Why Do Many Modern Cars Have an Angry Face?

The face, or front end, of a car is typically the most expressive part of the vehicle. With the various designs for the headlights, grille, and front bumper, a car’s face can conjure different emotions. While vehicles in the past, such as a classic VW Beetle or a MINI, often had a happy face, many modern cars go in the opposite direction: They have an angry and mean face. Why is this? Let’s take a closer look.

Human beings personify modern cars with mean faces

Front view of orange Lamborghini Huracán EVO, a modern car with an angry and mean face
Lamborghini Huracán EVO | Lamborghini

Whether it’s mean, aggressive, or angry, many modern cars have a face that expresses negative human emotions. Think of the aggressive-looking grille of a Ford F-150 Raptor, the menacing stance of a Lamborghini Huracán, or the evil-eye stare of some new BMWs with the strange front end.