That was said better than I ever could’ve. But this is why I’m going back to cheap, simple cars I can beat on relentlessly. I’ll be honest. I have more fun thrashing my 4 speed slushbox equipped Honda Civic (2,554 lbs) than my Mazdaspeed 3 (3,153 lbs), if only because one of them is much more raw, cheap, and simple.
Side note: I wouldn’t call modern cars better overall. Of course they have an advantage in safety, fuel economy, and drivability, but most had to sacrifice practicality, ease of maintenance, sportiness, longevity, and/or something else to do it. And for some people, that tradeoff isn’t worth it. Like me. I want something fun and inexpensive that I can fix with duct tape and swear words, where parts are cheap enough that I need not fear beating on it. That’s why my Civic is only one manual transmission away from being my perfect daily.
For comparison (it’s not exact, but it’s all I had access to that’s close enough), I occasionally drive my mom’s 2014 Toyota Corolla (2,800 lbs). It can’t carry any more stuff than my Civic, the fuel economy isn’t that much better, and it feels like an old Cadillac from behind the wheel. Seriously, the controls feel floaty. And it’s more of a pain to service.
Of course, for many people, a modern car makes more sense. But they aren’t wholly superior. And I doubt the market will adapt to our preferences, because people like me simply don’t want new cars anyway. It would be a better investment for petrolheads to keep our older cars running longer and stronger.
Back to the point: @VicVictory is dead on there. But how will this work for autonomous cars, where they’d pretty much require some sort of connection to perform ideally (ie: Navigation and interfacing with other autonomous cars as desired by automakers)?