Posts from ‘Commentary’

Cadillac, The Standard of the World. 2016 LTS. , Better Cadillac Names

Cadillac’s 2016 flagship is challenged to take on the best sedans Europe has to offer. Tom thinks the new car deserves a better name.

If you don’t have a lucky number, you likely at least have a number or two you prefer to other digits. I, for example, rather like the numbers 2, 5, 14, and 21. I became aware of my fondness for these numbers one night while nursing a $2 gin and tonic at a now-defunct Iowa riverboat-casino roulette table.

 Automakers like numbers, too. Many storied model names have been enhanced by a carefully placed numeric suffix. Think of such classic monikers as Cougar XR-7, Fury II, and Galaxie 500, and you get the idea.


Tom lists the three most egregious traffic blunders he’s witnessed while commuting to and from work.

Hitting the road is more than just the opening salvo of your daily commute.

Most of us understand that when you take the wheel, you enter into a social contract obliging you to make driving as easy and uncomplicated as you can for every other driver on the road.


Baby Boomer Car Guy, Baby Boomer Cars

Tom had a great idea with his You Might Be a Gen-X Car Guy post, but that youngster had the misfortune of being born too late. The really interesting stuff came during the Baby Boomer years. So I created my own list based on my . . . uh . . . longer period of “experience.”

Jap Crap

Tom: “Were you paying attention when the ‘Jap crap’ LS 400 combined an opulent cabin with rear drive and a silky, potent V8 for 35,000?”

You sound like an idiot.

I don’t know if your ignorance is willful, or if it’s driven by some sort of latent racism or misplaced sense of nationalism, but you sound like an idiot.


The 560-horsepower 2013 BMW M5

I just spent the weekend in BMW’s awesome 2013 M5. I say awesome because the car accelerates about as rapidly as anything I have ever driven and is capable of reaching absurd speeds, space permitting.

So what’s the problem? The problem is that I really didn’t enjoy driving the car. And, after careful consideration, I blame my ambivalence on the M5’s outsized performance potential—or more correctly, the compromises made to achieve that potential.


Auto-Dimming Mirrors

In some four and a half years with Consumer Guide Automotive, I have driven many different vehicles. Every time I get into a test car equipped with a rearview auto-dimming  mirror, I cringe a little. These devices are intended to free the driver from the oh-so-difficult task of flipping a little latch on the bottom of the rearview mirror to save his or her eyes from the blinding effects of the headlights of the car trailing behind. However, these automatic devices (which are supposed to be smarter than the driver and save a tiny bit of effort) sometimes work poorly.

Auto Air Fresheners, Pine Tree Air Freshener

Is one of these hanging in your car?

I last pumped gas for pay sometime in 1985. It was then that I last peeked into another person’s car using a windshield squeegee as cover for my furtive voyeurism. You can learn a lot about a person while nosing around their car. I’m pretty sure most folks pulling up to full-serve weren’t thinking about what conclusions were being drawn about them while they filled up. But us pump jockeys, we noticed stuff.

Honda Civic Controversy

2012 Honda Civic EX-L Sedan

Honda has received a lot of flak from the press and its fan base about the 2012 Civic. Some of it might be justified, but in all honesty, this is still a really good compact car.


Bumper stickers are a scourge. A single sticker can effectively break up the color and contour of what was likely an otherwise decent-looking vehicle. Multiple stickers are blight on the landscape, a dangerous distraction often wielded by the worst of drivers with seemingly little regard for the resale value of their vehicles.

ATS versus Cimarron

Advertisement for Cadillac Cimarron

The 2013 Cadillac ATS will be the first compact Cadillac since the Cimarron, which was introduced more than 30 years ago.