I was amazed when I went to the US that all the cars looked so nice and tidy. They all had body-coloured bumpers and were highly specified compared to 99% of the traffic in the UK.
Here, in the UK at least, many people buy the ghetto-est model of the highest brand they can get. This means traffic looks unattractive since everything is gaudy flat colours (any sensible colour or metallic paint is extra), many cars have rubber trim (the manufacturer's way of saying "Haha look at this skimper!") and everything is a mid-sized hatchback (or more recently crossovers are popular...double yuck).
However, I would argue this is beneficial. In the US it felt, at first, I was at a car show where everything looked no nice and interesting, but it got boring rather quickly. Very few cars stood out and pretty much everything was of aesthetically-pleasing proportions.
The advantage in this country is that if you sacrifice a bit of practicality you will really stand out. When I look at a Celica in the US it just looks like another coupé amongst a load of other big cars, but in the UK car park it looks like a 'sports car' because no one else is willing to buy a car the size of a BMW 3-series with only 2+2 seats given our tiny roads and terrible parking arrangements.
Like Outcast says, it's all swings and roundabouts.