Sort of. They expect every car to handle like a high priced high
performance car and seem to have some disdain for the family sedan. If you
want a good review of a supercharged Mercedes, they do a great job. If you
expect an analysis of Lumina versus a Contour, this is not the magazine. You
have to read between the lines.
In a recent issue the reviewed the 2007 Camry, but chose the SE model and
were critical of the stability system. Perhaps they have a valid point on
that model (considering the target market) but they did not say how well it
performed for the other 80% of the buyers of other model Camrys that would
like that feature.
The point is that C&D is an enthusiast magazine, and they expect that
even a family sedan should be fun to drive. They'll pan anything that
isn't involving for the driver, even the vaunted Camry. Now there
*are* family sedans that are fun to drive, just not made by GM- hence
That said, I got to drive a new Malibu the other day and I have to say
I liked it a lot better than my Impala. I'm going to see when it's
time for a new company car if they will let me take a "downgrade"
because I am definitely not a big car person. If I had my druthers I'd
have a VW Jetta TDI with a stickshift, but my options are Chevy only...
What magazine are you really reading? CD is most definitely NOT biased for
the Big Three. They take a pretty neutral stand on where things are build.
Good cars get applause from them whoever's name is on the trunk lid. They
love the Z06, but, hell, everyone loves the Z06 except maybe a few
over-the-top Porsche heads.
You want a really amusing magazine, get a subscription to the Britt magazine
Top Gear (they are kind of anti-US car, but they like the Z06, too).
Expensive, but the best read among all the buff books.
Of the U.S. books, Car and Driver and Road & Track are the best. Automobile
is a coffee table mag and Motor Trend is very superficial.
Oh yeah, even if you don't care for BMW's, the BMW Car Club of America puts
out a fantastic club magazine call the Roundel that comes with club
membership. It is superb. Great writing and graphics equal to any buff book
and a really good technical writer who answers questions with NO pro-BMW
bias (he told one person he would not buy an E36 BMW because they are
unreliable - this in a BMW club magazine).
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