Taste is a subjective thing, but elements of style aren't. It is almost universally accepted that proportion, symmetry, shape, and other principles of design need to work in harmony to produce beautifully-crafted works of art. Car and automobile design is no exception. On this list, we're going to look over some of the consistently best-looking car brands on the market today and decide which one is the current king of the lookers.
Before we begin, we have a few basic rules. Firstly, no single-model brands. Anyone can make a one-hit wonder if it's the only thing they have to work on. That means no Bugatti, Noble, or any number of other gorgeous single-model brands. Secondly, we're talking about cars, which means no preference or prejudice towards trucks, SUVs, crossovers, trains, or planes. Cars only. Laslyt, we're limiting this list to current manufacturers, considering only their current models. It would just be never ending chaos otherwise.
Note: You'll probably notice that this list of the best designed car brands skews heavily toward exotica and brands with only two or three models. That's the nature of the beast; generic shapes designed for mass consumption usually aren't notably pretty. At least, not compared to the well-designed car brands on this list.
So read on to learn more about the best looking brands of cars and automobiles on the market today, and be sure to upvote the car companies you think are rolling out the best designs on the lot.
Most of us think only of the P1 when we hear the McLaren name these days, but they've got several models, and every one of them is a looker. Granted, they're unapologetically mid-engine, so they don't have the classic proportions of some other sports cars. And some people decry the styling as a bit underwhelming at first glance. But like any good art, it's the details that draw you into McLaren's styling. These cars demand some study to be truly appreciated - preferably at 200 mph.
Jeremy Clarkson once made the point that Ferraris were never pretty. Striking, yes, in the same way that a two-ton rhinoceros is striking. But not pretty. Some, like old Testarossas and F50s, were very eye catching, but they were also styled like shaved bricks. That certainly isn't the case anymore, especially with the 458 Italia. Even without the speed connotations, modern Ferraris like this are just objectively beautiful pieces of automotive sculpture.
Since Henrik Fisker showed up a few years ago, Astons have gone from being someof the best looking cars on Earth to the almost undisputed champions of style. That said, this one is a little bit of a cheat. Part of the reason all Astons today look stunning is because they all look basically the same. Try telling a Vantage from a Vanquish from a DB9 in less than 30 seconds, looking at them one at a time. Good luck! Still, you can't fault Aston for knowing a great thing when they've got it and sticking to what works.
It seems a corporate kinship with Ferrari has been good for Maserati, especially in terms of design. There was a time when Maserati didn't really seem to know where it was going, but they seem to have settled on decidedly "forward." Looking a bit like an LF-A that's been to finishing school in Switzerland, Maserati's newest offering blends the best of classic proportion with the hardest of post-modern detail. That's carried over through the entire line, and the brand is better for it.