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Meh Car Monday: I Bet You Totally Forgot About The Chrysler Aspen Meh Car Monday: I Bet You Totally Forgot About The Chrysler Aspen

I was asking my fellow Jalopnik writers for some Meh car suggestions, when I heard a rapping on the plexiglass of my work-pod. David’s pod was next to mine, and I saw him press a scrap of paper against the plexi, soggy from the nutrient-broth sprays, that read “ASPEN.” I was confused, because I was thinking Dodge…

Meh Car Monday: Oh, Right, The Ford Freestyle/Taurus X Was A Thing That Existed, Once Meh Car Monday: Oh, Right, The Ford Freestyle/Taurus X Was A Thing That Existed, Once

Some cars are so powerfully meh that it’s almost like they have a supernatural ability to disappear from human awareness entirely. This week’s meh car seems to have that power, because even though it went through two names, I have trouble remembering it ever existed in either form. I try to picture one, and my mind…

Meh Car Monday: The Kia Spectra Is Like Antimatter To Interest Meh Car Monday: The Kia Spectra Is Like Antimatter To Interest

I feel like I always need to re-state a disclaimer before Meh Car Mondays about the fundamental nature of a Meh car: a Meh car is not a bad car. A Meh car is just a boring car, a car, that while perhaps highly capable of fulfilling its position as a car, is nevertheless free of character, charm, or any intangible or…

Meh Car Monday: All Hail The Toyota Solara, The Fun Car Without The Fun Meh Car Monday: All Hail The Toyota Solara, The Fun Car Without The Fun

I was driving around the other day when a car caught my attention, and not in the usual way. Normally, cars catch my eye by virtue of them being interesting or unusual, or compelling in some striking way. This car caught my eye because my brain has been damaged by writing these Meh Car articles for over a year, and…

Every Car Ever Made Has At Least One Rabid Fan And I Have The Email To Prove It Every Car Ever Made Has At Least One Rabid Fan And I Have The Email To Prove It

While I know that even the most improbable of cars can have obsessive and dedicated fans, I’d always sort of assumed there was a limit. That there would be some cars that are so free of charm or character or interest that there’s just no way someone could become devoted to them. This week, I learned how very, very…

Meh Car Monday: Behold The Astounding Nothingness Of The Chevrolet Captiva Meh Car Monday: Behold The Astounding Nothingness Of The Chevrolet Captiva

Pretty much every time I write a Meh Car Monday article, the following few days are filled with a sprinkling of hurt, angry emails from people who really adore whatever car I’ve just declared meh. They think I’m wrong, I’m a foul monster, and the world would be better off if (1) everyone just admitted that Jeep…

Meh Car Monday: Behold The Tranquil Void Of The Toyota Avalon Meh Car Monday: Behold The Tranquil Void Of The Toyota Avalon

Normally, the cars I pick for Meh Car Monday were never originally designed to be meh, as such. Mehness just sort of happened to them. I’m not so sure about the Toyota Avalon, though, since the car seems to have as its main goal an almost funereal quality of nothingness, disguised as “comfort.” The Toyota Avalon isn’t…

Meh Car Monday: When Was The Last Time You Thought About The Subaru Legacy? Meh Car Monday: When Was The Last Time You Thought About The Subaru Legacy?

This week’s Meh Car is a little more poignant than normal, perhaps even tragic, since the meh car involved wasn’t always meh. Not by a long shot. The current-gen Subaru Legacy, the sixth-generation of that car, is an example of a car that’s been forced, brutally and needlessly, into a cage made of tempered mehdonium,…

Meh Car Monday: Ugh, The Mercury Villager, Especially That Nautica One Meh Car Monday: Ugh, The Mercury Villager, Especially That Nautica One

I know that by picking a minivan for this week’s Meh Car Monday is going to cause some people to think I’m taking the easy way, because minivans are always meh. I don’t agree with this at all. Minivans can transcend mehitude dramatically! Look at the original Volkswagen Microbus, old Dodge A100s, the Chrysler Town and…

Meh Car Monday: The Jeep Liberty, Because Even An Icon Can Make Meh Meh Car Monday: The Jeep Liberty, Because Even An Icon Can Make Meh

When most people think about the cars Jeep has made recently, they tend to break down into a few key categories: the iconic Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, maybe the Cherokee, and then a sort of amorphous soup of every other Jeep SUV. These other SUVs, with blandly evocative names like Compass, Liberty,…

Meh Car Monday: The Chevy Cavalier Was Pretty Cavalier About Giving A Shit Meh Car Monday: The Chevy Cavalier Was Pretty Cavalier About Giving A Shit

As I do more and more of these Meh Car Monday articles, I’m realizing there’s a spectrum of meh that these cars fall into. Some are capable, well-made, and functionally decent vehicles, but just lacking any sort of character or soul; that’s about the best a meh car can hope for. At the other end are cars who derive…

Meh Car Monday: If You're Sad That Mercury Is Gone, Try To Remember The Milan And You'll Feel Better Meh Car Monday: If You're Sad That Mercury Is Gone, Try To Remember The Milan And You'll Feel Better

I genuinely wonder if, at any time during the development of the Mercury Milan, if everyone on the team just stopped working all at the same time, and looked blankly out into space as the futility of their task suddenly dawned on them. Perhaps they all shed a solitary tear, in unison, and the collective splash of…

Meh Car Monday: The Dodge Dynasty Can Die, Nasty Meh Car Monday: The Dodge Dynasty Can Die, Nasty

Sometimes at night, when I’m having trouble getting to sleep, I like to imagine the design brief for the Dodge Dynasty. “A car. Just make a car,” it reads in its entirety, and for styling inspiration they included some diagrams from the Illinois DMV driver’s manual. The result, the Dodge Dynasty, is a potent and…

Meh Car Monday: The Fine, Decent And Confusing Triumph Acclaim Meh Car Monday: The Fine, Decent And Confusing Triumph Acclaim

I’m sort of denying myself a bit of fun this week because the car I’m picking isn’t one I have nothing but contempt for. Usually, I like to write these because I can vent righteous vitriol at the most boring, lackluster cars ever slapped together by the hands of defeated humans. This time, I don’t think the car is…

Meh Car Monday: The Saturn Ion Perfected The Chemistry Of Boring Meh Car Monday: The Saturn Ion Perfected The Chemistry Of Boring

I feel like I’ve been picking on Saturn pretty hard for these Meh cars—it was only a couple months ago we featured the deliriously bland Saturn L-Series—but I just can’t deny Saturn’s unnatural skills at making really, really boring-ass cars. Besides, what’s going to happen? Is Saturn’s PR department gonna call me and…

Meh Car Monday: The Toyota Paseo, The Sports Car For People Who Consider Scrabble A Motor Sport Meh Car Monday: The Toyota Paseo, The Sports Car For People Who Consider Scrabble A Motor Sport

Sometimes, a car is meh because no one cared enough to make it more interesting. Sometimes, it’s meh because of a brutal campaign of blandization by innumerable committees and focus groups. In this case, the meh-ness stems from an actual attempt to de-meh a car, but that attempt was so half-assed that it actually…

Meh Car Monday: The Last Oldsmobile Cutlass Was The Dullest Blade Meh Car Monday: The Last Oldsmobile Cutlass Was The Dullest Blade

I know it sometimes feels like I pick on GM a lot for these meh car articles, but they just did such a stellar job at making some truly dull, forgettable automobiles. It’s a talent, really. A terrible, terrible talent. If you start feeling some pity for GM, then I’m going to implore you to jam a syringe of adrenaline…

Meh Car Monday: Nothing Could Un-Meh The Infiniti G20 Meh Car Monday: Nothing Could Un-Meh The Infiniti G20

The status of Meh Car isn’t an entirely rational one. Meh-ness isn’t something that you can always engineer out of a car, or something that’s even necessarily based on how the car performs or works. Meh-ness is a more like a mythical, gray mist-dragon of cloudy disinterest, and once it gets its clammy, bland, dull…

Meh Car Monday: Don't Pretend Anyone Even Remembers The Saturn L-Series Meh Car Monday: Don't Pretend Anyone Even Remembers The Saturn L-Series

Want to make a car enthusiast freeze up for a good 20-30 seconds? Ask them to picture a Saturn L-Series. Most gearheads will cock their heads up and to the side, narrowing their eyes as they try to call the image into their minds. If you look carefully, you can sometimes see rainbow spinning beach balls where their…

Meh Car Monday: The Plymouth Sundance And Dodge Shadow, The Tedium Twins Meh Car Monday: The Plymouth Sundance And Dodge Shadow, The Tedium Twins

I’ve always been surprised by how rabid a following the Chrysler K-Cars seem to have, but one thing that does not surprise me in the least is how un-rabid a following the K-Car’s follow up, the P-bodies, have. Or, don’t have. The P-body cars were the Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance, the darkness and light sides of…

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