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October 26, 2003

New Car Blues

Denise has decided that she wants a "grown-up car" now that the Jeepster has become too costly to maintain. She's fallen for the VW Passat, which is a sweet car, but damn, it's expensive. The price has prompted me to look around a bit at what's available from American car manufacturers that's not an SUV or style-less econobox.

My findings: there's nada. Every car from Buick, Chevy, Ford, etc., just screams "Cheapo" to me. I can't get past the chintzy interiors or the unnecesarily cluttered exteriors. Why can't we design and build understated, tasteful cars in this country?

Look at edmunds.com in the $15k-$25k range at any American car and you'll find the phrase "some low-grade interior components" or similar in darn near every review. That means plastic dash bits that fade or fall off in two years and chrome on the radio. In a $25,000 car.

No wonder Detroit builds nothing but behemoth SUVs: it can't compete with Passats, Altimas, or Camrys in aesthetics and quality, so it super-sizes everything to distract you from the fact you're driving a truck with carpeting.

Posted by tat at October 26, 2003 07:48 AM

I know that you tend to see the Honda Accord all over the place. But, it's a well priced, sw33t driving car. Allyson loves her's.


Posted by: Jason Hall at October 26, 2003 07:55 AM

I've rented a Chevy Malibu a few times and was very impressed. Might wanna check them out, also. But, yeah, I agree.... I've always wanted to drive American Made but now I drive an Isuzu Rodeo and Nik is about to drive a Toyota Tundra. I guess we sold out. :)

Posted by: Deb Taranik at October 26, 2003 09:09 AM

in the paper this past weekend, Pacificas for $22k and $23k brand spankin' new.

Posted by: hareball at November 3, 2003 02:48 PM

God I have to get back in touch with life. What's a Pacifica? We got a great deal on my SUV - 4WD, for $22K. Catch, of course, was that it was an 02 and not an 03. I don't think we'll get so lucky with Nik's Tundra.

Posted by: Deb Taranik at November 9, 2003 09:59 AM