2. Toyota FJ Cruiser
Gold rims, multi-color paint jobs and superfluous sticky-backed chrome add-ons are all hallmarks of the Ostentatious Planet, home world of the FJ Cruiser. This off road-ready truck is Toyota’s take on retro design. Unlike other automakers the company has little heritage to draw from, but its Land Cruiser lineup is one major exception.
The FJ is designed to mimic some of those early Japanese four-wheelers but instead it comes across as merely a caricature of the originals, and that’s never a good thing. It’s cluttered with plastic cladding and let down by bizarre styling. The Toyota FJ Cruiser had such potential but instead it’s a design alien that should have been illegal.