Controversial? Perhaps. Feel free to chime in.
1.) I have always enjoyed the looks of the Scion xD.
It seems to get a lot of hate, but I don’t see why. I’ve never driven one, tho.
One thing Scion should’ve put more emphasis on is aftermarket performance. They played with it somewhat, and there was at least a TRD supercharger kit available for the tC (maybe for the 2nd-gen xB as well?), but Toyota should really have pushed more performance brands to develop for the other Scion platforms, IMO.
2.) When it first came out, I hated the look of the 7th-gen Maxima.
Especially the headlights; HATED the boomerang-look. However, a neighbor of mine bought one recently, and having had the opportunity to walk around it, i must admit that it looks far better in person. I’m not sure how they still classify it as a midsize, considering how big it is. But all that mass lends it a visceral heft that is completely lost in photos. It’s quite understated, and that subtle coke-bottle shape looks taut and lean when you’re right there next to it.
The current-gen Altima can suck a dick, tho. U-G-L-Y, even tho they drive nice.
3.) I have strongly considered getting a last-gen Suzuki Grand Vitara.
Ho hum, another compact crossover... ??
RWD, available AWD w/ locking center diff, and a 3000# towing capacity. And you could get it w/ a manual. And a spare tire mounted on the back gate.
SUCK IT, JEEP! THIS WHAT YOU SHOULD’VE BEEN MAKING INSTEAD OF PATRIOTS, COMPASSES, CHEROKEES, AND RENEGADES.