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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-21-2011, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Favorite Car Magazine

Although the web is a great source of car information, I find I still like to read car magazines. An annual subscription is generally inexpensive, but I'm subscribing to four magazines and it adds up! I'm trying to whittle down my choices and was wondering what forum members like to read.

Here's what I read and my impressions:

1. Road&Track - I like the technical nature of their articles. One piece described what a driver meant by "turn in". Columnist Peter Egan is enjoyable to read, while Sam Mitani covers car culture in Asia. I don't follow racing much, so the "Track" part of Road&Track is lost on me.

2. MotorTrend - Good coverage of various cars with long term tests. I liked their coverage of the Fisker Karma better than R&T's version. The columnists, however, are a bit generic and not memorable.

3. Automobile - Overall writing style is tops. I always look forward to reading columnist Robert CumberFord. He worked at GM as a designer and deconstructs the looks of a car each month. I also like Jamie Kitman who shares his insights with wit regarding the auto business. Automobile looks at cars more as lifestyle so they don't do deep technical pieces. They also cover older cars and the auction scene which doesn't interest me.

4. Grassroots Motorsports - I'm out of my league here! It's for tuners, but I wanted to learn a bit about what's underneath the hood and chassis. It could make me a better driver, and at minimum, allow me to appreciate cars more.

5. Car And Driver - I bought a couple of issues, but didn't subscribe. It's ok, but I'm not really their target audience. They write for adolescents and juveniles.

What do you all like to read?

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Hemmings sports and exotic
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C&D writes for juveniles?

I have subscriptions to R&T, Motortrend, Automobile and C&D. C&D blows the others away when it comes to actually providing information about cars on the market. MT seems to be just one huge advertisement as they rarely criticize anything. R&T is ok, I'm just not a big open wheel racing fanatic so half of their magazine is irrelevant to me. Automobile is ok, but seems to be written for silver hairs.

In the end, I haven't found anything that even remotely comes close to C&D.
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Car and Driver for me.

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Car & Driver and MotorTrend.

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Umm.. Import Tuner?.... :hide:
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I like Car and Driver! I also live within a half a mile from them

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I browse C&D and MT online. MT often feels like a big advertisement. CD has done interesting articles on tire performance in various conditions and the effect of wheel size on fuel efficiency and vehicle performance. CD is easily my favorite in print magazine. However, Edmunds Insideline is the most thorough when it comes to long term road testing. I also read Jalopnik and Autoblog daily.
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[quote author=Hindu-Dini link=topic=190970.msg4029716#msg4029716 date=1306000689]
Umm.. Import Tuner?.... :hide:
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^^^ Guilty as charged... LOL
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Wow, lots of support for C&D. Ok, I will give them another look. But there were some goofy articles that turned me off. One was "Drive A Stick Without A Clutch." Now only an adolescent would try that. :P Another goofy article was "How To Bless Your Car".

And then there was the lame mention of slot cars which seemed more like an ad. They could have given it a more adult treatment. What was the detail level on the slot cars? How do they compare to the old original AFX slot cars? What track pieces came with it and what layouts are possible?

I know, these are side pieces that could just be skipped. The cars are the real subject matter and I did find myself enjoying the comparisons in the May 2011 issue. You guys are spot on about that. They should just rename the magazine to "Car and Adolescent Driver" :P

Thanks for enlightening me on the lesser known titles -- Hemmings for collectors and Import Tuner for adolescents... but I say that in a good way! Hands down, Import Tuner wins. I will subscribe to that one and drop the rest.


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