Well, ...yeah. That's why I like it. I stand nearly alone on this one, but I gotta say... *sniff* ... I love the little guy!it looks like a overgrown kids toy on steriods
A friend of mine says she thinks of the Mini as a "clown car." I don't think it's cool because *THEY* (who??) say it is. At least it's not a big gas-guzzling SUV!carlomarx said:Now THAT's a dumb-looking car. It's like a pet rock-- you think it's cool because THEY tell you it is. Open your eyes, everyone! The Mini Cooper is ugly!
Sorry to offend, but I feel like the president (MY president, that is, Charleton Heston) in Soylent Green on this Mini issue. "It's people! ...Soylent Green is people! ...It's ugly! The Mini is ugly!"
Or maybe I'm the delusional one. Maybe.
Actually, with a two-and-a-half year old daughter to transport around, a waterproof, hosable interior doesn't sound bad. That wasn't an option on the Chevy Venture parked in my driveway.carlomarx said:and I LOVE the previously mentioned waterproof interior.
That's what I heard their business plan was all about for the Element. Honda thinks that if you stack a car with features and the utility that teens and twentysomethings want, then that's all that matters - design is aside. Form follows function. I'll be interested to see if they sell well. They are one of the most un-aerodynamic looking things I've seen in a while.BKM said:Since their market is 17-25 year olds, I understand, and you guys are all immortal (sorry, young un's), maybe that's not as big of a factor.
I've actually test-driven one of these things. I was curious about how it would handle since it's a big box with lots of flat surfaces for the wind to catch. I drove it on a day with 25mph winds with gusts and was pleasantly surprised! I could not feel hardly any wind buffetting. In fact, it is one of the more comfortable vehicles I've driven in a while. I still have trouble getting over that exterior though. Like I said earlier, the ELement has a bunch of good ideas, but the package leaves something to be desired. Safety is a big issue in regards to side-impact.BKM said:I just wonder how well the Element drives. It looks like it would be as unstable as the proverbial bread van. And, EG's interesting note about side impact test failures is a major caveat. Since their market is 17-25 year olds, I understand, and you guys are all immortal (sorry, young un's), maybe that's not as big of a factor.