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The Dumbest Cars Of 2013

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On: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:26PM | By: Teddy Field

The Dumbest Cars Of 2013

Every now and then, car companies will build a car that just doesn’t seem to make sense. It’s as if they pulled a card from the suggestion box, and decided to produce a car for that one person in Cleveland. A convertible minivan with scissor doors and ostrich feather upholstery? Sure, why not!

These automotive oddities usually become sort of a ‘Halo Car’. A vehicle designed solely to bring attention to what that particular car company is capable of engineering. They know it’s not going to be a big-seller, but if it gets people talking about their car company, then mission accomplished. The following three cars fall into this category, but you have to wonder if the attention they bring will actually result in sales?

2013 BMW X6

While it’s been around for a few years now, BMW’s bulbous ‘Sports Activity Coupe’ is still as useless as the day it was launched. There’s 4 bucket seats (a 3-place rear bench is available), but the sloping roofline will make taller rear seat passengers feel as if they’re riding in a coffin. There’s lots of ground clearance, and big chunky tires, but it’s completely useless off road. Its xDrive AWD system is meant to improve on-road performance by sending more power to the outside rear wheel as you go through a curve. Thus, driving the X6 (on pavement) is just as impressive as you’d expect a BMW to be. But without the expensive Dynamic Handling Package (which includes 4-wheel steering), the ride is intolerable.

So it’s an expensive truck-ish four door ‘coupe’ that will beat you up on road, or off. You’re better off with an X5.

2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Okay, a 2-door Nissan Murano…Convertible. Who suggested this one, Barbie, or Ken?

2013 BMW 5-Series Gran Tourismo

BMW is one of the largest luxury automakers in the world, so they can afford to build expensive cars that only appeal to a select group of people. Case in point, the 2013 BMW 5-Series Gran Tourismo: a very expensive hatchback version of the BMW 5-Series sedan.

Looking to cash in on the newly-popular hatchback luxury sedan segment, BMW tacked on a hatchback to its popular 5-Series sedan. The result is a car that sort of competes with other HB luxury liners like the Audi A7, and Porsche Panamera. It’s got nearly the same amount of usable cargo room, a roomy, comfortable interior, and a selection of brilliant engines. But it looks like a big Prius, which is probably why the Hunch-Back of Stuttgart (aka Porsche Panamera) outsells it 7 to 1.

BMW is canceling the 5-Series Gran Tourismo after this year, and launching a smaller version called the 2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Tourismo. And yes, it looks pretty much the same as the 5GT.

Smart move Bimmer.

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