Question of the Day: How Do You Interpret Our Star System?

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman
question of the day how do you interpret our star system

A bit of navel gazing is good for the soul. When I sent in the Volkswagen V10 TDI review, I knew that ranking it as a 5-star vehicle would prove to be a bit controversial. But, let me restate why I rated the behemoth like that. First and foremost, the Touareg has the finest interior in terms of materials, controls and fit & finish I've yet encountered. The power is Biblical. The ride is subliminal. The handling is an engineering feat for the ages. And did I mention the power? I'm well aware that the fuel mileage, price and badge are wrong, but so what? If I'd driven this car when diesel was cheap, I only would've loved it that much more. Yet reading through the comments, people were shocked I gave such a gas hog so many stars. Though I remember almost zero complaints when Sajeev gave the Ferrari F430 5-stars, and it's gets much worse mileage. Others couldn't believe I didn't take depreciation into account. Still others were upset that the Touareg could "only" tow 7,700 pounds. Towing? Depreciation? Really? These should be part of our star system? When I was writing up the review I remember thinking to myself, "If this sucker isn't 5-stars, what is?" So I'm asking you — what is?

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  • Nudave Nudave on Jun 24, 2008

    This may come as a shocker, but, people who need a "star system" to rate a vehidle are probably not the demographic following this website.

  • AKM AKM on Jun 24, 2008

    I didn't even I never read the final star rating. I wouldn't miss the specific star ratings, often hysterical and that really tell something about a specific aspect of the vehicle in an objective manner, but the final rating is too subjective to be interesting. 5 stars for a ferrari? But it'll break down!! Except that it shouldn't be a daily driver 5 stars for the Altima coupe? A torque-steering front-driver that I find ugly. And so on. I'm much more interested in the body of the text of the very interesting reviews you guys write.

  • Michael Ayoub Michael Ayoub on Jun 24, 2008

    I don't.

  • Brock_Landers Brock_Landers on Jun 25, 2008

    What is point of a diesel vehicle if its not economical? Ferrari doesn't claim their cars to be fuel efficient, VW does with its diesels.