The Worst Trends in Modern Cars and Trucks

The Worst Trends in Modern Cars and Trucks

rev up your engines, today I’m gonna talk
about some of the worst trends in modern car design,
and as far as I’m concerned the worst one are those
massive giant grills that all the manufacturers seem to be copying each
other and putting on, like the Lexus grills, now yes beauty is in the eye of
the beholder but those massive grilles are just absurd,
because in many of them a large portion of that grille does nothing, it’s
actually just covering up part of the frame of the vehicle it’s not that air
is going through the whole thing and cooling the car down, now as a
counterpoint to that, hey I had a 2013 Shelby gt500, it didn’t even have a grill
it just had a giant gaping hole because it needed a hole that big to suck enough
air in, so that it could go 200 miles an hour and cool the car down without it
overeating, not that anybody really needs a car that can go 200 miles an hour, but
at least that’s form following function not just some absurd ridiculous looking
massive grill, now they’re all coming out with it, when I was a young mechanic the
Americans had the Fin Wars, they kept making the fins bigger and bigger and
bigger, and they served no purpose either it wasn’t like those things were going
240 miles an hour it didn’t make them that much more
aerodynamic, they just liked the look at these giant fins coming out of the back
of them, the next bad trend is turning
everything into an SUV, Hey there are now Porsche SUVs, Lamborghini
SUVs, even Bentley SUVs, because mark my words, not just a stylish thing, but
they’re big vehicles they’re high up in the air, almost all of them get pretty
poor gas mileage, in the future when the price of gas goes up, these things are
not going to be as popular, and many of them come in all-wheel-drive, fine if you
live in a snowy area or something but in normal driving in places like here in
Texas, you get worse gas mileage as all-wheel drive, it cost more money to
fix, it costs more money to build, you have to buy all four new tires when you
need a tire, because if some tires are off size from the others, that will ruin
the all-wheel drive system and cost you thousands to fix, which a lot of people
don’t really understand until it happens to them,
now another trend that I think is bad is the trend towards removal of not
only full-size spares in a car, this Lexus still has a full-size spare, to the
use of those mini spares, this matrix only has one of those little donut
spares inside here, to some modern cars that have no spare tires at all and even
have an air pump or the run flat tires and you can drive on when
they run out of air, really run flat tires they cost a fortune
if you get a flat on that cost a fortune to fix, and because of their inherent
design of being strong, they actually get worse gas mileage, because they have more
friction in them driving down the road, and at least that’s a trend that seems
to already be going away, they seem to be giving up with these run-flat tires, I
mean you have a problem where your tires shredded, even the run flat tires can
get shredded, you’re gonna be stranded in the middle of nowhere, there’s nothing better
than a real spare tire that you can put on and go your merry way,
now the next trend I’d like to see go away is the use of those ultra
low-profile tires, now this lexus has normal tires and they serve a very good
purpose big sidewalls they absorb bumps so they
ride smoother, they can go through potholes without getting serious damage
and they protect the rim, these aren’t cheap rims, if you go to these real
low-profile tires, some of those cars ride like wagons, you feel every bump, if
you live in a city like me with pothole roads, or in a country road with pothole
roads for that matter, they will eat the rims up I’ve seen guys just destroy the
tire and the rims on just a medium sized pot hole, yeah you can zoom around
in them and corner real fast and stuff but for a normal driving car they’re
kind of stupid I’ve had many BMW customers that cursed
the day they got one with these low-profile tires, they kept having to
buy tire after tire after tire, their super expensive tires and a lot of times
they end up the rims too, that’s money wasted that you never need to spend if you just
have normal tires that work perfectly fine,
now the next thing that I find stupid and a ridiculous trend
is the installation of fake vents on a car, for example the Buick envision has
fake air scoops on hood, they don’t do anything they’re fake they’re just stuck
on there, they don’t suck air or anything it’s just kind of ridiculous, and along
the same vein the fake exhaust tips coming out of a car, even Mercedes
getting into it, they put these space-age looking things come out of the back
but there’s just regular round pipes going into them, they don’t serve any purpose
at all, they’re just fake to look like they’re doing something they aren’t, now
the next bad trend as far as I’m concerned is those bejeweled headlights
so that at night your car looks like a spider with all those eyes on it, they
look weird enough but personally I find them very annoying when people are
coming at you on the other side of the highway if it’s just a little divided
highway with not much room between, they kind of blind you with all those lights
coming out at you they make you want to wear your sunglasses at night, hey I
already do that, and the last trend, one that I really can’t
stand is the use of plastics for these headlight assemblies,
that’s one thing I had to replace on this Lexus cuz the old ones just got all
foggy and cracked, but this is a trend that I know they’re not gonna go away
from, because it’s cheaper to make plastic, and you can make it any shape
you want to fit any design, but really plastic, clear plastic the headlight you
know what’s gonna fog up over time rocks are gonna hit it, it’s not such a hot
idea, now if you watch some of my videos I show you ways that you can protect these
plastic headlights so they lasts as long as possible, but hey when I was young
they were glass headlights you never had to think about anything and if they did
crack those glass headlights in those days cost like 5 bucks versus many of hundreds
of dollars for the OEM ones and when you go
aftermarket a lot of times the aftermarket ones, they’re so poorly made
they crack too really fast, so now you know some of the worst trends in modern
cars, now let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope they don’t come up with a whole
bunch of new ones in the future, so if you never want to miss another one
of my new car repair videos, remember to ring that Bell!

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  • Scotty had 2013 mustang?!! Man I’m not surprised 😲 Wow ! Having a big grill there a reason to have it on the car not just to cool down the car it’s helped to cool down the radiator / front brake / ac condenser and transmission cooler and etc . Not just a “ fashion statements “ there many reasons behind it , even drivin at night it helps a lot . Maybe I’m wrong about because I’m not an automotive engineer. Input anyone ?

  • Bigger wheel sizes have only one reason to be : on race cars to fit bigger brakes. They are completely pointless on regular vehicles and pretty much single-handedly responsible for the fleet gas mileage going back up on many manufacturers. Even my current small city car which should have been on 14' had 16' as standard which I made them downgrade to 15' when i got it. On bigger cars nowadays 18' 19' 20' are not that rare anymore when they should be on 16' or 17'.

  • I agree with the topic about the huge grills on the Lexus its been there since 2013 when it was introduced on the new GS and ever since then the brand has stuck with it it was nice when it came out but now the novelty is starting to wear off and they don't update their designs enough

  • Yeah with plastic head lights every car has a different one so they make just a few of them of each style and the cost a lot. The glass ones that were all the same on every car meant the made tons all alike and the cost was nothing!

  • Once you raise a car up with those 22's you've raised the center of gravity and they're more likely to turn over. You didn't mention that. They're top heavy.

  • Glad the government where i live regulates that all brand new cars must include spare tire even it uses flat tires.

  • Yep, those grills ARE stupid! They offer no protection and will Jack up your insurance rates! I suppose the manufacturers are making them because STUPID PEOPLE ARE BUYING them. THOSE CHEAP-LOOKING, COPY CAT GRILLS are found on all different makes–probably because the designers are Junior high kids!

  • Useless "bumpers", unreliable motorized vent motors for climate control, WAY too many BCM's – many obd1 cars had only 1 or 2 ecms.

  • Yeah, no damn spare tire. That may be fine for people who drive on clean, well-maintained roads 100% of the time. But I drive my car into construction job sites all the time, and I am used to picking up a nail in one of my tires at least a couple times every year. And now my car with NO spare tire also has real short sidewalls, so the likelihood of getting tire damage from a pothole has doubled. I'm thinking about buying a spare tire and a jack and throwing it into the trunk. But I shouldn't have to do that, the car should have come with a proper spare tire!

  • Absolutely true on run flats and low profiles. The worst is low profile run flats! They are for posers. I have shredded a run flat and it was in a blizzard going to the airport, no less, the exact place they are supposed to save your butt.

  • 3:16 – YES! How many arguments do I get into with enthusiasts that wider, low profile tires are primarily for looks, and could get one into an accident more readily than keep them out of one in the first place. Plus, narrower, higher profiles track straighter, requiring less frequent corrections to keep the car centered on the road, or in a lane.

  • 4:26 – Scotty your memes are chokin' me to death – stop! =D 😀 LMAO!! Bring back the horse meme, the laughing horse with red hair!

  • Took off my lower profiles and put on regular tires. Never again.
    (60K on low profiles!!! totally crazy waste!!)
    I lived in a remote, snowy area for years. Front wheel drive small Mazda 3 hatch.
    never got stuck and had to drive to work 7 days a week, along a lake, the worst bumpy, crater filled road imaginable.

  • In defense of tail-fins, I had a couple '60s Mercedes with modest fins,and they had the very practical advantage of making the rear corners of the cars visible from the driver's seat while backing up.
    Then I added a salvage-yard trunk-spoiler to my '98 Altima a few years ago – not to help the car go faster – but mainly to improve on the not-so-attractive droopy-trunk styling. However, I discovered that it also makes the rear of the trunk visible through the rear window when I'm backing up. Plus, it provides a temporary, level surface to set boxes or packages while I'm unlocking the car or opening the back door.

  • That's what I hate about cars everything's plastic. my fog lights that I paid a lot of money for some reason got water and then and now they don't work anymore

  • What about those rear backup cameras & parallel park assist. Totally ridiculous, if you dont know how to use your mirrors you prob shouldn't drive.

  • One Trend that I wish would go away are these lifted Raised Trucks and Jeeps with 31.50 crap mud tires that are 50 pounds a piece. If you lived out in the country or something that fine but in middle of DFW it stupid. Do you really need mud tire's to Cruise down the high way towering offer everyone around you in the middle of a Dallas. Ever time I drive one of these thing's around they ride like crap with horrible road noise I have no idea how they stand the Vibration at high road speeds…

  • Hi Scott, I live in Canada and I am actually confused that shall I buy a SUV or sedan car. I am just concerned that does getting higher ground clearance from SUV actually help in heavy snow or regular sedan cars also can do fine. I am planning to buy the car for long term as my last car was a toyota corolla and I drove it for 16 years. If possible please give some suggestions.

  • The big grills aren't meant to cool the engine. It has nothing to do with cooling at all. It called styling. I wouldn't call it a bad trend if I hadn't studied car design or at least have some experience in the field.

  • No argument from me. I asked the salesman how all those stamped curves help fuel economy – he had no answer. I have driven station wagons since the mid-70s. Now I have an SUV, as there are no functional wagons anymore. MIne has the drag co-efficent of a '84 corolla., which matched my old van I don't see all those fancy stamped curves when I drive the vehicle. Stamp out a functional shape that helps fuel economy, and is cheap and easy to repair. One of my favourite cars was a Lada Esate Wagon. Form followed function.

  • Due to safety regulations and mpg regulations an the general trend of form following function, designers have less room to put design elements into cars. Hence the giant grills.

  • You finally saw the light. These predator Lexus grills are ridiculous. Yet you were still giving them awards!

  • Glossy black plastic interiors. They attract dust, fingerprints and scratch easy. Why they put this is car's i'll never know.

  • Making the bottom of the front bumper (passenger cars) an inch or two off the ground. I know some think this is the same as the large grills Scotty spoke of, but for a while now even when the grill wasn't oversized, the front bumper still had very little ground clearance. If you pull into a parking spot up to the cement barrier or are going over a speed bump you hear a CRUNCH. Older cars often had higher ground clearance.

  • One more thing –

    Elongated head and tail lights – This ridiculous trend is followed by almost all manufacturers. What do they get by stretching those lights? IMO, it looks very stupid. Cars with small lights look great.

  • I think the worst trend is caring more about how smartphone/gadget friendly a car is rather than how good the car is mechanically. You watch a car commercial and all you see is them talking about how it integrates with people's stupid personal tech crap that they take everywhere. Who cares?! How does it ride? How does it handle? How well built and reliable is it? Is it safe? What kind of gas mileage does it get? That's what the selling points should be.
    A car's main function is to DRIVE, not to be an ipad on wheels.

  • Electric handbrakes are a really bad idea that are fitted on newer cars.
    Lots of problems with them and are expensive to repair.

  • Lexus is the only one that can pull off a big grill and people like SUVs now but soon everyone wants a sedan or coupe. 🤦🏽‍♂️

  • Another trend im seeing is the all black wheels. They look ugly as hell. It makes your ride look dirty & junkie

  • Yes, I’m so sick of all the ugly sedans and ubiquitous SUVs/crossovers. Bring back clean looking sedans with lots of power!

  • I know someone with a new Silverado. Stupid thing has no key hole to unlock the door. So what happens when battery dies with truck locked, can't​ open hood to jump battery cuz hood latch is in the locked truck. Brilliant……😒

  • I don't like the SUV trend either because, by making everything the same, there's no variety! I had one years ago, for 8 years, then moved on and haven't looked back. Besides, I don't want to be climbing in and out of my vehicle just because I want to go somewhere…. Realistically my PT Cruiser serves the same purpose because I can fold my seats down or take my seats out to load things, take my dogs places, or drive it to work… Really don't need an SUV and I'm cool with that

  • I hate how trucks aren't made to be trucks anymore. The beds are too tall (AKA new Chevys) and they drive like cars. Wish they could make trucks like a 1997 F250 again.

  • Great he tells you that it’s terrible but then does not explain why its bad? Other than not serving a purpose what is wrong with large grills or vents or exhaust? SUVs with better gas mileage off sets the price of gas. It depends on the Cross Over!
    Headlights? Really?

  • Scotty. Young designers. YUCK! A lot of them grew up on Transformer toys and movies. TOTAL YUCK! What ever happened to smooth metal parts instead of all those stupid creases? Uuuugly!

  • I'm kidnapping scotty to use him as my own private mechanic. Bring out the Scotty, the Scottys sleeping, we'll wake him up !

  • Absolutely agree about those HUGE gaping butterfly grilles, they look AWFUL.

    Also, the ultra-low-profile rubber band tires, but especially when installed on giant blingy wheels on a lifted 4×4 truck… looks beyond ridiculous.

  • Cars that rust out in 5 years, auto transmissions, electric everything, massive engines, radiators with no drain petcock, transmissions with no drain plug or dipstick, electrical connectors difficult to remove, non-greasable suspension joints. I'd even forego ABS brakes and airbags if allowed, people seemed to survive without them…

  • omg I hate the SUV trend so much. Gigantic and tall cars that serve no purpose being that way.
    Worst part is most have the delusion that makes them off road when usually they aren't AWD.

  • I drive Suzuki cross, 6 speed automatic. Real spare tire, very good car for everyday use. No cvt, no aftermarket look display, only is very boring rear suspension.

  • never have i been so in agreement with everything another has said. Kilmer is bang in the money with every single word he screams.

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