The English language includes many words that mean different things to different people. Just last week we published Test Drive Reviews of two very different 2018 cars that have each been called “sexy”: the debuting Audi A5 Sportback and the re-designed Toyota Camry. We think both cars have significant strengths, but we also think they’re different enough that Audi and Toyota must have very different definitions of that word. And because we want to know which automaker understands car shoppers better, we wonder which car you, dear readers, would be more likely to call “sexy.”
The Audi A5 Sportback basically adds hatchback utility and a speedier look to Audi’s proven A4 sedan. Audi’s A5 has offered a coupe take on the A4 in the U.S. for about a decade now, and it’s certainly earned some fans. All the drivers who were very unhappy with Subaru’s decision to stop making its WRX in hatchback form for 2016, including our reviewer, will likely be delighted to get the chance at a new AWD hatch with a dynamite engine and Audi’s four rings, not to mention the Audi Virtual Cockpit.
The new Camry, on the other hand, adds the sort of visual spice that suggests a performance car, and while both available engines in the 2018 offer more power than last year, they may not be powerful enough to undo the Camry’s three-decade-plus reputation as a comfortable and reliable, but not terribly exciting, commuter car. But who knows? Maybe today’s crammed U.S. roadways will make Toyota’s Safety Sense P package of safety features a “sexy” feature for our next generation of drivers.
Here’s what we’d like to know: Which would you call “sexy,” the 2018 Audi A5 or the 2018 Toyota Camry? Or maybe you consider another new 2018 car sexier than both of those? Please cast your vote in our poll—we look forward to seeing which new 2018 cars you most want to drive next year.
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