Next up on our tour is the Ford Contour. The sad part about this car is that it handled well. The issue is mainly size-related. The Contour was built for smaller Europeans, meaning we fat Americans didn't fit so well. Reliability was also a key factor in this car making the list. If you researched the "trouble spots" on the Ford Contour, the list would include nearly everything. From the automatic transmission to the engine, nearly all the major components seem to have reported issues. The Contour hasn't been on sale since 2000, so you might not need to worry about this one landing in your driveway this holiday season.
Ford Contour SVTEnlarge Photo
The Kia Amanti makes this list for a multitude of reasons. We know what you are thinking: what is a Kia Amanti. That is one of the reasons it makes the list. With a mishmash of styling, the vehicle itself didn't even know what it was or what it wanted to be. Driving the Amanti didn't make matters much better, with a floaty suspension and vague steering, this misguided step-child was not a joy to drive. Did we mention the styling? The only good thing we can say is that if an Amanti finds its way into your driveway, the neighbors will probably have no idea what kind of car it is.
2009 Kia AmantiEnlarge Photo