Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Chris asks: Is the auto testing/reviews in Consumer Reports reliable?
My reply: CR’s obsession with “safety” (i.e, whether a given car has or does not have whatever electronic nanny technology the writers believe every car ought to have) and the lectures about gas mileage and C02 “emissions” – combined with their legacy of bias in favor of certain brands renders what they write about cars of not much value in my book.
The automotive press in general is weirdly hostile toward cars and driving, treating both with a kind of supercilious contempt. This is probably a function of the fact that the automotive press is largely populated by urban “hipster/wokester” types who really ought to be writing about smartphones and whether the bus or the train is the best way to get from one end of town to the other.
Car & Driver is the worst – saddest – example of this transition. It used to be staffed by writers who loved cars and driving, understood engineering and whose work was of value to people who also liked cars and driving, accordingly. Now it is like reading the Communist Manifesto if you like Thomas Paine.
I recommend doing your own caveat emptor and due diligence with regard to cars – and that you follow writers and publications that aren’t hostile to cars and driving.
You’ve found at least one such joint already!
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