The Truth About Cars » SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +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 » SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TSI SE Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-vw-jetta-tsi-se-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-vw-jetta-tsi-se-review/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1122369 In the space of 48 hours last week, I saw a first-generation Jetta plying its rusty way down the middle lane of a freeway near Columbus, Ohio and I saw some spiky-haired hipster girl driving a fourth-gen Jolf on Interstate 75 north of Lexington, KY. It was a reminder of the Jetta’s uneasy position in […]

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In the space of 48 hours last week, I saw a first-generation Jetta plying its rusty way down the middle lane of a freeway near Columbus, Ohio and I saw some spiky-haired hipster girl driving a fourth-gen Jolf on Interstate 75 north of Lexington, KY. It was a reminder of the Jetta’s uneasy position in […]

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Bark’s Bites: This Is Not The One Lap of America FR-S, Per SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/barks-bites-not-fr-s-per-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/barks-bites-not-fr-s-per-se/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 17:58:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1066362 Over its long and illustrious sales career, the Toyota Camry has been described in many ways by so-called automotive enthusiasts. Most of them, to be honest, haven’t been particularly flattering. Words like “appliance” tend to find themselves in close proximity to the Camry whenever it’s been discussed elsewhere. But this is The Truth About Cars, […]

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Over its long and illustrious sales career, the Toyota Camry has been described in many ways by so-called automotive enthusiasts. Most of them, to be honest, haven’t been particularly flattering. Words like “appliance” tend to find themselves in close proximity to the Camry whenever it’s been discussed elsewhere. But this is The Truth About Cars, […]

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Capsule Review: 2015 Ford Escape Titanium http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/capsule-review-2015-ford-escape-titanium/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/capsule-review-2015-ford-escape-titanium/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=914362 Today’s cute compact crossovers are slowly replacing mid-size sedans as the most popular vehicle on the market, and with good reason too. They have smaller footprints, are easier to drive, are more versatile, more economical, and AWD systems provide a piece of mind during foul weather. Is the Escape a…wait for it…game changer?   The […]

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Today’s cute compact crossovers are slowly replacing mid-size sedans as the most popular vehicle on the market, and with good reason too. They have smaller footprints, are easier to drive, are more versatile, more economical, and AWD systems provide a piece of mind during foul weather. Is the Escape a…wait for it…game changer?   The […]

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Vellum Venom: 1970 Dodge Charger RT-SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/vellum-venom-1970-dodge-charger-rt-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/vellum-venom-1970-dodge-charger-rt-se/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:21:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=518889 My departure from the cloistered world of automotive design was anything but pleasant: leaving the College for Creative Studies scarred changed me, possibly ensuring the inability to conform to PR-friendly autoblogging. Luckily I am not alone. While Big Boss Man rests in Chrysler’s doghouse, a remotely nice comment about their door handles perked the ears […]

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My departure from the cloistered world of automotive design was anything but pleasant: leaving the College for Creative Studies scarred changed me, possibly ensuring the inability to conform to PR-friendly autoblogging. Luckily I am not alone. While Big Boss Man rests in Chrysler’s doghouse, a remotely nice comment about their door handles perked the ears […]

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Review: 2013 Toyota Camry SE V6 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/review-2013-toyota-camry-se-v6/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/review-2013-toyota-camry-se-v6/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487022 Hello TTAC! For those who wondered where I went, I’m back from my global tour with the USAF. I am back in my native West Texas, attending Texas Tech University in pursuit of a Mechanical Engineering degree. As a break from finals, I test drove the best selling car in the US, with a decidedly […]

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Hello TTAC! For those who wondered where I went, I’m back from my global tour with the USAF. I am back in my native West Texas, attending Texas Tech University in pursuit of a Mechanical Engineering degree. As a break from finals, I test drove the best selling car in the US, with a decidedly […]

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Video Review: 2012 Ford Focus SE Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/video-review-2012-ford-focus-se-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/video-review-2012-ford-focus-se-sedan/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:40:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459711   Today, we’re trying something new. Alex is doing his review in video-only format. Let us know how you like it. Ford provided the vehicle, insurance and a tank of gas for this review. Specifications as tested 0-30: 2.93 Seconds 0-60: 7.61 Seconds 1/4 Mile: 16 Seconds @ 86 MPH Average Fuel Economy: 30.5 MPG […]

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  Today, we’re trying something new. Alex is doing his review in video-only format. Let us know how you like it. Ford provided the vehicle, insurance and a tank of gas for this review. Specifications as tested 0-30: 2.93 Seconds 0-60: 7.61 Seconds 1/4 Mile: 16 Seconds @ 86 MPH Average Fuel Economy: 30.5 MPG […]

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Hedonist vs Frugalist : 2012 Toyota Yaris SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/hedonist-vs-frugalist-2012-toyota-yaris-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/hedonist-vs-frugalist-2012-toyota-yaris-se/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459551 Tercel. Echo. Yaris. When the history of great cars is written, these models will likely not be anywhere near the short list. After all, few cars that are plain-jane, spartan and underpowered make it to the latest and greatest coffee table books or Top 100 lists. Yet, imagine if you asked actual owners about their […]

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Tercel. Echo. Yaris. When the history of great cars is written, these models will likely not be anywhere near the short list. After all, few cars that are plain-jane, spartan and underpowered make it to the latest and greatest coffee table books or Top 100 lists. Yet, imagine if you asked actual owners about their […]

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Review: 2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2012-volkswagen-passat-v6-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2012-volkswagen-passat-v6-se/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 21:05:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410087 After a mere six decades of testing the waters, Volkswagen decided to get serious about the American car market. For the second time. To avoid a repeat of the Westmoreland debacle, this time they’ve designed a pair of sedans specifically for American tastes. They’re also building the larger of the two, intended to lure Americans […]

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After a mere six decades of testing the waters, Volkswagen decided to get serious about the American car market. For the second time. To avoid a repeat of the Westmoreland debacle, this time they’ve designed a pair of sedans specifically for American tastes. They’re also building the larger of the two, intended to lure Americans […]

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Review: 2012 Toyota Camry SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/review-2012-toyota-camry-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/review-2012-toyota-camry-se/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2011 20:53:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=408946 Most driving enthusiasts have written off the entire Camry line as the poster child for dull driving appliances. But those who overcame their prejudices and took the 2007-2011 Camry SE for a spin discovered surprisingly firm suspension tuning and, with the V6, a smooth, powerful engine. The most courageous even tried to spread the word. […]

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Most driving enthusiasts have written off the entire Camry line as the poster child for dull driving appliances. But those who overcame their prejudices and took the 2007-2011 Camry SE for a spin discovered surprisingly firm suspension tuning and, with the V6, a smooth, powerful engine. The most courageous even tried to spread the word. […]

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Review: 2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5 SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/review-2012-volkswagen-passat-2-5-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/review-2012-volkswagen-passat-2-5-se/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 18:54:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407295 Volkswagen intends to become the world’s largest auto maker. Selling far more cars in the United States would accomplish this goal. Euro-spec cars haven’t been doing the trick, as too few Americans have been willing to pay the resulting semi-premium prices. So VW engineered a new Jetta compact sedan and a new Passat midsize sedan […]

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Volkswagen intends to become the world’s largest auto maker. Selling far more cars in the United States would accomplish this goal. Euro-spec cars haven’t been doing the trick, as too few Americans have been willing to pay the resulting semi-premium prices. So VW engineered a new Jetta compact sedan and a new Passat midsize sedan […]

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Review: 2012 Ford Focus SE Take Two (With Sport Package) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/review-2012-ford-focus-se-take-two-with-sport-package/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/review-2012-ford-focus-se-take-two-with-sport-package/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2011 19:52:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404949 As recounted in an earlier review, the new Focus in Titanium trim is good enough to justify a price tag over $27,000 for a compact Ford. But what if you don’t want to spend that much, or want a manual transmission, which is not available with the SEL or Titanium trim levels? How much do […]

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As recounted in an earlier review, the new Focus in Titanium trim is good enough to justify a price tag over $27,000 for a compact Ford. But what if you don’t want to spend that much, or want a manual transmission, which is not available with the SEL or Titanium trim levels? How much do […]

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Review: Dodge Challenger SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/review-dodge-challenger-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/review-dodge-challenger-se/#comments Fri, 30 Apr 2010 21:51:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354861 One of the strangest phenomena of the revived retro muscle car wars is the renewed emphasis on V6 performance. Once derided as “Secretary Specials,” the V6 versions of the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro now make upwards of 300 horsepower, while earning EPA highway ratings that surpass the 30 MPG mark. But if these latter-day […]

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One of the strangest phenomena of the revived retro muscle car wars is the renewed emphasis on V6 performance. Once derided as “Secretary Specials,” the V6 versions of the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro now make upwards of 300 horsepower, while earning EPA highway ratings that surpass the 30 MPG mark. But if these latter-day […]

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Review: 2010 Ford Taurus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/review-2010-ford-taurus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/review-2010-ford-taurus/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:48:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=320567

Don’t believe the hype. The 1986 Taurus was not “the car that saved Ford.” Trucks saved Ford in the late Eighties and early Nineties, as consumer tastes moved away from the one-sedan-fits-nearly-all market in favor of the newly popular SUV. Nor can the 2010 Taurus save a Ford beset by problems on all sides. There are no longer enough potential mid-sized car buyers to make a huge impact on the company’s bottom line, and most of those buyers are really better candidates for the smaller, more affordable Fusion.

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Don’t believe the hype. The 1986 Taurus was not “the car that saved Ford.” Trucks saved Ford in the late Eighties and early Nineties, as consumer tastes moved away from the one-sedan-fits-nearly-all market in favor of the newly popular SUV. Nor can the 2010 Taurus save a Ford beset by problems on all sides. There are no longer enough potential mid-sized car buyers to make a huge impact on the company’s bottom line, and most of those buyers are really better candidates for the smaller, more affordable Fusion.

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