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QOTD: 500-horsepower Four-bangers?

It wasn’t too long ago that four-cylinder engines were the domain of miserable econoboxes. Look no further than the wretched-but-reliable Iron Duke for proof of four-pot motoring misery. These days, it’s a very different story. Four-bangers are found in everything from high performance sports cars to burly half-ton pickup trucks. We’re already in the realm […] The post QOTD: 500-horsepower Four-bangers? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Turbo, Autos, Hybrid, Qotd, Iron Duke, News Blog, Supercharger, Four-Cylinder, Question of the Day, 500hp


QOTD: What Brand Would You Rep?

A thought struck me the other day – since joining TTAC, I’ve liked just about every Honda I’ve reviewed. I even found little fault with the Clarity, which I was otherwise neutral towards. That doesn’t mean I like every Honda. I drove the Fit for 10 minutes at a media event last fall (no review […] The post QOTD: What Brand Would You Rep? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Chevy, Honda, Subaru, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


QOTD: A Shock Cure?

Unlike other Questions of the Day, in which we tap your collective brain for the purposes of solving the world’s most pressing problems, today we focus all of that energy to benefit one man: your author — and by extension, the father of his godsons. It’s advice time, and your subject is a quirky, low-volume […] The post QOTD: A Shock Cure? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


QOTD: Future Classics?

All hands seemed to enjoy the voting-style poll of last Monday’s QOTD, so let’s try it again. And, yes, if you flake on your choice you can change your selection. Trying to determine The Next Big Thing in the collector car world is akin to fortune-telling tomorrow’s lottery numbers. Still, it doesn’t stop gearheads from […] The post QOTD: Future Classics? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Poll, Lincoln, Mercedes, Qotd, Civic, News Blog, Question of the Day, Future Classics


QOTD: Feeling Less Than Optimistic About Hands-off Driving?

Sorry for another winter-themed post, but real life has a way of pointing out weaknesses in man’s systems. If you’re enjoying life down in Del Boca Vista, Phase III, this should provide some amusement. Here goes: It’s a mess up north. Mother Nature’s not asking consent, and the roadways around Casa Steph are dirtier than […] The post QOTD: Feeling Less Than Optimistic About Hands-off Driving? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Autos, Autonomous Vehicles, Qotd, Avs, News Blog, Question of the Day, Driver Assistance Technology, Del Boca Vista Phase, Casa Steph


QOTD: Hot or Cold?

Last week’s ball-shattering polar vortex flash froze much of the U.S. and Canada, sending Netflix viewership soaring and no doubt spurring a mini baby boom in nine months’ time. While it may have been toasty in your home (sorry, Michigan gas customers), your car’s engine block found itself in a climate POW camp. Hailing from […] The post QOTD: Hot or Cold? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Winter, Netflix, Canada, Autos, Michigan, Qotd, Winter Driving, News Blog, Question of the Day, Cold Weather Startup


QOTD: Ripe for Return?

The Great Recession of 2009 wasn’t kind to many automakers, a few of whom were forced to jettison brands like the crew of a sinking boat heaving cargo overboard. With a decent level of consumer confidence and continued cheap gas, things are looking up — even as they’re looking down (January results were less than […] The post QOTD: Ripe for Return? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Mercury, Eagle, Qotd, Pontiac, Hummer, News Blog, Question of the Day, Dead Brands


QOTD: Are Compact Pickups Worth Pursuing?

True compact pickups don’t exist in any showroom near you or I, but that doesn’t stop some of us — your author, for example — from eyeballing the black, regular cab Mazda B2600 4×4 that just blasted past on a snowy city street, motoring unimpeded to its destination like a boss that it is. (This […] The post QOTD: Are Compact Pickups Worth Pursuing? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Qotd, Mazda, News Blog, Question of the Day, Compact Pickups


QOTD: What’s the Least Premium ‘Premium’ Brand?

Premium. Is there a more alluring and misunderstood word in the world of vehicle branding? Occupying the rung just below “luxury,” — a category it’s often mistaken for, as language is malleable — premium concerns itself with value. Higher price, (presumed) higher quality, and, most importantly, a higher level of desirable content. All of these things […] The post QOTD: What’s the Least Premium ‘Premium’ Brand? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Qotd, News Blog, Premium Brands, Question of the Day


QOTD: Ahead of Its Time?

Being accused of being out of touch is one thing. Ahead of the curve, though? Sometimes that can be equally problematic. Whether loaded with a host of unbaked tech or saddled with styling that wasn’t quite ready for primetime, what’s your pick for a vehicle that was ahead of its time? It doesn’t have to […] The post QOTD: Ahead of Its Time? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Cars, Autos, Trucks, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day, Ahead Of Their Time


QOTD: Ready to Hatch a Winner?

A bodystyle forever engaged in a tug-of-war between a stigma born of nerdy econoboxes and a scrappy enthusiast community, the lowly hatchback both attracts and repels. For the most part, hatches are versatile, affordable cars capable of swallowing generous amounts of people and cargo without asking too much of a premium. Choose right, and there’s […] The post QOTD: Ready to Hatch a Winner? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Qotd, Hatch, News Blog, Hatchbacks, Question of the Day


QOTD: What’s Your Lower Limit?

No, this isn’t a question about resurgent — and somewhat ironic — demand for the Geo Metro and its tepid ilk, but Timothy Cain probably has something to say about the chances of success of a latter-day model. Rather, this is a question about the way you drive, and the decisions of those who govern […] The post QOTD: What’s Your Lower Limit? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Qotd, Geo Metro, News Blog, Speed Limits, Timothy Cain, Question of the Day


QOTD: Best of Show?

Exactly one week ago, we asked you what your eyes and ears desired to see appear at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Since the 2019 soirée is the last to be held in the frigid month of January, we hoped the event would go out with a bang. And, well, if not […] The post QOTD: Best of Show? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Detroit, Qotd, Naias, News Blog, Ram Heavy Duty, Question of the Day, Shelby GT500


QOTD: After GM Pulls ‘Real People’ Ad, What Do You Want to See In a Car Commercial?

As a blizzard bears down on a still unidentified swath of eastern North America, we can all take comfort in knowing General Motors has pulled one of its annoying “Real People” commercials from rotation. Small mercies. The ad, which stated Chevrolet was a more reliable brand than Toyota, Honda, and Ford, rankled its rivals and […] The post QOTD: After GM Pulls ‘Real People’ Ad, What Do You Want to See In a Car Commercial? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Ford, Gm, Autos, North America, Chevrolet, Qotd, Toyota Honda, News Blog, Question of the Day, Real People


QOTD: Who’s Brave Enough to Challenge the Torque King?

Monday mornings are probably responsible for more murders than infidelity, but yesterday brought a glorious thing: the official launch of the next-generation Ram Heavy Duty. Be still my pounding heart. Sure, I’d seen the embargoed images and even published alluring spy shots taken after the entire product line “accidentally” paraded itself down a known photog […] The post QOTD: Who’s Brave Enough to Challenge the Torque King? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ram, Autos, Trucks, Diesel, Qotd, News Blog, Ram 2500, Ram 3500, Question of the Day, Ram HS


QOTD: What Do You Want From NAIAS?

The annual automotive soirée in Detroit is well underway,  with a couple of manufacturer already showing their wares at offsite events before the party gets going at Cobo today. Members of the media won’t have to don their woolens going forward; next year, the whole shebang transitions into a summertime event. There are plenty of […] The post QOTD: What Do You Want From NAIAS? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Detroit, Corvette, Qotd, Naias, Cobo, News Blog, Question of the Day


QOTD: Does the Electric Realm Have Borders?

The trail-trampling fodder of the previous post — Volkswagen’s rugged, hypothetical, yet-unnamed electric off-roader — sparked this question, as it really seems there’s little ground the once nerdy and impractical electric vehicle can’t claim. The EV revolution, if indeed that’s what it is, started a decade ago with Tesla’s Lotus-bodied roadster, and continues at an […] The post QOTD: Does the Electric Realm Have Borders? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, Lotus, EVs, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


QOTD: Model Missing?

Humans, like other animals, have an innate ability to detect when something’s wrong in their immediate environment. The sense that something’s amiss, that the natural order of things has shifted in an unusual direction. Of course, this is only achievable if one chooses to open their eyes and look around. We can all be keen […] The post QOTD: Model Missing? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


QOTD: Would You Buy a Four-cylinder Half-ton Pickup?

General Motors is selling a full-sized pickup with a four-cylinder engine under its hood. Active fuel management, continuously variable valve timing, thermal management systems – Chevy’s put a good deal of thought and technology into this quad-pot effort. Today’s QOTD is simple: would you buy a truck with four pistons? Before you answer, let’s take a […] The post QOTD: Would You Buy a Four-cylinder Half-ton Pickup? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Gm, Autos, Chevy, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day, Four-cylinder Pickup


QOTD: Ready to Throw a Shade of Green on Fiat Chrysler?

Yesterday brought two snippets of news concerning your tax dollars and lovers of virtuous cars. The first being an across-the-board price drop at Tesla aimed at countering the company’s reduced EV tax credit; the second, General Motors’ confirmation that time’s running out for the $7,500 bounty on its own vehicles. Nissan’s next in line to […] The post QOTD: Ready to Throw a Shade of Green on Fiat Chrysler? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Tesla, Green, Autos, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, Qotd, Electrification, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Question of the Day


QOTD: Your Prediction for 2019?

365 days. A year. One trip around the sun. Whatever you call it, we’re here: the last day of 2018. Here’s where we let you look into the TTAC Magic 8 Ball and ask for your predictions of auto industry news you think will happen in 2019. The year past was packed with all kinds […] The post QOTD: Your Prediction for 2019? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: 2018, Autos, Qotd, Year End, News Blog, 2019, Question of the Day


QOTD: Which Trend Do You Want to Wish Away?

Like 26-year-olds playing oddly mature high schoolers in films and on TV, some trends evolve into industry standards — the go-to blueprint for success. If the big guys are doing it, then by God, the creators say, so will we. This is the way to go. The auto industry functions much like Hollywood in this […] The post QOTD: Which Trend Do You Want to Wish Away? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Hollywood, Autos, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day, Automotive Trends


QOTD: What’s Your Ridiculous Solution to Our Traffic Woes?

Sitting motionless in traffic can be almost as painful as slogging through a live feed of one of Elon Musk’s futuristic transportation reveals. In a desperate bid to eliminate daily blood pressure spikes, some of us stagger our commute times (a rare option), some take public transit (often, a grim compromise), others car-pool (like it’s […] The post QOTD: What’s Your Ridiculous Solution to Our Traffic Woes? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Traffic, Autos, Congestion, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


QOTD: What’s on Your OEM Wish List?

As we saw yesterday with the (very) limited-edition coach-door Continental, sometimes an automaker finally produces what the people cried out for… years earlier. One wonders what the demand for this suicide-door sedan might have been had Lincoln decided to launch it alongside the regular model back in 2016. Those rear doors are tailor-made for a […] The post QOTD: What’s on Your OEM Wish List? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Lincoln, Continental, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


QOTD: Time to Wallpaper the Place?

Unless you lot have developed powers of which the rest of the world is unaware, you’re reading this post on a computer screen. Ok, maybe on your smartphone. Probably not. The advent of Windows 3.1 allowed the common nerd to apply wallpaper to the background of the operating system running on their computer screen. The fact […] The post QOTD: Time to Wallpaper the Place? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Wallpaper, Ford, Gm, Autos, Lincoln, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


QOTD: Is Your Heart Open to These Doors?

What is it about suicide doors? Some 47 years after the last pair of full-size, rear-hinged doors faded from the domestic automobile landscape, we continue lusting after them. And automakers continue teasing us with sedans that open like a barn. Remember Lincoln’s go-nowhere Continental concept of the early 2000s? That’s just one of many pieces […] The post QOTD: Is Your Heart Open to These Doors? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Lincoln, Continental, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day, Suicide Doors


QOTD: Unlikely Complaints?

Sitting in a new, unfamiliar vehicle can breed a nearly limitless range of emotions and observations. Excitement, lust, desire … and annoyance. Just as one design flourish or interior feature can turn interest into a buy, another can turn off prospective customers to such a degree that a sale becomes impossible. Sure, to the experienced […] The post QOTD: Unlikely Complaints? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Complaints, Car Buying, Autos, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


QOTD: Are You All Out of Love?

My bedroom as a kid was pretty typical. While there wasn’t much in the way of sports paraphernalia (and certainly no trophies… God, no), there were cars on the wall. Glossy, glitzy side-on shots of all the cars a young boy in the late ’80s would want. There was a Countach and a Testarossa (kids […] The post QOTD: Are You All Out of Love? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Qotd, News Blog, 1957 Chevrolet, Question of the Day


QOTD: Best Unheralded Performance Car?

  There are plenty of performance cars from the pages of history whose greatness has been recognized — Integra Type R, Focus RS, anything with GTI appended to its name. A few, however, have slipped through the cracks. Time is kind to some cars, with their stock rising only long after they’ve gone out of […] The post QOTD: Best Unheralded Performance Car? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Time, Autos, Dodge, Performance, Chevrolet, Detroit, Neon, Qotd, GTI, News Blog, Question of the Day, Cobalt Ss, Neon Acr, Integra Type R Focus RS


QOTD: Dare to Design?

Earlier this year, we asked if the current automotive styling trend of ever larger grilles had reached a peak of excess. Had automakers carried it too far? The vehicle that sparked the question was the new-for-2019 Toyota Avalon, a vehicle that saw fit to appropriate about 90 percent of its front-end real estate for the […] The post QOTD: Dare to Design? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ram, Autos, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day, 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD