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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…

Meh Car Monday: The Talbot Tagora Proves Even Rare And Exotic Can Be Meh Meh Car Monday: The Talbot Tagora Proves Even Rare And Exotic Can Be Meh

I’ve been giving American cars a lot of likely unwanted meh-car attention lately, so let’s venture across the sea and discover what unexciting non-wonders are waiting listlessly to bore you. This week, thanks to a suggestion from a reader named Adam, I’d like to present to you a heaping fistful of French automotive…

Meh Car Monday: Envision Ennui With The Buick Envision Meh Car Monday: Envision Ennui With The Buick Envision

Sometimes I feel like Meh Car Mondays unfairly picks on some key Meh-eras of the past: the famous Malaise Era, the bland optimism of the 1990s, that sort of thing. To mix it up a bit, I wanted to pick a meh car that you, the meh car enthusiast, could go out and buy new today. And I found one: the gloriously meh Buick…

Meh Car Monday: The Fabulously Forgettable Ford Five Hundred Meh Car Monday: The Fabulously Forgettable Ford Five Hundred

The Ford Five Hundred is about as close to a ghost as an automobile can get. Even if you see one, it’s hard to be sure exactly what you saw, or if you even saw anything at all. It’s very existence is confusing to most people—was it a thing? Was a just a Taurus? Have I ever seen one? The Five Hundred is so meh it’s…

Meh Car Monday: The 1994-1999 Chevy Monte Carlo Was The One To Ignore Meh Car Monday: The 1994-1999 Chevy Monte Carlo Was The One To Ignore

Want to see real, visceral disappointment in action? Tell a friend who loves cars that you got them a lovely Chevy Monte Carlo. Really soak in the delight that you watch play across their face as they imagine themselves behind the wheel of one of America’s most stylish oversized coupés. Then, hand over keys to a…

Meh Car Monday: Try And Stay Awake While We Talk About Early 2000s Hyundais Meh Car Monday: Try And Stay Awake While We Talk About Early 2000s Hyundais

If you’re a graphic designer, and you have to make one of those generic cars for some ad for an insurance company, you can probably cut your work time in half by starting with a Hyundai sedan made between 2000-2005 or so. I’m actually picking two meh cars for today, because they’re both so equally meh I couldn’t…

Meh Car Monday: Embrace Nothingness With A Buick Lucerne Meh Car Monday: Embrace Nothingness With A Buick Lucerne

Buick, at least in the U.S., is a brand that has traditionally skewed a bit older. I’m not sure there’s a recent Buick that makes that vague bit of demographic data come to life more than the 2005-2011 Buick Lucerne, a car that is essentially the very concept of responsible, suburban aging turned into metal.

Meh Car Monday: The Mazda 626, When 'Zoom-Zoom' Was 'Yawn-Yawn' Meh Car Monday: The Mazda 626, When 'Zoom-Zoom' Was 'Yawn-Yawn'

Mazda has managed to make a lot of interesting cars over the years. From their early 360cc Kei-class cars to their dogged loyalty to the rotary engine, to the raw, pure joy of a Miata, and even using such deeply geeky things as Miller-cycle engines, Mazda has a long track record of Not Being Boring. Still, when they…

Meh Car Monday: The Woefully Misnamed Oldsmobile Intrigue  Meh Car Monday: The Woefully Misnamed Oldsmobile Intrigue 

You want to know how staggeringly forgettable the Oldsmobile Intrigue is? Listen to this: I was trying to decide between the Oldsmobile Achieva and Oldsmobile Alero for this week’s Meh Car Monday. As part of the decison-making process, I remembered they used an Achieva in episodes of the X-Files. Only I was wrong: the…

Meh Car Monday: The Dodge Diplomat Has Immunity From Being Interesting Meh Car Monday: The Dodge Diplomat Has Immunity From Being Interesting

I think the fundamental, pureéd gruel-like blandness of the Dodge Diplomat is probably best summed up in how this promo movie describes it’s size: “between a compact and an intermediate!” Somehow, Dodge’s engineers have managed to invent a size of car more boring than “mid-sized.” Kudos, gentlemen.

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