Many cars have been heralded as the greatest car of all time. Even within the constraints of one segment of automotive endeavour, such as the sport compact segment, there is much discussion about which car is the best car. At the end of the day, it's all heresy; there is no best car, and there never will be.
You see, most journalists, car owners and car enthusiasts will all tell you about some feature, some design language, some statistic or some feeling. They base their informed judgement on the things that you notice; maybe a car like the Nissan GT-R has weird door handles that make it less easy to load your groceries into, but more "streamlined" (in a future article, I'll cover why streamlined isn't a great word for describing this...) at the track. That's the sort of thing that a journalist or an owner will tell you.
No car reviewer will ever really consider the idea that someone could ever modify their car, too. If a reviewer will complain about the lack of power from a BRZ, have they considered that the average BRZ owner will at least lightly modify their car? This is my old WRX, which I had gently modified to perform exactly how I wanted. Photo by droneplayer
But, beyond what my fellow journalists will tell you, there's a world beyond the physical statistics and design choices of a car. There are a few things to mention, beyond the usual things mentioned by the people who drive so many cars that they sometimes miss the soul/personality/purpose of a car.
I have a few examples of things that really should be mentioned more heavily in mainstream automotive journalism:
So, why then, do we insist that one car is the absolute best? I'm no saint, I have cars that I dislike, but in my years, I've never found a best car, ever. 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is certainly the least expensive to own and operate I've ever encountered. A heavily modified 2004 Toyota MR-S with a turbocharged K24 in it, pushing 400 whp was certainly the coolest car I ever experienced. A 600 bhp Nissan GT-R was certainly the fastest car I ever drove. But, if I had to choose, out of any of the cars I've ever driven... You'll have to get back to me in a few years. I won't find the answer without climbing to the temple at the top of the mountain, for the answer lies within the person. A wise person would never claim that their car is the best car ever made; a wise person chooses a car that they like, or a car which gets the job done, or... The list is unending of reasons to appreciate what you've got.
Andrew Geier is an accomplished automotive enthusiast, with 15 years of automotive experience. At age 22, he created Melons' Better Driving in an effort to make people rethink the automotive world with insightful vision and articles about the future of the automotive culture and all of its subcultures, including motorsports. Seen in the site's background image, examining a road which was torn up by rally cars with his friends, his passion is clearly demonstrated by his excited pose.