The Top 10 Car Models in Desperate Need of a Redesign

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These cars are in desperate need of Xzibit for some overdue re-pimping.
Car years are like dog years. They age much faster than we do. The average life cycle of a car is getting shorter and shorter as automakers compete to have the latest and greatest redesign on the block. In between redesigns, many automakers try to trick you into thinking that a car is "all-new" when it's really just a quick touch-up job without changing anything underneath.

Facelifts can only do so much, though; you can nip and tuck all you want, but you can't avoid a true, bottom-to-top redesign. In today's market, any car that's gone six or more model years without a major makeover is most likely getting long in the tooth. Here are the models currently on the market that have gone the longest without a redo.

(Note that big trucks are not included on this list because they have longer lifespans. Models like the Ford F-150 are revised and tweaked each year, but the basic formula stays the same for years and years on end.)

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10. Volvo S80
Last redesign: 2006

Volvo's biggest sedan is in a weird place in the market. It's bigger than midsized luxury cars like the BMW 5-Series but it's not nearly in the same class as the large luxury sedans, i.e., the BMW 7-Series. Compared to the curvy, modern new Volvo models like the S60 sedan and the XC60 crossover, this car represents more traditional Volvo fare -- boxy, safe and boring -- at a time when Volvos have gotten more exciting to look at and to drive.

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9. Subaru Tribeca
Last redesign: 2006

You probably forgot that this even existed. The Tribeca was first introduced as the B9 Tribeca. Even after the awkward "B9" was taken off the name, the Tribeca never took off like Subaru hoped, so they haven't seen any need to redesign it since. Instead of this blob-like crossover, everyone preferred the ever-popular Outback. Subaru still sells the Tribeca, though, in small numbers -- only around 2,000 were sold in 2012, making it one of the worst-selling cars in the country. A facelift in 2007 means it's gotten slightly less strange-looking over the years, but now it's so bland that it's hardly distinguishable from any other crossover on the road.

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8. Volkswagen Eos
Last redesign: 2006

The Eos is a perfectly nice convertible, but no one seems to care. It's based on the VW Golf and has one of those slick hardtop convertible roofs that were all the rage in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, the complexity of these folding roof mechanisms means that the car is way too heavy and way too expensive. You can spend more than $40,000 on an Eos and all you're getting is basically a Golf convertible. If you really want a VW droptop, just buy a Beetle convertible instead.

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7. Jaguar XK
Last redesign: 2006

Proving that true beauty can be timeless, the XK still looks good for its age in both coupe and convertible forms. Jaguar's polarizing new styling direction departs from tradition, but the XK preserves the flowing lines and classic oval grille from the golden age of Jaguars. Sadly, the rest of the car is having a hard time hiding its age, especially in the area of technology. Think about how much cellphones have changed since 2006 and you'll understand why the XK's touchscreen infotainment interface might start to feel a little slow these days.

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6. Toyota Corolla
Last redesign: 2006

Most of these outdated cars have slipping sales to reflect their old age, but not the Corolla. Toyota's small sedan consistently ranks among the Top 10 Best-Selling cars in the country, year after year. But how? It's all about its reputation. The ancient Corolla is hopelessly outclassed in the hyper-competitive compact sedan segment. In nearly every area -- fuel economy, technology, interior space and styling -- the Corolla lags behind modern competitors like the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze. It has a four-speed automatic that has become a relic of the past compared to everyone else's six-speeds, just to name one example. Thankfully, a new Corolla should be announced sometime this year.

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Im a big Toyota fan.

The Corolla is plain ugly.

Yet it remains in the top 10 cars sold in USA every year.


It tells you that Reputation is more imortant than looks for people that want reliability.

I agree its time for a new facelift.

I guess they are thinking if its not broken don't fix it.

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Chevrolet should drop the Camaro from the lineup completely. That is one ugly car.

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