The Truth About Cars » Test Drive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:00:49 +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 » Test Drive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com In Which An Editor Goes Car Shopping http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/editor-goes-car-shopping/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/editor-goes-car-shopping/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1151457 At virtually every other automotive outlet for whom I’ve worked, the communication between writer and reader has been a one-way street. I give advice. The reader listens. Whether the reader acts on that advice is completely unknown. Also, the reader never gives advice to the writer. Thankfully, TTAC is different and the Best & Brightest […]

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At virtually every other automotive outlet for whom I’ve worked, the communication between writer and reader has been a one-way street. I give advice. The reader listens. Whether the reader acts on that advice is completely unknown. Also, the reader never gives advice to the writer. Thankfully, TTAC is different and the Best & Brightest […]

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New or Used: The $32,000 Question http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/new-or-used-the-32000-question/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/new-or-used-the-32000-question/#comments Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:24:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456364  Ian writes: My wife drives a 2007 Lincoln MKX in need of shrewd replacement. The good lady finds the Mark Ten a chore to use around DC: clumsy, hard to see from, and very thirsty for all the enjoyment she gets from it. It also lacks exactly the features that she prizes: a sunroof, and […]

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 Ian writes: My wife drives a 2007 Lincoln MKX in need of shrewd replacement. The good lady finds the Mark Ten a chore to use around DC: clumsy, hard to see from, and very thirsty for all the enjoyment she gets from it. It also lacks exactly the features that she prizes: a sunroof, and […]

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How To Buy A Used Car Part Two: The Test Drive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-two-the-test-drive-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-two-the-test-drive-2/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:59:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456083 [Editor’s note: Part One of Steve Lang’s updated guide to used car buying can be found here] Schedule the test drive for a time when there’s no rush. If it’s bad weather, reschedule. Take a little notebook, write a quick check list based on this article, and make notes. When you approach the car’s owner, be […]

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[Editor’s note: Part One of Steve Lang’s updated guide to used car buying can be found here] Schedule the test drive for a time when there’s no rush. If it’s bad weather, reschedule. Take a little notebook, write a quick check list based on this article, and make notes. When you approach the car’s owner, be […]

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New Or Used? : The Passion Of The Chrysler http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/new-or-used-the-passion-of-the-chrysler/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/new-or-used-the-passion-of-the-chrysler/#comments Tue, 31 Jul 2012 02:07:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454809   Gentlemen, there’s some automotive/emotional baggage that I need a resolution for. I’m finally in a position to replace a Celica with something that will possibly see an HPDE, and the occasional autocross. I have $9000 to spend. Although the Celi drove beautifully, it wasn’t a viscerally thrilling car and I’d like to learn the […]

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  Gentlemen, there’s some automotive/emotional baggage that I need a resolution for. I’m finally in a position to replace a Celica with something that will possibly see an HPDE, and the occasional autocross. I have $9000 to spend. Although the Celi drove beautifully, it wasn’t a viscerally thrilling car and I’d like to learn the […]

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How to Buy a Used Car Part Two: The Test Drive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-two-the-test-drive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-two-the-test-drive/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2011 18:21:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404205 [Editor’s note: Part One of Steve Lang’s updated guide to used car buying can be found here] Schedule the test drive for a time when there’s no rush. If it’s bad weather, reschedule. Take a little notebook, write a quick check list based on this article, and make notes. When you approach the car’s owner, […]

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[Editor’s note: Part One of Steve Lang’s updated guide to used car buying can be found here] Schedule the test drive for a time when there’s no rush. If it’s bad weather, reschedule. Take a little notebook, write a quick check list based on this article, and make notes. When you approach the car’s owner, […]

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Review: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/review-2011-cadillac-cts-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/review-2011-cadillac-cts-coupe/#comments Mon, 21 Jun 2010 18:11:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359207 What is luxury? In the American car market, that question doesn’t have an easy answer. Driver-focused performers like BMW’s 3-series sell well here, but so do feature-loaded versions of mass market sedans, like the Lexus ES. Blinged-out baroque still has its adherents, but as the Napa Valley hotel where the Cadillac CTS Coupe was launched […]

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What is luxury? In the American car market, that question doesn’t have an easy answer. Driver-focused performers like BMW’s 3-series sell well here, but so do feature-loaded versions of mass market sedans, like the Lexus ES. Blinged-out baroque still has its adherents, but as the Napa Valley hotel where the Cadillac CTS Coupe was launched […]

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Rentin’ The Blues: Second Place: 2009 Mercury Sable Premier http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/rentin%e2%80%99-the-blues-second-place-2009-mercury-sable-premier/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/rentin%e2%80%99-the-blues-second-place-2009-mercury-sable-premier/#comments Mon, 12 Apr 2010 18:06:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=352211 I was born in the city A city with no shame And when I play guitar They all know my name Well, as fate would have it, they only really know my name at the local restaurant where I play lunch gigs on my Gibson CS-336. I don’t consider myself a blues man, but I […]

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I was born in the city A city with no shame And when I play guitar They all know my name Well, as fate would have it, they only really know my name at the local restaurant where I play lunch gigs on my Gibson CS-336. I don’t consider myself a blues man, but I […]

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Review: Lincoln MKZ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/review-lincoln-mkz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/review-lincoln-mkz/#comments Wed, 07 Apr 2010 13:19:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=351665 The logic behind the Lincoln MKZ is clear enough: if Toyota can get away with making a Lexus out of a Camry, why can’t Ford do the same with a Fusion? The ES 350 is arguably convincing as a Lexus (I’d argue pro, if not with much vigor, while there’s no shortage of people who’d […]

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The logic behind the Lincoln MKZ is clear enough: if Toyota can get away with making a Lexus out of a Camry, why can’t Ford do the same with a Fusion? The ES 350 is arguably convincing as a Lexus (I’d argue pro, if not with much vigor, while there’s no shortage of people who’d […]

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Review: 2010 Hyundai Tucson http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/review-2010-hyundai-tucson/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/review-2010-hyundai-tucson/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:45:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=345730 When Hyundai introduced its first Tucson in 2004, the term crossover still hadn’t crossed over from the world of marketing into the public imagination. At the time, the term SUV still carried enough equity to convince even the ute-lets built on compact car platforms to emphasize their rugged inspiration with upright, boxy styling and spartan […]

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When Hyundai introduced its first Tucson in 2004, the term crossover still hadn’t crossed over from the world of marketing into the public imagination. At the time, the term SUV still carried enough equity to convince even the ute-lets built on compact car platforms to emphasize their rugged inspiration with upright, boxy styling and spartan […]

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Review: 2010 Nissan Maxima http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/review-2010-nissan-maxima/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/review-2010-nissan-maxima/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2010 15:02:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=345144 Fifteen years ago, Nissan’s Maxima was one of a handful of genuinely sporting four-doors that wouldn’t saddle you with German car payments or reliability. After a decade of letting dozens of overpowered family haulers whittle away at the Maxima’s individualism, Nissan upped the game for 2009. Since we’re talking about what was once billed a […]

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Fifteen years ago, Nissan’s Maxima was one of a handful of genuinely sporting four-doors that wouldn’t saddle you with German car payments or reliability. After a decade of letting dozens of overpowered family haulers whittle away at the Maxima’s individualism, Nissan upped the game for 2009. Since we’re talking about what was once billed a […]

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Review: 2011 Fiat Bravo 1.4 T-Jet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/review-2011-fiat-bravo-1-4-t-jet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/review-2011-fiat-bravo-1-4-t-jet/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2010 13:45:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=343993 Hop back to the distant (or not so distant) days of high school. Remember the complex universe that is class dynamics? Each class had its typical individuals. There was that all-around kind of guy. Perfect looks, perfect grades, perfect girlfriend. Maybe a little boring, but who cares when you can passionately discuss Fermat’s last theorem […]

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Hop back to the distant (or not so distant) days of high school. Remember the complex universe that is class dynamics? Each class had its typical individuals. There was that all-around kind of guy. Perfect looks, perfect grades, perfect girlfriend. Maybe a little boring, but who cares when you can passionately discuss Fermat’s last theorem […]

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Review: 2011 Fiat 500 1.2 (European-Spec) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/review-2011-fiat-500-1-2-european-spec/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/review-2011-fiat-500-1-2-european-spec/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2010 15:06:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=343143 Retro cars sell on looks. Take the Chrysler PT Cruiser as an example – automotive perfection it wasn’t, and yet it sold like iPods on a Black Friday. Others, like the Mini Cooper, proved that retro cars can look like the past and drive like the present. But worth driving or not, almost every retro […]

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Retro cars sell on looks. Take the Chrysler PT Cruiser as an example – automotive perfection it wasn’t, and yet it sold like iPods on a Black Friday. Others, like the Mini Cooper, proved that retro cars can look like the past and drive like the present. But worth driving or not, almost every retro […]

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Comparison Review: Toyota Venza Versus Honda Crosstour: Second Place: Toyota Venza http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/comparison-review-toyota-venza-versus-honda-crosstour-second-place-toyota-venza/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/comparison-review-toyota-venza-versus-honda-crosstour-second-place-toyota-venza/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2010 13:30:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342370 Cross a car and a truck, you get an SUV. Cross a SUV with a car and you get a CUV. Cross that CUV with a car and you get a Crossover Sedan, the term used by Toyota marketing mavens for their Camry-based Venza. With this step the evolution comes full circle, as the Venza […]

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Cross a car and a truck, you get an SUV. Cross a SUV with a car and you get a CUV. Cross that CUV with a car and you get a Crossover Sedan, the term used by Toyota marketing mavens for their Camry-based Venza. With this step the evolution comes full circle, as the Venza […]

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Comparison Review: Kia Soul Versus Nissan Cube: Second Place: Kia Soul http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/comparison-review-kia-soul-versus-nissan-cube-second-place-kia-soul/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/comparison-review-kia-soul-versus-nissan-cube-second-place-kia-soul/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2010 20:49:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=340692 Back in 1997, when Volkswagen introduced the New Beetle, my wife badly wanted one because it seemed so much more young and fun than her current car. But she also wanted children. The two were not compatible, so no Beetle for her. No doubt she was not the only person seeking a cute, quirkily styled […]

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Back in 1997, when Volkswagen introduced the New Beetle, my wife badly wanted one because it seemed so much more young and fun than her current car. But she also wanted children. The two were not compatible, so no Beetle for her. No doubt she was not the only person seeking a cute, quirkily styled […]

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