- It's Easy, So It Sucks!: The first game offers little challenge as the AI is very simplistic, even in the harder Grand Prixs, contributing to the game's poor reputation among fans.
- Memetic Mutation: "Why is Sonic driving a car?" and variations of such questions has become a somewhat common running joke among the Sonic fandom.
- Never Live It Down: Sonic, the fastest thing alive, driving a car is something the fans will never let this game live down (although a later attempt at the idea was met with much warmer reception).
YMMV / Sonic Drift