When families gather for the holidays many things tend to get discussed around the dinner table. Topics of conversation cover everything from politics to how long we should cook the pasta. As we talked a family member inevitably brought up automobiles and we began to discuss brands we liked and brands we disliked. We hit on just about everything until someone posted the question of which brand was the most boring and or had the least amount of personality. As I thought about this I realized that it was actually a pretty good question. You see right now automobiles are so good that it’s really tough to purchase a bad car. Sure, some may have more gadgets and gizmos than others, but for the most part cars today are more reliable and better built than any other time in history.
Just because they’re well built though, doesn’t mean that they’re exciting. I cycled all the manufacturers through the mental revolving door in my head until I came up with what I think is the most boring auto maker out there. Some of you will disagree with me which is fine, but let it be known that I am throwing ACURA under the bus as the car manufacturer that puts me to sleep the fastest. First off, every car they produce, from the TL to the ZDX has basically the same angular front end. Yes it’s nicely done and pretty to look at, but quite honestly I get more excited looking at a 40 year old VW Beetle than I do looking at anything from Acura’s current line-up.
To me their styling is stale and uninspiring. Hell, I’d even go so far as to say that they’re turning into the Buick of the Japanese auto brands. At least Buick though is trying hard to revamp their image. If there is one shining spot in Acura’s line-up it would be the TSX Sport Wagon, but even that with it’s front wheel drive doesn’t get me moving. In my opinion what Acura needs to do is shoot a little adrenaline into their heart and produce another NSX or NSX-esque type of automobile. They do that and maybe the automotive world will start talking about them again.