Top 10 Ugliest Crossovers and SUVs of 2017

Top 10 Ugliest Crossovers and SUVs of 2017

There isn’t too much you can do to the design of an SUV or crossover to make it as sexy as a supercar.

While many automakers have been experimenting with design to make SUVs and crossovers look more interesting, a few are typically either too boring or too extreme. In the past, it was hard to believe a crossover or SUV could be considered attractive with their boxy shapes and boring bodylines, but that’s not the case in today’s market.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Best Looking Crossovers and SUVs of 2017

And while there are plenty of good-looking crossovers and SUVs, there are also plenty of bad ones. We’re well aware that style is completely subjective, so it’s OK if you don’t agree with our picks. In fact, we want you to nominate your own picks for ugliest SUVs in the comment section below.

Here are 10 SUVs and crossovers that we believe are style failures.

10. Bentley Bentayga


Bentley first previewed its SUV with the EXP 9 F concept car, and the initial reception wasn’t pretty. Although the production Bentayga is an improvement over the concept’s design, we can’t help but wonder if this is the best Bentley could do. The signature Bentley grille actually looks pretty good on the SUV, but the rest of Bentayga’s design is far too generic considering how expensive it is. Your parents have always told you that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, however, and the Bentayga does have a gorgeous interior.

9. Volkswagen Atlas

volkswagen atlas

For the most part, Volkswagen’s lineup is quite unadventurous. The German automaker has never been known for super stylish cars, preferring to play it safe with non-divisive designs that appeal to the masses. Simply put, VWs are not excitingly pretty or horrendously ugly. That’s the biggest problem with the new Volkswagen Atlas  — it’s not ugly, it just looks incredibly generic. A Volkswagen employee responsible for part of the company’s design process spoke to The Truth About Cars at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show (where the Atlas debuted) and said “It looks like a 2012 Ford whatever. It could be anything.”

8. Tesla Model X

tesla model x

The Tesla Model X is a good example of how you can’t just take a sedan, give it a higher roof and ride height, and call it an attractive SUV. For the most part, the Tesla Model X is not a bad looking car — it’s fairly sleek and stylish. It’s just that the Model X looks bulbous from all angles and the proportions are all wrong. We will say it’s quite photogenic, however, as it looks much better in photos than it does in person.

7. Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

mercedez-benz gle coupe

Part of us wishes that automakers would stop with the “coupe SUV” styling, but we know that won’t happen. What started with the BMW X6 has become an entirely new niche segment for luxury automakers and Mercedes-Benz is trying to get a piece of the pie with its GLE Coupe. But like the Tesla Model X, its proportions are off and it looks like a clumsy, in-your-face SUV rather than something sporty and stylish. Nothing about this design is elegant and it will definitely not age well.

6. BMW X4

bmw x4

The BMW X6 certainly deserves a (dis)honorable mention on the list, but we simply couldn’t excuse how much worse the BMW X4 looks. BMW tried to create a new segment with the introduction of the X6, which it called a Sports Activity Coupe. The X4 and X6 suffer from the same problems as other “coupe SUVs” with their chunky front ends and sharply sloping rooflines that look wonky on SUVs. But hey, they’re selling so who are we to judge?

5. Lexus LX570

lexus lx 570

The Lexus LX has existed in the Japanese automaker’s lineup since 1996, and more than 20 years later, its bodylines haven’t changed much. Lexus has kept the straight edges and boxy shape for decades and the latest model simply incorporates the company’s massive spindle grille up front. While the spindle grille on its own is pretty controversial, it looks even weirder on this giant SUV.

4. Jeep Cherokee

jeep cherokee

Jeep enthusiasts were shocked when the new Cherokee debuted in 2013. The SUV’s controversial styling had everyone questioning if Jeep has lost its marbles, with some people thinking the front end was just a joke. Years later, however, Jeep is sticking with the design and the Cherokee is still a popular seller. We commend Jeep for trying something new, but we still can’t get used to those squinty headlights.

3. Fiat 500L

fiat 500l

The Fiat 500 has its own appeal, being a bubbly, fun compact car, but none of that cuteness translates onto the Fiat 500L. The five-door Fiat has awkward proportions, looks strangely tall and almost wagon-esque. Combined, it’s all things no one asked for in a compact crossover.

2. Kia Sportage

kia sportage

We have to hand it to Kia. The Korean automaker has really revamped its image over recent years with attractive models and appealing offerings. That makes the Kia Sportage’s pug-nosed design even more confusing. The front end simply looks off and it doesn’t fit in with any other existing Kia models. To make things even stranger, the Korean automaker’s new Niro crossover is stylish and the larger Sorento isn’t a bad-looking SUV either. Maybe the Sportage just suffers from being the middle child.

1. Infiniti QX80

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It was very easy to crown the Infiniti QX80 as the ugliest SUV on the market right now. Between the ugly chrome side air vents, super awkward proportions, and sad whale face, there isn’t much to redeem the SUV in terms of design. Luckily the Japanese automaker is working on a replacement, which was previewed by the pretty QX80 Monograph at the 2017 New York Auto Show. For the most part, Infiniti has polished its lineup with attractive models from the ground up, but the QX80 is one of the last to receive the makeover it so desperately needs. Hopefully, we’ll only have to stare at this ungainly machine for a couple more years.

  • Rudy

    It is true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I would never call any of these vehicles “ugly,” though some of them have more appeal to me than others. But when you come right down to it, what can you really do with a passenger compartment that sits over four wheels. There is a basic “carness” that must be adhered to, and aside from some cosmetic sculpting and color variations, the vehicle remains nothing more than that box sitting over four wheels. I applaud each of these auto makers for their efforts to create something unique about their vehicles.

  • Doug

    On a scale of 1 to Pontiac Aztec all of these are closer to 1. You’re out to lunch calling any of these ugly

  • Skye

    Very true there is nothing subjective in this article its nothing but a hate list of vehicles this guy could probably never be able to buy.

  • Merc1

    These are not the ugliest SUVs on the market, well most of them.


  • DoubleCoppers

    Can’t believe they call the Fiat 500 a “bubbly, fun compact car.” That thing is ugly and a lousy car…either they were paid by Fiat or they were looking at J-Lo in the ads and didn’t see the car.

    At least the Fiat is cheap. I’m sure that after a test-drive of the Bentley, Lexus, or Infiniti, I’d get out and say “butterface.”

  • Jeff T

    I’m glad the Tesla is in here. IMO it looks even worse in person. The only one that has grown on me in the Jeep although it still is no looker…I just no longer give the occupant the stink eye on the road. The comments about the VW are spot on.

  • John Thomson

    I wouldn’t wish that Fiat on my worst enemy. Seriously, who is that thing supposed to thrill? It’s a conversation-starter, and not in a good way.

  • octogon

    After seeing this list (some I do agree with), these articles needed to start with “In Our Opinion”, however you guys probably need to stick to Statistics vs Styling Reviews…SUVs on your “other list” (fore instance, like the Land Rover or Volvo) needs to be here…in my opinion. See, that’s not so hard.

  • Right of right

    I still like the Lexus. I drive one.

  • Richard Houlton

    Right on the money with this lot of automotive hideousness. We have an X4 that insists on parking in our street. I was wondering if I could sue the owner for reducing property values?

  • Stephen Evilsizor

    Didn’t the Acura ZDX start the “coupe SUV” styling?

  • Terry Melvin

    Nothing ugly about any of these except the QX80, which more than makes up for the other 9.

  • Heavy D

    The entire list is subjective.

  • justshowstogoya

    Whoever dreamed up this list must have all their taste in their mouth because these are all actually good looking cars. The most awful looking SUV now, by a long shot, is the atrocious Nissan Juke; an ugly car with an ugly name.

  • Meowbie

    The Lexus, the Bentley and the Infiniti are all dead ugly by my reckoning. Funny you mention the Aztec, because that was the very first thought that flashed through my mind when I spyed the Infiniti. It’s strange how the same company can make an attractive car like the QX70, yet get it so wrong in the QX80. I’d go so far to say that the QX80 is Ssangyong ugly.

  • tch

    Worked for Jeep,driven Cherokees for years. Went to G Cherokees when they disappeared. Now that they’re back, I can’t stand the cats eyes. Any of these are not really “Jeeps” anyway

  • Big Daddy

    You missed your true calling….writing for a tennis or yoga magazine. Short of e few uglies at 2,3 &4, you are lost writing auto reviews pal!!! The X# and MB Coupes sell like hot cakes to women buyers with money. You’re a Mazda fanboy as your readers already know…. Fashion ain’t yo game bro!!!!

  • Antonio246

    I agree with every one of the choices here. And there are many more that can be added to a list like this one. These are nothing but visual pollution that I am forced to look at all the time. Who is buying this crap? The only question I have for the current owners of these monstrosities is “did you bother to look at it before you bought it?????”
    I wouldn’t allow any of these eyesores in my driveway. That goes for the new Prius as well. Gawd awful ugly!

  • Antonio246

    Kudos for this list! Absolutely agree.