Tag: Editorials

Rare Rides: The Saab 9-4x – One Last Gasp From 2011

<img data-attachment-id="1665204" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900.jpg" data-orig-size="1200,675" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2011 Saab 9-4x" data-image-description=" https://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/cto/d/holiday-2011-saab-9-4x-aero-68k-miles/6828514304.html ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1665204 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-610×343.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900-120×68.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01414_a0ZHdp5uyK4_1200x900.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Would you like a luxury CUV that’s based on a Cadillac, but contains many unique and unobtainium parts? […]

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Runnin’ With the Devil: Going Over the Wall In New Jersey

<img data-attachment-id="1664748" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Devil-In-The-Dark-Action-e1552663147291.jpg" data-orig-size="2000,1333" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"6.3","credit":"Chris Tonn","camera":"NIKON D7100","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1540652851","copyright":"","focal_length":"90","iso":"720","shutter_speed":"0.008","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Devil In The Dark Action" data-image-description=" Image: © 2018 Chris Tonn ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Devil-In-The-Dark-Action-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Devil-In-The-Dark-Action-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1664748 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Devil-In-The-Dark-Action-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″> This coming weekend,  dozens of the best endurance racers in the world take to a bumpy old airstrip in Florida for the annual 12 Hours […]

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Practicality Will Dictate Mitsubishi’s Foreseeable Future

Mitsubishi has quite the storied history, but for car lovers things don’t really kick off until the 1970s, when the company spun off Mitsubishi Motors from its Heavy Industries division. With help from Chrysler, the Japanese company managed a foothold in North America and started escalating volume. Before long, Mitsubishi was delivering economically minded vehicles to […]

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Rare Rides: The 1993 Toyota Caldina Wagon, Featuring Four-wheel Drive and Five Sunroofs

It may look like someone blended together the wagon versions of the Toyota Corolla and the Subaru Legacy, but today’s Rare Ride is something rarely (or never) seen on North American shores. Presenting the 1993 Toyota Caldina, with Sky Canopy. The Toyota Caldina was born of a need to simplify product offerings. Prior to 1992, […]

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Rare Rides: The 1989 Nissan S-Cargo – It’s Van Time

Today Rare Rides takes a look at another one of Nissan’s special Pike cars from the turn of the Nineties. This tiny van is definitely the oddball of the Pike family. It’s an S-Cargo, from 1989. The first Pike car we featured was the Pao, a clamshell hatchback that borrowed styling cues from European cars […]

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Rare Rides: A Hudson Commodore Brougham From 1950, Complete With Celebrity Ownership

Today’s Rare Ride hails from a time when American cars were glamorous — and often painted pink and bright green. It was a time when Brougham meant real luxury, and not just a vinyl roof accompanied by the faint glow of an opera lamp. Even with a tame white and brown color scheme, today’s convertible […]

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QOTD: What’s the Most Overpriced Non-luxury Vehicle in 2019?

Though much of the luxury vehicle segment is immune from the depressingly practical concept of “good value,” the less aspirational vehicles of the proletariat are not so fortunate. Today we discuss overpriced non-luxury vehicles for sale in 2019. We’re only concerned with brand new vehicles; those offered for the 2019 model year. Perhaps another day we […]

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Rare Rides: A 2003 Mazda Roadster Coupe That’s Not for Americans

Mazda has always been fond of making special edition trims of the MX-5 Miata. In 2003, the engineers in Hiroshima decided to put together something a bit more unique than the usual colored trim/new wheel design combo. Presenting the 2003 Roadster Coupe. Mazda’s original Miata (NA) debuted to critical and customer acclaim for the 1990 […]

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Rare Rides: A Very Brown Talbot Tagora From 1982

Today’s Rare Ride is the European luxury sedan you’ve never heard of. Plush, brown, and boxy, it’s the Talbot Tagora from 1982. The Tagora was born at a difficult time for its owner, Chrysler Europe. Chrysler’s European branch was formed in 1967 from a combination of three brands, all hailing from different countries in Europe. […]

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Where Your Author Eliminates a Couple of Coupes

In an introductory post last week, I detailed a couple of cars I was considering as a replacement to my decade-old Infiniti M. The comments (some filled with unusual anger) prodded me to add another car to the list. A week later, I can tell you that two of those former options are absolutely out […]

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QOTD: Found Yourself Surprisingly Disappointed?

In last week’s QOTD, we asked you to share the vehicles that pleasantly surprised you after spending some time behind the wheel. Whether your expectations were high or low to start, it’s always nice to recall transportation that impressed. Today we turn in the opposite direction, and talk about cars that left you feeling disappointed. […]

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Alabama Newspaper That Called for K.K.K. to ‘Ride Again’ Has a New Editor: A Black Woman

A newspaper in a small city in Alabama that drew condemnation over an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to “ride again” has a new editor and publisher: a 46-year-old black woman. The new editor, Elecia R. Dexter, is taking over The Democrat-Reporter, a weekly newspaper serving Linden in western Alabama, at a “pivotal […]

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Rare Rides: A Mustang-y Aston Martin V8 Volante From 1988

The Rare Rides series is fond of Aston Martin, and has previously featured a Lagonda, Virage, and a bespoke V8 shooting brake. Today we have a look at the closest the brand ever got to making a British Mustang. It’s a V8 Volante from 1988.Aston Martin’s V8 was one of the longest-lived offerings for the […]

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Where Your Author Steps Away From Infiniti

Some heavy thoughts are weighing on my mind lately; some might even call them urges. And those urges are telling me to sell a blue Datsun sedan and get something else. Should I give in? The M35x pictured above has occupied the lone space in the garage since early November of 2013. I bought it […]

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Detroit City Council Bans Autorama Bandit Jump Over Seemingly Nonexistent Confederate Flag

Until Tuesday, organizers of the 2019 Detroit Autorama were planning on opening the show on March 1st with a car jump by a replica Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am Firebird. A couple of years ago, the Autorama featured a jump of a Dukes of Hazzard “General Lee” Charger replica, to considerable press coverage, including […]

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QOTD: Found Yourself Pleasantly Surprised?

It’s easy for a car to disappoint — it’s seen all the time in the reviews featured on these pages. A squeaky seat here, loose trim there, or a ride quality as smooth as falling down a flight of stairs. But what about those times when the opposite happens?Today we want to talk about instances […]

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Rare Rides: A Georgia-made Coupe From 2001 – the Panoz Esperante

What luxury sports car combines a multitude of components from other manufacturers with a custom-fabricated body all its own? It’s the Panoz Esperante, naturally.Your author has always put the Esperante in a class with the Qvale Mangusta, which was featured on a previous edition of Rare Rides. In the early 2000s, start-up manufacturers made custom, […]

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Rare Rides: A Pristine 1997 Toyota Paseo of the Cabriolet Variety

Today’s Rare Ride is the rarest version of an already rare economy car. It’s a sporty and simple Toyota Paseo cabriolet, hailing from 1997. Toyota first offered the Paseo in 1991 as a sporty replacement for the deceased two-door Corolla. The Paseo and its more economically-minded and serious Tercel sibling rode atop the Toyota Starlet […]

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Rare Rides: The 1991 Lotus Elan, With Power by Isuzu

The Rare Rides series has featured a couple Lotus-related items before. The first was this Isuzu I-Mark RS, which was an Isuzu with some Lotus badges on it. Then came the Elite, which was a real Lotus. Today we take a look at the Elan, which mixes it up with Lotus badges and an Isuzu […]

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The Green New Deal Is Unlikely to Change the Auto Industry Anytime Soon

If you’re freaked out that the so-called Green New Deal will soon render you carless, or perhaps driving an EV against your will, I am here to tell you: Relax. If you’re hoping the Green New Deal will save the planet from a climate crisis the federal government itself has predicted is just a hair […]

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