Originally Posted by Optimus Prime
And I can guarantee most people can discern between a little hatchback, a little SOV, and a 2 door sports car. That's like saying most people can't tell the difference between a miata and a murano convertible.
I think you give the general public too much credit.
Yes, they can see that the cars all look different, but they will also lump them into a category based on size, power, and engine size.
Pop over to the BRZ thread or Edmunds (straightline blog) and look at how many people are comparing this car to the V6 Mustang and Camaro, and the only thing it has in common with them is they all happen to be RWD.