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Motor Trend Tests--A Surprise

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Has anyone seen the Oct. Motor Trend?

They tested 10 "Thrill Rides." I think the test may have been fair, but the results were surprising. At least to me.

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Go figure! Corvette ZR1 cleans everyones clock on the track in every category, but finishes 6th. Miata came in 3rd. I thought Car & Driver wrote article.
 

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I quit subscribing to the auto magazines a few years ago when they started to despise anything domestic and love anything imported. I think the articles are written by the manufacturers and advertisers.... and the foreign ones probably pay more, so........

They don't care how good the car actually is; they care about how good the parties and excursions are that the manufacturer's give them to test the cars on. Automakers should be able to give them a car and say "drive it!" rather than be coerced into renting (or sending "journalists") to exotic or expensive locations just to get a mediocre review.

No one writes anything objectively anymore. :(

Now who put that soapbox under my feet?!?
 

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I quit subscribing to the auto magazines a few years ago when they started to despise anything domestic and love anything imported. I think the articles are written by the manufacturers and advertisers.... and the foreign ones probably pay more, so........

They don't care how good the car actually is; they care about how good the parties and excursions are that the manufacturer's give them to test the cars on. Automakers should be able to give them a car and say "drive it!" rather than be coerced into renting (or sending "journalists") to exotic or expensive locations just to get a mediocre review.

No one writes anything objectively anymore. :(

Now who put that soapbox under my feet?!?
I agree with you Homegrown. Alot of people keep saying the same thing. :ugh:
 

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You are correct. I currently subscribe to Road & Track (not to bad) and Automobile (absolutely horrible). I told Automobile to keep my money, but please stop sending the magazine, they keep sending it I think to torture me.

It would also be nice if the bias toward track performance didn't always trump touring performance. My Corvette is a sports car my XLR is a luxury roadster. One isn't better than the other, they are just different.

Also, please forgive my rant.

Uintah
 

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You are correct. I currently subscribe to Road & Track (not to bad) and Automobile (absolutely horrible). I told Automobile to keep my money, but please stop sending the magazine, they keep sending it I think to torture me.

It would also be nice if the bias toward track performance didn't always trump touring performance. My Corvette is a sports car my XLR is a luxury roadster. One isn't better than the other, they are just different.

Also, please forgive my rant.

Uintah
No need to ask for forgiveness. We enjoy rants here. Welcome aboard. :patriot:
 

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It would also be nice if the bias toward track performance didn't always trump touring performance. My Corvette is a sports car my XLR is a luxury roadster. One isn't better than the other, they are just different.

AMEN!!!!!!! The magazines don't seem to realize that!
 

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In defense of Motor Trend they were testing "Thrill Rides."

I just found the results kinda hard to swallow.

Just so everyone can see the results here they are:

1. Porsche Cayman S PDK
2. Audi R8
3. Mazda MX-5 Miata
4. Caddy CTS-V
5. Shelby GT500 (2010)
6. Vette ZR1
7. Nissan Nismo 370Z (2010)
8. Jag XFR (2010)
9. BMW 135i
10. Camaro SS (2010)

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No offense to you, but offense to Motor Trend, anyone that believes a Mazda Miata is more thrilling than a Corvette or Cadillac CTS-V has something wrong with their medulla oblongata.

Thanks for the welcome. I used to post at the other site and been lurking here for a while.

Best to everyone
Uintah
 

Uintah

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A miata?!? I don't think I need to test drive one to know how I might feel about it.

I'm sure, for the price, it's a great and fun car. But if it's really a thrill ride better than a Corvette, Camaro or CTS-V for less than 1/2 the price, I'll eat my XLR! :lol:

Please don't eat your car, it's way to rare and nice, but the next time someone wants to know what it is, tell them it is motor trends number 3 thrill ride, a Cadillac Miata.

Uintah
 

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