Because when you put the truck bed on it, the 4 door is obnoxiously long. It has significant issues with both break-over and departure because of its size.
As someone who bought a JL 4 door Wrangler, the idea of the gladiator is attractive. It improves on the formula in 2 ways:
1) it has more cargo space (the JL leaves… Read more
Mazda did something similar to this with the Skyactiv engines and the Mazda 3. It can boost sales of an old model while providing a safer enviroment to work out any final kinks in a production release of the powertrain (fewer sales, known chassis). It should mean the first new model year of the new truck will be… Read more
Except when GM actually tried this, they made the Uplander. GM’s official entry into “Totally Unnecessary Automotive Nose Swaps.”
I present: Chevy Venture w/ Chevy Aveo-Surburban Hybrid Nose:
As someone with 3 Mazda cars in the household (an RX-8, a Mazdaspeed MX-5, and a 2015 Mazda 6), I’m in complete agreement that the RX brand SHOULD be reserved for rotaries. On the other hand, a RWD I6 sounds fantastic and I don’t think bad branding would prevent me from buying it, as long as it had a stick (my… Read more
This feels like a complete repeat of the Northstar debacle. It too, was an OHC V8 that managed to be less powerful and crucially to its demise, generate more heat and run hotter overall then the LS engines.
GM doesn’t need an OHC V8. It costs too much to develop when the LS (& LT is so good.
That’s odd. I had one of these for a few weeks as a loaner while my car was in the shop for some engine warranty work. I found the 2.0L very willing. Definitely underpowered, but it had excellent throttle response. I spent the first week basically thrashing the thing and it was a willing partner. I eventually… Read more
I think the biggest question here is what’s going wrong in GM Studio that they’re botching so many designs in the last few years. The Malibu gets an emergency refresh, the Equinox gets a complete redo. The Camaro gets tweaks in the second model year because the SS design was iffy. The Silverado and HD are questionable… Read more
The adoption rate for snow tires is amazingly poor in the lower peninsula.
The best drivers in the world outfit their cars for the conditions.
Weather can definitely account for significant local fluctuations in year-to-year accidents. Some winters are strong and others weak. Given that most of the increased limits are north of Saginaw we need more data. You can’t compare 2018 to 2019 and make any educated statements based on the incident rate alone. You… Read more
This is the crux of the problem. The UAW is a totally corrupt and rotten organization. It’s time to burn it down and create a new one and deliberately exclude anyone attached to the old leadership. The UAW members deserve better.
It’s certainly an embarrassingly forced fit. The only thing we can really conclude is that both values decrease over the same time-frame. The arbitrary right-side axis is awful.
I think very similarly, and continue to root for a more powerful “Mazdaspeed 3", however the Mazda 3 actually lines up almost perfectly with the Audi A3 trim for trim. Nobody’s complaining that it’s only 184 horses, probably because the S3 is an option. It wouldn’t surprise me if that was their benchmark.
I think you’ve just described a Toyota. The corolla might MSRP at just a hair under $20k, but you’ll certainly get a long life out of your base economy car. Despite owning a Mazda6 because I’m very particular about how a car drives, for most people I think the Camry is the deal to get in the mid-size market at ~$25k.… Read more
And now that straight 6 is likely to wind up in a Lexus.
This has so much FD in it, I'd put money down for one in a heartbeat.
The rear end looks like they jammed a mustang into it and then heavily blended out the intersection lines. There’s a mustang in there and it wants out of this homunculus.
Mazda would be inclined to disagree. No touchscreen in the Mazda3 whatsoever. It can be done.