• Jul 4, 2010
234 years in, how has it worked out? We plucked a couple vehicles currently in the Autoblog Garage that represent the opposing sides of the argument and make a case for each. Hit the jump, vote for your favorite, and then tell us what you think in the comments.




THE COLONIES:

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - Click above for high-res image

Make the argument? Frankly, I don't know how I could possibly lose the argument. Not this weekend. Not with this car. America has delivered more memorable and important cars than one can count offhand, along with its fair share of outright icons (it's a dreadfully-abused term, I know). The Corvette is one of the icons - maybe the icon. And having one over 4th of July weekend is something genuinely special. Seriously, on a regular day, you feel like the national anthem should play every time you crack open the garage door to reveal a Vette. On Independence Day? Man, who needs fireworks? Just toss me the key (fob). Pressing that start button summons thunder on demand.

The Chevrolet Corvette embodies America: Freedom. Power. Prosperity. It's not understated. It's not perfect, either, but it feels no need to apologize. America's sports car is very comfortable with itself, and it's proud of what it is. Like the country it represents in this poll, the Corvette comes off as gauche to some. Offensive, even. Those people will roll their eyes and reflexively vote for the "classier" Jaguar XF below. To hell with those haters. After spending time behind the wheel of this Corvette Grand Sport, one thing becomes readily and quickly apparent: haters hate 'cause they can't hang. I love this car. God bless America. - Alex Nunez

THE CROWN:

2010 Jaguar XF - Click above for high-res image

All that whining about taxation, representation, blah, blah, blah - that doesn't seem to have worked out. Do you honestly think the plutocrats in DC represent you, Joe Sixpack? That other tired old saw about hard work being rewarded (it just puts you in a higher tax bracket where they take more) might give you the spending money to purchase some nice wheels. You may swell with jingoistic pride to purchase the latest domestic nameplate; no doubt built in Canada or Mexico; but a better modus operandi is to buy the best and cry once.

"The best" infers old-world craftsmanship, and for cars you stand a shred of hope purchasing without hitting the MegaLotto, Jaguar is tops for tradition-steeped sedans. Let's skip over the fact that another of her former colonies now owns England's Growler and consider this import before tossing it into the harbor. With the XF, Jaguar finally broke its 1968 mold and came up with styling that's all new. It's sharp, and despite the break with fusty tradition, passerby still know it's a Jag. The 5.0-liter V8 sings rowdy songs as well as the Rolling Stones interpreted American Blues and when it carries a supercharger, it's nearly as quick as a Corvette. Trumping the sports-car-with-a-sailing-vessel-name, the XF's interior is a luxurious leather-lined cockpit for dogfighting. Tradition be damned, this global Jaguar sedan is the one you want when it's time to summon full-speed-ahead. - Dan Roth

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I would rather have a GT500... or hell even a regular GT
      • 4 Years Ago
      When the Corvette gets an interior redo, then it will win the day. Until then, all that time spent inside the car argues for the XF.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This comparison is contrived and silly in so many ways.
      • Jaguar is now a subsidiary of an Indian company, so the whole Crown vs Colonies thing is hollow.
      • Why pit a sports car against a sedan? If you want to make it relevant, why not put a Vette against an Aston Martin AM V8 Vantage? Yes I know, Aston is now owned by the "Jerry", so that doesn't work anymore either. How about a Lotus Evora, a quintessential British roadster?

      But silly as it is, if I have to vote, I'll take the Vette--although, if I had my d'ruthers, I d'ruther have a ZR1. :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I understand your argument, but the XJ is built in England despite the fact its ownership is India.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You sir, are an idiot.

        By your standards, Holden and Opel are American. Hell, you basically contradicted yourself for going with the Lotus Evora. Might as well call Lotus a Malaysian manufacturer, right? What about Mazda? Volvo?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great read and speaking from my own personal experience the Jaguar XFR is awesome. Drove it at Montecello motorsports both around the area and then on the track for a bit. Really a stunning vehicle. Beautiful outside and inside. I was really impressed. I was seriously thinking about buying one...thats how impressed I was...

      that said...when it came time to go home...? I hoped in my LS3 Corvette with the Z51 suspension to drive home and I knew I could never let my vette go for the beautiful XFR.

      Both great cars! I'd have to say another interesting comparision would be the Corvette LS3 manual transmission grand sport versus the CTS V automatic coupe ..

      Thats the comparision that really begs to be answered...

      Great article and a great podcast weekly by both of you guys.

      JB
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dan, the XF brakes fade quickly when punished.
      Sit back and cruise the interstate with the rest of the pack and let the Corvette Grand Sport take care of the dogfights!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not well put this comparison of 2 door car and a 4 door car! Obviously!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It helps to read sometimes...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dan, the XF brakes fade quickly when punished.
      So sit back and cruise in your luxurious leather appointed cockpit with the rest of the pack and let the Corvette Grand Sport do the dog-fighting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ironically, I'm leaving the Corvette behind to go look at some fireworks. Kids don't fit in the Vette, but they plop right into the Mustang...
        • 4 Years Ago
        In isolated comfort, I'm sure. Very civilized. My kids had their hair blowing, open sky and blaring V8 bombast of unmistakable origin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because it's my real-life car that I own...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well then, I guess that makes another win for USA!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well... it's really colonies vs other colony, isn't it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lets see . . . iconic pure high performance sports car vs over priced 4 door sedan? Really tough call . . . I know choose Corvette! (WOW that was very difficult)!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hows About ZR1 Vs one 77?
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about Z06 vs. XKR? Or, as suggested earlier, CTS-V vs. XFR?
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