"What's with the collective polishing of Mazda's knob around these parts?" Simple. Mazda still holds dear a few values, that people frequenting Jalopnic value too. Like driving fun derived from vehicle dynamics instead of over-the-top HP + electronics. Yes, as a hatchback it's nothing groundbraking, but they are good… » 7/17/14 9:39am 7/17/14 9:39am

I really have no time to write about all the thoughts that come up in this issue, but just let me say one thing: the Buzz comment you mentioned was probably more inconsiderate towards men who don't have the wherewithalls to work on cars, and even considering that - was probably a joke. The type Jeremy Clarcson would… » 7/16/14 9:45am 7/16/14 9:45am

I don't know much about the LS save for the fact it shared some bits (but what?) with the Jaaaaaag S-Type, so i don't have the least idea how it drives. Not all manual RWD cars were created the same you know, lifeless steering, shitty shifter or an uninspiring suspension geometry could all kill the fun. As well as the… » 7/16/14 9:15am 7/16/14 9:15am

I know it is completely accepted to generate hoopla around BMW not designating their cars exactly to engine size, and to say this came with modern times. I however own an 1983 (that's 31 years ago) Autokatalog, and if I open it up, i see that » 7/10/14 3:47am 7/10/14 3:47am

Firstly, on academic levels, i have to disagree with you. There is a huge gap between a no-star car from the 1980s and a 1-2 star car of 2000. Impossibly huge. The art of modelling crashes and minimizing their impact on passengers was still in its infancy back in 1980 (along with computerization), while it was already… » 7/08/14 5:17pm 7/08/14 5:17pm

You're completely right as to the reasons why modern cars are better, faster and safer than the ones we left 20 years in the past. I couldn't agree more. I would also agree as to the reasons and upsides of this. However, the reasons loads of internet jockeys (and some of us IRL too) long for cars more analogue - well,… » 7/07/14 5:30pm 7/07/14 5:30pm