Lists Top Ten Scariest Cars

Oct 20, 2010, 08:50 ET from

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- What car frightened you when you first laid eyes on it? Or spooked you but you still couldn't resist owning one?  With Halloween less than two weeks away,, the authority in new car pricing, trends and forecasting, is announcing its Top 10 Scariest Cars.  Topping the list were the trio of American Motor Corporation (AMC) cars from the 1970s, the AMC Gremlin, the AMC Pacer and the AMC Matador.  Also cited are the Lamborghini Espada and the Pontiac Aztek.





"At TrueCar, we really love cars," said Brandy Schaffels, Content Manager at "Most of the time, those cars are beautiful and sexy, but there have been a few in history that were just so scary, we had to wonder 'what were they thinking?' It seems appropriate at this time of year to pay our respects to some of those scary, unloved, cars."

The list identified two separate definitions of "scary:"

  • Too Scary to Look At:  These are cars that make you scream out of pure fright; cars that make you wonder who was at the controls before being approved for production.  They have angles where they should have curves and curves where they should have angles; and design cues that even a mother couldn't love.

1. The 1970s AMC Collection/Gremlin, Pacer and Matador

2. Chevrolet Monza

3. Ford Pinto

4. Subaru Tribeca (pre-2006)

5. Pontiac Aztek

  • Too Scary to Turn Away:  These cars also make you scream, but for a completely different reason.  Like a gory vampire attack or a train wreck, you just can't turn away.  They assault your sensibilities like they assault your retinas, but in the end, you just can't stop looking.  And we can't help but love these cars for that reason.

1. Lamborghini Espada

2. Studebaker Avanti

3. Hummer H1 Alpha

4. BMW Z3 Coupe

5. Cadillac Seville (2nd Generation, Touring Trunk)

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