New Subaru and Honda designs

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Bronx, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. Bronx

    Bronx Bronx

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    What is it with the way the new Subaru and Honda cars are being designed?:huh I am talking about the aesthetics of some of the more recent models. I am not talking about their build quality, reliability or performance. They are good cars but the designers have lost the plot. I have previously owned three subaru cars and loved them.

    These cars used to look good.... sleek and pleasing to the eye. Now most of them look like the designer has gone on holidays and some person with damage to their frontal lobes (and damage to the right side of the brain) has been let loose in the design rooms.
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  2. supercub

    supercub ass-less chaps rule!

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    i agree!!i love subarus, but this years outbacks are UGLY!!!. although, i do like the the Forester's.:evil change is inevitable.
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  3. Road Program

    Road Program Been here awhile

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    I can't really speak to the Hondas because I don't see a huge design shift, but I notice a change in the Subarus and I like it. I happen to like the new Outback...the interior is this family man's dream. I like the Legacy GT, too, but the interior is kind of cramped for my taste. It would be a great car for a single person, but not such a great long trip kind of car if you need to carry a lot of crap.
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  4. Bongolia

    Bongolia stop acting

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    I blame homosexual Japanese myself.

    You only need to look at their telscope to realise that they are obsessed:

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  5. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    You know I just read about the 2012 Honda Chode they are coming out with... thought it was an odd name... now it all makes sense...
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  6. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    Just for kicks I went to the Honda website to check out their future and concept vehicles. They really ruined the Odyssey- looks like they pieced together several different concepts that don't go together. Looks like the accord got some minor face lifts as well. The rear end has that ugly/tacky bar across it now...

    I'm a big Honda fan- for the reliability, etc, but they just don't make anything too exciting. The Civic Si is a fun little bugger, but AWD and 100 more HP would be even more fun.
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  7. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    I was gonna put a deposit on one, but it just wasn't long enough to get the job done.
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  8. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    Sure has balls though...
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  9. Barnstormer

    Barnstormer Polar Bear Wrangler

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    Not to stray too far off topic, but what does the Keck Observatory have to do with the Japanese? It's in Hawaii, and run by Americans.
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  10. bradatlarge

    bradatlarge Insha'Allah

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    I hear it carries seamen well.
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  11. ultane

    ultane sqeezin the bag

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    I liked the new 2010 Outbacks so well, I bought two.. One for each daughter. 2.5L premium with CVT. Awesome cars, recently they got 31.5 MPG on a trip at 65mph with the AC running.. Great ride, comfortable, all around good cars. There is a great youtube video showing how the Subi AWD out performs the Honda, Toyota, and VW AWD on an incline of rollers that are controllable to mimic icy surfaces.










    I might be wrong, just ask my X...
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  12. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv € Fl Keys Fishing Guide €

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    The new Outback's interior is only good in the most expensive trimlevel, otherwise it looks like a plastic icecream parlor...:bluduh
    Exterior-wise I do like the new Subie so IMHO it isn't all bad news, but sjees Subaru who was on crack when the new dash was designed??....:lurk Oh, eh when do we get the diesel version??:ddog
    BTW, my folks have an 2007 Outback and I must say it is a great car to drive!!:clap
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  13. hillbillypolack

    hillbillypolack Grumpy Old Goat

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    Thread is useless without pics, eh?

    Fat ass Honda Crosstour. Looks passable here, but borders on hideous in person:

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    Nobody mentioned Toyotas. Perhaps the accelerator debachle distracted the buying public from this monstrosity. An answer to a question nobody asked.

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    Last, what about the Lincoln MKT. I wonder is Lincoln marketing knows that 'MKT' is short for 'market'? Anyway, the back end of this looks like a custom made hearse. In person, its gargantuan. Like a rolling cetacean.

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    The thing about all these is that they look marginally acceptable through photo manipulation. In person, the sense of scale forces you to turn your eyes away, and look for something as agreeable as a Subaru.
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  14. drwest

    drwest Been here awhile

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    I digg the new Outbacks. In fact we are picking up our new one in a couple of weeks. These cars are in high demand around my neck of the woods. As soon as they are offloaded from the transport, they are gone.

    BTW the 2.5 CVT versions have Honda trannies in them.
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  15. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    What Subarus are you looking at? They once- and totally on accident made a decent looking impreza- the first generation.

    But then they realized their mistake and came out with a nice, ugly bugeye version.


    It's been only been up and onward for Subaru design since then. Flying vagina, anybody?

    :lol3
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  16. XPADREX

    XPADREX Funslinger

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    Klaatu barada Lincoln!
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  17. barefoot

    barefoot Frustrated Rock Star

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    Ok, you're generalizing way too much here. Give us some specifics. I think the newer Subarus finally look un-weird, for the most part. I have a brand-new Impreza Outback Sport and, while I didn't get it for its looks, it does look a little bit rakish - for an eco-model car. While some of the Hondas are pretty 'meh', (isn't that always the case?) the current Accord coupe looks very damn sharp.
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  18. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    The only good looking Subaru since the SVX is the previous generation Legacy 2.5GT. Today's versions are lame overall.

    Honda could be doing worse. The current generation Accord sedan looks like a good BMW clone, the Accord coupe looks great. Even better in person.

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    This may not be a super sports car, but it looks good to me.
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    The next Odyssey. What else can you do with a box?

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  19. green hell

    green hell yawning or snarling

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    i loved my bugeye.

    the flying vagina drove me to the outback though.
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  20. RockyRaccoon

    RockyRaccoon Found:Gideon's Bible

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    I'm with you.

    I like the Forester pretty well. My daughter has one and it's a nice vehicle.

    I don't really like the new Outback. Going "big" was the wrong idea, IMO. It's getting away from the primary reason for Subaru's appeal. That said, I drove one of the prior Outbacks and didn't like it as well as the new Forester -- the seating room/position and wind noise were inferior -- so maybe the new Outback addresses those issues even if the look isn't very appealing.

    I'm still conflicted about the Imprezas. I like the last model (and own one) but I've driven one of the new ones and can see its appeal because the ride is better with the longer wheelbase.

    I'm curious where Subaru is going with its line-up. I'm kind of sorry to see them getting bigger with each recent new generation.
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