I've found many auto reviewers tend to love the hairy-chest V8 gas hogs, not realizing not everyone needs to get to 60MPH in 5 seconds or go around a circle at nearly the centripetal force of gravity. Some of us just have to go to work and back, or to the store and back, in a convenient, inexpensive way. I truly don't believe car reviewers can
think that way. Either that, or their editors are forcing them to write about topics that sell magazines and newspapers (a hell of a lot of good that's doing now a days).
He also may be suffering from Wal*Martism. What's that? When someone dismisses anything that's not "normal" or "expected". You know, safe stuff like at Wal*Mart. They can go to the store, get average food, average appliances, watch TV on an average TV, and wear average clothes made in China. If something deviates from "average", they lose their minds.
Now, granted, sometimes average is okay. Average flour for baking? Sure. Average cat litter? Okay. Average car technology, burning gasoline or diesel? Not for us. I've also inferred many people on this board are Mac users. Average computer? Not for us.
(Seriously, I am NOT trying to start a Mac/PC flame war!)