Can You Identify These Underrated Cars?

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By: Teresa McGlothlin

7 Min Quiz

Image: Unsplash by Pierre-Michel Villa

About This Quiz

Some cars are underrated for the craziest of reasons. Whether they were produced during a shift in consumer needs or they simply didn't measure up to the competition, every underrated car has a story. As you go through this quiz, you'll get the chance to identify as many of them as you can. Some of them might surprise you, though! Do you think you'll get a perfect 40 out of 40? 

When we say underrated cars, we're not talking about cars that were complete automotive flops. The cars you will name here are all decent models — they just don't get the praise that they deserve. Even esteemed automakers like Porsche and Honda have an underwhelming model or two! It seems that no vehicle on the market is safe from scrutiny. Once you name them, we'll tell you why they don't get enough praise. 

As you read the questions, take a hard look at the photo before you make your choice. Then, take your best guess about the underrated car you see. You might find your favorite model, and you're sure to learn about a good number of the others. Can you name as many as you think you can? Or will you need to grab a Blue Book and start reading? Let's find out!



If you were checking out this car at a dealership, what name would you see on the bumper?

When Toyota and Subaru combined forces in 2012, the Toyota 86 Coupe was born! Also called the Subaru BRZ, it comes standard with a 2.0 L V6 and a body style that resembles old boxsters. Toyota isn't giving up on the car just yet, though. More features have been added to the new 2020 models.

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What's the name of this underrated little sports car?

In 1970, the Porsche 914 was awarded the Motor Trend Import Car of the Year title. Even though it has always been in the shadow of the 911 model, the 914's less powerful engine was on the cutting edge of modern engineering.

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Both the coupe version and the sedan version of this car are undersung. What car are you looking at?

Despite boasting a 3.8 L V6, the Hyundai Genesis never gets the attention it deserves. With a 3.5 out of 5 reliability rating, it has the same features as similar models. Enthusiasts believe that it's ignored because it lacks the exterior pizzazz of other cars on the market.

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This car was put into sundown status in 2018. Do you know what it is?

If you're looking for luxury, don't pass up the Cadillac CTS. Pulled from the market in 2018 because the full-sized sedan didn't meet sales standards, it doesn't mean the end of production. There are rumors that it will be redesigned within the next few years.

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Can you figure out the name of this luxury ride from the '60s and '70s?

Built on the same frame as the Oldsmobile Toronado, the Cadillac Eldorado was on the front lines of "personal luxury coupes." It was only Cadillac's second car to come standard with front-wheel drive.

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Do you know this underloved car? It replaced the 323 and the Protege.

Year after year, the Toyota Corolla has outsold the Mazda M3 like the one you see here. Now in its third generation, the M3 is set to see a brand new engine upgrade and an exterior redesign in 2020.

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How about this self-proclaimed "city car?" Can you identify it?

The Chevy Spark started life in Korea during the late 1990s. Only released in the U.S. in 2013, the Spark boasts up to 40 miles per gallon, and it comes standard with a full Apple CarPlay or Android setup. Experts say that it's a highly underrated performer that gets overlooked because of its size.

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What name is the right name of this under-loved small car?

Despite being one of the safest and most technologically advanced cars on the market, the Chevrolet Sonic never gets the praise it deserves. Vehicles like the Honda Fit or the Kia Forte usually get all the press, but the Sonic's performance is just as highly rated.

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It's one of the most underappreciated cars in Ford's lineup. Which one is it?

Even though the Ford Contour was only manufactured from 1995 to 2000, you can still see a few on the road. It replaced both the Ford Tempo and the Mercury Topaz back then. It was eventually pulled off the market when sales were not high enough to sustain production.

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What is the correct name of this apparently undesirable vehicle?

Although the Volvo S60 is a sharp-looking ride with a list of luxury features, it never seems to come in first place. Maybe it's because the car's engine and its fuel efficiency are consistently out-performed by the Audi A4.

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Which of these barely noticed Chevrolet sedans had a short run?

The Chevy SS was first introduced as a concept car in 2003, but it wasn't actually on the road until 2013. Chevy thought of every detail including a 200 horsepower engine, but the lack of popularity in the public realm caused it to be pulled in 2017.

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Could you identify this tiny chariot if you saw it rolling down the highway?

To combat low sales numbers, the Arbath company slashed the price of the Fiat 500 Arbath. Without a true redesign, projections are showing that it will still be outsold by cars of the same size like the Ford Focus and the Chevy Sonic.

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This roadster doesn't have a problem selling, but it's still underrated. What is it?

Since 1998, the Mazda Miata MX 5 has been a consistent seller. It never gets the same accolades of cars like the Corvette, though. Perhaps, it's that the MX 5's engine is only capable of harnessing 185 horsepower, or its impossibly tiny size. Regardless of the reason, it's one car you shouldn't pass up.

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It's Volkswagen's most ignored hatchback. Can you figure out which one it is?

The Volkswagen Golf has been a member of the family since 1974. Still, it never performs as well in auto reviews as its counterparts. With a 1.4 L engine, it's not the most powerful car on the road. We happen to think getting up to 37 miles per gallon makes up for it, though!

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What's the name of this undervalued hatchback with a long legacy?

With a starting price of $14,620, the Ford Fiesta is a bargain! It started life as a German model in 1976 and quickly moved its way into the American small car market. It's not a car with a lot of horsepower or a big engine, but its impressive rating should see it getting more stars than it does.

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No station wagon is truly appreciated! What's the name of this one? It has the worst reputation.

No one can argue about the fact that BMW makes great cars, but the 3 Series Wagon always seems to go unnoticed. The body style is a big departure for the German automaker, and consumers do not seem to love its bulbous rear. It is the most infrequently sold car on the BMW lot.

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How about the name of this comfort coupe? Do you know it?

The Volkswagen CC only enjoyed a nine-year run before the automaker called it quits. Originally called the Volkswagen Passat CC, the efficient 200 horsepower 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine was reliable, but it just couldn't keep up with less expensive cars.

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For a mere $69,000, you can go home with which of these cars?

The Audi A7 tries really hard to keep up with Mercedes and BMW, but it simply lacks the same pizzazz. It has a safety rating of 9.8 out of 10 and a smaller price tag, so the reason it's so overlooked is hard to understand.

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Which often passed up luxury sedan is pictured here?

Jaguar is known for its commitment to quality, so it's surprising to see the Jaguar XJ listed as one of the world's most underrated cars. While some call its 4.2 L V8 a true classic engine, others say that the car lacks the responsiveness found in other brands.

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With a whopping 350 horsepower engine, it's hard to believe which car is so underappreciated?

The Chevrolet Impala has been a member of the Chevy lineup since 1958! At one time its full-sized interior was well-loved by consumers. These days, the car's size and lack of efficiency have seen numbers sharply decline.

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Some consider this belittled car a classic, but do you know its name?

How could anyone not love the AMC Eagle? From 1979 to 1987, it was available as a sedan, a coupe or a station wagon and came complete with a 2.5 L engine. Although reliable, the AMC brand really didn't take off at all. It's not only the Eagle that's considered underrated!

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No one ever overestimated this Dodge model with what name?

The Neon was put out by Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth from 1995 to 2005, but instantly developed a reputation for having a troublesome four-cylinder engine. Eventually, it was replaced with the PT Cruiser, but Chrysler has been trying again. An updated version was released in 2016.

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Do you know the name of this under-prized small sedan that replaced the Geo Prizm?

Chevy had a great run with the Cavalier and its Geo Prizm version, but it felt the need to shake things up a little and replaced it with the Cobalt in 2005. Built on the same frame, the Cobalt did well but not well enough to surpass more eco-friendly cars being manufactured at the same time.

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A transmission recall hindered this car's selling power. What car is it?

The Ford Focus was first produced in 2005, and it's being retired in 2019. Early on, the Focus struggled with transmission problems which led the public to hold off on buying it. Ford is now moving away from building cars altogether.

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Can you put your auto savviness to good use and name this never-overvalued car?

For a car that gets 40 miles per gallon on the highway and has a 9.5 safety rating, the Kia Forte is tremendously undervalued. Recently redesigned, Kia is hoping to appeal to a bigger market with its modernized version.

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This discounted subcompact carries which of these names?

The Nissan Sentra has been around since 1982, but you probably haven't heard much about it. Although it outperforms cars like the Chevrolet Cruze, the Sentra remains a less popular choice.

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How about this little-noticed gem that was first put out in 1966? Can you name it?

Chevrolet put the Caprice out for 30 solid years before its size and 5.7 L V8 engine became surpassed by more efficient models. A second generation was made until 2017, but despite the car's luxury interior, it was pulled again. It was a favorite among some police departments, though!

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Which name is given to this car that only got five years on the market?

Back in 2004, not many cars could brag about getting 37 miles per gallon. Even though the Oldsmobile Alero had full bragging rights, its 1999 release came at the wrong time. It came at a time when consumers were looking for smaller-sized cars.

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What's the name of the subcompact crossover first put out in 2010?

If you asked for an opinion on the Nissan Juke, a lot of people would tell you that it's ugly. A crossover SUV with a squatty appearance, the Juke is one of those cars you either love or you hate. Enthusiasts will tell you to look beyond its exterior and to look toward its 4.7 out of five-star rating.

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Maybe this car's standard four-cylinder engine left consumers feeling underwhelmed. Which car is in the photo?

The Hyundai Elantra is a slick-looking sedan with a modest starting price, but it's never been a buyer favorite. The biggest possible engine is a 2.0 L four-cylinder, and most consumers are looking for more power.

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If you saw it sitting in a parking lot, could you name this subcompact car?

The Kia Rio might have a high safety rating, but it lacks points in overall performance. Only capable of putting out 120 horsepower, it's not a car for those who want a lot of speed. It is, however, the car you want if you do a lot of city driving.

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It was first put out in 1978, but can you name it?

The fact that the Mitsubishi Mirage only received a 5.9 out of 10 rating in overall performance is baffling. Its small body style and its ability to get up to 41 miles per gallon should be more appealing to those wanting an eco-friendly ride.

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You see it here, but can you name Toyota's most underappreciated luxury car?

Although the Toyota Avalon has been on the market since 1994, it hasn't performed as well as other vehicles in the Toyota lineup. It holds Toyota's record for being the biggest front-wheel-drive model and its most luxurious.

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This minivan was discontinued in 2016. Which van do you see?

From 1989-2016, the Chrysler Town and Country held its own. However, a push toward more technologically advanced and more eco-friendly features presented problems for Chrysler, and it was pulled from production.

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This all-electric car failed to charge up consumer interest. What is it?

Nissan's all-electric offering, the Leaf, consistently scores an 8.5 out of 10 in overall performance and comfort. While buyers love the advanced features and the roominess, they are still not convinced that battery power is reliable.

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Look closely and pick the right car. Which car do you see?

There's a reason that those who know about Subaru car lineup buy them again and again. Still, the Legacy remains underappreciated and sells to more of a niche market than vehicles with similar specs.

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Which name is the right name for this car that takes a backseat to the Toyota Camry?

With a reliable four-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission, the Mazda 6 has no problem keeping up with its competitors. It is slightly smaller than similar cars, but it's perfect for those looking for an efficient car.

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The car seen here will be discontinued in 2020. Are you able to figure out the name of it?

In 2008, the Ford Flex was introduced as a replacement for the Ford Freestar. A crossover vehicle with a lot of space and flexible fuel technology , it should have taken the market by storm. Nonetheless, weak sales have forced Ford to stop production during 2019.

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Can you pick out the correct name of this mid-size model?

Not even boasting a 36 mpg average with a 295 horsepower engine could increase the popularity of the Chrysler 200. Experts state that there was nothing particularly wrong with the vehicle. Its only downfall was that it was released during a popular time for SUVs.

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The only Honda to make the underrated list is seen here and named what?

The Honda Prelude was sold from 1978 to 2001. Despite its longevity and its sporty coupe appeal, it was never one of Honda's most praised cars. Honda decided to pull it from the market and put out a two-door version of the Accord to take its place. The Accord remains its best-loved vehicle.

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