Posts Tagged ‘convertible’

2007 Volkswagen Eos

February 28th, 2010 No comments

Aren’t Greek Goddesses Supposed To Be Beautiful?

     We wanted to like the Eos, we really did. After all, it has one of the slickest convertible roofs ever designed and matches a smooth and powerful V6 engine to our beloved DSG transmission. Why then, didn’t it earn our affection? It comes down to our core belief that convertibles should be beautiful cars, and the Eos simply isn’t. Read more…

2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible

February 24th, 2010 No comments

What Is The Technical Term For Quirky?

    Someone once describe Saab engineering to me like this: When the Germans do it, it is an engineering wonder, but when the Swedes do it, it is just plain quirky. After spending a couple of days behind the wheel of a Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible I must say that the Swedish engineers are clever, but a few of their ideas left me scratching my head. Read more…

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2006 Pontiac G6 Convertible

February 23rd, 2010 No comments

A Strawberry Shake at a Vanilla Price

    This is the ultimate compromise vehicle. It’s to be expected then that auto giant General Motors finds a way for you to have your cake and eat it too. It is the car for when you want something, she wants another. You want the wind in your hair, she just did her hair. You say ta-mato, I say to-moto. Read more…

2006 Pontiac Solstice vs. Mazda MX-5

February 23rd, 2010 No comments

Maybe We Could Have Picked A Warmer Weekend?

    The plan drawn up at AT headquarters was deceptively simply: Gather the hot new Mazda MX-5 and the sexy Pontiac Solstice, drop their respective tops, and chase the horizon for a day of fantastic fall fun. It’s the stuff dreams are made of—or at least our tire smoking, fuel-injected dreams. This plan, however, would require two things. First, that we could get our anxious little paws on the keys to the two hottest cars for 2006 during the same week. And second, that the weather in Michigan in late fall wouldn’t resemble something from The Day After Tomorrow. Read more…

2006 Honda S2000

February 23rd, 2010 No comments


     When you drive a different car each week, people often ask you which is your favorite.
     I’ve always had the same answer: the Honda S2000.
     This little two-seat roadster, at $34,000, is far from the most expensive car I’ve driven. It’s not the fastest, either, and certainly not the most comfortable. Read more…

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2006 Mazda MX-5

February 22nd, 2010 No comments

     Ivory Soap used to advertise that its product was 99 and 44/100ths-percent pure.
     Mazda could have said the same thing about the Miata when it was introduced in 1989. The first Miata was about as pure as sports cars could get, offering only the bare necessities of transportation so that it could focus on its core mission: fun for the driver. Read more…

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2005 Chevrolet SSR

February 18th, 2010 1 comment

     If you’re the shy type, don’t ever ride in this Chevy.
     From the moment you step inside this wild truck — a power-top convertible, no less — you become the center of attention wherever you drive.
     People roll down their windows at stoplights to ask what it is; you can’t fill the gas tank without being interrupted at least twice; little kids stare at it with open-mouthed amazement; and cops pull you over for no apparent reason. Read more…

2005 Lexus SC430

February 16th, 2010 No comments

      Want to look like a movie star? Just get behind the wheel of this Lexus.
     It’s the svelte SC 430, a hard-top convertible that seems like it belongs on the streets of Beverly Hills. With a powerful engine, upscale technology and fabulous cabin, it makes you feel like a star and look like one, too. Read more…

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible

February 15th, 2010 No comments

     I love the magic of convertibles.
     When you drop the top and start the engine, they delightfully make you forget about things like mortgage payments, jerks at work, leaky faucets, and the IRS. Convertibles are designed for fun — nothing more, nothing less. Read more…

2005 Ford Thunderbird

February 15th, 2010 No comments

Do The A&W Waitresses Still Roller-Skate To Your Car?

     Ford was on to something when they introduced the T-bird concept back in 2000. Then they waited until 2002 to release it. Orders came quick and the early ‘Birds were gobbled up by graying Baby Boomers. Then the lust disappeared. All those who remembered the classic T-bird had theirs already and Ford just couldn’t bribe the young’uns into taking one. So this latest model has sailed along smoothly, the winds of time, unfortunately, not in the ‘Bird’s favor. The reign of the Thunderbird ends this year—again. The flight was to be a short one and lack of sales has not spurred a model year extension. So we found it necessary to take one last cruise before this bird joined the Dodo. Read more…

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