Can You Identify These Underrated Cars?

By: Teresa McGlothlin
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Can You Identify These Underrated Cars?
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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!



3-Toyota 86 Coupe If you were checking out this car at a dealership, what name would you see on the bumper?
Honda Civic
Audi TT
Lexus LC
Toyota 86 Coupe
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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1- Porsche 914 What's the name of this underrated little sports car?
Mazda Miata
Porsche 914
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.
Acura Integra
Chevrolet Camaro

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2-Genesis Both the coupe version and the sedan version of this car are undersung. What car are you looking at?
Honda Prelude
Ford Mustang
Hyundai Genesis
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.
Toyota Corolla

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4-Cadillac CTS This car was put into sundown status in 2018. Do you know what it is?
Cadillac CTS
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.
Acura TLX
Honda Civic
Ford Contour

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5-Cadillac Eldorado Can you figure out the name of this luxury ride from the '60s and '70s?
Cadillac Eldorado
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.
Pontiac GTO
Oldsmobile 88
Chevrolet Kingwood

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6-Mazda 3 Do you know this underloved car? It replaced the 323 and the Protege.
Toyota Corolla
Mazda M3
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.
Porsche 911
Hyundai Sonata

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7-Chevrolet Spark How about this self-proclaimed "city car?" Can you identify it?
Ford Fiesta
Honda Accord
Mercury Lynx
Chevrolet Spark
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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8-Chevrolet Sonic What name is the right name of this under-loved small car?
Chevrolet Sonic
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.
Honda Fit
Ford Focus
Renault Alliance

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9-Ford Contour It's one of the most underappreciated cars in Ford's lineup. Which one is it?
Ford Fiesta
Ford Focus
Ford Contour
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.
Ford Tempo

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10-Volvo S60 What is the correct name of this apparently undesirable vehicle?
Volvo S60
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.
Volkswagen Carmen Ghia
Nissan Juke
Mitsubishi Outlander

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11-Chevrolet SS Which of these barely noticed Chevrolet sedans had a short run?
Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet SS
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.
Chevrolet Caprice
Chevrolet Malibu

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12-Fiat 500 Arbath Could you identify this tiny chariot if you saw it rolling down the highway?
Cooper Mini
Fiat 500 Arbath
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.
Chevrolet Sonic
Volkswagen Rabbit

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13-Mazda Miata MX 5 This roadster doesn't have a problem selling, but it's still underrated. What is it?
Porsche 718
Honda S2000
Mazda Miata MX 5
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.
Chevrolet Corvette

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14-Volkswagen Golf It's Volkswagen's most ignored hatchback. Can you figure out which one it is?
Volkswagen Golf
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!
Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Rabbit
Volkswagen Beetle

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15-Ford Fiesta What's the name of this undervalued hatchback with a long legacy?
Chevrolet Spark
Honda Civic
Ford Fiesta
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.
Volkswagen Golf

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16-BMW 3 Series Wagon No station wagon is truly appreciated! What's the name of this one? It has the worst reputation.
Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
Volkswagen Golf SportWagon
Volvo V90
BMW 3 Series Wagon
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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17-Volkswagen CC How about the name of this comfort coupe? Do you know it?
Acura NSX
Volkswagen CC
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.
BMW M4
Chevrolet Camaro

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18-Audi A7-Edit For a mere $69,000, you can go home with which of these cars?
Audi A7
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.
Toyota 86
Nissan Altima
Kia Rio

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19-Jaguar XJ Which often passed up luxury sedan is pictured here?
Kia Optima
Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Audi A7
Jaguar XJ
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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20-Chevrolet Impala With a whopping 350 horsepower engine, it's hard to believe which car is so underappreciated?
Ford Crown Victoria
Dodge Charger
Chevrolet Impala
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.
Oldsmobile Aurora

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21-AMC Eagle Some consider this belittled car a classic, but do you know its name?
Fiat 500
AMC Eagle
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!
Eagle Talon
Ford Pinto

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22-Neon No one ever overestimated this Dodge model with what name?
Intrepid
Viper
Neon
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.
Dart

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23-Chevrolet Cobalt Do you know the name of this under-prized small sedan that replaced the Geo Prizm?
Dodge Dart
Kia Rio
Toyota Avalon
Chevrolet Cobalt
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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24-Ford Focus A transmission recall hindered this car's selling power. What car is it?
Ford Focus
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.
Chevrolet Cavalier
Honda Fit
Toyota Prius

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25-Kia Forte Can you put your auto savviness to good use and name this never-overvalued car?
Chevrolet Caprice
Ford Crown Victoria
Subaru Legacy
Kia Forte
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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26-Nissan Sentra This discounted subcompact carries which of these names?
Audi A4
Nissan Sentra
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.
Mitsubishi Mirage
Chevrolet Chevette

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27-Chevrolet Caprice How about this little-noticed gem that was first put out in 1966? Can you name it?
Oldsmobile Delta 88
Pontiac Bonneville
Ford Fairlane
Chevrolet Caprice
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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28-Oldsmobile Alero Which name is given to this car that only got five years on the market?
Oldsmobile Alero
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.
Nissan Juke
Honda Prelude
Chevrolet Impala

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29-Nissan Juke What's the name of the subcompact crossover first put out in 2010?
Honda CRV
AMC Eagle
Nissan Juke
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.
Hyundai Accent

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30-Hyundai Elantra-Edit Maybe this car's standard four-cylinder engine left consumers feeling underwhelmed. Which car is in the photo?
Plymouth Acclaim
Mercury Lynx
Hyundai Elantra
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.
Kia Sorento

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31-Kia Rio If you saw it sitting in a parking lot, could you name this subcompact car?
Kia Rio
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.
Toyota Avalon
Hyundai Elantra
Chevrolet Sonic

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32-Mitsubishi Mirage-Edit It was first put out in 1978, but can you name it?
Chevrolet Cruze
Mitsubishi Mirage
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.
Ford Taurus
Mercury Cougar

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33-Toyota Avalon You see it here, but can you name Toyota's most underappreciated luxury car?
Toyota Prius
Toyota Camry
Toyota RAV 4
Toyota Avalon
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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34-Chrysler Town and Country This minivan was discontinued in 2016. Which van do you see?
Pontiac Montana
Honda Oddessy
Toyota Sienna
Chrysler Town and Country
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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35-Nissan Leaf This all-electric car failed to charge up consumer interest. What is it?
Nissan Leaf
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.
Chevrolet Aveo
Tesla Model 3
Kia Soul LV

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36-Subaru Legacy Look closely and pick the right car. Which car do you see?
Kia Sorento
Pontiac Grand Prix
Toyota Supra
Subaru Legacy
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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37-Mazda 6 Which name is the right name for this car that takes a backseat to the Toyota Camry?
Ford Taurus
Mazda 6
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.
Chevrolet Cruze
Lincoln Continental

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38-Ford Flex The car seen here will be discontinued in 2020. Are you able to figure out the name of it?
Honda Pilot
Ford Flex
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.
Hyundai Kona
GMC Yukon

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39-Chrysler 200 Can you pick out the correct name of this mid-size model?
Chrysler 200
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.
Dodge Intrepid
Chevrolet SS
Pontiac GTO

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40-Honda Prelude The only Honda to make the underrated list is seen here and named what?
Honda Accord
Honda Civic
Honda Prelude
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.
Honda Fit

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