* AwesomeMusic: The music from the Planes "Take Flight" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7prGN78sME teaser]].
** El Chupacabra's "Love Machine" song.
** Creator/MarkHolman's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkvBgNEU9Fg "Nothing Can Stop Me Now"]] that plays in the film's opening.
** Franz originally had a cute EarWorm-y polka song, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRXDKNeKuRQ "Ein Crop Duster Can Race"]]. Looks like it was cut for time, which is a pity.
* ClicheStorm: The film is just the typical "underdog overcomes the odds and wins in the end" story, except the characters are vehicles.
* CriticProof: Critics hated the film, regarding it as a bland retread of ''Cars'' created only to sell more toys. This didn't stop the film from making back its budget.
* LoveItOrHateIt: Even moreso than the original ''Cars'' series. Despite the massive hatedom the film has built up, it still managed to garner fans in its own right. Particularly among ''Cars'' fans for... well, obvious reasons.
* MisBlamed: Much of the Hatedom for this movie is aimed at Pixar despite the movie being written and designed by [=DisneyToon=] Studios and animated by Prana Studios in India (due to outsourcing).
* MoralEventHorizon: Ripslinger sending Ned and Zed to sabotage Dusty during the China-Mexico stretch.
* OneSceneWonder: John Ratzenberger's character, a ditzy and MotorMouth jet-tug. Probably one of few memorable things from the movie.
* TheScrappy: Some people consider Rochelle to be this.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Since Dusty's daydream at the beginning of the film plays like a scene from ''Film/TopGun'', it's no surprise that the soundtrack strongly resembles Creator/KennyLoggins' "Danger Zone".
* WhatAnIdiot: Well, well, well, Ripslinger. Had you not [[spoiler:turned yourself to the cameras near the finish line]], you wouldn't have [[spoiler:let Dusty win]].
** Actually exploited on Dusty's part. Rip's habit of doing this was pointed out to him earlier in the film, and he took advantage of it to sneak by Ripslinger in his blind-spot and steal first place.