The Truth About Cars » 2012 twats http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:00:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » 2012 twats http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Announcing The Winners Of The 2012 Ten Worst Automobiles Today http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2012-ten-worst-automobiles-today/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2012-ten-worst-automobiles-today/#comments Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=474122 Ladies and Gentleman, TTAC is glad to announce the winners of the Ten Worst Automobiles Today, as voted by you, the reader. The Smart Fortwo took the top spot – but what about the others? Second place was the Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet In third, the Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger Fourth went to the Honda Crosstour […]

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Ladies and Gentleman, TTAC is glad to announce the winners of the Ten Worst Automobiles Today, as voted by you, the reader. The Smart Fortwo took the top spot – but what about the others?

Second place was the Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet

In third, the Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger

Fourth went to the Honda Crosstour

The BMW 5-Series GT was fifth

In sixth place, the Acura ZDX, which will take this dubious honor to its grave

Seventh place is the Cadillac Escalde – still numero uno for rappers and Texan housewives

The Jeep Patriot was eighth

The poor Fisker Karma can’t catch a break – it didn’t even win the TWATs, settling for ninth place

And finally, the Chevrolet Volt may be the EV sales champion, but it had to settled for a lowly tenth

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Vote On Your Choice Of TWATs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/vote-on-your-choice-of-twats/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/vote-on-your-choice-of-twats/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469626 It’s finally time to vote for your choice of The Worst Automobiles Today. Find out how below. Readers can choose one vehicle via our system below. We’ll tally the votes below after the poll closes at 11:59 A.M. on January 9th, 2013. The top 10 cars will be singled out for this prestigious honor bestowed […]

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It’s finally time to vote for your choice of The Worst Automobiles Today. Find out how below.

Readers can choose one vehicle via our system below. We’ll tally the votes below after the poll closes at 11:59 A.M. on January 9th, 2013. The top 10 cars will be singled out for this prestigious honor bestowed upon them by our readers. In the interest of disclosure, TTAC exercised its editorial powers regarding the nominees list; pursuant to previous rules, we have combined blatant badge-engineering cases in a single category, while a couple nominees were stricken from the record, mostly due to weak arguments largely rooted in personal vendettas against the vehicle. Despite that, it’s still up to you in the end.

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TWAT Nominations Close At Midnight Tonight http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/twat-nominations-close-at-midnight-tonight/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/twat-nominations-close-at-midnight-tonight/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2012 19:22:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469004 Nominations for the TWATs have been extended until midnight. One last chance to get those nominations in before voting begins. Check out our full list of nominees below. Remember the rules; you can add, but nothing will be subtracted. Vehicles must have been on sale starting January 1, 2012. Voting will begin this week as […]

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Nominations for the TWATs have been extended until midnight. One last chance to get those nominations in before voting begins. Check out our full list of nominees below. Remember the rules; you can add, but nothing will be subtracted. Vehicles must have been on sale starting January 1, 2012. Voting will begin this week as we configure our polling software against unwarranted manipulation - if it can happen to TIME Magazine, it can happen here.

Acura ILX
Acura RL
Acura ZDX
BMW 3-Series
BMW 5-Series GT
Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac XTS
Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Sonic
Chevrolet Volt
Chevy Express
Chrysler 200
Dodge Avenger
Fiat 500
Fisker Karma
Ford E-Series
Ford Expedition
GMC Canyon
GMC Savanna
Honda Civic
Honda CR-Z
Honda Crosstour
Honda Ridgeline
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Infiniti EX
Jeep Patroit
Kia Sedona
Land Rover LR2
Lexus GX
Lexus HS250h
Lincoln MKS
Lincoln MKT
Lincoln Navigator
Maybach
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Mitsubishi Galant
Nissan Juke
Nissan Murano CC
Nissan NV
Nissan Sentra
Nissan Versa Sedan
Nissan Quest
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Panamera
Scion iQ
Scion xB
Scion xD
SmartForTwo
Toyota Camry
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Toyota Matrix
Volvo XC90
VW Beetle

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We Get Introspective About Our TWATs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/we-get-introspective-about-our-twats/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/we-get-introspective-about-our-twats/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467364 The latest TWATs thread/shortlist update saw our commenters raise some valid and insightful questions about the awards process. I’ll try and tackle some of them below. 1) How do we know that the nominations are based on real world experience and not just bias/vendettas? Short answer: You don’t. Long answer: I moderate the comments every […]

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The latest TWATs thread/shortlist update saw our commenters raise some valid and insightful questions about the awards process. I’ll try and tackle some of them below.

1) How do we know that the nominations are based on real world experience and not just bias/vendettas?

Short answer: You don’t.

Long answer: I moderate the comments every day and by now I am aware of all of the online personae that post here day in, day out. I can only take these at face value, but I am confident in believing that none of you have any reason to lie about something as inconsequential as whether not you’ve really driven a Toyota Matrix. Similarly, I know where most of your biases lie and when you are just exhibiting an acute case of fanboyism. So far, the responses have been well reasoned, thoughtful and free of invective.  A few choices on the shortlist stand out as being the first to get cut, but even then, compelling arguments have been made for them.

2) Pretty much all new cars are good today. If these are the worst cars on the market, we can’t be doing that badly.

It’s true, compared to 2008, when the TWATs were last run, the field of new cars on sale is exponentially better in every possible category. That doesn’t mean there are bad cars, or cars that don’t live up to the hype, or cars that are still truly bad (look hard, they’re out there). If you want milquetoast reviews that make excuses for the general goodness of new cars, you may need to go elsewhere for that.

3) Why bother?

Because it’s fun. Lighten up.

 

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The TWATs Keep Chugging Along http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/the-twats-keep-chugging-along/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/the-twats-keep-chugging-along/#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:28:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467157 Our preliminary shortlist for the Ten Worst Automobiles Today award ended up garnering even more nominations, and some questions about the process. In the interest of transparency, we’ll tackle some of those below, as well as post an updated list. 1) One of the best questions raised by the readers is how to deal with […]

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Our preliminary shortlist for the Ten Worst Automobiles Today award ended up garnering even more nominations, and some questions about the process. In the interest of transparency, we’ll tackle some of those below, as well as post an updated list.

1) One of the best questions raised by the readers is how to deal with cars that are rebadged versions across multiple lines, or variants with changes that are substantial enough that they bear little in common with one another. For the first example, think of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. For the second example, think of the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Evolution. One reader raised the possibility of a car like the Lancer potentially being on both the Best and Worst car lists this year, when arguably, only one variant deserves the respective honor. For the sake of clarity, I will allow nominations based on whether the car is listed on a manufacturers website as part of a broader product range, or as a separate line. For example, the Lancer and Evo are listed individually on Mitsubishi’s website, while Ford lumps all Mustangs, from the lowliest V6 to the baddest GT500, as one range. Will some models get caught in the crossfire by this rule? It’s possible. However it is the most equitable and neutral way to draw the line, without any undue accusations of bias or favoritism.

2) Since we last published the our preliminary list, 18 new nominations have been added, for a total of 53 vehicles. We need to pare this down to 20 finalists by December 1st, and it’s up to you, the Best & Brightest, to get us there. I will post the revised list below, and finalists will be determined based on your well-reasoned arguments. We want to hear why this car is a standout in a crowd of generally competent vehicles. Saying “it’s boring” is not a real reason. Plenty of people like boring. Is it a vehicle with no discernible reason to exist? Does it lag behind every single competitor in its segment? Is it outrageously overpriced? The more detailed and well-reasoned answers will be given precedence over the one-line snarky comments.

2a) DO NOT ask for a vehicle to be removed from the list. If you feel it doesn’t deserve to be given a TWAT, don’t vote for it and make your case for another vehicle.

3) Polls open on December 3rd. At that point, the editors, at their discretion, will have selected a short list of 20 vehicles, with your input being the determining factor for what makes the final list. On December 10th, voting will be closed and we will prepare out in-house polling software for voting. You will be able to vote starting December 3rd, with polls closing on December 10th. Winners will be announced shortly after.

Here’s the list, including new nominations

Acura ILX

Acura RL
Acura ZDX
BMW 3-Series
BMW 5-Series GT
Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac XTS
Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Sonic
Chevrolet Volt
Chevy Express
Chrysler 200
Dodge Avenger
Fiat 500
Fisker Karma
Ford E-Series
Ford Expedition
GMC Canyon
GMC Savanna
Honda Civic
Honda CR-Z
Honda Crosstour
Honda Ridgeline
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Infiniti EX
Jeep Patroit
Kia Sedona
Land Rover LR2
Lexus GX
Lexus HS250h
Lincoln MKS
Lincoln MKT
Lincoln Navigator
Maybach
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Mitsubishi Galant
Nissan Juke
Nissan Murano CC
Nissan NV
Nissan Sentra
Nissan Versa Sedan
Nissan Quest
Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Panamera
Scion iQ
Scion xB
Scion xD
SmartForTwo
Toyota Camry
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Toyota Matrix
Volvo XC90
VW Beetle

 

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The Preliminary TWAT Shortlist http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/early-twat-nominations-preview-the-shortlist/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/early-twat-nominations-preview-the-shortlist/#comments Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:10:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463497 Readers have been busy nominating vehicles for the Ten Worst Automobiles Today, and the Best & Brightest has delivered a diverse shortlist of what they consider the most objectionable cars money can buy. Among the vehicles listed by our commenters were Jeep Patroit Scion iQ Mitsubishi Galant SmartForTwo Scion xB Toyota Camry Chrysler 200 Hyundai […]

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Readers have been busy nominating vehicles for the Ten Worst Automobiles Today, and the Best & Brightest has delivered a diverse shortlist of what they consider the most objectionable cars money can buy.

Among the vehicles listed by our commenters were

Jeep Patroit
Scion iQ
Mitsubishi Galant
SmartForTwo
Scion xB
Toyota Camry
Chrysler 200
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2013 Chevrolet Malibu
Nissan Murano CC
Honda Crosstour
Acura ZDX
Kia Sedona
Lincoln MKT
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Maybach
VW Beetle
Fisker Karma
Cadillac Escalade
Nissan Juke
Toyota Matrix
Nissan Sentra
Lexus HS250h
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Dodge Avenger
BMW 5-Series GT
Chevrolet Volt
Lexus GX
Honda CR-Z
Nissan Versa Sedan
Ford E-Series
Chevy/GMC full-size vans
BMW 3-Series
Nssan Quest
Honda Civic

Who says you can’t buy a bad car today? Keep adding your nominations. We’ll announce the voting process shortly.

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