Don Adair's Seat Time archive for Dec. 2012

SATURDAY, DEC. 29, 2012

Too many miles; too few words

I’ve been driving lots but not writing; here's a quick and dirty update: The GMC Terrain Denali aspires for near-luxury quality in the compact crossover category and largely succeeds. Inattention to important details undermines the effort, though. Hint: If you’re going to indulge in stitched...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012

SATURDAY, DEC. 8, 2012

VW Passat: The affordable European

Though European carmakers dominate the upper end of the automotive market, they are largely absent from the segments where most of us shop. The chief exception is Volkswagen, which of course made its mark flogging the humble Beetle. VW has flirted with going upscale --...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

Cadillac ATS: Meant to be missed

I felt a twinge of loss when it came time to give up Cadillac ATS tester yesterday. It happens now and again, but only when a car strikes a very specific chord. For me, that chord is all about how the car feels under and...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012

Cadillac ATS: Taming the wild road

In 2002, GM debuted a new suspension technology called Magnetic Ride Control (MRC). That name sounds like it came rolling straight from the Hype Machine, but MRC was a breakthrough in suspension design. It’s behind the FE3 sport suspension that’s available on the ATS. So...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2012

2013 Toyota Avalon: Swinging for the fences

For 2013, Toyota set out not to merely update the full-size Avalon; instead, it gave its underachieving flagship a personality transplant. For the first 12 years of its existence, the Avalon lacked focus and, consequently, a true identity. It was the Toyota of choice for...

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