TTAC's Top Reviews Of 2014
One of the most amazing elements of TTAC is the utter consistency in the popularity of certain car reviews. While many other enthusiast outlets tout the latest and greatest hypercars and plutocrat barges, the B&B are consistent in their love of transportation for the common man and woman. This year was no different.
After parsing through our own analytics, we came up with a list of the 10 most popular car reviews we conducted in 2014. Here they are, in order of popularity.
- 2014 Chevrolet Captiva
- Elio Motors P4 Prototype
- 2015 Volkswagen GTI
- 2015 Honda Fit
- 2014 Ford Focus ST
- 2014 Jeep Cherokee
- 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
- 2015 Volvo V60
- 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
- 2014 Toyota Highlander
None of these cars, save for the Hellcat, breaches the $50k mark. All are fairly modest vehicles that the average person could realistically hope to afford in their lifetime (yes, even a Hellcat, with some scrimping and saving and raiding for a 401k plan). Our most popular reader review wasn’t a 997 GT3 or an Alfa 4C or a Chevrolet SS, but a stick shift Mazda6.
Any chance of a follow up on the accord hybrid? I would love to hear more driver impressions and feel reporting. Alex had his fans, I was always left wondering why a week with a car resulted in so much listing if information I could find at the mfg website. You know, just in case u can manage to forget the whole AWD fake out thing and consider a Honda.
This is a everymans car guy site. I am sure that if you did 50 reviews of Ferrari's and Camry's none would break the top ten. But review the slightly different, cars that offer a deal or good value and we are all over it. If on the other hand you are convinced you are holding the jackpot lottery ticket you are best off reading R&T.
I just don't give a crap about supercars. I'm never going to be able to afford one, I don't think I'd enjoy driving one outside of a track, and even if I magically got one I have no where to park it. I gave up on Top Gear because it was a weird fantasy show about things no one will ever afford while being patronized by Clarkson and his often incorrect assumptions. This is fun. Crappy and cheap cars are fun. Now only if video game designers would get that when choosing car lists... though I guess Gran Turismo sort of does.
Individual personalities aside, TTAC offers some of the most "real" car reviews anywhere. That said, as with most car publications there's a wide gap between TTAC's new-car reviews and its shadetree mechanic/junkyard stuff. What about the middle ground; reviews of what makes a good late-model used car for average people? When I recently searched for a late-model premium car, most reviews criticized the Hyundai Genesis, Chrysler 300C and Volvo S80 as being inferior to Audi/BMW in terms of performance, or Lexus/Acura for reliability. It took a lot of reading between the lines to conclude that these three models are actually some of the better "depreciation queens", which is what buying used is all about. Given the popularity of CPO cars these days, you'd think more reviews would be written from this perspective.