28 April, 2008

Are there any cool looking economy cars?

Location: the autosphere
Mood: disgruntled

It really is starting to piss me off. I am a conspiracy theorist at heart anyway, but this I think is not a theory, but reality.

The car companies do not want us to buy fuel efficient vehicles.

I know this because the choices that we now have for fuel efficiency are so few. And more importantly, so goddamn pathetic. If you want to get over 30 miles per gallon (excluding the few hybrid options out there) then you have what to choose from?

Honda Fit? Um... don't even get me started. Basically, the name alone is enough to put many people off this car. I suppose they mean that it's small, but you can get a lot of stuff in it? But to me, it sounds more like "I'm having a fit!" And it is completely dinky looking. It's like identifying you as "I am a geeky computer science graduate, 22 years old, who can't afford a cooler car". Everything about it says "I am not cool".

Toyota Yaris? Um... this one probably doesn't actually even have a particularly efficient engine, and it's only because the vehicle weighs a mere 700 pounds that it squeezes out mid 30's for mileage. And the dashboard has the speedometer in the center. Granted that's some type of European styling, but it is not exactly what I would call "usable". Whatever.

The Scion xD or xA? Again, completely funky shapes and stupid control consoles.

It's like they're saying, "If you want a car that gets good mileage, we are going to stigmatize you as a disincentive". For fuck sake! For years, the Honda Civic has been one of the most popular cars on the road, and it got great gas mileage. Over the past few years, it seems the Civic is getting worse and worse mileage - maybe because if they didn't fuck the Civic's mileage, they'd have had a real hard time selling the overpriced Civic Hybrid! Hm... they've got you coming and going!


  1. You already know what I'm going to say and yet, I'll say it anyway. Toyota Corolla! Do it and we can be twins!

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