NY International Auto Show 2012 Quick List

Hyundai further solidifies in my mind the value proposition. They have great interior work and promises at least something worth the value points in their line of Genesis. There are 4 trim levels for the 4-door and 2 for the 2-door, starting with their ~24000 ish 2.0T 2-door up to the 5.0 liter, 429 HP R-spec 4-door at about 47000. Worth every penny compared to the competition.

My dad was in mosty to get a glimpse of the new Honda Accord redesign. None to be seen except a concept accord on the floor. It gives us a good idea what it’ll be like, I guess.

The new Audi S8 impressed me a lot.

Realigning the top-end Mercedes S class was a good move.

Cayman is still a great buy if you want a nice sports car. Forget the Boxster, even if it is redesigned for 2012.

Among American muscle cars, consider the new low end CTS coupe, which I bet gives the Genesis a run for its money. For pure $-to-HP, the new Shelby Cobra Mustang is impossible to beat. I mean, you’re paying $50000 or so for 620 HP? Nuts.

The new Kia car with all their superbowl budget, it’s solid choice in the already crowded compact segment. I mean even the Passat this year is a very good choice. Or even the Jetta maybe. They are really the same. Just don’t buy the CC, seems like a poor choice unless you are sucker for AWD.

As for the budget ricer segment, I’m pretty hype about the BRZ and the FR-S. Well, first off, why would you buy a FR-S is beyond me, since the BRZ is outright better. Comes with standard nav! I mean, can I relive my 240SX? If it comes in under 24g it will probably beat the Genesis, at least at the sub-$30000 range.

Did you know Nissan is trying to push out a respectable line of vans, not the mini types, but commercial/passenger sort of thing? Watch out, Mercedes Benz!

I was really impressed by the Fiat 500’s. Abarth man, that could be sweet if priced right, and I guess starting at 22000 makes it reasonable. Despite what reliability issues they may have. I’d take it over, say, a GTI or similar. The fact that it only has a 5-speed transmission is more of a problem. I am willing to take a price cut for a slight performance cut in this case.

The Acura ZDX, what is this I don’t even. Pretty nice though.

And there were other things. Like seeing Stan Lee talking to the McLaruen guys.

Until next year!