Come'on, be real. I love my GXP as much as anyone but I also concede that the storage is A ****ING JOKE! EVERY OTHER sports car can get a regular sized suitcase in the trunk. I can't even get a Bud 18 pack of bottles in there. Yes, you can cram all your stuff into a couple of 8" wide by 8" high bags, but those writers (as well as normal people) are not looking for SUV storage, they're looking for normal day to day storage.Nope you can't store two sets of golf clubs, a weeks's supply of groceries, and two weeks supply of luggage for two in the trunk. However, GM did offer a deck lid luggage rack, along with a console storage bag. Plus Kappasphere produce(s) a slick convertible storage system for that toothbrush they are being so anal about. Why auto writers continue to B&M that this sports car should also be able to do double-duty as an SUV is beyond me.
The '60s had some GREAT cars - the '64 Chevy Impala SS was gorgeous. The '67 Mustang fastback was awesome, and then there was the '63 Corvette Split Window. hmmmmmm . . . gotta disagree with you about the cars of the 60s. I do, however, agree somewhat about the cars from the 70s. But wait - the 70 Chevelle was one helluva car. . . . dang, I guess I just like some cars from all decades.The non-automotive U.S. media has always seemed to have a varying degree of sway against the domestics. It was well deserved in the 60's and 70's as the U.S. makers were cranking out anything they could sell and the public was consuming them. Once people took a hard look at what Japan was starting to put out a couple decades after WWII they realized the U.S. had fallen way behind.
I think it's starting to turn around after a couple of decades past the time when Japan was handing our asses to us. The automotive media was very aware of the improvements made by the domestics and by the mid to late 90's they pointed out that the differences in quality and reliability (as well as innovation) were becoming so slight as to be practically imperceptable by the public. I see more press from the mainstream that seems to acknowledge that fact.
All told, anything written negatively about a vehicle I really like will definitely catch my attention! As the saying goes, you'd never pay attention to an article about the building that DIDN'T catch on fire.
Fortunately, the Canadian Auto Industry had much better success.The music died in 1972 with smog regs and by the next year, many of the existing models were up[ for replacement anyway in the normal run of these things. All of the 1970s products were pale shadows of what had taken place in the 60s.
As far as handling went for American cars, that wasn't really a goal until the 80s.
American car makers have always been about marketing and making the public want to buy whatever crap they had to sell, and any idea of actually creating an interesting capable car came from designers within the companies whose aspirations were usually throttled at birth. Lots of interesting prototypes, not many really interesting production models.
They had to sneak the Fiero through as an economy car, and it took them 4 years to sneak a decent suspension under it, at which point they pulled the plug before they could implement the planned turbo version. Corvette has been titillating the public with mid-engined show cars for 30 years but when they had a platform they could have easily adapted for that, they jammed (again).
I look on the 88 Fiero and the Solstice as exceptions to the vast sea of mediocrity, where for a limited time, a car enthusiast was allowed to build something interesting to sports car fans. Today, nothing there for us at all.
Come'on, be real. I love my GXP as much as anyone but I also concede that the storage is A ****ING JOKE! EVERY OTHER sports car can get a regular sized suitcase in the trunk. I can't even get a Bud 18 pack of bottles in there. Yes, you can cram all your stuff into a couple of 8" wide by 8" high bags, but those writers (as well as normal people) are not looking for SUV storage, they're looking for normal day to day storage.
My wife and I recently took a 12 day trip in the Solstice. Granted, on the way there and the way back we needed to have the top up, but we'd be traveling that way anyways, as there's a limit to the amount of wind beating you can take on a day's drive.The solstice is a beautifull car hands down:thumbs:. That said, storage is tight for a long weekend. There are ways around it, pack light, pull a trailer (I've seen it done) Plenty of storage for a day of fun in the sun!:yesnod: