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#452 of 454 Re: Industry taps demand for tony interiors [writer]
Jan 31, 2013 (11:03 pm)
Not buying it, but good try!
Since inside is where I spend most of my time, I have come to think that I care a lot more about the quality of the inside than the styling of the outside.
#453 of 454 Re: Industry taps demand for tony interiors [nippononly]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 01, 2013 (7:20 am)
And that's the minivan owner's secret.
#454 of 454 Re: It's Nice Now . . . [writer]
Feb 01, 2013 (8:39 am)
It is nice to see Chrysler's Dart. The size is interesting. I want to see how it compares to the previous Neons. I think the first Neons were shorter in height, but otherwise about the same.
I've sat in a few Darts, but have yet to drive one. To me, it feels like they took the front of a midsized car, the back of a compact, and joined them at the B-pillar. I found it plenty roomy and comfortable up front, but the back seat was what I'd call "typical compact"...too small for me to be comfortable, but about par for this size of vehicle.
I think the midsize/compact thing carries over to the styling, as well. If you take a picture of one from the side, and put your thumb over the back of it, it looks like it would be a fairly good-sized car. But, if you put your thumb over the front of the picture, it just looks like a generic, stubby compact.
I've seen a few on the road, as well, and when one comes up behind you, it seems to have a lot of presence about it.
As for the old Neon, I liked them. They were one of the few small cars where I could fit comfortably, both in the front and back. I've heard that reliability wasn't too bad on the later models, either. Unfortunately, resale value is so low that it doesn't take much to total one. I have a friend who had one, and it took a fairly minor side swipe while parked, and that was enough to total it. But then, he bought a Hyundai Sonata, an early 2000's model, and one morning rear-ended a truck with a trailer hitch on it, and even though the damage looked light, it got totaled, as well. He's driving an early '00's Mopar minivan now, but I can't remember which model. I think it's a Caravan, but it might just be a Voyager.