Well, it seems the "GTA IV driving" troop (who make up a minority of the community by the way) has arrived. I guess I was late.
This is the last post I'll make on this annoying subject.
I thoroughly enjoyed GTA IV's driving mechanics and damage, and haven't an issue at all with GTA V's driving. I for one, enjoy the fact that you can maneuver more easily and what not, (some people find realistic fun, I do too, but I also like a bit of "arcadey") and its flaws are way overhyped. I find it funny how those claiming that GTA IV's driving is realistic are usually people who have never driven before. I drive to work everyday and I honestly fail to see the "incredibly unrealistic handling and physics" of GTA V. They seem fine to me, just more responsive than GTA IV's, which, by the way, was not 100 percent realistic, nor is V's. Also, I fail to see the issue with damage. Everytime I crash in GTA V I have huge dents, deformations, and scratches, as I did in GTA IV, and panels even fall off in this game, unlike GTA IV.
Some people have different opinions. Unfortunately the consensus of the elitist angry GTA IV driving crowd seems to be "Hate this game's driving or you are a f*cking idiot who cannot drive, and you deserve to have your entire family executed in real life, also I am the most skilled GTA driver who has ever lived. Haha."