Sunday night before the start of the Detroit Auto Show, automakers like to have a few debuts to try and grab some headlines. Tonight it was GMC showing of the new "Midsized" pickup, the Canyon. Midsized in name only, this is about 85% the size of a Silverado/Sierra 1500. Still it's a good looking truck and we should see it on sale around November.
In today's world more is always more, more power, more brakes, more grip, and this is all evaluated on a spreadsheet. Very rarely is there talk of more driving fun. If the numbers don't add up on the spreadsheet, then the car must not be good.
Those that are actually interested in DRVING cars rather than just evaluating how they look on a spreadsheet know that the name of the ESPN show "Numbers Never Lie" is false, great cars, memorable cars are not about the numbers, they are about the DRVING!
Like the British sports cars of old, MG's, Lotus Elan, Triumph TR6's and Spitfire's, and more recently the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, light weight chassis don't require big horsepower numbers to be fun.
For 15 years now the Mazda MX-5/Miata have been that car. Yes it has grown in weight and size some over the years, but it still stays true to the formula that fun can be had in small packages. We can say, with no qualifiers, that every time we got in the MX-5 and drove it we had FUN! Even if it was just heading through town to the market to pick up a couple things for dinner. How many cars can you say that about? And on top of all that, you can drop the top and let the sun shine in!
As we were trying to catch up on some of the reviews we've done this year, we came across this one from the summer that we missed.
Toyota's RAV4 is one of the more popular vehicles in this segment, and that was before the refresh, now almost 12 months ago. This new version of the RAV4 is significantly better than the old model, that said, is it good enough to compete with two of the best in this segment, the Ford Escape/Kuga and the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport? That is what we look into on this episode of Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive.