Car Designs That Look Good From Afar, but Far from Good

Walking around the auto show floor (the New England Show, not Detroit), I noticed something that I could not get out of my head. Certain elements of car designs, while contributing to an overall attractive vehicle, look rather unsightly on its own. We know that the car is more than just the sum of its parts, so each individual part, on its own, might not be perfect. I couldn't shake this thought as I walked around the show floor, so I started taking photos of design elements that look ugly up close and personal. Here is what I found. 2014 Toyota RAV4 (taillight):
Car Designs That Look Good From Afar, but Far from Good
(lower front fascia):
Car Designs That Look Good From Afar, but Far from Good
Despite being the owner of two ugly design traits, the RAV4 is a very attractive vehicle. The particular "plateau" of the taillight is just a little odd. Why does it have to stick out so much? Does it provide special areodynamic properties? We may never know. As for the lower front bumper, methinks the RAV4 may have a bit of English Bulldog in it. 2013 Nissan LEAF (rear bumper):
Car Designs That Look Good From Afar, but Far from Good
All we can say is that this look works much better for Kim Kardashian, J Lo, and pretty much anything that isn't called a Nissan LEAF. 2013 MINI Coupe S (rear window):
Car Designs That Look Good From Afar, but Far from Good
When the rear window of a sports coupe looks like the front window of a freight train, you're doing it wrong. 2013 Mazda3 (front bumper):
Car Designs That Look Good From Afar, but Far from Good
I've heard this bumper described as a boxer's mouthguard. That's pretty spot on. 2013 Lincoln MKT (front grille):
Car Designs That Look Good From Afar, but Far from Good
People say the naming conventions of Lincoln models are confusing. I say that's not a big issue, when you can refer to the one of the cars as "the one with the big baleen whale grille," it makes things a whole lot easier. 2013 Lexus LFA (brake duct):
Car Designs That Look Good From Afar, but Far from Good
Real-talk here, Toyota: did this really need to happen? You couldn't move the top of the rear brake duct just six inches higher, to meet the C-pillar? When you brake it down, the LFA is just a mess of strange design elements that come together to make an insanely stunning sportscar. 2013 Ford Focus (taillight):
Car Designs That Look Good From Afar, but Far from Good
The taillight of the Focus wagon looks like a painting that someone took a swipe at before it had fully dried. Completely unnecessary. 2013 Ford Fiesta (front vents):
Car Designs That Look Good From Afar, but Far from Good
I guess while were on the subject of bad Ford designs, have a gander at the lower front vent from the Fiesta. Just look at it! On such a small car, that vent is huge! This is a base trim so there isn't even a fog light present. There is nothing worse than the big plastic chunks that take the place of fog lights, and on the Fiesta, it just looks wrong. 2013 GMC Acadia (headlight vent): Seriously, what does this vent do? It looks like someone gave the Acadia a pair of black eyes. I hate vents to nowhere, and this is a prime example of why! 2013 Buick Regal GS:
Car Designs That Look Good From Afar, but Far from Good
See, here's a real problem. These vents actually go SOMEWHERE, but they are facing the wrong way. No front vents should be upright. Nor should they include the underbite bumper exemplified by the Mazda3. 2013-2014 Audi Lineup (No Items Whatsoever):
Car Designs That Look Good From Afar, but Far from Good
Finally, we conclude with Audi. There is nothing wrong with any design element in the Audi portfolio. I just wanted to show you, the reader, what it looks like when an automaker gets it right. Keep doing you, Audi. Keep doing you.

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