Posts in category "Today's Rant"

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid actual fuel economy isn't great

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid actual fuel economy isn't great
I have got to stop driving hybrids in the winter. The cold weather never affords me with optimal conditions, and then I get disappointed when my fuel economy is 10 mpg less than what EPA estimates it should be. I had the 2014 Ford Fusion for a full week test when the weather was still... Read more »

Toyota Entune apps are a good idea ... in theory

Toyota Entune apps are a good idea ... in theory
During the Chicago Auto Show this  year, I was on a social media panel, and they asked me what I thought the future of social and autos would be. My answer: Apps. Being able to automatically check in on foursquare or Facebook while driving. Being able to have tweets read to you over the speakers.... Read more »

Today's Rant: Twisted seat belt in the Mercedes C250

Today's Rant: Twisted seat belt in the Mercedes C250
I kind of hate writing this rant because I loved the Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe. It was compact and sporty. It was fun and right sized. It was gorgeous and well appointed. It held the curves and moved with the slightest push of the gas pedal. I could continue to gush, but I’ve got to get... Read more »
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Today's Rant: Seating position in the VW Passat

I just swapped into the 2013 VW Passat TDI with a 6-speed manual transmission. Before I sat in the driver’s seat, I was elated. I love driving a stick shift. And Vee-Dub typically does a great job with them. In fact, one of my favorite cars (a car I could own) is the Jetta with... Read more »

Rant or a Rave? Volume control in the Chevrolet Sonic

I have to admit, I think the setup in the Chevrolet Sonic is pretty cool. I really like the clean interface, easy-to-use controls and  phone connectivity. And, at first glance, I thought the in-dash volume control was pretty slick. I loved that I could slide the volume on the screen. But the more I thought... Read more »

Today's Rant: Gear shift in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Today's Rant: Gear shift in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Let me start by saying, I love almost everything about the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. The Hemi engine is flawless. The seats are super comfy. The ride and handling are absolutely track-worthy — even for such a large vehicle. There was just this one niggling little thing that gave me fits during the test... Read more »
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Today's Rant: Keyless should be keyless

Today's Rant: Keyless should be keyless
Maybe it’s a chick thing. But, I have to say I’m really annoyed when a manufacturer gives you keyless start but then does not give you keyless entry. Makes me think of those commercials that Ford is putting out lately. You can have a bed OR  breakfast. You can have sweet OR sour chicken. Like... Read more »

Today's Rant: Mic quality on the 2014 Kia Forte

Today's Rant: Mic quality on the 2014 Kia Forte
I was having a phone call with my boss in the 2014 Kia Forte, and in the first minute of the call, he asked: “Are you in a tunnel?” Nope. I wasn’t. “Well, you sound really far away,” he said. Because I needed to hear and be heard, I switched to using headphones, to which... Read more »

Today's Rant: Bluetooth connection in the Mazdaspeed3

Today's Rant: Bluetooth connection in the Mazdaspeed3
I hate to talk on the phone. Seriously. I avoid it at all costs. That being said, I do spend a fair amount of time in the car during my commute to work. And rather than talk out loud to myself about the stupid drivers  who don’t know how to merge with traffic on the... Read more »
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Today's Rant: 2013 Ford Escape navigation

Today's Rant: 2013 Ford Escape navigation
I’m hoping it was just a glitch in the test car. If not, Ford has a serious problem on its hands. During the test week, the navigation in the all-new Ford Escape was not only underwhelming but also picky. The first time I noticed the cranky temperament, I was trying to enter an address on... Read more »