We’re about to close the books on the 12th year of the 21st Century, an era that in dog years that can mean the better part of a lifetime. In the automotive world that often times means an intro and refresh, or even two full product cycles. That’s a lot of new metal that has hit the road the past 12 years, even with the stumble that was the global economic downturn a few back delaying or killing a number of introductions, and along the way there must have been some turkeys.
With out a doubt, the cars of today are far and away the best vehicles ever offered to a buying public. They are immensely safer, more efficient, and far more feature rich than even those which were available at the close of the last century. But while the bar has been set far higher, that still means that there are a number of makes and models that fall below. Statistically, there simply has to be.
Today we want to consider the 21st Century so far and first lament that we don’t have the hover cars or moon bases that were the promise of this era. We then need to evaluate the automotive landscape and take stock of what cars these days don’t seem to meet our modern expectations. Sure the crappiest cars and trucks may be better than the best ones of 30 years ago, but by today’s standards they’re still crappy. Which ones do you put in that category? So far, what’s the worst car or truck of the 21st Century?