Car News:  Oversteer

Here's Why I Don't Love Fast Cars

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Dodge Durango AWD GT
New 2018 Dodge Durango
MSRP $46,475
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Dodge Durango AWD GT
New 2018 Dodge Durango
MSRP $48,520
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Dodge Durango AWD Citadel
New 2018 Dodge Durango
MSRP $53,625
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Dodge Durango AWD R/T
New 2018 Dodge Durango
MSRP $55,360
RELATED READING
See all Dodge Durango articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs MAZDA cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Sam Keller September 2018

If I had to choose, I would take style over speed any day. Put me in the cockpit of something old, slow and weird, and I'd be happier than the newest and fastest of today's fast car offerings. I'm certain that brand-new models from Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini are amazing cars that are undeniably cool -- but the amount of enjoyment to be had is severely hampered by the restraint required to operate it legally, and most importantly, safely. This concept doesn't necessarily even apply to the most exotic of cars, as illegal speeds can be reached very quickly in say, a BMW, a Ford Mustang or even that rental car you decided to abuse a little.

Not too long ago, I found myself behind the wheel of a Dodge Durango SRT for a week. I first picked up my friends and took them to a hockey game. As they approached the car, I revved the engine and watched them jump backwards, frightened by the exhaust roar. We drove from stop light to stop light, wishing there was more road in front of us, knowing I could never open it up enough to truly enjoy in the city. We got stares that I'm certain were not the ones I was looking for. It was still winter, and I could see the heat from the engine coming through the absurdly bulbous hood, and it was nearly impossible to park. It's not a good city car.

The next day, I took the 7-seater rocket ship from New York City to the Hamptons for some time in the country. On the open freeway of the Long Island Expressway, I decided to open it up a little. The engine sounded great pouring out of the giant dual-exhaust pipes, yet with its 392 ci engine and 0-to-60 time of 4.6 seconds, illegal speeds were easy to reach, and the massive Brembo brakes were getting more use than I wanted to give them. Sure, the exhaust crackle and roar was satisfying, but it came at a price of knowing everyone else on the road was rolling their eyes at me and saying "Look at that guy." I wondered who the Dodge Durango SRT was really for, if anyone. The amount of power on tap warranted the softest touches I've ever given to a gas pedal. It might as well be made of glass.

The following days, I drove the fire-breathing Durango SRT around the Hamptons, feeding it 93 octane fuel. I wondered if I owned it, whether I could also afford to fuel it. Curious about all of the race-oriented features in the SRT, I took it to a long stretch of private road, turned on Launch Control, and gave it a go. With a loud roar, the car was off, and my eyes felt as if they were glued to back of my head. With adrenaline rushing through my body, I slowed the car, promising myself I would never attempt that again. It felt out of character for me to try such a thing. The editor of the local East Hampton newspaper even jokingly called me out on my Instagram after hearing me from inside his home.

My takeaway from the SRT experience only reinforced my beliefs: I prefer working for automotive enjoyment than the immediate satisfaction offered by a fast car. I enjoy watching the revs slowly climb while preparing for the exact moment to change gears. In my 1993 Volkswagen Cabriolet or my 1958 Lambretta Li150 Scooter, I'm able to open it up completely, go through all of the gears and juice all of its power without being reckless. I'm not intentionally trying to sound like an old man, say, like Uncle Ben from Spider-Man lecturing Peter Parker about power and responsibility. But, in my view, for the $75,000 it would take to put the overpowered full-size SUV in my garage, I could easily choose four or more vintage cars from my fantasy list in proper working order.

I also find that those kinds of vehicles receive the right of attention from passers-by. A lot of people approach me with the Cabriolet, often mentioning how they used to own one, they loved it and now they miss it. With my scooter, many are impressed by its age and its elegant design -- and the discerning bystander will recognize it as a Lambretta and not the more ubiquitous Vespa. They're conversation starters, and what they may lack in safety features, they make up for with their uncommon presence on today's roads. In the end, I prefer to measure fun in smiles per mile over miles per hour -- and I enjoy when others notice along the way.

MORE FROM OVERSTEER:
Video | The Volvo XC40 Is the Quirkiest Volvo in Decades
Lexus Once Had a "Pebble Beach Edition" Trim Level
Video | A $25 Part Fixed My Broken Rolls-Royce Phantom

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Dodge Durango AWD GT
New 2018 Dodge Durango
MSRP $46,475
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Dodge Durango AWD GT
New 2018 Dodge Durango
MSRP $48,520
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Dodge Durango AWD Citadel
New 2018 Dodge Durango
MSRP $53,625
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Dodge Durango AWD R/T
New 2018 Dodge Durango
MSRP $55,360
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Here's Why I Don't Love Fast Cars - Autotrader