It’s just a car, right? It runs and drives fine. It’s spacious, it’s capable, and dammit it works. So why do people loathe and mock these things?
It takes madness to understand the Porsche 928, a car that was once supposed to be the successor to the 911, but was more of a cushy grand tourer—especially when equipped with a sluggish four-speed automatic gearbox. Fortunately, Regular Car Reviews is truly insane, and they also got their hands on a 928 S4.
The ‘90s to ‘00s Corvette is, in many ways, a car without vices. It drives well, it handles well, with a V8, a stick shift, and rear-wheel drive. It even has pop up headlights. And yet.
So much baggage comes with driving an ‘80s Trans Am. As Regular Car Reviews puts it, it’s the car that symbolizes the struggle, the car for teenage dads who think they can still play Call of Duty whenever they want, for employees mad at their regional managers, for the uncle with the Hall and Oates mustache who wants…
Let me ask you a question: in 1978, was there a better car than a Mercedes-Benz W123?
At General Motors, there was a longtime edict that no car could be faster than the Corvette. A few models like the Buick GNX managed to sneak past that over the years, but in the 1980s Ford had a similar mandate with the Mustang. And it kept the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe from being all it could have been.
First year Chevettes had the big block option of a 1.6 liter single-overhead-cam engine from Isuzu, which were rated at 62 horsepower at the crank. But how much of that goes to the rear wheels today?
This is a 1976 Chevrolet Chevette. It was a sales success for General Motors, which is almost shocking today because it is unbelievable how bad it was.
The Plymouth Barracuda was born just weeks before the Ford Mustang hit the stage to take it all, becoming a modest pony car with a rear window no other could match. And it remains fantastic to this day.
Was trying to sell the Opel GT in America a bad idea? Yes, it was the worst timing ever. But who cares apart from those poor Buick dealers? Their disappointment doesn’t take away one bit from the GT’s awesomeness.
While the Hummer carries most of the historical weight of the blowhard puffed chest Bush Years, it’s the Pre-Recession Ford F-150 that most encapsulates the bland bigness of the era, as Regular Car Reviews explains.
The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is, as Regular Car Reviews explains, everything wrong with Fiat Chrysler right now, everything wrong with a muscle car, and everything wrong with a big personal vehicle. And yet...
Regular Car Reviews explains that since it’s getting more and more difficult to find an unmolested Jeep TJ at a reasonable right price, you really shouldn’t treat yours like you’re still at war.
Who wants to show up at the autocross in yet another boring, predictable Miata? It’s the safe, expected choice. But there’s another early-’90s platform that’s perfect for the autocross and the canyon road. We’re talking, of course, about the Jeep Cherokee-based Comanche pickup truck.
I’m no great fan of the third-generation Chevrolet Corvette, mainly because of the way it descended from sexy badass ‘60s muscle-sports car to a sad malaise-mobile by the early ‘80s. But much of that isn’t the C3 Corvette’s fault, and if you do one right, it can be deeply amazing.
For Mr. Regular, the Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 brings back memories of drivers’ ed, visor-mounted CD sleeves, and Rita’s Italian Ice. Oh how those days aren’t missed.