rains a lot in the UK...

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3.) Dauer 962

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Traffic jams and parking weren't on the table when Porsche designed the 962. Still, it can be done...

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2.) Tramontana

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It's Spanish, but not like a Seat.

Pretty much checks all the boxes for terrible and useless street car:

Open cockpit? Check.

More horsepower than you will ever need on the street? Check.

Sequential gearbox? Check.

Absolutely no cargo space? Check.

Virtually nonexistent ground clearance? Check.

Track-tuned, harsh suspension? Check.

Atrocious ingress and egress? Check.

Insane costs of ownership and operation? Check and check.

Having to drive the car while sitting on your passenger's lap? Check! (BUMPY ROAD AHEAD!!!).

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1.) Caparo T1

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Imagine an Arial Atom that doesn't really work. The Stig's Rustbelt Cousin gave us today's winner:

All the passenger comfort and cargo capacity of an Ariel Atom, XBow, Se7en, etc, plus the fact that it handles poorly at low speeds (and by low, I mean "the speeds you'd normally drive it on the road"). Also, parts of it sometimes come off while you're driving, and occasionally, it bursts into flames, leaving the driver badly burned.

Sign me up!

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I disagree with the X90. Yes it is small, and only has two seats to the tracker's four. But as I and others pointed out. The X90 has nothing on one of these

The smart lacks a trunk, any off-road capabilities (the samurai was good overall and VERY GOOD considering its size), it is more complicated, and uses premium fuel. How could the X90 make it on and this not?