- Dork Age: The show started in 1981, which was pretty much the armpit of the Malaise Era of cars. Twelve-second-plus 0-50 times were fairly common in the early years.
- 8.8: It's sometimes accused of having an "everybody's a winner" review style (due to being in the precarious position of being heavily reliant on sponsorship from the very companies whose products they review), and thus not actually very useful to automotive consumers.
- Values Dissonance: During the 1980s John Davis regularly used the term "oriental" in reference to cars from Asian manufacturers. At that time, "oriental" was considered to be an acceptable and objective term to use and didn't have the racist connotations it has today.
YMMV / Motor Week