Well I’ll just come right out and say it: of all the cars I’ve test driven so far, this one’s my favorite. As the current owner of a Cadillac, I could easily see myself driving another one some day. I like the brand’s styling, and it’s focus on performance. I think Cadillacs are the best example of American luxury and the CTS is a global competitor in its class.
If you’ve read my other reviews, you’ll know one of the first things I look for is good leg room and head clearance. Well I can honestly say that I could move the CTS’s driver’s seat too far back! At a certain point, it becomes pretty difficult to reach the steering wheel. With the seat back in a comfortable upright position, I still had an inch or two of head clearance. Good start! The back seats in the sedan do not fold down, but there is a pass through opening that will accept a set of skis or small bag.
I’ve been telling myself (and my wife) for while now that I would love to own a European car. Something about them gives me a good vibe. Also, being 6’9″ tall, I need all the leg/head room I can get. The Germans seem to have a reputation for making cars well suited to us taller guys. That would naturally lead me to Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Porshe, and VW. Posrche is out of the question (for now), VW’s tend to be a bit small still, the BWM 3 series is cramped, and Mercedes Benz comes with a big price tag, and a reputation for frequent problems. Although I was skeptical about how well I would fit in an A4, I decided to give one a try. Having one parked in my driveway would bring me great joy.
I arrived at the dealership hoping it would be love at first sight (or sit). I sat down in the black 2.0T sedan and sure enough, I was really surprised by how comfortable I was once I got the seat adjusted to my liking. I was impressed by the amount of leg room and head room. The leather seat was quite comfortable, but lacked the lateral support of others I’ve been in. The rear seats split and fold down completely, expanding the impressively large trunk.
The interior of the 9-5 resembles that of the 9-3 for the most part. It’s comfortable and simple. It’s easy to drive and operate controls. One particularly nice feature was the front seat ventilation. Turn it on and your butt is cool RIGHT NOW. Although not as much of a necessity to me as heated seats, they were very effective. One disappointment from the 9-5 was the lack of a bluetooth option. An auxiliary stereo input comes standard. Some of the interior felt and looked a bit cheap and out of place.
I could find a comfortable driving position, although I could have used a little more room from side to side. The 9-5 has a decent amount of backseat and trunk space, and comes in a wagon too if that’s not enough for you.
Well I decided to go take a spin in an Impreza WRX to see what all the hype was about. I had high hopes of a comfortable fit and a fun drive. Sadly (but not surprisingly) the fit wasn’t good enough to warrant a test drive. I was (again, not surprisingly) disappointed. Since I had already made the trip I thought, why not give the Legacy a try? So, I did. And forgot about the WRX disappointment.
I had seen an older 2.5GT at an autocross race a few years back and thought it was rather cool looking for a sedan. Since then, the Legacy has always been an option I would consider when the time came to shop for a new set of wheels. Then I saw pictures of the redesigned body style… not my favorite. I will say that I like it much better in person, but maybe the excitement of the test drive got the best of me. The aggressive looks make it feel sporty before you even get in, despite its larger size compared to the Impreza.
The Legacy’s interior is a good match for the exterior: enough flair to keep it interesting, but still quite practical. Overall craftsmanship and quality appeared to be good, and the controls were laid out in a way that made sense from the driver’s seat. The head room is plenty for a tall fellow like me, although I wouldn’t have minded a couple more inches of leg room. This 3.6R was fully loaded with leather, navigation, sunroof and upgraded stereo system.
At the age of 18, when I finally had a driver’s license, I lacked one important thing: an actual car. Ok, I lacked two important things: an actual car, and actual money. Fortunately, a few years later I was blessed with a hand-me-down. In the summer of 2003 I inherited a 1993 Ford Taurus GL with about 27k miles on it. It served me well during the few years I drove it. My sister drives it to this day, but I am sad to say it may be nearing the end of its useful life.
Not a single aspect of the 2010 Taurus resembles that car. Like the 2010 fusion, the new looks of the 2010 Taurus really caught my attention. The interior of the Taurus Limited resembles that of a luxury car more so than a traditional Taurus. Conveniences include bluetooth, sync, heated and ventilated seats, ambient lighting, and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, to name a few.
I’ve always been a fan of GM’s products. Couldn’t necessarily explain why, although I think I inherited it. So naturally, in my quest to find an eventual replacement for my beloved daily driver, I stopped by a Chevy lot to check out the Malibu and Impala.
My first impression of the Malibu is that it is rather plain. Nothing really groundbreaking, or fancy. That will depend on what you compare it to. The exterior styling is modern but very tasteful. I prefer the looks of the Malibu over similar models from Honda and Toyota. I test drove a 4 cylinder equipped Malibu in LTZ trim.
Not surprisingly, the 9-3 didn’t have quite the leg room of other sedans I have driven. Still, I was plenty comfortable in the driver’s seat to take it for a spin.
The interior is nice and simple, but still provides good features like auxiliary stereo hookup and bluetooth – both of which are basically essential to me. Controls were easy to find and use. There is some clever (but not really necessary) design found inside the Saabs. The cup holder packaging, in particular was actually somewhat fun to play with. Some of the items & materials seems a little cheap, compared to the rest. The overall quality of the interior was good, so these few items seemed out of place.