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Autoweek (1-year auto-renewal)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2010
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I have been getting Autoweek Magazine for more than 15 years and think it is the best auto related magazine of them all. It is bi-weekly, so it is up to date. The contributing editors, like Denise McCluggage, have been around cars and racing forever so they can give insights that other mags just cannot. Others, like Natalie Neff, have a real way with words that make the car stories come to life. They seem to have a pretty fair bias in their reviews, with the only exception being a bias in favor of Porsche, no matter what Porsche does. It has good racing coverage, good long-term reviews with fair reporting and interesting insights as to what is happening in the automotive world right now. In buying it through Amazon, I can get it at a price even cheaper than as a current subscriber.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2009
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Autoweek comes more than once per month, so they are usually first with much of the news and car tests that car enthusiasts are interested in. It is a little pricey for an annual subscription, but shop around for price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2010
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I get WAY too many car magazines, but you can find subscription deals for so little that it makes sense (sort of). Pick this one up on the newsstand a few times before you subscribe, it really doesn't have anything the monthlies don't, it is NOT weekly anymore, and they follow the same review embargoes as everyone else. One advantage is racing coverage, but there's something now called the internet that is instantaneous so they've lost an advantage there too. In case you're wondering, the best car mag is CAR from the UK. It's expensive but well worth it, the truly addictive crack cocaine of auto journalism.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2013
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I was a loyal AW subscriber for about 25 years (maybe more), but of late "it ain't what it used to be". There is now too much focus on personalities, events, watches, cigars, etc., and not nearly enough focus on sheet metal. If I wanted what they currently cover, I would have subscribed to GQ, not AUTOweek (with an emphasis on AUTO"). Further, too much reference is now made to "see more content on our website". That doesn't work for me since I do my automotive reading while pausing twice daily in my "reading room". (Reading from an iPad in the "reading room" just doesn't do it for me - I prefer pulp (no - not for that!) Fortunately, my local tire store provides Automobile magazine (as well as Car & Driver) in the waiting room. Automobile seems to satisfy my sheet-metal needs, so I am now switching over to Automobile. (I tried European Car, but it has way too much emphasis on BMW, Audi and Mercedes, to the neglect of other European makes - plus too many "aftermarket modification" stories.) Basically, I want to know what's coming out of the automobile (and truck) manufacturers in the way of offerings I can actually buy, and not much else. If AW ever gets back to focusing on sheet metal, I might re-subscribe. But for now they have lost a once loyal customer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
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I'd compare Autoweek to a diner in a changing neighborhood that has played with its menu a bit, but is most confident in and proudly features its meatloaf. Meatloaf is fine on occasion, but you get the sense that this magazine, despite being biweekly, is slightly behind on its coverage. But I get the sense that most of readers are meatloaf eaters, so I am sure their subscriber base is happy.

Here are some compliments and complaints:
Motorsports:
I really appreciate the coverage of motorsports. The F1 coverage is pretty good, but aside from that, it's pretty US centric. Coverage is basically for stuff you can see on TV, plus a few niche US series. I'd like to see WRC, and LeMans covered more regularly. They waste a lot of space speculating over the future of the American Le Mans series, when there are real races going on now. I am no fan of NASCAR, so of course I'm going to say there's too much coverage. But they're getting and publishing frequent letters from readers on NASCAR fatigue.

The coverage itself could use a bit of a refresh. Basically, it's a lot of text and then stock press photos. Some of these articles describe rankings, describe all sorts of scenarios for end-of-season points. I think a few simple graphics regularly included would help.

Questionable choices:
I think you want to review a broad range of cars, but I don't think it's necessary to waste time reviewing humdrum cars just because they're popular. The mag's recent Corolla review was zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . . (sorry) even apologetic about wasting two pages; it was a little weird, and they had to really stretch to find something exciting to say.

The last issue I got was devoted to trucks and had 2 NASCAR chaps on the cover. Flipped through it, and it went right into the trash. Lots of stuff about comfortable seats. Riveting stuff.

Creepiness:
Quite a few issues have tried to interject some sex into the magazine. We got to get Courtney Force in her workout kit, and (Jenson Button, if that's your preference). I think there was some contest to win Miss Force's exercise picks. We also got a picture of a buxom Swedish teenager lifting up her shirt. I am not looking forward to any more of this nonsense. In a magazine that really likes its trucks and NASCAR, you get the creepy-old-man-leering-at-little-girls vibe.

I've only been a subscriber for 4 months, so hopefully they'll correct this.

Graphics:
Hmm, I can't say there are really any graphics. It's a lot of text and press photos. Almost blog-like simplicity. There's a beautiful mag out there called Top Gear. Autoweek is a cheap mag, I know, and I don't expect anything that amazing, but a smattering of nice artistic shots would not hurt. The few non-press photos could have been taken with a camera phone.

Other graphics accompanying reviews could be better. They need to consistently have a little summary graphic for each article. It's not that I am lazy about reading, but they do do a lot of writing, and all the key technical data are talked about over many pages. They need to be consistently included in a single exhibit.

The new "autolife" section:
As of the second installment, appears to have puffed out. Episode one featured Swedes and the aforementioned breast-baring teenage girls. Episode 2 was about being thrifty while looking at a bunch of old cars at Pebble Beach or something. We'll see if this improves.

Scoops:
Umm, there are none. I was expecting a biweekly magazine to try to do that. It looks like they mainly wait for press releases, and get their gossip from other mags and bloggers.

Korea:
The US is fueling the Korean auto industry, and a pretty hot topic, especially since Toyota and Honda decided that hopelessly boring was a better business model. Light, funky, Asian trubos are here to stay (for, well, 2 decades now--they're almost middle aged) and mainstream. I don't expect this to be the focus of this mag, but they need to balance this out with more regular attention on this segment. This is part of my "meatloaf" critique. But hey, I know more than any human being ever would need to about the Ford F150 now.

At this point, I am inclined to let my subscription lapse.

Update: Several more issues, and even more of creepy voyeurism. Now it's auto show girls. More space wasted on trucks. Still too much NHRA and NASCAR coverage. And they got scooped by everyone on several major redesigns. So I end up reading a lot of news I already knew about a few weeks ago. This can't end soon enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2012
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I like Autoweek because of the articles. They are usually short enough for a quick read, but provide enough information to actually inform you. It is well written and entertaining to read. My only complaint is that there are so many ads, especially towards the back of the magazine. I know that this is necessary for a magazine to survive in the digital era that we are in now. I can overlook this fault, because the rest of the magazine is filled with good substance. I would recommend this magazine to anyone that has a love or interest of cars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2010
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I have received this magazine for many years. It is a bi-weekly publication, and I think the quality is higher since it converted from a weekly.

My only problem is that my subscription did not go through as a renewal, so I started getting two copies of the same issue. I believe the correction has now been made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2014
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It is a shame that this magazine went from a weekly to a bi-weekly. I am still a fan and will continue to be a subscriber. It covers breaking news on new models, racing coverage and lots of other auto-based topics.

I had an ongoing subscription since the beginning of time and about a year ago switched to the digital version. Even though there the portability of the digital version was enticing, I did not like reading the magazine on my iPad. The other problem was the size of the files for each magazine. With 50-100mb being the norm, you have to constantly delete issues and then download them again if you want to review an article.

Amazon has a great magazine program so I came here to go back to my paper copies. Simple to order and renew.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2014
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It would get 5 stars if it was really Auto WEEK. It was a sad day when they switched to BI-weekly. A lot of people get this publication for its racing coverage. Now they only cover the most recent race and if you are lucky give you a paragraph on the race before that. Very disappointing. Someone should force them to change the name to AutoBiWeekly so that it more accurately describes the publication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2013
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This is hands down the most unbiased and informative automotive periodical that's available. Their photography is excellent as well. AutoWeek is definitely a great magazine.
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