I’m in the process of selling my daughter’s 2006 Scion tC…
So today I left Karlino garaged at home & drove the FWD (front wheel drive) Scion to work. After work, I was able to show the car to the prospective customer, then drove it home. I put almost 50 miles on that little roomy coupe & I didn’t like it. I missed my RWD (rear wheel drive) 1999 Mazda Miata I call Karlino.
That Scion has a lot of motor (2.4L, 4 cylinder) for that weight of car. With just over mild acceleration, I could feel the car lift & lose front end traction – not good! Also, can you say torque steer? Those poor front tires! They have to put up with the combined, seeming oxymoronic tasks of both steering along with acceleration/braking. Those lazy rear tires get it easy, just doing mild braking.
Later this evening, I went to the store in Karlino and it felt like I was in a snug & comfy glove. Yes, the car is small & I’m a big guy, but it felt good! I felt IN the car, a vital part of the machine. In the Scion I felt like an additional part, sort of a necessary afterthought.
It was good to be away for that 24 hour span without driving Karlino. I now appreciate my Miata SO much more! Racing Ready wants to know what automobile design contrasts you both appreciate & abhor…feel free to add a comment.