Car And Driver
Car and Driver was founded as Sports Cars Illustrated in 1955. In its early years, the magazine focused primarily on small, imported sports cars. In 1961, editor Karl Ludvigsen renamed the magazine Car and Driver to show a more general automotive focus. 2005 marked the 50th anniversary of Car and Driver.
Car And Driver
In 1993, Car and Driver licensed its name for a PC game to Electronic Arts entitled Car and Driver: The Ten Best. The game was in 3D, and the courses included twisty racing circuits, an oval, automobile route racing with traffic, a dragstrip, and an autocross circuit.
Car And Driver
Car and Driver and Road & Track are sister publications at Hearst and have for many years shared the same advertising, sales, marketing, and circulation departments. However, their editorial operations are distinct and they have separate publishers.
Car and Driver operates a website, CarandDriver.com, that features articles (both original and from print), a blog, an automotive buyer’s guide (with AccuPayment, a price-calculating tool), and a social networking site called Backfires.
The magazine is notable for its irreverent tone and habit of “telling it like it is,” especially with regard to underperforming automobiles (“Saturn folks like to point out that the L200 has little in common with the Opel Vectra from which it borrows some platform architecture, and we have to wonder why. Could the Opel be worse?”—Feb 2003). The magazine also frequently delves into controversial issues, especially in regard to politics. The editorial slant of the magazine is decidedly pro-automobile. However, the intrusion of politics into editorial columns rarely intrudes into reviews of cars themselves or feature articles. For example, the columnists have been highly critical of SUVs on the basis that minivans or car-based utes are almost always better, more drivable choices.
The battle of the small, affordable sports cars is a two-sided affair between two sets of twins. On the less practical side, there are the mechanically similar Mazda MX-5 Miata and Fiat 124 Spider, both of them tiny softtop roadsters. On the everyday-friendly side sit the Toyota 86, the subject of this review, and its Subaru-badged twin, the BRZ. With generous front-seat room and rudimentary back seats that fold to expand trunk space, the 86 and BRZ are fun rear-drive coupes suitable for the daily grind as well as track-day forays. READ MORE ››
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Nearly two decades after the Honda Insight introduced hybrids to America, the technology is still rare among crossovers. That could be because blending crossover and hybrid genes usually begets mediocrity. In exchange for a few more mpg, you get a heavier, lazier family hauler that’s no fun to drive. Credit Acura for upending that paradigm. The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD tested here imbues Acura’s recently facelifted three-row crossover with hybrid components similar to those from the NSX supercar, and the result is a breakthrough vehicle, one that actually deserves the Sport in its name. READ MORE ››
When we last subjected an Audi Q5 to our comparison-test gantlet in 2013, we described its appearance and driving demeanor as that of a dinner roll. How we knew what a dinner roll drives like, we can’t quite recall. We went on to point out that the Q5 was a vehicle that “will offend no one and excite just as many.” READ MORE ››
Welcome to our 2017 10Best Cars. Each year for more than three decades, we’ve put dozens of new cars through thousands of miles of cumulative evaluation to determine our annual list of the very best automobiles for sale in America. The rules for consideration are simple: Entrants must cost less than $80,000 (anything pricier should be excellent by default), and they must be either a returning winner or all-new or significantly revised. Winning isn’t easy, however—in order to take home a trophy, a vehicle must offer good value, excel at its given mission, and, critically, deliver a pleasurable driving experience. These 10 cars deliver all of those qualities in spades. While none of them are perfect, they come closer to that ideal than anything else you can buy new.