Now, this specific video irritated me. The other Motor Trend reviews (the WRX and Focus ST comparison and the CVT WRX review) were much better and he didn’t go off on some media vendetta in those videos, although there was a bit of it in the CVT review of the WRX. This one irritated me so much that I left a rather nasty comment on YouTube about it:
+Jonny Lieberman kinda irritating that you keep mentioning the lack of a hatch in your video. You wasted a LOT of time in that video harping on shit that has nothing to do with the car that you’re driving in the video.You’ve a rather subjective hangup and it marred the review…if you can’t stay objective about things, maybe you need to let someone who doesn’t have a Subaru background review the car? Review the freaking car and not Subaru’s motives…if I wanted that, I’d keep reading the B.S. on NASIOC. We already know the hatch is gone and we already know Subaru’s decision on why…no need to keep stirring that pot (too much stirring screws up the dish). Loved you in the other reviews of this car…hated you with a passion in this one.
I don’t expect everyone to agree with me on this, as I know the hatch fans have been bitching about the lack of a hatch since last November. It’s time to move on, though. It’s kinda late for Subaru to change their minds and it will probably take a very long time to get another hatch on the drawing board. No, it is not as simple as most people say it is…those people have no understanding of designing a product and this isn’t as simple as cutting up or adding material to the sedan’s structure…trust me, if that were the case, there wouldn’t be the issue of a lack of a hatch.
Lieberman pissed me off because he immediately went on this “no hatch” tirade and wasted valuable video review time. Then he was saying like, “Subaru alienated 50% of their buyer base”. No matter what decision they made, they’d have had to cut some fat somewhere…it it weren’t the hatch guys that would’ve been pissed, it would’ve been the sedan guys. With my project management experience, I understand that in order to have a bang-on end result, sometimes we have to give up some things as the price for success. Too many people (and journalists, obviously) live pipe dreams and tend to want things their way, without compromise or exception…that’s sometimes a real problem in today’s society and is probably why us Americans have so many issues that most countries don’t have. It’s sad.
I hated Lieberman’s whining so much in this video that I feel he tainted the whole video. I was iffy on if I would even publish it here…I hated it that much. For someone with his background, he’s awfully whiny about the lack of a hatch. He claims he owned the original USDM WRX (which, ironically, wasn’t a hatch, although they did have wagon versions). He also beat the fuck out of the proverbial dead horse by mentioning how ugly the 2015 WRX was (another highly subjective comment). You know, I’ve seen better reviews on Jalopnik (and that isn’t saying all that much).