The words of House Stark will tell you that preparing for winter is imperative. And assuming you’ve seen a few winters in your time, you’ll know that one of the biggest adjustments you’ll need to make is winter driving. You’ll need to add some time to your commute allowance, check your antifreeze, grab some flares and road salt, and throw on some snow tires. But if you’re looking for a new vehicle to bring to battle with winter, we have some suggestions. Cars for skiing are great, but these vehicles will do you good in the everyday winter struggle.
Some things are inherently American.
Think of things like Mt. Rushmore, Kentucky and the Heart Attack Grill. These are representations of Americana that showcase our country as it exists today. We love our history, our freedom and our food. And, of course, we love our cars.
There’s a new list of the most “American” cars of 2014 that includes Hondas, Toyotas and Chryslers among the Fords and Chevys of the world. I find it interesting when foreign-owned brands get named on lists like this, as it blurs the line between the domestics and the imports.
I’ve been a card-carrying member of the diesel fan club for many years. The benefits of longevity and fuel economy speak for themselves, but the advancement of gasoline engines has significantly narrowed the gap in recent years.
The average cost of diesel fuel remains well above that of regular unleaded, and diesel cars typically cost much more than the same model powered by a gasoline engine. So have oil burners lost their edge? Chrysler doesn’t think so, as its turbodiesel V6 could start showing up in more models.
Check the CarGurus used car listings for a 2005 Chrysler 300, and you will find plenty of examples priced somewhere around $11,000-$14,000. Do some negotiating and you can probably score one even cheaper.
So what would make a bone-stock 300 worth a million bucks? Nothing. Not even if said car transported Tom Brady to the Super Bowl while spewing magical golden fairy dust from the exhaust.
2005 Chryslers just don’t sell for a million dollars, regardless of who drove them. So it’s with surprise that I show you this ad:
The “What constitutes American made?” question has made its rounds on these pages before. Remember our discussion on whether Chevrolet or Mazda made the more “American” pickup? Or if Ford is a foreign car company?
With the globalization of the car industry, manufacturers are building cars wherever it makes the most economical sense to do so. Japan continues to move production Stateside, and domestic brands like using factories in Mexico, Canada and soon, China.
The issue isn’t really where the vehicle is made anymore; the issue is how a car company handles its marketing.
The Made in the USA Foundation, which I have never heard of until just now, has taken issue with Ford and Chrysler marketing recently, accusing both of deceiving consumers by promoting “American-made” cars that are anything but.
I don’t know anyone who has gone out and bought a car just to impress a date.
If such a guy did exist, there are certain vehicles he’d want to consider, and others that have no business shuttling a proper lady between the restaurant, movie theater and mini-golf course.
Of course, if the date involves a woman who doesn’t fit the description of “proper,” the choice of chariot probably doesn’t matter much. But let’s assume that you are the type of guy who wants to impress your date with a car that gives you the best shot at umm… a second date.
What should you buy? Read on.