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What are your favorite automotive magazines?
which one is considered the best and the broadest in topics?

C&D? MotorTrend? etc?????
 

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I would have to say Road & Track is the best magazine. Their reviews seem the least biased and their writers are superb. It is definitely my favorite.

Car and Driver is usually a riot to read and their articles are well done, but I think that R&T gets the edge overall.

I strongly dislike Motor Trend, however. They seem to make erratic choices in the winners of their comparisons. One particulary eggregious example is the Chevy Caprice winning Car of the Year. Need I say more?

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Originally posted by Jeff Taylor:
I would have to say Road & Track is the best magazine. Their reviews seem the least biased and their writers are superb. It is definitely my favorite.

Car and Driver is usually a riot to read and their articles are well done, but I think that R&T gets the edge overall.

I strongly dislike Motor Trend, however. They seem to make erratic choices in the winners of their comparisons. One particulary eggregious example is the Chevy Caprice winning Car of the Year. Need I say more?

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Motortrend is in the gutter as far as credibility goes. Most of their articles read like a sales pamphlet. I would say UK's Car magazine is a close second to C&D. Be careful about the editorials in C&D though, I've read several letters to the editors where they were caught with their pants down, so to speak.
 

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Here are some I like:

Ami Auto World Weekly (beats the heck out of Autoweek)
Top Gear
Evo
Autocar

The last three are European, but you can find them on some American newsstands. The Euro rags are much meatier and simply better than the American fare. And they 're not focused simply on European cars. You'll find a lot more about the more interesting Japanese autos (Nissan Skyline GT-R, Mitsubishi Evo VI, Subaru Impreza WRX, etc.) in the Euro mags.

For racing, I like:

Autosport
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Car and Driver sucks. They have their heads waaay up their asses. They have been so off on their performance stats. Motor Trend sucks too but at least much more accurate. I pick Automobile.

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Automobile... pretty pictures... that's about it.

Motortrend is cool if you're into domestics....

Car & Driver takes the cake, Road & Track is a close second if not on par. (although C&D has some questionable comparisons, (i.e manuals matched up against autos - lexus IS300 vs. 328/330 manual instead of 328/330 auto). C&D does have great stats.
 

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Autoweek is my favorite. Gives me something to read every week instead of one day a month (read cover to cover very fast). Close second is R&T. I'm starting to read more Sport Compact Car too.
 

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crap... can't believe I forgot Sport Compact Car. I'm starting to really appreciate all the info and the detailed reports on their project cars. Has the making of a good mag.
 

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If you want a weekly, try Ami Auto World Weekly. It features a wider variety of articles and more auto reviews than Autoweek...also, more BMW articles. ^_^ Also try Autocar from the UK if you can find it. It comes out either weekly or biweekly and is meatier (more articles, longer articles) than the other weeklies.
 

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Bimmer Magazine
Roundel (BMW car club magazine)

Actually, I like C&D because they seem like crazy speed freaks like me. I love the way the editor attacks letter writers. Although Patrick Bedard's John Birch Society ramblings get a bit tiresome. R&T is by far the most "formal" and equally as good in a different way. Motor Trend is like Consumer Reports trying to be cool. Or like a guy who wears dress shoes with shorts driving a red Corvette.

The other ones I will buy when there is an article of interest and for the ads.

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Car and Driver is my personal favorite too. I really like their comparison tests, highs and lows, and comments.
 

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I picked up a Japanese car mag yesterday and it quickly became obvious that it was aimed at the tuner crowd. With the exception of a few race or vintage oriented magazines, most of the car mags at the Japanese book store had sections on how to modify cars. The articles were also more "hands on" in the sense that they break the car down into components (suspensions, unibody frame, engine etc.) and explain what's good and what's bad. I guess in Japan, people are more at ease with modding their cars. I wonder if the Japanese warranty laws are less restrictive towards mods. They also had a review of the CL-S and said it was very "American".

[This message has been edited by Chiphead (edited November 07, 2000).]
 

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Originally posted by Black300:
crap... can't believe I forgot Sport Compact Car. I'm starting to really appreciate all the info and the detailed reports on their project cars. Has the making of a good mag.

I USED to like that magazine, until all they had filling there pages was the same piece of ****, painted a different color (HONDA CIVIC) and that got old, so i don't get it anymore. turbo is ok though. i do have to give props to SCC for the project MR2, that car was nuts, wheelies in 3rd gear at 70mph?
 

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Originally posted by QuikVR6:
Car and Driver sucks. They have their heads waaay up their asses. They have been so off on their performance stats. Motor Trend sucks too but at least much more accurate. I pick Automobile.

Automobile Magazine is nothing but glossy pictures and fluffy articles. Their writers should be working for Conde Nast. That's because when they do comparison tests, they seem to spend a lot of time writing about the coffeehouses and Bed&Breakfasts that they stayed at, rather than writing about the performance of the cars they are testing.
 

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Autoweek. You don't have to filter biased editorials nearly as much as the others. They also don't seem to whore out on "First Look!" pictures. And if the pictures are there, they're right.
 
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