Don Adair's Seat Time archive for Nov. 2012

THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

Cadillac ATS: New kid has attitude

It's all-GM all-the-time this week here at Seat Time. For the past few days, we've focused on Chevy's new mini-car, the Spark. For the next few days we'll look at Cadillac's newest and smallest, the ATS sport sedan. We might as well get this out...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2012

Chevy Spark: Making more from less

As you would imagine, the base Spark ($12,995, including destination) is relatively spare in the standard-features category. Air-conditioning, power windows, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, a trip computer, OnStar telematics and a four-speaker radio with an auxiliary audio jack...

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MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012


No such thing as a bump-free revolution

I suspect that in the final analysis, touchscreen navigation and infotainment systems will be found to be dangerous. IMHO, any onboard function that requires that drivers a) take their eyes off the road and b) reach out to touch an icon on a screen while...

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The mighty mini Spark hits the highway

Not even Chevy claims for the Spark the ride and handling package of a German Grand Touring machine. Twelve feet long and riding on a 93-inch wheelbase, the Spark has more in common size-wise with a washing machine packing crate than an S-class Mercedes. Fifteen-inch...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 24, 2012


Chevy Spark: Mighty mite or 2200-lb weakling?

Chevrolet’s Spark is the company’s first mini-car, a competitor to the Fiat 500, Smart Fortwo and Scion IQ. The anti-Suburban, if you will. It’s GM’s smallest car, and also, at $12,995, its most affordable. Yet the Spark has room for four adults and, so configured,...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 23, 2012

A trim, contemporary exterior replaces the boxy shape of the previous-generation Escape. (Ford)

2013 Escape: More Than Just Cool Stuff

So much cool stuff clings to the 2013 Ford Escape, it would be easy to lose site of how fundamentally good it is. No doubt you’ve heard about the motion-sensing handsfree tailgate, the torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system and the first-in-class application of active park assist. Nor...

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