My grandmother had one of these (either a 1999 or a 2002), I ended up driving it once for a few days while my old 1993 Celica was in the shop for the crank pulley coming loose (this was almost 7 years ago now, and she was the closest relative to where I was living at that time). What kinda worried me is that her… » 3/17/15 11:19pm 3/17/15 11:19pm

I'm hard pressed to remember I time I didn't. I was apparently excited to sit in the middle seat (in a car seat as I wasn't yet 2) when my parents finally got a five-seater because I could see where I was going. Began spotting and naming makes and models at age 3. Cried at age 4 because I thought my parent's 1984… » 3/06/15 12:24am 3/06/15 12:24am

It's achievable, it just depends on your driving style. Mix in a few hypermiling techniques and/or wide open throttle short shift (WOTSS, I remember reading about this in a Road & Track article a few years ago) and you can slightly beat the numbers. In the 4 cars I have owned or driven regularly, I have regularly beat… » 3/04/15 11:42pm 3/04/15 11:42pm

Funny story, I once connected my iPod via USB to a then-new rental Hyundai Sonata (this was about 4 years ago). This apparently confused the Sonata, which had no clue what to do with my music, and refused to play anything or act like a normal iPod. Only car that's ever had issues with a hardwired aux audio connection… » 2/25/15 10:00pm 2/25/15 10:00pm

My parents own a 2003 Mazda 6, and while it is not the absolute worst car that my family has owned (1981 Pontiac Sunbird), it is one of the more frustrating ones. They bought it used in 2007, needed another car that they felt comfortable letting one of their kids drive (first my younger brother, then my younger… » 2/20/15 10:57pm 2/20/15 10:57pm

Japanese minivans before 1998 in general. Toyota had two "interesting looking" front-mid engine 4 cylinder minivans (first the Van/VanWagon, then the Previa) before an IIHS recommendation of "Sell at all costs or your family will die" brought about the 1998 Sienna. Not a bad car, but Toyota was definitely changed by… » 2/05/15 6:21pm 2/05/15 6:21pm

Part of it is the general traffic (I remember the failed experiment of having the tall skinny rubber lane dividers up for the lane for switching to I-64, and that most of those were taken out by people within a week), but it is a bumpy, sometimes potholed mess. That said the IN to KY side is worse than the KY to IN… » 1/20/15 11:20pm 1/20/15 11:20pm

Agreed. This harmonization, or even better, a creation of a global safety standard throughout (not that I can think of any place with different safety standards that would be equivalent to these two), would probably save companies enough money that you could get any car anywhere (well, depending on emissions… » 12/13/14 9:58am 12/13/14 9:58am