The Truth About Cars » In Defense Of http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 15:30:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 In Defense Of: The Acura RLX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/in-defense-of-the-acura-rlx/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/in-defense-of-the-acura-rlx/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=694713   “There aren’t many bad cars on the market,” is the trope trotted out by auto reviewers when justifying their enthusiastic response to whatever is trotted out in front of them at the Lowes Santa Monica on Wave 2 of the latest press launch. The post-recession era is one where the quality of the average […]

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  “There aren’t many bad cars on the market,” is the trope trotted out by auto reviewers when justifying their enthusiastic response to whatever is trotted out in front of them at the Lowes Santa Monica on Wave 2 of the latest press launch. The post-recession era is one where the quality of the average […]

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Requiem For The Last American Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/requiem-for-the-last-american-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/requiem-for-the-last-american-car/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 20:12:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411356 [Editor’s note: Today, at 12:25 pm, the very last Panther-platform Crown Victoria rolled off the line at St. Thomas Assembly Plant. Ryan Paradis, a.k.a. “86er,” has the honor of eulogizing the beloved beast in his first-ever contribution to TTAC]  It has become beyond trite by this point to say that, with the end of the […]

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[Editor’s note: Today, at 12:25 pm, the very last Panther-platform Crown Victoria rolled off the line at St. Thomas Assembly Plant. Ryan Paradis, a.k.a. “86er,” has the honor of eulogizing the beloved beast in his first-ever contribution to TTAC]  It has become beyond trite by this point to say that, with the end of the […]

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In Defense Of: The Maserati Kubang http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/in-defense-of-the-maserati-kubang/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/in-defense-of-the-maserati-kubang/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:15:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411247 Paul Fussell’s brilliant book Class describes a BMW as a car for an upper-middle class professional, while a Mercedes-Benz is too ostentatious. The true upper-class vehicle is a beige Dodge or Ford, generally filthy and driven at 10 mph under the speed limit. Fussell’s book was first published in 1983, and I’ll give one of […]

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Paul Fussell’s brilliant book Class describes a BMW as a car for an upper-middle class professional, while a Mercedes-Benz is too ostentatious. The true upper-class vehicle is a beige Dodge or Ford, generally filthy and driven at 10 mph under the speed limit. Fussell’s book was first published in 1983, and I’ll give one of […]

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In Defense Of: Enthusiasm In Automotive Journalism http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/in-defense-of-enthusiasm-in-automotive-journalism/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/in-defense-of-enthusiasm-in-automotive-journalism/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2011 21:37:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410447 When bearded flip-flop enthusiast and serial-ruiner Jonny Lieberman recently wrote about his new long-term-tester fantasy ride – a stick-shifted, murda’d-out Caddy CTS-V wagon – he facebooked a prediction, “Cue the Baruth-venom in 3…2…1…” Quoth JB in response, “No venom here. In the best liberal fashion I have censured you for the ethics of it and […]

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When bearded flip-flop enthusiast and serial-ruiner Jonny Lieberman recently wrote about his new long-term-tester fantasy ride – a stick-shifted, murda’d-out Caddy CTS-V wagon – he facebooked a prediction, “Cue the Baruth-venom in 3…2…1…” Quoth JB in response, “No venom here. In the best liberal fashion I have censured you for the ethics of it and […]

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The Tragedy Of The Gas Tax http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/the-tragedy-of-the-gas-tax/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/the-tragedy-of-the-gas-tax/#comments Sat, 25 Jun 2011 15:42:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399987 General Motors CEO Dan Akerson set off something of a firestorm a few weeks ago, when he said, in response to a question about forthcoming CAFE increases: You know what I’d rather have them do — this will make my Republican friends puke — as gas is going to go down here now, we ought […]

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General Motors CEO Dan Akerson set off something of a firestorm a few weeks ago, when he said, in response to a question about forthcoming CAFE increases: You know what I’d rather have them do — this will make my Republican friends puke — as gas is going to go down here now, we ought […]

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In Defense Of: The Mazda MX-5 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/in-defense-of-the-mazda-mx-5/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/in-defense-of-the-mazda-mx-5/#comments Tue, 08 Feb 2011 23:31:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383294 In the rarefied world of auto journalism, EVO magazine has assumed a place at the top of the food chain, for its derring-do tales of “flat out motoring”, performance car snobbery of the highest order and rich douchebag “contributors” whose only qualification is owning an absurdly expensive car that masquerades as a “long term tester”. […]

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In the rarefied world of auto journalism, EVO magazine has assumed a place at the top of the food chain, for its derring-do tales of “flat out motoring”, performance car snobbery of the highest order and rich douchebag “contributors” whose only qualification is owning an absurdly expensive car that masquerades as a “long term tester”. […]

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In Defense Of The Chevrolet Volt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/in-defense-of-the-chevrolet-volt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/in-defense-of-the-chevrolet-volt/#comments Mon, 02 Aug 2010 21:41:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362005 [Editor’s note: In the absence of an official rebuttal to Edward Niedermeyer’s NY Times Op-Ed on the Chevrolet Volt, TTAC’s own Ken Elias has volunteered to come to the Volt’s defense.] The Chevy Volt should be a brilliant piece of engineering achievement if it works as advertised.  That’s a big “if” and I wouldn’t bet my […]

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[Editor’s note: In the absence of an official rebuttal to Edward Niedermeyer’s NY Times Op-Ed on the Chevrolet Volt, TTAC’s own Ken Elias has volunteered to come to the Volt’s defense.] The Chevy Volt should be a brilliant piece of engineering achievement if it works as advertised.  That’s a big “if” and I wouldn’t bet my […]

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Farewell Mercury http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/farewell-mercury/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/farewell-mercury/#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2010 15:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=357980 If you scan the autoblogosphere on a regular basis, you’ve read some half-hearted eulogies to the best and worst of Mercury. Fair enough, as the Mercury brand deserves every one of those backhanded compliments: sharing too much content with a comparable Fords and (sometimes) sharing too many styling cues with the Lincolns means it couldn’t […]

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If you scan the autoblogosphere on a regular basis, you’ve read some half-hearted eulogies to the best and worst of Mercury. Fair enough, as the Mercury brand deserves every one of those backhanded compliments: sharing too much content with a comparable Fords and (sometimes) sharing too many styling cues with the Lincolns means it couldn’t […]

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