TTAC Rewind: 2014 Chevrolet Captiva LT 2.4

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

This afternoon's TTAC Rewind is meta, in a sense. Author Jack Baruth notes that TTAC traffic numbers sometimes show that years-old reviews are doing well -- because people are searching for a particular model as a used car.

I see that, too. It makes sense that as people search for pre-owned vehicles, they'll find our old reviews.

That's not why we do this feature -- we're just doing it for fun, mostly -- but of course, we are bringing forth old reviews.

Jack also points out that the car in question here, a 2014 Chevrolet Captiva, which was a fleet-only vehicle, was expected to be a major part of the used-car market as all those rentals came out of duty. I am not sure if that actually happened -- and if it did, the moment would've passed several years ago -- but I can tell you that I always find it fascinating to track the histories of fleet-only vehicles.

Take a trip back in time to nearly a decade ago and see how Jack found the Captiva to be after over 800 miles behind the wheel.

[Image © 2014/2022 Jack Baruth/TTAC]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • RHD RHD on Dec 19, 2022

    Writers who imagine that they are journalists, apparently.

    Throwing in the occasional unnecessary four-letter word adds some oh-so-essential street cred as well.

    • Bullnuke Bullnuke on Dec 19, 2022


      Definitions from Oxford Languages · Learn more




      adjective: meta

      1. (of a creative work) referring to itself or to the conventions of its genre; self-referential.
      2. "the enterprise is inherently “meta,” since it doesn't review movies, for example, it reviews the reviewers who review movies"


      I guess the word applies to this article...

  • Cprescott Cprescott on Dec 19, 2022

    Garbage. There was a time not too long ago where you could by a Buick Chevrolet with a different grill this size. Hideous troll of a vehicle. Like a clown car.

  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Dec 19, 2022

    Ah, the Craptiva. I think a ton of these ended up on CarMax lots.

    • Bullnuke Bullnuke on Dec 19, 2022

      They show up pretty regularly on the BHPH lots here in ethanol (corn-land) country. And get repossessed pretty regularly as well.

  • Oberkanone Oberkanone on Dec 19, 2022

    Avis and Hertz were the major recipients of the fleet only Captiva. Not surprising as they and their subsisiaries represent 95% of the market.

    One of the accountants at my work has a white Captiva. She could care less about make and model of her vehicle as long as it is reliable. Go figure!