Their verdict: They like it. I’m not sure about whether they like the fact that they like it, but like it they do.
The podcast also goes into how Saab diehards hate the whole 9-7x idea, and they do the usual dismissal of the vehicle as just an SS Trailblazer with a body kit, yada yada yada.
The GM challenge: Give Farago a 9-7x to test. If it’s as good as the road tests and improving sales numbers indicate, then make him shut his piehole.
I maintain a sometimes-grudging-but-quite-genuine respect for Farago, admiring his steadfast refusal to accept any advertising and therefore remain independant. Anyone familiar with his work would know that he’s the motoring journalist’s equivalent of a vulture just waiting to pick at GM’s carcass (for the unfamiliar, he runs a regular spot called GM Deathwatch that’s now over 80 episodes in length).
I believe he’s willing to judge a good vehicle on its merits though, so if the 9-7x is as good as we’re led to believe, then lets stop the Trailblazer blow-off references in their tracks.