But you already knew that. You knew that the moment Honda showed off the new Insight. It was ugly like a Prius, but didn’t get nearly as good gas mileage. Finally, Honda realized what you knew all along.
The introduction of the super cheap and super thrifty Prius C surely didn’t help the Insight’s cause. Customers have always known what was up – that’s why Honda dealers have over an eight month supply of Insights languishing on their lots. Honda sold fewer than 5,000 Insights for the entire year in 2013.
Just to be clear, that’s the starting price, not the top-end price. You can’t get a brand new 2015 Tahoe for less than forty five grand. You’ll have to suffer with cloth seats and a front-row bench, too. For forty-five thousand American dollars.
Want leather? Chevy will be happy to oblige, for just $50,995. The LT comes with leather, Bose, and a power lift gate.
Want to pay a Cadillac price but still get a Chevy badge? Boy, are you in luck. Chevy will happily sell you an LTZ Tahoe for a cool $59,995. I’m sure it’s amazing, but it’s a sixty thousand dollar Chevy that doesn’t say Corvette on the back, so who cares?
Sometimes, I don’t know what’s going on anymore. In what kind of world is a $60k Tahoe reasonable?
Mini / BMW pulled back the curtain on the all-new 2014 Mini Cooper. Outwardly, it’s clearly a Mini, and that’s good news indeed. It looks great – it’s just a modern evolution of the traditional Mini that we all know and love. It did grow in every dimension, which is much less good. It’s 4.5 inches longer and 1.7 inches wider than the outgoing model. It’s also just a hair taller. I love the bigger Mini variants, but I’m not thrilled with a growing Cooper. With BMW using this platform for both the Mini and the new BMW 1 series, it was inevitable.
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Autoblog reviews the 2013 Acura ZDX. Here’s a gem from the article:
So, there are any number of reasons why you and I didn’t buy a ZDX over the last four years, and plenty of good ones for Acura to kill the model off after 2013. But I started this review by asking how history will judge it, and the optimist in me believes that it could still find love in the years to come.
Read the article if you will, but it doesn’t make sense. The Acura ZDX doesn’t make sense. It never did. It’s obscenely expensive. It’s ugly. It’s impractical. There are dozens of better ways to spend $50,000 on an automobile. Even if it was $40,000 it would be a bad deal.