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Naughty or Nice: Multimedia Systems

By Joe Bruzek  on December 22, 2011


Automakers have the challenge of integrating the latest multimedia devices and their massive capabilities into new cars. It’s no easy feat when advanced functions like streaming Bluetooth audio, voice recognition and Pandora internet radio are part of the package. Of… Read More

Naughty or Nice: Multimedia Systems

By Joe Bruzek  on December 22, 2011

Automakers have the challenge of integrating the latest multimedia devices and their massive capabilities into new cars. It’s no easy feat when advanced functions like streaming Bluetooth audio, voice recognition and Pandora internet radio are part of the package. Of… Read More

Naughty or Nice: Attention Grabbers

By David Thomas  on December 21, 2011

The two cars that get the nod here have already been highlighted or lowlighted in our 12 days of year-end remembrances. More Naughty or Nice Picks Being an automotive journalist can be cool. I still remember pulling out of the… Read More

Naughty or Nice: Headlights

By Joe Bruzek  on December 20, 2011

Designers and engineers have a tough task when combining headlight styling and function. The lights must look good as the focal point of the car’s front design, but the driver still needs to see the road. Here are two examples… Read More

Naughty or Nice: Shifters

By Joe Bruzek  on December 18, 2011

A proper shifter inspires confidence in the overall driving experience by adding precision to the transmission’s operation. Manual transmission shifters may automatically come to mind as potential culprits when done wrong, but automatic transmissions can drop the ball in similar… Read More

Naughty or Nice: Ergonomics

By Joe Bruzek  on December 16, 2011

What good is a touch-screen if it’s out of arm’s reach or a radio volume knob positioned on the far side from the driver? Poor ergonomics make for frustrated drivers. Well-designed ergonomics offer comfort and ease of use while taking… Read More

Naughty or Nice: Front Seats

By Joe Bruzek  on December 15, 2011

What one driver finds comfortable in a front seat, another may deride as sitting on lumpy coal. Seat comfort is different for everybody, though features like center armrests and tilt/telescoping steering wheels help drivers dial into the comfort zone. We’d… Read More

Naughty or Nice: Hotly Anticipated New Models

By Joe Bruzek  on December 14, 2011

The process of seeing new cars evolve from sketches to concepts to production cars on sale creates anticipation and excitement over the months and years it takes to release or redesign a car. Driving these cars for the first time… Read More

Naughty or Nice: Steering Wheels

By Joe Bruzek  on December 13, 2011

The steering wheel is an important piece of a car’s success or failure. It is, after all, what drivers interact with the most, whether commuting to work or sawing away on a racetrack. A great steering wheel combines a natural-feeling… Read More

Naughty or Nice: Ultra-Luxury Cars

By David Thomas  on December 12, 2011

Most folks would jump for joy to find a car worth six figures in their driveway, but reality doesn't always live up to celebrity culture. As we experienced this year, a car decked out in ultra-luxury features from top to… Read More

Naughty or Nice: Eye-Catching Designs

By David Thomas  on December 9, 2011

When we think of good and bad, we often think about looks ... at least when it comes to cars. Some automakers have had strings of success lately, like Kia, while others have made us scratch our heads routinely; Honda… Read More