Top 10 Weirdest Cars of the Past Decade

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Top 10 Weirdest Cars of the Past Decade

In today’s uber-competitive automotive landscape, straying from convention is not always a good idea.

The automotive industry is about making money, after all, and with competition so fierce, manufacturers quickly figure out what is a winning formula and what isn’t. That’s why so many vehicles within a given segment are so close in dimensions, performance and style.

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But every once in a while, some mad scientist at an automaker slips a design past the stodgy big wigs and before they can yell “retract!” it has already found its way into production. The past decade has been littered by such creations, and although they are few and far between, here are the Top 10 weirdest cars of the past 10 years.


Nissan Juke

Is it a frog? Is it a crocodile? Or is it a gummy bear? The answer is yes. Easily the most identifiable small crossover of the past 10 years, the Juke has bucked the trend of unusual vehicles and actually sold fairly well. It even comes in NISMO guise and if you’re extra crazy, there’s the incredibly limited Juke-R.


Honda-Accord-Crosstour

Honda Accord Crosstour

A Honda Accord wagon sounds like such a cool idea and in Europe, it’s a reality. But in North America, we received this abomination that was part wagon and part crossover. Subaru has been successful for years making such a vehicle with the Outback and even Toyota’s Venza was appealing. The Crosstour though? Not so much. This weirdo wasn’t really accepted by car buyers, and its low sales reflect this.


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Saab 9-7x

Badge engineering is nothing new, but every once in a while, something truly bizarre comes down the pipeline. Take for example a mid-size, body-on-frame SUV sporting a pushrod V8 engine that was sold as… a Saab? Yup, just before Saab disappeared for good, GM rebadged their Chevrolet Trailblazer for Swedish consumption. It didn’t work.


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Mercedes-Benz R 63 AMG

It may not have had sliding doors, but for all intents and purposes, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class was a minivan. A really posh one, but still, a minivan nonetheless. And being a Mercedes, just offering a nice, sensible family hauler wouldn’t be enough. The company had to AMG the R-Class. With three rows of passengers loaded up, the 500 hp 6.2-liter V8 made sure everyone arrived on time. But this one also suffered from low sales. People just couldn’t figure it out.


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MINI Paceman

The MINI Paceman is essentially a two-door version of the four-door MINI Countryman. And the Countryman is essentially a larger four-door version of the regular two-door MINI hardtop. Confused yet? Looking like a MINI suffering from gargantuanism, the Paceman was the only way to get all-wheel drive in a two-door body. And to make sure everyone knew what it was, the word PACEMAN dominated most of the vehicle’s rear hatch.


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BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

Seemingly never satisfied with the number of variations for the brand’s automobiles, BMW introduced the 3 Series Gran Turismo for 2013. And if there’s one thing BMW likes more than creating new vehicle sub-genres, it’s give them creative names. Officially labelled as Progressive Activity Coupe, the 3 Series GT resides somewhere between sedan, hatchback and crossover.


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Scion iQ

To compete with the semi-successful smart fortwo, Scion introduced its own micro car cube adorning the cheeky iQ nomenclature. Unlike the fortwo, the iQ has its diminutive engine up front along with a continuously variable transmission. And the iQ also trumped the smart car by offering space for four passengers thanks to trick 3+1 seating.


Chevrolet SSR.

Chevrolet SSR

Deep in the midst of the retro car craze, Chevrolet introduced the SSR pickup truck. With both classic and yet strangely futuristic looks, the SSR was unusual enough in pure appearance compared to conventional pickup trucks of the time. But the real pièce de résistance was the SSR’s hardtop convertible roof. By 2006, the SSR could even be had with a 390 hp Corvette-derived V8 and six-speed manual transmission.


2014 i-MiEV Aqua

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Electric cars rarely look like conventional automobiles, but the i-MiEV took things to a whole other level. Based on the Japanese-spec i car, the i-MiEV resembles a jellybean on wheels and doesn’t drive much better. Although its range and charge times were competitive with other EVs of the time, its unusual looks and poor driving characteristics were not.


2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

The Nissan Murano wasn’t the most conventional looking crossover to begin with, but someone at Nissan decided to turn it into a coupe and then rip the roof off. Described as the world’s first and only all-wheel-drive crossover convertible, there may be a reason why the Murano won that designation so easily. After four short years in production, the high-riding droptop was pulled from the market due to low sales.

  • Sami Haj-Assaad

    I thought the 4 Series Gran Coupe was stranger than the 3 Series GT. I mean, the 4 GC is a four-door, hatchback coupe of the regular four door 3 Series!

  • smartacus

    Scion iQ was worse than Zastava Yugo and it wasn’t even Commie. Shame.

  • ChiCarGuy

    A thousand yesses to the Moron-o Crosscabriolet.

  • Vic Ferrugia

    When will they stop referring to 4 doors as coupes?

  • borderman07

    I would add the Volkswagen Routan to this list. Built on the same platform as Chrysler minivans, but with slightly nicer interiors

  • Mike

    Bullshiite. It was better than the Smart in every sense. Unfortunately it was pricy and it didn’t offer a manual.

  • smartacus

    Bolshevik! Nobody in the history of the universe has ever said iQ was better than smart, except for you the Toyota mangina.

  • John Gabe

    Kill yourself faggot.

  • Rob

    How was the Routan “weird?” For the most part, only people in the US drive minivans. VW simply rebadged the best selling minivan of all time in an effort (failed) to boost sales. Hardly weird though.

  • borderman07

    Only people in the US drive minivans ? Not quite. Canadians still drive a hell of a lot of minivans, especially the Dodge and Chrysler minivans, with over a 50% market share. And yes, it is weird to walk past what you think is a Chrysler product and see a VW badge.

  • Tryst46

    The Ford Ka and it’s variants always seemed to me to be wrong somehow. The back wheels appeared to have been added as an afterthought.

  • Rob

    Obviously reading isn’t your strong suit. I said for the most part.

  • Russ

    You guys totally overlooked the Pontiac Aztec, the wierdest looking thing GM had made up to that time.

  • Craig

    I would be happy to own any one of them.