The Truth About Cars » Michael Karesh http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 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 » Michael Karesh http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Guest Post: Society Of Automotive Analysts Reliability Study http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/guest-post-society-of-automotive-analysts-reliability-study/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/guest-post-society-of-automotive-analysts-reliability-study/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:42:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=771586 From time to time someone comes to me with a great idea: instead of surveying car owners to get TrueDelta’s reliability stats, why not use warranty claims data? The reason why not: manufacturers consider such data to be highly proprietary. So when I heard that the auto industry’s “first OEM warranty and recall study” was […]

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From time to time someone comes to me with a great idea: instead of surveying car owners to get TrueDelta’s reliability stats, why not use warranty claims data? The reason why not: manufacturers consider such data to be highly proprietary. So when I heard that the auto industry’s “first OEM warranty and recall study” was […]

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TrueDelta Updates Latest Reliability Stats http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/truedelta-updates-latest-reliability-stats/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/truedelta-updates-latest-reliability-stats/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:03:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=750185 TrueDelta has updated its car reliability stats to cover all of 2013, making them about eight months ahead of other sources. A new set of statistics includes only powertrain and chassis repairs—the systems needed for a car to be drivable. Stats for electric vehicles, including the Tesla Model S, are especially noteworthy with this update. […]

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TrueDelta has updated its car reliability stats to cover all of 2013, making them about eight months ahead of other sources. A new set of statistics includes only powertrain and chassis repairs—the systems needed for a car to be drivable. Stats for electric vehicles, including the Tesla Model S, are especially noteworthy with this update. […]

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Then And Now: A Short History Of The Altima http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/then-and-now-a-short-history-of-the-altima/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/then-and-now-a-short-history-of-the-altima/#comments Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:36:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=472684 Camry or Accord? Back in the early 90’s, most non-enthusiasts with who admired certain small cars as long-term transportation modules would wind up at a Toyota or Honda dealer. Civic, Corolla, Camry, Accord. The majority of these blase buyers would price out their Toyonda car with nary a fleeting glance toward the Nissan side of […]

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Camry or Accord? Back in the early 90’s, most non-enthusiasts with who admired certain small cars as long-term transportation modules would wind up at a Toyota or Honda dealer. Civic, Corolla, Camry, Accord. The majority of these blase buyers would price out their Toyonda car with nary a fleeting glance toward the Nissan side of […]

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Review: 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-volvo-s60-t6-r-design/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-volvo-s60-t6-r-design/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:02:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422126 Although it might not be evident from my review of the T5, I really, really want to like the Volvo S60. Why? Because unlike the Audi and BMW with which it’s intended to compete, it’s not the obvious choice. We cognoscenti live to unearth hidden gems, great cars of which the general public is unaware. […]

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Although it might not be evident from my review of the T5, I really, really want to like the Volvo S60. Why? Because unlike the Audi and BMW with which it’s intended to compete, it’s not the obvious choice. We cognoscenti live to unearth hidden gems, great cars of which the general public is unaware. […]

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Review: 2012 Buick Regal GS http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-buick-regal-gs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-buick-regal-gs/#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2011 10:01:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=421838 Judging from the emails I receive, some of you badly want to love the new 2012 Regal GS. In my review of the Buick Regal 2.0T, I noted that its strengths are “subtle,” and therefore unlikely to inspire love at first sight. The GS adds more aggressive styling, 50 horsepower, Brembo front brakes, an upgraded […]

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Judging from the emails I receive, some of you badly want to love the new 2012 Regal GS. In my review of the Buick Regal 2.0T, I noted that its strengths are “subtle,” and therefore unlikely to inspire love at first sight. The GS adds more aggressive styling, 50 horsepower, Brembo front brakes, an upgraded […]

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The BLEEPING Best BLEEP Quotes From Our BLEEPING Auto Execs (NSFW, May Trigger Obscenity Filter) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/the-bleeping-best-bleep-quotes-from-our-bleeping-auto-execs-nsfw-may-trigger-obscenity-filter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/the-bleeping-best-bleep-quotes-from-our-bleeping-auto-execs-nsfw-may-trigger-obscenity-filter/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 20:33:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=421516 In Once Upon a Car, Bill Vlasic artfully employs quotes gained through over 100 interviews to make readers feel like they’re “in the room.” Assuming that Vlasic has accurately reproduced the original dialogues, we learn how senior executives really talk… (Warning: Graphic language after the jump.) Jim Farley On seeing Ford’s historic Highland Park plant. […]

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In Once Upon a Car, Bill Vlasic artfully employs quotes gained through over 100 interviews to make readers feel like they’re “in the room.” Assuming that Vlasic has accurately reproduced the original dialogues, we learn how senior executives really talk… (Warning: Graphic language after the jump.) Jim Farley On seeing Ford’s historic Highland Park plant. […]

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Review: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2012-chevrolet-sonic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2012-chevrolet-sonic/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2011 08:21:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412406 I’m not a big fan of changing a car model’s name in an attempt to evade a bad reputation. If the new car isn’t very good, then you’ll just have to change the name again with the next redesign. And if the car is excellent, it will seem even more so thanks to low expectations. […]

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I’m not a big fan of changing a car model’s name in an attempt to evade a bad reputation. If the new car isn’t very good, then you’ll just have to change the name again with the next redesign. And if the car is excellent, it will seem even more so thanks to low expectations. […]

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Review: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2011-volkswagen-touareg-vr6/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2011-volkswagen-touareg-vr6/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:54:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412244 How many people would rather have a Volkswagen than a Mercedes? The first-generation Volkswagen Touareg, introduced as a 2004 model, was the product of two unusual events. First, CEO Ferdinand Piech took the brand upmarket (and then some) to challenge Mercedes-Benz—so what if that was Audi’s job. Second, Mercedes, which previously had all but ignored […]

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How many people would rather have a Volkswagen than a Mercedes? The first-generation Volkswagen Touareg, introduced as a 2004 model, was the product of two unusual events. First, CEO Ferdinand Piech took the brand upmarket (and then some) to challenge Mercedes-Benz—so what if that was Audi’s job. Second, Mercedes, which previously had all but ignored […]

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Review: 2012 Genesis 5.0 R-Spec http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2012-genesis-5-0-r-spec/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2012-genesis-5-0-r-spec/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:54:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411169 Has any car company ever improved its products at the rate Hyundai has over the past decade? Ten years ago their idea of a flagship was the fusty, faux-wood-and-chrome-encrusted XG350 fitted with a then-new 3.5-liter V6 good for 194 horsepower and EPA ratings of 16 city / 24 highway. The 2006 Azera was a much […]

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Has any car company ever improved its products at the rate Hyundai has over the past decade? Ten years ago their idea of a flagship was the fusty, faux-wood-and-chrome-encrusted XG350 fitted with a then-new 3.5-liter V6 good for 194 horsepower and EPA ratings of 16 city / 24 highway. The 2006 Azera was a much […]

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Review: 2011 Kia Sportage SX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/review-2011-kia-sportage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/review-2011-kia-sportage/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2011 14:13:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401913 Though Hyundai owns a controlling stake in and shares platforms with Kia, the two Korean car companies continue to operate more independently than GM’s divisions did back in their heydays. So the decision between related products often comes down to something beyond price. Take, for example, the Kia Sportage. Why buy it instead of the […]

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Though Hyundai owns a controlling stake in and shares platforms with Kia, the two Korean car companies continue to operate more independently than GM’s divisions did back in their heydays. So the decision between related products often comes down to something beyond price. Take, for example, the Kia Sportage. Why buy it instead of the […]

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Review: Nissan 370Z Touring http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/review-nissan-370z-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/review-nissan-370z-2/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:20:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399566 Back in 2002, on a whim, my father bought the recently re-introduced Nissan 350Z for the simple reason that he loved the way the car looked. He then proceeded to rarely drive it because it was loud, rough, and generally lacking in refinement, and sold it after only a year and a half. I haven’t […]

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Back in 2002, on a whim, my father bought the recently re-introduced Nissan 350Z for the simple reason that he loved the way the car looked. He then proceeded to rarely drive it because it was loud, rough, and generally lacking in refinement, and sold it after only a year and a half. I haven’t […]

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Review & Competition Comparo: 2011 Dodge Journey http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/review-competition-comparo-2011-dodge-journey/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/review-competition-comparo-2011-dodge-journey/#comments Sat, 04 Jun 2011 09:06:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397299 When I first heard that Chrysler had revised nearly every one of its models for the 2011 model year, I cynically assumed the changes couldn’t possibility make much of a difference. After all, how much could they have done with little money and even less time—and with Detroit’s tendency to make minor changes and expect […]

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When I first heard that Chrysler had revised nearly every one of its models for the 2011 model year, I cynically assumed the changes couldn’t possibility make much of a difference. After all, how much could they have done with little money and even less time—and with Detroit’s tendency to make minor changes and expect […]

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Review: MINI Countryman http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/review-mini-countryman/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/review-mini-countryman/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:23:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=388623 MINI (all caps required): the name itself inherently limits the brand. A large MINI would be oxymoronic. It would not be seen as a MINI. But most car buyers need something larger and more functional than the Cooper.  And, while MINI might be less intent on world domination than VW, it would still like to […]

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MINI (all caps required): the name itself inherently limits the brand. A large MINI would be oxymoronic. It would not be seen as a MINI. But most car buyers need something larger and more functional than the Cooper.  And, while MINI might be less intent on world domination than VW, it would still like to […]

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Review: 2011 Cadillac Escalade http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/review-2011-cadillac-escalade/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/review-2011-cadillac-escalade/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 07:19:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=386189 A large luxury SUV can’t be expected to make rational sense. As readers pointed out when commenting on Wednesday’s Lincoln Navigator review, anyone who needs the combination of interior space and towing capability the Navigator  and its arch-rival, the Cadillac Escalade, have on offer, could obtain the same functionality in a Ford Expedition or Chevrolet […]

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A large luxury SUV can’t be expected to make rational sense. As readers pointed out when commenting on Wednesday’s Lincoln Navigator review, anyone who needs the combination of interior space and towing capability the Navigator  and its arch-rival, the Cadillac Escalade, have on offer, could obtain the same functionality in a Ford Expedition or Chevrolet […]

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Book Review: Crash Course: the American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/book-review-crash-course-the-american-automobile-industry%e2%80%99s-road-from-glory-to-disaster/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/book-review-crash-course-the-american-automobile-industry%e2%80%99s-road-from-glory-to-disaster/#comments Sun, 03 Oct 2010 15:32:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367343 Predicted by site founder Robert Farago when few people thought it could actually happen, GM’s bankruptcy is now history. So, time for the histories. Paul Ingrassia certainly seems qualified to provide one. The Wall Street Journal’s man in Detroit for years, he won a Pulitzer (with Joseph White) for his coverage of the auto industry’s […]

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Predicted by site founder Robert Farago when few people thought it could actually happen, GM’s bankruptcy is now history. So, time for the histories. Paul Ingrassia certainly seems qualified to provide one. The Wall Street Journal’s man in Detroit for years, he won a Pulitzer (with Joseph White) for his coverage of the auto industry’s […]

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Here Comes The Power! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/here-comes-the-power/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/here-comes-the-power/#comments Thu, 17 Jun 2010 19:46:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359043 J.D. Power has released the results of its 2010 Initial Quality Survey (IQS). As in previous years, the release stresses that Detroit has improved, but now to the point that the average for GM, Ford, and Chrysler is for the first time higher than that for the imports. J.D. Power’s sound bite: “This year may […]

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J.D. Power has released the results of its 2010 Initial Quality Survey (IQS). As in previous years, the release stresses that Detroit has improved, but now to the point that the average for GM, Ford, and Chrysler is for the first time higher than that for the imports. J.D. Power’s sound bite: “This year may […]

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Review: Ford Fusion Hybrid 2010 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/review-ford-fusion-hybrid-2010/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/review-ford-fusion-hybrid-2010/#comments Wed, 16 Jun 2010 17:48:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=358980 A year ago, with gas prices high and the survival of the domestic auto companies never more in doubt, the media settled on the Ford Fusion Hybrid as the best evidence that Detroit deserved to survive. Roomy, reliable, economical, and fairly affordable, the FFH seemed to tick off all of the boxes. But what about […]

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A year ago, with gas prices high and the survival of the domestic auto companies never more in doubt, the media settled on the Ford Fusion Hybrid as the best evidence that Detroit deserved to survive. Roomy, reliable, economical, and fairly affordable, the FFH seemed to tick off all of the boxes. But what about […]

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