Yeah, those first two Cars LPs are fantastic, nearly-perfect records.
And yes, the synths are some of the best ever, but Easton is a seriously underrated guitarist, imo. He does amazing, unexpected things all the time which can easily go unnoticed if you're not paying attention.
I still enjoy most of the singles from Heartbeat City, but I'm not kidding myself that they're anything more than great radio songs. I assume the reason they get hated on is that they're not ground-breaking awesome, they're just well-made pop songs. "Magic" is a quintessential summer song, in my book. Can't honestly say when the last time I listened to the whole album was. I do wonder if there are any deep cuts I should be more cognizant of.