There is a lot of opinion out there among blog readers, especially those of a certain age, that the car blogs and car fan mags spend way too much time on supercars and other such fantasy-land creations. Too much time dreaming and drooling over what, for most of us, are unwinnable lottery prizes.
I was away last week when our spirited tgriffith wrote his enthusiastic piece about speed, power, 0-60 times, and the Nissan GT-R (talk about ugly!). His post provoked some interesting comments about price and high-end, high-performance cars.
Commenter panayoti said, “I just wish they would refocus their time [and] energy on cars that the public buys, not the ones that the Gurus think will get our juices flowing.” He also thinks green cars are overpriced “sardine cans.” But he did give us some welcome compliments.
I’ve been mentalizing a “new” approach for a column, focused on present-day affordable cars, instead of the glossy, over-powered, over-priced, frankly impractical products being foisted off on our fellow scribes, and the 98 percent of the car market who are, for realistic considerations, confined to just drooling at that stuff. Let’s give them something to get their hands on, do something with.
For me, it’s a point well taken, though if you look at our blog’s postings over the past month, you’ll find us dealing with a whole bunch of “practical” cars, among them the Mazda5, Ford Explorer, Chrysler and Kia products, the Buick Regal GS and the Honda Civic (right). Plus, we regularly run various general-interest pieces on the industry, on used cars, and developments like backup cameras.
Personally, and maybe it is a function of age, I, too, am getting tired of all the oohing and ahhing over supercars and performance figures. Fantasizing about Ferraris isn’t fun anymore—especially on a fixed income.
Still, the car world is founded on embodying dreams, hankerings, and visions into its products, for better or worse. Auto shows, concept cars, racing, and now social media marketing consistently encourage us to dream bigger, faster, more powerful—and the bloggers and forums reflect that, even though it’s becoming apparent how really dumb such thinking is in our present world.
The older you get, the more “practical” you become, at least in some ways!
Do you consider cars to be vehicles of excitement or practicality?