Still, there remain some truly awful cars on sale in 2017 and, considering we don’t have any grand pianos to drop on them, this time of year presents the less expensive option of simply chucking them on a massive pile of burning garbage.
But which cars deserve such a fiery fate? We’re about to tell you…
The original Mirage was panned so viciously that it was frankly astonishing when Mitsubishi thought it was worth offering a second generation model.
So convinced were we that the nameplate would vanish once the first-gen Mirage ran its course that we included it in our ‘Five cars destined to be dropped’ feature in 2016.
Peter Kay may be a fan (he sat at the wheel of one for hours on end during BBC’s Car Share), but we’re not. This frumpy MPV is a prize example of Fiat stretching the genuinely iconic 500 name too far and it just looks stupid.
Even when you forget its ridiculous styling, it is still a horrible car, with an unfriendly driving position, wonky seats and horrendous reliability.
Another car from FCA; while the Maserati name may impress many people, the Ghibli does little to embellish it.
This upper-end company cruiser suffers from a cramped cabin, miserable efficiency, starchy suspension set-up and bobbins reliability.
This pick-up isn’t available in the UK and for that we can be thankful, because very few people have anything positive to say about the Tacoma.
It’s uncomfortable, primitive and noisy, with many stateside motorists mistaking it for a clunky diesel. It surges and jerks and regularly forgets to change gear.
Throw in substandard reliability – which is very out of character for Toyota – and you can understand why we would have no qualms in seeing someone torch a Tacoma.
For everything that Mercedes does well (the A-, C-, E- and S-Class), it’d be unreasonable to expect it to excel at everything and the CLA is one of few clunkers in the Mercedes range.
So disappointing is the CLA that US-based Consumers Reports named it the worst entry-level luxury car, taking particular offence at its brutal ride and questionable quality.
Those are our bonfire-bound cars. Which cars would you like to see melt in the flames? Tell us down there in the comments.