Handling and ride-wise, the Equus is a very different car than its German rivals. It is like being in a first-class suite on Titanic. A massive object moving at a good clip, unperturbed by the “water.”
Ever buy a generic drug?
Most of us have – because we know it’s the same drug as the name-brand drug. Just costs a lot less. If it works the same, who cares about the label?
The Pontiac hobby is an older guy’s hobby – which is to say, a dying hobby. When the Boomers – and then Generation X (that’s me) do the inevitable fade-away, so will the mass-market interest in the cars of our generation.
Some unhappy news came in the mail yesterday. A notice that my favorite car magazine – High Performance Pontiac – will be ceasing publication after the October issue.
Few cars in this price range – which is just barely out of the economy car price range – are as fun to play with.
By the early ’70s, it was getting tough for anyone under 30 to partake of known muscle cars like the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Chevelle SS...not so much because they were expensive to buy, but because the insurance Mafia was making it increasingly impossible for the younger set to afford driving one as a result of extortionate premiums.
Nissan's Rogue offers a third-row seat, something its competitors are missing. But buyers may ask if the little crossover keeps enough "sport" in the SUV acronym.
Pretty much every major automaker sells a compact crossover SUV. Some are front-wheel-drive, some all-wheel-drive, a few are rear-wheel-drive. You can get fours – and turbo fours. Diesels – and V-6s. A few even have manual transmissions. Some are “bread and butter” – others prestige-branded.
The RAV is like the girl you (hopefully) marry. Might not make your pulse jump just to look at her. But she’s the one for the long haul, because you never get sick of having her around, because she doesn’t let you down – and she’s not high-maintenance.
Toyota’s got these TV commercials featuring the Muppets, who assert the vehicles aren’t boring.
Cadillac hasn’t caved in. Indeed, it has upped the ante. Instead of bending with the prevailing winds of political correctness and downsizing, de-powering or even outright dropping the V-8 from the roster, Cadillac made it even stronger.
Cadillac may be having trouble selling its ELR electric car (see here) but no such worries selling its anti-matter opposite, the Escalade.
You’re either in – or you’re out. Buick needs to make up its mind.
When the Regal GS came out back in 2011 as a new 2012 model, it had two very un-Buick (but extremely cool for a Buick) features: A screamin’ mimi turbocharged 270 horsepower 2.0 four (shared with the Saab 9-3, RIP) and – wait for it – a six speed manual transmission to go with it.
GM is making ludicrous and insane economic decisions in building the Volt and Cadillac ELR. But perhaps these are the politically correct decisions.
The Volt electric car has been a fizzle for GM – and that’s putting it kindly. Only a small handful have sold – and that’s putting it euphemistically, given the massive subsidies that went into building it and the equally massive incentives ($7,500 a pop at the federal level, not counting state-level payola) that have proved necessary to get anyone to “buy” one.
Your new car is not the same as your old car. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to owning and maintaining modern cars.
If you haven’t been under the hood of a new-ish car lately – or (just as important) read one of their owner’s manuals – here are a few things to know that you might not yet know about, but probably should:
Every car at this level is a tour de force of indulgent opulence, but the S – being the newest – will wow you more than the others. At first, it can be slightly overwhelming. Like finding out you just won the Powerball.
We live in a world defined, alas, by compromises – even in the ethereal realm of high-end luxury cars.