Originally Posted by montecristo#4
Toyota, Nissan, Honda posting record profit growth..... Detroit just the opposite.
It's all about design. You'd think Americans would be good at it, but not in the automotive world.
Like DarkNWorn said, what about reliability? What about fuel efficiency? My Civic is not a pretty car. But it has 110,000 miles on it and it will go another 110k miles easy. Just in my small family we've bought some 10 or 12 Hondas in the last 25 years. They work. My Civic gets me from point A to point B easily and in pretty nice comfort. All the while getting about 30mpg.
I had a Ford 500 rental that felt like a damned behemouth and it wasn't that much larger than my Civic. But it was clearly designed to make the driver feel powerful -- the seat was up high, the angles were harsh (to my eyes), etc. It was hard to see from when I parallel parked. Not nice.