recently asked our Best and Brightest to show us their favorite car ads of all time, and we all wasted the rest of the day staring at old Youtube clips of some of the best auto spots of all time. But what was the best car ad to come out in 2009? According to Automotive News [sub], Nielsen IAG Automotive has awarded this Kia Soul ad the prize of “Automotive Ad of the Year for effectiveness” for 2009. But was it really the best? Be sure to include your own nominations for the best car ad of ’09 in your comments. … [Read more...] about Is This The Best Car Ad Of The Year?
Many are driven, but few are chosen: Presenting our 2015 Editors’ Choice awards—these are the vehicles we’d recommend to savvy buyers shopping in every category. Our editors consider these vehicles to be the best cars, pickup trucks, crossovers, and SUVs for 2015. SUVS / Crossovers Sedans Hybrids / Electrics Pickup Trucks Small Cars Station Wagons Coupes / Convertibles Sports Cars Minivans / Vans … [Read more...] about The Best Cars, Trucks, SUVs, and More for 2015: Editors’ Choice Awards
For those of you who haven’t had the good fortune to attend the New York International Auto Show, it’s a must-do. Every manufacturer pulls out all the stops. The displays are mind-numbingly expensive, featuring massive LED screens, arena-quality sound systems, and concept cars that cost millions to develop.As I walked around the Javits Center, admiring the vast and varied vehicles preening before an obsequiously adoring press, I noticed that much of the adoration and admiration was directed toward a car that featured a big cosmetic change but not much of a mechanical one—the Dodge Charger. Granted, the automotive press tends to get a little more of a tingle up its collective leg than consumers do about rear-wheel drive sedans, but the buzz surrounding the Charger was palpable. Furthermore, the reaction in the comments section of this and every other automotive blog seemed to suggest that, at the very least, automotive enthusiasts were right there with them. Whether … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: The Best Car at NYIAS…in 2015
The best science fiction tells human stories set against a backdrop of strange worlds or futuristic cities. Because pacing and plot are more important than lengthy, accurate descriptions of the technology at work in those worlds, most sci-fi writers don’t spend a lot of time on the various machines their protagonists use. We might know that our hero traveled in a shiny aluminum air car, but the details generally are left to our imagination.Fortunately for those of us who want a real peek into the future, film is a visual medium. The best directors know that set and prop design are critical to the tone of a movie and that machines can be as important as the action. They pay a lot of attention to getting just the right look and, even though we may not get to open the hood on that futuristic air car, we definitely get to see it at work, get a feel for its lines and even some idea of how it handles. If they do their job right, we might even believe these vehicle could be real.The … [Read more...] about In the Year 2525 – The Best Cars of Science Fiction
The Mazda 3 is a model of simplified excellence; an affordable, everyday car that’s stirring to operate and pleasing to sit in. While our praise, including two consecutive 10Best awards, often highlights the car’s tossable chassis and eager engine, it’s the 3’s interior that allows its driver to fully enjoy those elements.That’s no small feat given the Mazda’s pricing ($17,765 to start), but the 3’s cabin is as clever as it is classy. Mazda nailed the seating position and primary-control relationships. And the 3’s minor controls are designed to minimize driver distraction, allowing eyes to stay on the road. In Touring and Grand Touring 3s, a flip-up screen atop the instruments places vehicle speed right in the driver’s sightline, while a large central tachometer dominates the cluster. The navigation-and-entertainment unit takes its cues from luxury cars, with a bright, seven-inch center screen parked high on the dash and controlled … [Read more...] about The Best Car Interior Available for Under $30,000 Is in a Mazda
To see our picks for the best cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs for 2015, check out our 2015 Editors' Choice Awards. Sedans Back to top Family Sedans Ford Fusion Honda Accord Mazda 6 Volkswagen Passat Full-Size Sedans Chevrolet Impala Chrysler 300 Kia Cadenza Toyota Avalon Crossovers / SUVs Back to top Small Crossovers and SUVs Nissan Juke Compact Crossovers and SUVs Ford Escape Honda CR-V Jeep Wrangler Mazda CX-5 One to Watch Jeep Cherokee (2014) Mid-Size Crossovers and SUVs Dodge Durango Ford Explorer Jeep Grand Cherokee … [Read more...] about Editors’ Choice Awards 2014: The Best Cars, Trucks, Crossovers, and More
Many are driven, but few are chosen: Presenting our 2016 Editors’ Choice awards—these are the vehicles we’d recommend to savvy buyers shopping in every category. Our editors consider these vehicles to be the best cars, pickup trucks, crossovers, and SUVs for 2016. SUVs and Crossovers Sedans Hybrids and Electrics Pickup Trucks Small Cars Station Wagons Coupes and Convertibles Sports Cars Minivans and Vans … [Read more...] about The Best Cars, Trucks, SUVs, and More for 2016: Editors’ Choice Awards
We drive hundreds of vehicles every year, but we select only a few: Presenting our 2017 Editors’ Choice awards—these are the vehicles we’d recommend to savvy buyers shopping in every category. Our editors consider these vehicles to be the best cars, pickup trucks, crossovers, and SUVs for 2017. SUVs and Crossovers Luxury Sedans Hatchbacks Hybrids and Electric Vehicles Pickup Trucks Small Cars Station Wagons Coupes … [Read more...] about The Best Cars, Trucks, SUVs, and More for 2017: Editors’ Choice Awards
We wrote about it. They listened.For the general car buyer who simply wants good value from a reliable form of transport, awards can become a rat’s nest of contradictory information for those who don’t know how — or care — to evaluate the awards themselves. It behooves credible professional organizations to make their awards relevant to consumers.It’s with this in mind that the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) evaluated its Canadian Car of the Year and Testfest programs.After a thorough review, AJAC is significantly changing its testing methodology and scoring for Canadian Car of the Year — and it’s doing so for the betterment of car buyers.Car enthusiasts know an award does not a good car make. Scoring and testing methodologies wildly differ (if they even exist at all), and they can then be picked apart by those who know the parts at which to pick.Last year, we criticized the amount of effort … [Read more...] about AJAC Will Finally Give Awards to the Best Cars (and Ditch Its $300,000 Journalist Track Day)
I recently had the opportunity to attend the Philadelphia Auto Show, where I found myself sitting in a shiny, new 2015 Ford Flex. For those of you who aren’t up on your modern Fords, this is the one that looks like a port-a-potty tipped on its side.So anyway: I’m sitting there, playing with all the beautiful buttons, taking in the surprisingly well-crafted interior, reading about the available 365-horsepower turbocharged engine, checking out all the cool, high-tech features, when it hits me: there is absolutely no way I would ever buy this car.And I admit, my reasons for this are entirely superficial. On paper, it appears the Flex offers excellent interior room, and excellent powertrains, and excellent equipment, and even surprisingly reasonable pricing. But I just could never get past the fact that I’m driving a vehicle that looks like an enormous coffin on wheels. In fact, it’s interesting that they call it the “Flex,” because every single line on … [Read more...] about Question Of The Day: What’s The Best Car You’d Never Buy?