Pros: Highly polished, informative, well written; lots of useful information.
Cons: None really...
The Bottom Line:
Within its 130 or so glossy pages I have found a home, a resting place from which I can gleam my needed automotive knowledge.
Like most men in their twenties I was a car guy. I ate and drank the elixir of horsepower, torque, RPM's, and colored sheet metal. I could recite long lists of carlines and their varying specifications. I subscribed to and devoured all of the (four) the nation's most popular car magazines of the time: Car & Driver, Motor Trend, Road & Track, and the beauty queen of them all, Automobile Magazine. But as time and overseas assignments took my attention elsewhere, one-by-one my subscriptions lapsed and my car fetish all but died.
But, now in the autumn of my life, I have rekindled my love of cars, especially expensive high performance mid-sized cars from well-known and well respected nameplates we all know: Cadillac, BMW, Audi, Lexus, Lincoln, Jaguar, and of course Mercedes-Benz. So when I got a $5.00 off coupon from Magazines.com via e-mail, I plowed through the 230 or so men's magazines before finally deciding on Car & Driver Magazine published monthly by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc.
Like most car magazines, Car & Driver is full of glossy, colorful, pictures and serious well written articles, car comparisons, and long-term road tests, but the magazine offers so much more. Unlike the other automobile periodicals, Car & Driver servesup truly useful (practical) information for the everyman, or woman. This subtle distinction elevates Car & Driver above the rest and makes it far and away the best car rag for my hard earned money.
However, like other three American car magazines Car & Driver covers a broad swath of the American automobile scene, but it also does a fair job of delving into the international automobile scene as well. And the reaches far-a-field to bring readers the off-beat, the exotic and the really expensive, but fear not the Chevrolet Aveo's of this world also find a place inside the glossy pages of Car & Driver magazine. And the magazine does this is a format that is easy to follow and extremely inviting.
For instance in the October 2008 issue Car & Driver featured the previews/road tests of the following cars: Acura ZDX, Alfa 8C Spider, 2011 BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible, 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP, plus a comprehensive write-up on The Best Cars for $20,000. Add to these two very well written and equally as comprehensive comparison article: Audi R8 V-10 vs. Ferrari 430 Scuderia, and you have receipt for the most useful automobile magazine this side of the pond.
Another strong incentive to read Car & Driver is its decided lack of wall-to-wall advertisements. Most of the magazine is dedicated to substance; the articles are what make Car & Driver such a joy to read. The articles are well written, concise, and comprehensive. And although the writers fill the paragraphs with lexicon of the automobile industry, the prose never talks down to the reader, or looses my interest along the way.
Another way Car & Driver distinguishes itself from the rest, is its more than comprehensive write-up on each automobile within the magazine. Even the shortest articles, or write-up's feature a detailed description of the car, its interior and exterior specifications, road test results, pricing, and possible competitors. No other magazine that I have read thus far-Automobile, Motor Trend, or Road & Track-offers as much useful information.
Interspersed between these nuggets of auto knowledge are other articles that deal with esoteric but informative tidbits from the automotive arena. For instance the same issue that brought us the above mentioned articles offered up a 6-page article on a WWII era Jeep! Not exactly need to know information, but human interest stories are always welcome in this world seemingly filled with nothing by death and mayhem.
Even some of the photographs in Car & Driver Magazine have a story to tell in the guise of in-depth exterior and mechanical analysis. In the final analysis there is no other car magazine I would rather subscribe to than Car & Driver Magazine. Within its 130 or so glossy pages I have found a home, a resting place from which I can gleam my needed automotive knowledge. For me there is no other Car Mag!
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Vincent Martin (vemartin)
I am an IT Professional and have worked in the industry for over 20 years. I may be a computer geek, but I also like reading, writing, cooking, music, current events and regretfully, politics.
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As the world's most popular automotive magazine, Car and Driver informs and entertains people who like cars. As the most comprehensive source of automotive information, the monthly magazine offers the highest quality vehicle tests in the business by applying a discerning eye to every car, pickup truck, van, and sport-utility vehicle that is marketed for consumer use in America. The magazine also covers the latest developments in technology, politics, and business that affect automobiles and driving.