Confess: What Vehicle Did You Publicly Hate But Secretly Love?
Peer pressure is powerful, and sometimes it makes us say things we don’t really mean
January 1, 2023 at 14:19
by Sebastien Bell
No one wants to admit that they’re susceptible to peer pressure. It’s easy to fool ourselves into thinking that we’re above the influence of the crowd, but I think we all harbor some secret opinions that we’re afraid to share because they’re too unpopular.
That’s why, today, we’re creating a safe space, and asking you what car you give the public appearance of hating, despite the fact that you actually really like it. This doesn’t have to be a hot take, nor a hill that you die on, but it could be a car that you enjoyed piling onto, despite not really hating, or a design whose criticism you engaged with despite overall enjoying.
This past year has provided us with no shortage of controversial designs, so there are ample opportunities for shameful car loves here. Indeed, earlier this month, Carscoops published a story about the five vehicles our readers found the ugliest.
Read: These Are The 5 Ugliest New Cars On Sale Today According To You
They were the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, all American pickup trucks, the BMW iX/XM, the Lexus LX, and the new BMW 7-Series. And although there are many vehicles in there that are amusing to make fun of, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I will admit here and now that, although I have taken my shots at BMW’s new gigantic grilles generally, and the XM specifically, I don’t actually hate it. In fact, as far as large muscle SUVs go, I kind of prefer it to the competition.
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Sure, it has a big grille, a dumb name, and suspicious headlights, but they kind of work on the big SUV. Moreover, I enjoy the profile, and although I object to the M1-style twin roundels, I find the overall design more to my liking than, say, the Lamborghini Urus or the Audi Q8.
Again, this is not a hill I’m willing to die on, but I freely confess to not understanding the passion with which people dislike the XM. What about you, though? What designs have you stopped yourself from expressing admiration for to avoid being dog-piled on?