Naughty or Nice: Eye-Catching Designs

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When we think of good and bad, we often think about looks ... at least when it comes to cars. Some automakers have had strings of success lately, like Kia, while others have made us scratch our heads routinely; Honda comes to mind.

More Naughty or Nice Picks

If you glance at the two cars above and don't know which one we'd recommend for a joyous holiday, you may need to have your eyes checked. But please keep reading, just in case.

2011CrossCabrio

Naughty: 2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Maybe it was the Caribbean blue color of our test car and its tan roof, but absolutely no one on staff thought the CrossCabrio was something to drool over. In fact, friends giggled at us before we headed out to dinner one night. Teenagers in a Toyota Celica swung behind the CrossCabrio during a highway commute and could be seen pointing and laughing at the car in the rearview mirror. We spotted a CrossCabrio in black on a local street, and it looked much better than the Caribbean paint job. But it still wasn't easy on the eyes.

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Nice: 2012 Audi A7

There are few times when we get a test car — even a good-looking one — that we'd take as-is. The same exterior color. The same interior scheme. Fetching in any shade, our Garnet Red Pearl A7 drew envious glares everywhere we went. At one gas station, a BMW owner complimented us on our gorgeous ride. Typically, we explain that it's a test car. This time, we just said "thanks," keeping the dream alive that it was coming home for good.

By David Thomas | December 9, 2011 | Comments (11)

Comments 

Mike

I don't think the Murano is even naughty; it's an abomination. I want to throw up now, but fortunately it's balanced off by one of the nicest looking cars out there.

Allistar

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Me myself, i would prefer a color that is not common. Everywhere you look, the majority of car colors are black,white,silver, red, blue or purple .You hardly see any orange or green cars. Those stand out, and in a good way. If you want to be noticed choose a color that doesnt blend in. It reveals actual unique originality and doesnt portray conformity.

Tony

Allistar,

when someone chooses green color, it reveals ... I actually think that to get someone to buy a green car they have to convince a shopper with discounts.

jim

What? Thats it? No bashes for the Acura grill, or the entire Acura ZDX?
C'mon, lets build an entire list of "naughtys".
I have a hard time deciding which nose is worse: the over-grilled Lincoln MKT, or the missing grill of the Porsche Cayenne...

Jim,
We're just focusing on one and new for this year for the most part. The anecdotes almost make the decision more than overall agreement, yet we all agreed too ;)

jyd

Good choices for Naughty or Nice. I'll give Nissan credit for trying but, woof, that is an ugly vehicle.

The A7 on the other hand is one of the most handsome vehicles on the road today. It looks great from any angle and is the envy of it's peers.

KC

The Murano is the new Aztec.

Vulpine

Personally, neither one of those floats my boat--I hate 'em both.

JustCurious

How many Nissan Murano CrossCabriolets have been sold, I always see the SUV version, but have yet to see the cabriolet.

pdxghr

I think they are both quite unattractive.

The colour of the Murano is pretty gruesome but other than that if I was choosing a car for a sunny holiday break the spacious convertible would be my preference. If it was something for the daily commute then the A7 would win every time.

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