The 13 worst cars of the last 20 years
Prepare the sickbags: it's our countdown of the most awful cars of the modern era
Posted: 31 Oct 2013
1: 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Cabrio
Retro styling was one of the most notable trends of the Nineties. Execute it properly
- the VW Beetle, Audi TT, Mini - and you could sit back counting the cash as customers flocked to bathe in the fuzzy glow of a time they'd probably only read about. You could argue that 1993's Plymouth Prowler concept was one of the progenitors of this whole shtick, a slick hot-rod homage that went on sale saddled with a useless 214bhp engine and crummy auto 'box. Undeterred, Chrysler added the same tropes to the late-Nineties Pronto Cruizer concept, and thus onto a five-door family hatchback which yoked an imagined American Graffiti past onto a rubbish platform and then tried to sell it to a country that was still more Coronation Street than Route 66.
That was the PT Cruiser. Where next? How about lopping its roof off and adding a bracing bar that didn't actually serve any purpose? Truly, a remarkable car. Everything dubious that has happened in the world of cars since TG mag's inception in September 1993 is here, present and correct. We would salute it, if we didn't want to blow it up first.