Tag: rants

13 Posts

Close up of headlight on a Toyota CH-R XLE
Oct 28, 2019

20 Questionable New Car Trends

Philip Ruth

Here are 20 new-car features about which we have mixed feelings.

auto industry design rants

Radar detector on windshield
Jan 08, 2019

A Rant Against Radar Detectors

Jim Motavalli

They're expensive, stupid, and they don't even really work anymore. Here's an idea: just slow down.

law enforcement rants

Mazda3 Infotainment Menu Screen
Oct 26, 2017

If You Take My CD Player Away, How About Giving Me Something Better?

Jim Motavalli

I'll change my ways and use modern infotainment systems--after they work better than my trusty in-dash CD player. 

infotainment rants

Gas pump television
Jul 26, 2017

Kill Your (Gas Pump) TV

Tim Cotton

Rant: What's the point of those gas pump TVs?

rants gasoline

Automotive Dictionary
May 22, 2017

Fan Takes Issue With Car Talk Blogger's Use of Word "Issue"

Staff Blog

Got a linguistic pet peeve? Here's a letter from someone who has an issue with "issue" and isn't too shy to tell us about it! 


Massachusetts DMV
Jan 04, 2016

2.5 Hours in the "Improved" Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles

Craig Fitzgerald

What's the word for when you're reading an article about the new, improved Registry of Motor Vehicles during your second hour in line at one?


Asthma attacks and Volkswagen
Sep 22, 2015

I bought a 2015 VW diesel. I also suffer from Asthma. Boy, am I ticked off.

Staff Blog

Pass the Ventolin and—oh, one other thing—F*&% You, VW. Car Talk's Senior Web Lackey on VW's massive diesel deceit.

diesel rants emissions ethics Volkswagen

Jul 07, 2015

Muscle Mania: Why Dodge's 707-Horsepower Hellcat Shouldn't Be Your Next Toy

Jim Motavalli

We're worshipping speed again, with automakers competing to offer outrageous supercars, and 60s' hot rods making crazy prices at auctions.

horsepower rants

Side mirrors are outdated
Jan 28, 2014

What a Drag: Time to Get Rid of Outside Mirrors

Staff Blog

A Car Talk crusade: It's time for side mirrors to go! Ray Magliozzi and Jim Motavalli make their case against ugly, drag producing side mirrors. Agree? Disagree? Join the debate, right here.

rants mirrors

Feb 22, 2012

NHTSA's Misguided Driver Distraction Guidelines

Staff Blog

Tom and Ray sound off on why NHTSA's new driver distraction guidelines are destined to fail and fail big. Luckily, they have a few solutions in mind. Read all about it right here.

rants distracted driving legislation