Top 10 Cars You'll Forget Ever Existed, If You Haven't Already

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Lincoln Zephyr

Utterly forgettable, the Zephyr went on sale in 2006 aimed at young luxury buyers as a replacement to the rear-wheel drive LS.

Generally uninspiring, the 3.5-liter version equipped with all-wheel drive can be had for cheap. That’s probably because sales turned out to be a bigger flop than Stephen Feck’s failed dive at the London Olympics.

Further ensuring the Zephyr won’t be remembered, Lincoln then made the switch away from proper names, changing the car to the MKZ. As a result the Zephyr was sold only for the 2006 model year.

Nissan 200SX

Sold from 1995 to 98 then unceremoniously expunged from the Nissan lineup, the 200SX could be compared to a skinny kid at football tryouts.

Front-wheel drive with a shift knob like a yardstick, the 200SX looked and drove like a dork next to the rear-drive 240SX.

Chrysler Aspen

This is what happens when someone lets a PT Cruiser and a Dodge Durango flirt after too many cocktails. But ugly cars scan sell from time to time, so what bested this beast?

At the time, Chrysler was still crying and shoveling back Ben and Jerry’s after being dumped by Daimler. Unsurprisingly, the company’s work suffered and the Aspen was one of the casualties.

Kia Borrego

Produced from 2008 until last year, the Borrego was a three-row SUV from Kia penned by former Audi design chief Peter Schreyer.

Unfortunately for Kia, nobody wanted to drop $40,000 on a bargain bin bruiser when the same cash could buy a Toyota 4Runner or Jeep Grand Cherokee. Gas prices and the 2008 economy couldn’t have helped either.

Ford 500

Meant as an answer to updated full-size sedans like the Toyota Avalon, the Ford 500 failed to fix fashion foibles committed in the Crown Victoria and Taurus sedans.

Rather than bothering to build something that actually looked good, Ford’s approach to designing the 500 was like a trip to the clearance rack.

Infiniti M45

Known today for its curvaceous cars, Infiniti’s name hinges on having luxury that looks different than the rest. Unfortunately for the M45, a renamed version of the Japanese Nissan Gloria, the car looked more like Snoopy from Peanuts than a stylish luxury car.

Only offered as a 2003 and 2004 model, Infiniti doubled back to the drawing board to draft something more in line with the brand’s look. One of the few on the list we’ll actually miss, it’s hard not to have a soft spot for a rear-drive 340-hp V8 luxury sedan.

Saturn L Series

Saturn had some smart branding before it went belly-up, but the L-Series isn’t a part of that.

Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords are often accused of being bland, but those are like jalapenos next to the L Series.

Hyundai XG350

Until the Genesis sedan, watching Hyundai try to sell luxury cars was more painful than an anesthesia-free root canal. The XG350 is evidence of that.

Following the same formula the company does today, it was longer, wider and better equipped than a comparably priced luxury car. Unfortunately, the Hyundai name still sounded cheaper than hot dogs and baked beans, which made it a tough sell.

Lexus ES250

Lexus never wanted to build the ES250. As an unabashedly re-badged Camry, it was meant as a stopgap for dealers in case the LS didn’t sell.

But it did, and the ES250 didn’t, which actually meant it flopping was sort of a sick success.

Suzuki Forenza

With lineage confusing like a hillbilly family tree, the Suzuki Forenza has had several names across its history in the world market.

As fallout from Korean automaker Daewoo’s failed stab at selling cars in America, Suzuki tried palming it off with the Forenza name. Sales started in 2004 and ended in 08, replaced by the SX4.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="">Google+</A>.

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  • Oumar DiAllO Oumar DiAllO on May 05, 2013

    The aspen wasn't that bad looking for its time IMO

  • Chris Garnett Chris Garnett on Aug 09, 2016

    i owned a 500, it was a beautiful car, i only traded it, cause i couldn't find anyone that could fix it, and turns out it was the catilitic converters were plugged, which sucks, if it wasn't for that, i'd still be driving it