The days of awesome truck commercials featuring pickups towing enormous loads up corrugated ramps wreathed in flaming rings seem to have gone by the wayside. Instead, modern truck commercials increasingly tout interior amenities like Bluetooth connectivity, ventilated leather seats, and enormous stretch sunroofs.
But truck buyers still need to know their trucks can be dependable after long years of hard work—even if a growing number of city dwellers are buying pickups to drag the kids to and from soccer practice. Chalk it up to the disappointing nature of crossovers or the fact that minivans are going out of style, but the pickup truck is becoming a family hauler as much as it is a work vehicle.
In reality, though, there have always been some absolutely hilarious trucks on the market. Keep scrolling for 15 pickup trucks so bad people collect them just for the chuckles.
15 Chevy SSR
The Chevy SSR only seem sick to dudes who tuck their polo shirts into their old blue jeans. To everyone else, this failed experiment from Chevrolet was clearly hilarious from the get-go. A V8 engine, six-speed stick shift, truck cover, huge fenders, and last but not least, a hardtop convertible—all in a pickup. Great work, guys.
14 Chevrolet Avalanche
Kids might like the Chevrolet Avalanche because it's an imaginative combination of a truck and an SUV—with approximately the usefulness of their Tonka toys—but it takes more than some ridiculous wheels and limo tint to make an Avalanche seem legit. The only good thing about this SUV-truck combo was the insulated bed walls for tailgating.
13 Cadillac EXT
As bad as the Chevy Avalanche may have been from the start, the Cadillac EXT was worse. The thinking at GM was apparently limited in scope because the fact that anyone could even dream that a luxury version of a useless pickup truck and SUV combination might be a good idea is still confusing to this day.
12 Explorer Sport Trac
These days, many city dwellers buy pickup trucks to haul the family around, choosing vehicles that are only slightly more rugged than a weak little crossover. An early entrant into weak unibody pickups was Ford's Explorer Sport Trac, which was just an SUV that had its rear canopy chopped off.
11 Lincoln Blackwood
Lincoln is Ford's upscale subsidiary and has been well known for decades as a builder of luxury American automobiles. Famous for the epic Continental (at least, back in the day), Lincoln now occupies an odd niche. That niche got even odder when Ford decided to add the Blackwood to the lineup, though. Just think about hauling more than one 2x4 with that strange bed.
10 Honda Ridgeline
A current entrant into the world of disappointing unibody pickups, the Honda Ridgeline is a vehicle that Honda actually tries to promote by expounding on how it drives so smooth, almost like a normal car. But pickup trucks aren't supposed to be normal cars, a fact that Honda may or may not learn, given that enough people mistakenly think the Ridgeline will be good enough for their needs.
9 Subaru BRAT
The Subaru BRAT is a legendary little pickup that's developed a strong following in the modern era. Where else do all-wheel drive, rear jump seats, and tiny proportions come together in such style? Nowhere, to be sure. But just about nowhere else do rust issues pile up so quickly as on a BRAT, either.
8 Hummer H2 SUT
Hippies and eco-conscious liberals just about had a conniption when GM brought the Hummer lineup into existence. Even though the newer versions truly couldn't compare to the military-spec Hummers of old, they were just as inefficient and ugly. The most absurd version was the H2 SUT, seen above with its absolutely useless little truck bed.
7 Dodge Ram Daytona
The original Dodge Charger Daytona has become a legend in its own right, having been built to reach high speeds in Nascar and then homologated for the road. That long nose and enormous rear wing are very similar to the equally-as-legendary Plymouth Superbird, but Dodge should have known better than to just try to slap a rear spoiler on a pickup truck and give it the Daytona nameplate.
6 Ford Ranchero
Most people assume that the Ford Ranchero was just a knock-off of the Chevrolet El Camino, though in reality, the Ford beat the Chevy to the market. The El Camino has become something of a crowd-pleaser but both of these car-truck amalgamations are laughable performers that really can't get the job done.
5 Cadillac Mirage
Apparently, the Cadillac EXT had a predecessor. Where the EXT was an upscaled version of the Avalanche, the Cadillac Mirage was a fancy version of the El Camino. Nowhere in both cases can a shred of logic be found, though, because no one wants to drive a fancy cruck that can't put power to the rear wheels without sandbags weighing down the lame bed.
4 Dodge Rumble Bee
The Dodge Rumble Bee seems like it only came into existence because someone at Dodge thought the "Rumble Bee" name was clever enough that it would attract buyers. But the Rumble Bee wasn't particularly buzzy. It Still Runs said it best: "While the truck was a limited edition, it did not include a special engine or any additional performance tuning to set the truck apart from other Dodge Ram pickup trucks."
3 Subaru Baja
A Subaru Baja can be seen in its natural habitat in the pic above, requiring a custom rack just to even pretend it's as capable as the Dodge parked two spots over. But no one's buying the attempt—and no one bought Bajas when they were on the market. Subaru had hoped the Baja could be a cult favorite like the BRAT, another truck that people collect for kicks.
2 Chevy Corvair Greenbrier Truck
The Chevrolet Corvair will not only go down in the annals of automotive history, it will also go down in the history of Tort Law. But less famous and perhaps equally as ridiculous were the times when Chevy also built trucks and vans with the name Greenbrier based on the Corvair platform. Were they trying to take on Volkswagen 100%? It would appear so.
1 Volkswagen Caddy
While Chevy undoubtedly made a bad decision when they released the Greenbrier van and truck editions of the Corvair, Volkswagen has a truck of their own to regret. The Caddy was based on the popular Golf, which everyone knows is a fun, tiny hatchback. Unfortunately, the Caddy is also fun and tiny, and generally unable to do anything truck-related other than look fun and tiny.
Sources: Wikipedia, It Still Runs, and The American Museum of Tort Law.