Huh. One of the things I love about living in the Taipei area is the near-zero need I have to ever buy a car again, at least as long as I stay here. “When choosing a car…” has about as much appeal as “When choosing a root canal …”
If forced to choose … speed wouldn’t be on the list at all. Safety, fuel efficiency, cost. Handling’s there somewhere, because that’s part of safety. When I’m driving something, visibility is probably the #1 thing I care about from moment to moment.
Convenience/cost of parking a car in cities HSR speed
I have a motorcycle to go places that are inconvenient using public transportation, I use public transportation when it is more convenient than the motorcycle. Until I have children, I have no need or desire for a car.
City driving is awful. To me, Taipei public transportation is better than Taipei driving. But Taipei’s public transportation is very, very good. In many other cities the calculus would be different. Which is one reason I live in Taipei.
But one of my main goals has always been to live walking distance from work, and for now I’ve got that. When the weather’s good I probably go the most miles on a bicycle, which is almost entirely recreational.
I know that some people enjoy driving a car, but to me it’s a chore. Miserable weather makes me wish I weren’t going anywhere. Good weather makes me wish I was on a bicycle. There was some pleasure in driving and speed and handling on winding roads when I was a teen and in my early twenties, but that was long ago.
Yeah, me too. Currently I’m working for a university in an inconvenient area, and although I could live there I don’t really want to (did it for 6 months when I first arrived). So, I’m doing the motorcycle commute (except on days when it is pouring rain, but public transportation takes a similar amount of time and is never busy when I want to go to that destination)
My wife drives a Fiesta for those reasons and because it’s easy to park. It is nice to drive, handles well and has decent passing acceleration, but it’s slow off the start, about 10 seconds to 100. It has that computer controlled clutch that can be a bit wonky at times too. If it had the 2.0 turbo from the Focus, it would be really fun