The 'Vette: 'Rodney Dangerfield' of Autos?


Occasionally, when I state my opinion about a particular car or automaker, I get swamped with e-mails from people who think I'm an idiot. Yesterday was one of those days.

In talking about General Motors' new Corvette ZR1, I wrote that I've never been a huge fan of the sports car. I didn't say it was bad. I didn't say that Corvette fans are stooges. I simply said that I've never been a huge fan of them.

Tom responded to my blog, writing, "You don't like Corvettes? The next cheapest car with similar performance capability costs $30K more. They are the best looking, best performing cars in their class." Tom was actually kind compared to what I have heard from other people. And you know what? He's right: The 'Vette is the best performing sports car in its price range. Which is why I wrote in my blog that Corvette delivers the best bang for the buck.

All of this has me wondering what other cars or trucks are not getting the respect you think they deserve? For example, I would say Toyota's Corvette ZR1 Corolla is a gem of a car that often gets overlooked. Sure, it's not sexy -- but it's not supposed to be. The point is, it consistently delivers great performance, and has for almost 40 years. Still, when people talk about Toyota, they praise the Prius, the Camry, and even the Tundra, but rarely mention the Corolla.

So here's your chance. As a holiday gift to me, send me the car, truck, or SUV that you would call the Rodney Dangerfield of automobiles. The model that doesn't get the respect you think it deserves. I'll post your comments next week. In the meantime, enjoy a great holiday weekend.

Questions? Comments?