A local Miata drift car at New Jersey’s Club Loose last year. Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove

Often abused in the car world is the word soul. It’s a band aid over faults in just about any review of an Italian car, and the meaning rarely extends past that. But there’s something deeper about it.

The thought came up when our own David Tracy brought up the love he has for his junky fleet of Jeeps. These trucks have soul, David argued, and he loves them.


Reader slschembari was less than convinced, arguing that crappiness does not soul make. His Miata is not awful, but it is soulful. But reader facw countered and explained that soul in cars might look like it lines up with badness, but there’s something more:

That’s about as good a definition of what gives a car soul as I can think of. With that, I think we can tie this debate up, or at least we could listen to some Eric B and Rakim as the night comes down.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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