To my eye japanese cars as a whole seem to be overly styled . American German even Korean seem much more subdued. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but does anyone else agree. I just helped an elderly friend of mine with the purchase of a car who didnt want to go to the dealer alone. She purchased a 2019 camry. I really like toyota reliability but to be honest I dont think I could get past the way it looks.
Japanese car styling = Pontiac car styling gone awry
I think it comes and goes in waves; in the early 90's, Nissan came out with extremely handsome designs, including the Sentra. Then they were decreed to be too plain, and they went wacky with the introduction of the 1995 Maxima (and then on). And when that ugly wave went out, they came out with the very handsome Altima, Maxima, etc. I have to wonder what they're thinking, as the full sized Nissan van is flat out ugly, as if almost deliberately so.
Toyota styled their cars conservatively, and then the next batch went in the other direction.
Honda (Acura) had a few very handsome designs, but some of their newer offerings are ugly.
It would appear that Hyundai is one of the few manufacturers to successfully incorporate body creases, etc., in a way that melds together handsomely, although there are a few aspects of the new Sonata which I don't care for.
Back to your comment, it would seem that things run in waves: conservative styling that is then thought to be too conservative, followed by a wave of experimental/ugly designs, which are then decreed as such - so the follow up redesign is conservative, and so on
(EDIT: On second thought, I think the ugly designs are specific to certain Nissan/Toyota/Honda models; Mazda's designs have always been handsome)