Buy any new Ford or General Motors vehicle and you’re virtually guaranteed to get a better car than the same model from a previous year.
Compare, for example, the 2002 Ford Taurus with the 2011 model. No contest. How about the 2000 Chevy Malibu up against the more refined, and exponentially more beautiful, current model? It’s almost like the cars were built by two different companies.
While it’s certainly expected that newer cars will be better than their outgoing brethren, there are some new cars that simply don’t stack up against their older versions.
Sometimes the older versions simply look better. Sometimes they get better gas mileage. And sometimes the new cars just seem to be symbols that a carmaker is past its prime. Surprisingly, it’s the foreign automakers that seem to fall into that category…