Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Re: 2018 Detroit Autohow Impressions + Photos
Man it gets old reading you just crap all over any Ford products.
I was also at the auto show. Ram WAS bland, not many people near it because it looks very similar to the outgoing model, especially in FCAs black/dark show aesthetic. Beautiful interior though. Never realized how much the optional Ram Boxes take away from bed space.
Also, Lincoln stand was just fine. A little subdued compared to their other stands in previous years, but the Navigator and Continental ALWAYS had lines to get in it and people were impressed. The Navigator blew away my expectations. Ford stand was absolutely spectacular, as usual. Best of the show. Still prefer the 2017 Edge over the 2018 Edge. They brought a sport model too and it just looks better than the ST to my eyes. Focus and Fiesta are old. Escape needs a redesign. Ecosport is less shitty than I expected. Explorer next gen needs to come too. Feels like Ford has been sitting on their asses a bit much, but the products thankfully hold up quite well still. Fusion is just so nice, I really wish they keep them around. Mustang is awesome. The Bullitt schtick was fantastic. The Ford GT was in red with the number 1 decal on it in honor of Dan Gurney. Magnificent. Tons of people were impressed with the Ranger, which looks great in Lariat trim, and certainly doesn't come off as bland to me. All Ford trucks were on a second level and their display was incredible. Heck, they had escalators in their display.
Chevys still look and feel cheap to me, outside of Camaro and Vette. New ZR1 is a beast but no matter how functional it is, I hate its spoiler, visually. Impala is getting old but still feels like their best car. New Silverado looks great to me. I like the aggressive front end, but it looks AWFUL in cheap trims. Interior is less bad in person
GAC, the Chinese brand, was RIGHT NEXT TO GMC, and has a very similar logo. It was pretty hilarious. GAC products felt like sh!t though.
Toyota continues to make every product other than the Taco and 4Runner and Camry look like absolute trash.
Lexus LS was striking in person. Would drive that over an S class. Love that the RC-F still has a N/A V8 too. Their weird crossover concept thing was a pile of garbage though.
The new Accord is a beauty, and the Insight is a fabulous looking "concept" vehicle. Ridgeline is trash. Civic is nice.
Cadillac was okay, but a little boring. No debuts or really anything different. I love their cars but I just hate the way the XT5 looks in person. Escalade is not as nice as the new Navi, but if it were 10K cheaper I'd consider it.
Mercedez vehicles are sweet but the G wagon is a POS and they had like 75 of them there. No thanks. Love their new straight 6s for the AMG cars though.
Audi is incredible. Love their products except the Q3 is a$$. The new A7 is magnificent. A lightly used A6 with the 3.0T is my current itch. Want one soon.
BMW was also spectacular. They had an M760i which was AWESOME. New X2 is polarizing to enthusiasts but I like it. Their bullshit half car, half crossover, hunchback nonsense has got to go. I left the auto show hating the 5 series gran coupe more than anything else. X6 as usual is disgusting.
Alfa is cool. That's all I've got on that. Glad they're stateside again.
New Subaru 7 seater is really awesome looking. If they offered an Explorer Sport competitor I'd be on the lookout. They need a new Forester and Outback.
Kia Stinger GT is really interesting. Would love to drive one, could never buy one. Just not interested in that brand at all.
New Veloster is pretty cool. Their new small crossover (idk what its called) was pure hot trash though. Taking a design page out of Toyota's Book of Morons.
Buick Regal looks fantastic. Opel can really design a nice car. Not sold on the outdoorsey wagon thing though.
Anyhow those are my hot takes. Anyone has any questions on things I didn't mention, fire away. I spent like 10 hours at the show over the course of the weekend.
'18 F-150 EcoBoost, '05 Mustang GT 5MT; '16 Escape SE; '48 F-1 Stakebody flathead
Last edited by gjrip; 01-25-2018 at 03:01 PM.