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1.0 out of 5 stars Manufacture Biased Identity Crisis, February 6, 2008
This review is from: Car and Driver (1-year) (Magazine)
C&D was once entertaining, witty, objective and a great read. The staff worked well together and they put out a consistently good magazine. Then it went through some rough years where it got kind of tame and boring. Now, it's an ill fitting mix of new and old writers trying to be fresh and hip while being spoon fed by the car manufactures. The magazine lacks consistency, focus and any sort of clear vision as to what they're about.

C&D mostly seems to print what the biggest manufactures want them to. There have been several articles lately, such as on the new Nissan GT-R and Corvette ZR1, that literally mirror articles in other magazines even featuring some of the same quotes from the same car execs. You might as well go to the manufacture's websites and read their press releases.

There has been a lot of inconsistency in C&D's reviews. One car will be rave reviewed, and 4 issues later, will place near the bottom of a multi-car comparison test. The impression is very much whichever manufacture spends the most on ads, dinners, drinks, and other gratuities, gets top billing regardless of the quality and performance of their vehicles.

Some of the writing is entertaining, but that's offset by the same tired editors (Csere, Bedard, et al.) who largely keep writing the same stuff they've been whining about for a decade or three. The end result comes off as heavily biased, anything but objective, and an awkard mix of writing styles.

My suggestion: Save some trees and just skim the C&D website for their rare entertaining exclusive article and get the rest of your automotive news somewhere else.
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Initial post: Jul 25, 2009 12:57:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 25, 2009 12:59:01 PM PDT
T. Gehman says:
Work for Motor Trend any? I am a happy subscriber to C&D, and while they do seem to have a BMW bias, I can hardly justify the one-star review.

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 4:38:15 PM PDT
S. Kelley says:
There is nothing in the review above I can disagree with.

I suppose I could also declare I agree with all that the reviewer wrote.

Sniff.

I miss the Car and Driver I read in the 1970s and 1980s. I would rate those the "golden years" of the once-groovy Car & Driver.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 6:55:16 PM PDT
JJohnstone says:
It's unfortunate that magazines depend so heavily on advertising revenue, but they do.

Outside of Kiplinger's and Consumer Reports there hasn't been a legitimate car review magazine in long time.
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