QOTD: What Brand Would You Rep?
A thought struck me the other day – since joining TTAC, I’ve liked just about every Honda I’ve reviewed. I even found little fault with the Clarity, which I was otherwise neutral towards.
That doesn’t mean I like every Honda. I drove the Fit for 10 minutes at a media event last fall (no review … 10 minutes isn’t enough time) and while I found it pleasant, it didn’t resonate with me the way the first-gen car did. The HR-V is fine, but I don’t think it would be my first choice in that class. I have yet to drive the CR-V and Pilot.
Realizing that I like most of Honda’s present offerings, I started wondering. Were I to work for an automaker, forced to switch vehicles every 60 or 90 days in order to cycle through the lineup, which brand has a roster I like enough that I’d want to rotate completely through?
Honda obviously leaps to mind, based on the preceding paragraphs, but I’d also sign up at Chevrolet – I’d trade a month of hell in a Trax for a shot at all the Camaros and Corvettes. I could also see Subaru – there’s a reason for the brand’s popularity – or coddling myself in Lexus luxury, even if it means putting up with weird interior design.
If it were you, what brand would you pick? To add a little challenge to this, let’s forbid cross-brand driving. So if you pick Toyota, you don’t get Lexus, and vice-versa. Let’s restrict this to brand, not parent company.
As far as trim or model variations go, we’ll allow it. You can drive the base model and circle back to the top trim later. You’ll also get to try out each engine or transmission combo. So you can drive an EcoSport Mustang and later a Mustang GT, both the manual and automatic versions. And if you pick Chevy, you get access to all the different Silverado variations – and all the different Corvettes.
Or maybe a smaller brand tickles your fancy? Maybe a brand that sells just five or six vehicles is fine with you?
Go ahead, take a few minutes. Tell your boss you’re working on something important while you browse each brand’s site to see what lineup fits you best.
Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
More by Tim Healey
Latest Car ReviewsRead more
Latest Product ReviewsRead more
- ToolGuy Honda is dreaming. And resting on its 'laurels' (French for 'posterior').
- SCE to AUX Here's some advice - slow down. That's a great way to arrive home safely, without a ticket, with lower blood pressure, and more economically.
- Dartdude They need to rebrand the models, The standard model should be Wagoneer and long version should be Grand Wagoneer. There should offer the Ram Rev powertrain in these
- Irvingklaws Seems more like they're adopting Honda styling queues. Now if they would just adopt their reliability...
- FreedMike "Obsidian Edition."Oooooh, obsidian is really, really hard stuff.