MotorCast – The Not So Famous One
1989 was a big year for Mazda and their weird little engines. They decided to dip a toe in the pool of 2-door roadsters. So came the Miata MX5. As of late, it has become a sort of laughing stock because of its competition having 2 or 4 more cylinders than it. But when it comes down to it, the Miata doesn't even compete with them in the first place. It's more of a Daihatsu Copen or a Suzuki Cappuccino competitor. But it looked like a Z3 BMW, and now it's knocking on Jaguar's door. You can see from the picture the flat back that drops off for the tail lights and then it ends; sounds like Jag to me. And I love the F-Type. It's such a stab back into the old- time Jaguar, like 60's Jags that people bought, then they broke down. The engine in the Miata is still hanging back with the Suzuki and the Daihatsu, which is a bummer, but Mazda has never had the heritage of Jaguar, BMW or Mercedes. It's a shame, but maybe one day.... maybe not. Probably definitely not.
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Also, we talked about the new Chevrolet Colorado that is set to arrive sometime soon. We mentioned that it was a Cobalt with a bed on the back of it, but it seems like they actually might be getting ready to lay the dagger down in some serious competition across the sea. I think this thing could take down a Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline, or the Toyota Tacoma with ease. But this thing is much bigger than it was back in 2004 when it first came out. It's almost as big as the F-150 now, and that's not exactly entry level size. In MotorCast this week, we said that the new Colorado looks as if it could be the top dog of the entry level truck market, but when the F-150 steps up to bad, it will answer back with every question the Colorado throws at it. On and off road.
The Colorado will have quite a big range of engine sizes and prices, too. Base model single cab will be starting at just under $23,000, but if you want all the bells and whistles in the top-of-the-line Z71 crew cab model, you're looking at about $35,000. Good to have you back, Colorado.