Is Toyota Prius Ugly? (Thoughts and Reviews)

Last Updated on September 10, 2022 by John K. Clifford

Toyota Prius has always been in the spotlight for its appalling looks; critics say that Toyota managed to make every new generation model look uglier than its predecessor. The model has a weird styling with tiny wheels, making it even more unattractive. It prioritizes aerodynamics over style, making it look uglier than most cars.

The Toyota Prius isn’t the best-looking Toyota on the market, but it makes up for its looks with fuel efficiency and excellent driving. This model’s bodywork contributes significantly to the backlash. It looks busy with numerous gouge lines and bumps across the vehicle. 

At the front, it has two deep gouges just outside the headlights’ edge that run down to the fog lights. The headlights have a weird design and placement; they look like they are spilling onto the bumper. This design adds complicated and unnecessary details to the model’s busy design. It has a slender grille below the Toyota badge, adding to the awkward, ugly design. Looking at the Prius from a child’s eye and point of view, the front looks like a pointed face with a sharp mustache.

If you thought the front was where all the horror was, you are in for a rude shock. The rear is just as dreadful with busy-looking features. The rear lights look like they are leaking down the back of the car. It also features a vast and weird-looking swage line running from the edge of the rear door to the tail light. The rear hatch has a panel across its top that is the same color as the body and gives the illusion of a rear spoiler.

Toyota intended to make the back-glass look like it continues by blacking out the C-pillars, but this detail makes the model look uglier, especially how it meets up with the rear window on the hatch.

The Japanese automaker has made various attempts at making the Prius look acceptable, but critics are having none of that. We have all come to accept that the design is a flop, and maybe that’s why it has better driving dynamics and fuel efficiency.

Most people who buy the Prius don’t care much about its looks; they only want a “green car” that drives excellently and saves fuel. If you are one of the people who love a car that makes a statement, the Prius is not it.

Toyota Prius makes up for its ugliness by being the most reliable hybrid. It has excellent and unrivaled fuel efficiency beating all other hybrid cars. The model also boasts a huge cargo hold, making it a good family car for carrying all your luggage. It is also affordable and easy to maintain, with spare parts readily available even though it rarely breaks down. Toyota didn’t sleep on this model’s infotainment and driver assistance features, as it has everything you need for a safe and enjoyable ride. 

The Toyota Prius isn’t the only model by Toyota that was a huge design flop; they have made other ugly Toyota models that left customers questioning their design team’s capability. Other manufacturers have also had their fair share of design flops leading to some of the ugliest cars ever.

Now that we have critiqued Toyota Prius and accepted that it is ugly let us look at other ugly car models. Maybe even more hideous than the Prius.

Top 10 Ugliest Cars in the World (Uglier than Prius)

Top 10 ugliest cars in the world

1. Pontiac Aztek 

Even after starring in the “breaking bad” TV series as Walter white’s daily drive, this car’s looks can’t be saved or overlooked. This model’s editions are ugly, and the grey plastic cladding at the bottom makes it look even worse. The rear window also looks strange, and the exposed fuel door and hatch don’t help but make it scream ugly.

2. Fiat Multipla

If this isn’t the ugliest car on the planet, I don’t know what is. In February 2018, the Sunday times named it on the list of ugliest cars, saying its exterior looks like an elephant man, and it’s a shame to be seen in it, so you would rather walk than drive this car.

3. Nissan Cube 

This model isn’t the ugliest on the list, but it is here for a reason. Looking at it keenly, it draws its name from its design inspiration because it looks like a cube with wheels and a hood. We can’t judge you if you don’t find this model ugly since it’s a subtle type of horror.

4. Chevrolet SSR

This two-seat convertible pickup truck has strange-looking features. It only ran for four years, and we don’t need a reason why it was discontinued because what was that?

5. Plymouth Prowler

I honestly think this car was designed to look scary, something you can drive around for Halloween. The V-shaped front end doesn’t look any better, and the protruding bumpers make it look shabbily made. However, this model stands out as a race car and can reach up to 60mph in under 6 seconds.

6. Nissan S-Cargo

Nissan tried to make a cargo van with the design and platform of a small car, and the result was this super ugly model. It is slow, and the design is nothing to write about.

7. Smart Fortwo 

This tall and thin car is the most famous from smart and the ugliest on their lineup.

8. Nissan juke 

Nissan’s design department has a fort in making unsightly cars; the Nissan juke is a perfect example. Considering its been around for over a decade and has never gotten a facelift, Nissan must be very proud of its creation.

9. Toyota Mirai

Toyota Mirai

The Toyota Mirai looks like something an Alien would drive. The massive grille at the front and the rear design don’t do justice. We think it is way uglier than the Prius; what’s your take? Have you noticed how ugly most “green cars” are? The Mirai is said to run on Hydrogen, thus conserving the environment.

10. Tesla Cyber Truck

The Tesla cyber truck was designed to be as tech-savvy as possible, but they failed to consider the aesthetics. The model has even been referred to as “ugly as sin” because of how sore-looking it is to the eye.

The Final word

When automakers focus more on a vehicle’s performance, they forget to make it look appealing or compromise on design. Toyota Prius is one good example of how the phenomenon works. The model is fuel-efficient, offers a comfortable driving experience, and is environmentally friendly, but it looks like it was made in a hurry. 

The case of the Prius isn’t isolated since we’ve seen other models that look uglier than the Prius but with great features that can convince you to buy them without giving much thought to the visual appeal. Automakers need to find a way to strike a balance between performance and aesthetics since both affect a customer’s decision to buy the car.


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