The Truth About Cars » Question of the Day 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 15:53:58 +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 » Question of the Day http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Giving Thanks: QOTD: When Did BMW Lose Its Edge? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/qotd-when-did-bmw-lose-its-edge/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/qotd-when-did-bmw-lose-its-edge/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1229937 Editor’s note: BMW losing its way has been a hot topic ever since the E30 went out of production. This QOTD from Doug is probably one of the most commented articles in TTAC history. It originally ran January 23rd, 2015. Twenty years ago, BMW was the coolest automaker in the world. I know this because […]

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Editor’s note: BMW losing its way has been a hot topic ever since the E30 went out of production. This QOTD from Doug is probably one of the most commented articles in TTAC history. It originally ran January 23rd, 2015. Twenty years ago, BMW was the coolest automaker in the world. I know this because […]

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Hammer Time: How Can Volkswagen Save Themselves? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/hammer-time-can-volkswagen-save/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/hammer-time-can-volkswagen-save/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1183114 Twenty-two vehicles on the front line and not a single one of them a Volkswagen. This wouldn’t be surprising if this were a used car lot or a new car store that sold a different brand, but this is Jim Ellis VW — the most successful Volkswagen dealership in the entire metro-Atlanta area. How successful? They have two locations […]

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Twenty-two vehicles on the front line and not a single one of them a Volkswagen. This wouldn’t be surprising if this were a used car lot or a new car store that sold a different brand, but this is Jim Ellis VW — the most successful Volkswagen dealership in the entire metro-Atlanta area. How successful? They have two locations […]

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QOTD: How Much Do People Really Care About Emissions? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-how-much-do-people-really-care-about-emissions/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-how-much-do-people-really-care-about-emissions/#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:33:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1181002 Well, ladies and gentlemen, it has officially emerged that Volkswagen has been lying to the general public like one of those guys who approaches you at a gas station and says his car has broken down and he just needs three more dollars for a bus fare. This is surprising. Anyone who ever owned a […]

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Well, ladies and gentlemen, it has officially emerged that Volkswagen has been lying to the general public like one of those guys who approaches you at a gas station and says his car has broken down and he just needs three more dollars for a bus fare. This is surprising. Anyone who ever owned a […]

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QOTD: Who Does Base Models Best? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-who-does-base-models-best/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-who-does-base-models-best/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1175690 Today, I’m going to talk about a dramatically unloved segment of the automotive population: base models. You probably know base models from their lack of window tint and tremendously ugly steel wheels. Base models aren’t discussed very often, because they’re often not very cheerful. In some cases, nobody even really buys them. For instance: I […]

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Today, I’m going to talk about a dramatically unloved segment of the automotive population: base models. You probably know base models from their lack of window tint and tremendously ugly steel wheels. Base models aren’t discussed very often, because they’re often not very cheerful. In some cases, nobody even really buys them. For instance: I […]

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QOTD: Why Does Third-Row Seating Really Matter So Much? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-why-does-third-row-seating-really-matter-so-much/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-why-does-third-row-seating-really-matter-so-much/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1160642 I recently attended the press launch for the new Lexus RX, which is a competitively priced, midsize luxury crossover that was styled by an angry man with a sword. At this press launch, several topics came up. For instance: why did they give the styling job to this angry sword-man? Why was he so angry? […]

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I recently attended the press launch for the new Lexus RX, which is a competitively priced, midsize luxury crossover that was styled by an angry man with a sword. At this press launch, several topics came up. For instance: why did they give the styling job to this angry sword-man? Why was he so angry? […]

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QOTD: When Will Autonomous Cars Outnumber The Manually Driven? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-when-will-autonomous-cars-outnumber-the-manually-driven/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/qotd-when-will-autonomous-cars-outnumber-the-manually-driven/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:50:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1159354 I’ll admit it. I, the millennial managing editor of an automotive blog, would absolutely rely on an autonomous car for my day-to-day errands or long-distance commutes. Why wouldn’t I? I can kick back, relax, talk with people, get some writing done, or anything else I could possibly do on an airplane. As long as all the […]

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I’ll admit it. I, the millennial managing editor of an automotive blog, would absolutely rely on an autonomous car for my day-to-day errands or long-distance commutes. Why wouldn’t I? I can kick back, relax, talk with people, get some writing done, or anything else I could possibly do on an airplane. As long as all the […]

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QOTD: What Merger Would You Be Excited To See? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-merger-excited-see/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-merger-excited-see/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:07:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1156490 Sergio Marchionne is determined to merge with somebody. He’s kind of like that guy who doesn’t have a date at Senior Prom, and just goes anyway, hoping to score a dance with the Prom Queen. It’s as if the modern marketplace is his very own version of Sixteen Candles, and he’s James Spader rocking a 944. […]

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Sergio Marchionne is determined to merge with somebody. He’s kind of like that guy who doesn’t have a date at Senior Prom, and just goes anyway, hoping to score a dance with the Prom Queen. It’s as if the modern marketplace is his very own version of Sixteen Candles, and he’s James Spader rocking a 944. […]

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QOTD: What’s the Best All-Around Car? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-whats-the-best-all-around-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-whats-the-best-all-around-car/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1154841 When you talk to car enthusiasts, it’s clear that they spend a lot of energy trying to figure out the best car for every possible situation. It’s only in a group of car enthusiasts, for instance, that you’ll hear the term “daily driver.” For normal people, they just have a “car,” and maybe a “second […]

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When you talk to car enthusiasts, it’s clear that they spend a lot of energy trying to figure out the best car for every possible situation. It’s only in a group of car enthusiasts, for instance, that you’ll hear the term “daily driver.” For normal people, they just have a “car,” and maybe a “second […]

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QOTD: Do You Care About The Latest and Greatest Tech? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-do-you-care-about-the-latest-and-greatest-tech/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-do-you-care-about-the-latest-and-greatest-tech/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1153697 I’m the type of guy that reads the instruction manual. Admittedly, I’m in the lower quartile of the 1 percent of humans who actually read the book, and there are even fewer still who admit to reading it — most people don’t, and if they do, it’s only when they need to. But why? Don’t […]

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I’m the type of guy that reads the instruction manual. Admittedly, I’m in the lower quartile of the 1 percent of humans who actually read the book, and there are even fewer still who admit to reading it — most people don’t, and if they do, it’s only when they need to. But why? Don’t […]

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QOTD: What Are You Supposed to Drive Making Minimum Wage? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-supposed-drive-making-minimum-wage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-supposed-drive-making-minimum-wage/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1151873 After two years at a grocery store making $4.25, I got my first raise as a member of the U.S. workforce: I could eat all the nearly expired yogurt in the dairy I could ever want. Unfortunately, yogurt doesn’t buy a car. And after two years of checking, stocking, bagging and mopping, I had a […]

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After two years at a grocery store making $4.25, I got my first raise as a member of the U.S. workforce: I could eat all the nearly expired yogurt in the dairy I could ever want. Unfortunately, yogurt doesn’t buy a car. And after two years of checking, stocking, bagging and mopping, I had a […]

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QOTD: Would Anyone in America Miss Professional Motorsports? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-anyone-america-miss-professional-motorsports/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-anyone-america-miss-professional-motorsports/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1151161 On Sunday, I watched a fantastic car race. Unfortunately, based on the shots of the crowd, I might have been among very few who did. The INDYCAR (are we still capitalizing it?) Pocono 500 had everything a race fan could want: upwards of thirty lead changes, some spectacularly competitive and aggressive racing (including one restart […]

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On Sunday, I watched a fantastic car race. Unfortunately, based on the shots of the crowd, I might have been among very few who did. The INDYCAR (are we still capitalizing it?) Pocono 500 had everything a race fan could want: upwards of thirty lead changes, some spectacularly competitive and aggressive racing (including one restart […]

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QOTD: How Is The Toyota 4Runner So Damn Popular? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-how-is-the-toyota-4runner-so-damn-popular/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-how-is-the-toyota-4runner-so-damn-popular/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1149489 A few days ago, we all woke up to the sad news that the Nissan Xterra is going to be cancelled. This is especially depressing for people who post Instagram photos of themselves lifting weights. Personally, I could take or leave the Xterra. It’s outdated, it’s trucky, it’s too tall, it’s a bit expensive, and […]

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A few days ago, we all woke up to the sad news that the Nissan Xterra is going to be cancelled. This is especially depressing for people who post Instagram photos of themselves lifting weights. Personally, I could take or leave the Xterra. It’s outdated, it’s trucky, it’s too tall, it’s a bit expensive, and […]

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QOTD: Do We Really Need So Many Car Blogs? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-really-need-many-car-blogs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-really-need-many-car-blogs/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1143177 I don’t get invited to many press events, but when I do, I often find myself surrounded by people wearing Hawaiian shirts, khakis, and black shoes. And that’s not even the weird part. The last event I attended I was representing a blog that rhymes with “La Hop Stick.” This made me a virtual magnet […]

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I don’t get invited to many press events, but when I do, I often find myself surrounded by people wearing Hawaiian shirts, khakis, and black shoes. And that’s not even the weird part. The last event I attended I was representing a blog that rhymes with “La Hop Stick.” This made me a virtual magnet […]

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QOTD: Why Hasn’t Anyone Out-Gas Mileaged The Prius? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-why-hasnt-anyone-out-gas-mileaged-the-prius/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-why-hasnt-anyone-out-gas-mileaged-the-prius/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:28:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1141713 Fifty-one miles per gallon city. Forty-eight miles per gallon highway. Still the best numbers in the industry for nearly a decade now. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’m referring to the Toyota Prius, which is a 5-door hatchback that looks a bit like an egg mated with a shopping cart. It’s been a decade since the […]

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Fifty-one miles per gallon city. Forty-eight miles per gallon highway. Still the best numbers in the industry for nearly a decade now. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’m referring to the Toyota Prius, which is a 5-door hatchback that looks a bit like an egg mated with a shopping cart. It’s been a decade since the […]

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QOTD: Could Cadillac Make It on Its Own? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-cadillac-make/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-cadillac-make/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1140394 About three years ago, a friend of mine who lives in Dallas called me to ask my opinion on cars he should buy. He was cross-shopping a C-Class and 3-Series before the inevitable question came up: “What do you know about the Cadillac ATS?” he asked. “I like them. It’s a good start for Cadillac,” […]

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About three years ago, a friend of mine who lives in Dallas called me to ask my opinion on cars he should buy. He was cross-shopping a C-Class and 3-Series before the inevitable question came up: “What do you know about the Cadillac ATS?” he asked. “I like them. It’s a good start for Cadillac,” […]

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QOTD: What’s the Worst “Pain” Inflicted on You by Your Car? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-whats-the-worst-pain-inflicted-on-you-by-your-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-whats-the-worst-pain-inflicted-on-you-by-your-car/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1137978 I love cars. And motorcycles. And pretty much anything with an engine or motor that’ll allow be to catch a half a thrill. But, this hobby… this interest… sure comes with a lot of pain. The thing that sucks about pain is that it hurts. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. “Of course, it hurts. […]

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I love cars. And motorcycles. And pretty much anything with an engine or motor that’ll allow be to catch a half a thrill. But, this hobby… this interest… sure comes with a lot of pain. The thing that sucks about pain is that it hurts. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. “Of course, it hurts. […]

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QOTD: Are All These Turbocharged Cars Going to Last? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-are-all-these-turbocharged-cars-going-to-last/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-are-all-these-turbocharged-cars-going-to-last/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1135746 If there is one recent trend in the automotive industry today, it’s turbocharging. Of course, there are a lot of other trends, too. That whole SUV coupe thing is bizarrely catching on. And I think we can all agree that it’s only a matter of time before someone sees the Subaru Outback’s 20 years of […]

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If there is one recent trend in the automotive industry today, it’s turbocharging. Of course, there are a lot of other trends, too. That whole SUV coupe thing is bizarrely catching on. And I think we can all agree that it’s only a matter of time before someone sees the Subaru Outback’s 20 years of […]

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QOTD: Did The Griswold’s Family Truckster Kill the American Station Wagon? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-griswolds-family-truckster-kill-american-station-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-griswolds-family-truckster-kill-american-station-wagon/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1133985 At one point few vehicles epitomized the American family car as the station wagon, particularly of the fullsize variety. Today, most car companies are pretty much convinced that American consumers will not buy station wagons. A few of the European luxury brands offer them here, but for the most part wagons are not welcome in […]

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At one point few vehicles epitomized the American family car as the station wagon, particularly of the fullsize variety. Today, most car companies are pretty much convinced that American consumers will not buy station wagons. A few of the European luxury brands offer them here, but for the most part wagons are not welcome in […]

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QOTD: What’s the Stupidest Automotive Feature? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-whats-the-stupidest-automotive-feature/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-whats-the-stupidest-automotive-feature/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:43:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1129913 I think it’s time to discuss something that we should’ve brought up a long time ago: the stupidest automotive feature. Oh, sure, we’ve discussed the worst automotive feature, and the best automotive feature, and the automotive feature you wish you had, like spiked tires that could cut through ice and offending road users. But what […]

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I think it’s time to discuss something that we should’ve brought up a long time ago: the stupidest automotive feature. Oh, sure, we’ve discussed the worst automotive feature, and the best automotive feature, and the automotive feature you wish you had, like spiked tires that could cut through ice and offending road users. But what […]

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QOTD: Do You Care About Mitsubishi? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-do-you-care-about-mitsubishi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-do-you-care-about-mitsubishi/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1126441 I am going to make a couple assumptions about Mitsubishi, our loyal TTAC readers, and where the two intersect. For one, I don’t think a single person who comments or reads TTAC on a regular basis owns a Mitsubishi built after 1993. Also, I am going to make an educated guess that not a single Mirage […]

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I am going to make a couple assumptions about Mitsubishi, our loyal TTAC readers, and where the two intersect. For one, I don’t think a single person who comments or reads TTAC on a regular basis owns a Mitsubishi built after 1993. Also, I am going to make an educated guess that not a single Mirage […]

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QOTD: How Do People Make Decisions On a Test Drive? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-how-do-people-make-decisions-on-a-test-drive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-how-do-people-make-decisions-on-a-test-drive/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:16:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1124529 I recently had the opportunity to test drive an automobile, and I remembered why I hate it so much: because test drives are insanely short. They’re not just a little short. They’re wildly, absurdly, ridiculously short. Some test drives last for eight minutes, even though you will likely own the vehicle you’re driving for several […]

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I recently had the opportunity to test drive an automobile, and I remembered why I hate it so much: because test drives are insanely short. They’re not just a little short. They’re wildly, absurdly, ridiculously short. Some test drives last for eight minutes, even though you will likely own the vehicle you’re driving for several […]

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QOTD: When Will Pickups Cost $100,000? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-will-pickups-cost-100000/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-will-pickups-cost-100000/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1122289 An unnamed product planner for an unnamed truck company candidly told me off the record once: “There is no ceiling for trucks right now. It’s incredible.” He’s right. Ford’s announcement yesterday of a truck that’ll likely sniff $60,000 to start is a far cry from your grandfather’s Ram that he bought for three dairy cows […]

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An unnamed product planner for an unnamed truck company candidly told me off the record once: “There is no ceiling for trucks right now. It’s incredible.” He’s right. Ford’s announcement yesterday of a truck that’ll likely sniff $60,000 to start is a far cry from your grandfather’s Ram that he bought for three dairy cows […]

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QOTD: Is Death Of The Sedan Nigh? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-is-death-of-the-sedan-nigh/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-is-death-of-the-sedan-nigh/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1120345 Automakers are busy re-jigging their product mix to better meet the crossover hunger of an ever-shifting buying public. Chevrolet is adding a new crossover to their lineup — according to “sources” — that shrinks the Equinox and puts a new, three-row model between it and the Traverse. Mazda has a new cute ute in the forum of […]

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Automakers are busy re-jigging their product mix to better meet the crossover hunger of an ever-shifting buying public. Chevrolet is adding a new crossover to their lineup — according to “sources” — that shrinks the Equinox and puts a new, three-row model between it and the Traverse. Mazda has a new cute ute in the forum of […]

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QOTD: Are Cross-Marque Engine Swaps Blasphemous? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-cross-marque-engine-swaps-blasphemous/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-cross-marque-engine-swaps-blasphemous/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1107937 I’m a big fan of goofy engine swaps, but I must admit that I get tired of seeing small-block Chevy engines in everything. Still, engine swapping is an American tradition that goes way back, and the rise of online discourse has led to a huge increase in the level of heretic-seeking, brand-loyal, anti-engine-swap sentiment in […]

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I’m a big fan of goofy engine swaps, but I must admit that I get tired of seeing small-block Chevy engines in everything. Still, engine swapping is an American tradition that goes way back, and the rise of online discourse has led to a huge increase in the level of heretic-seeking, brand-loyal, anti-engine-swap sentiment in […]

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QOTD: Does Anyone Care About Recalls? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-does-anyone-care-about-recalls/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/qotd-does-anyone-care-about-recalls/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1112641 Another day, another recall. Or, at least, this seems to be the growing trend lately in the automotive industry. Years ago, I remember recalls being a rarity. My mom owns a Ford Escape that she bought new in 2003, and I distinctly remember her thinking about getting something else because she was worried about all […]

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Another day, another recall. Or, at least, this seems to be the growing trend lately in the automotive industry. Years ago, I remember recalls being a rarity. My mom owns a Ford Escape that she bought new in 2003, and I distinctly remember her thinking about getting something else because she was worried about all […]

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