19 September 2007
We got your imports right here, pal
According to J. D. Power, 54 percent of car buyers aren't considering any Detroit-branded products at all: they're lost to the imports.
I wondered if this sounded like me, and I put together a list of vehicles (1) I wouldn't mind driving that (2) don't cost upwards of forty grand.
Three domestics made my list: Cadillac's CTS, if I go easy on the options; Mercury's Milan, which just looks better than its Ford Fusion sibling, and what's more, it's not as pricey as the Lincoln whatever-it's-called-this-week; and, should I decide I need to haul around a lot more people, the Buick Enclave. In fact, if they made a five-passenger version of the Enclave, which is arguably the niftiest-looking crossover, I'd be more interested, but GM has decided, reasonably enough I suppose, that small Buicks are a contradiction in terms.
And there are only three imports on that list, two from Infiniti: the G35, which I've driven and enjoyed, and the EX35, which is my idea of a small semi-ute. Alternatively, there's the Volvo C30, which might be the least-expensive of all these buggies, and which is so cute you want to tickle it under its front air dam.
Of course, given my budget, I'll probably end up with a six-year-old [insert name of vehicle at least as improbable as the one I drive now].Posted at 7:35 AM to Driver's Seat