Are Car Reviews Useless?


Do car reviews tell you anything that you actually find valuable? Are you just there so that a professional can tell you that the car you’re already thinking about is the right one for you?

I was reading through the day’s posts on The Truth About Cars when I discovered Bark M.’s critique of the average car review. Bark challenges reviews on a lot of levels, and I think you could sum it up by saying this – most car reviews aren’t useful to the average driver.

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2016 Electric Cars for Tall Drivers

Electric Cars

Environmentally conscious tall folks – this one’s for you. Before I read Zach Shahan’s article about the best electric cars available, I didn’t know that there were quite so many electric vehicles available.

To provide a thorough overview of electric cars, I used Zach’s Evobsession post, 10 Best Electric Cars.

If you’re a fan of hybrid and electric vehicles, I would add this blog to your regular reading list. For now, here are the interior dimensions so that you can work on prioritizing your test drive list.

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2016 Full-Size SUVs for Tall Drivers

2016 Full-Size SUVs for Tall Drivers

So you’ve decided to go all out. It seems to me like the full-size SUV is the vehicle that your relatives are always telling you that you should buy.

Nonetheless, full-size SUVs offer a ton of space. If you want a large family wagon, the full-size SUV may be the option for you.

There aren’t too many competitors in this field. You can expect a new addition, the Nissan Armada, in late 2016.

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2016 Midsize SUVs for Tall Drivers

2016 Midsize SUV Blog Title

Small SUVs might seem little else than a compact sedan with a fifth door. Full-size SUVs can be more car than your really need. Midsize SUVs are right in the middle, giving you both a decent amount of cargo space and family space.

If you’re a tall driver and interested in the midsize SUV segment, these interior dimensions might help you put together a more informed shopping list.


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2016 Small SUVs for Tall Drivers

Small SUV Title

I have to make a confession – I’ve never been a fan of the small SUV or the crossover. To me, small SUVS seem like slightly-elevated mid-sized sedans with a fifth door.

Judging by what I see driving around the Detroit area, the small SUV is a popular choice. So if you’re a big or tall driver and interested in one of these vehicles, use the interior measurements below to help you prioritize your test-drive list.

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How to Plan Meaningful Road Trips

Road in Kenton Oklahoma

Our return from the Kentucky Political Science Association conference could have been an uneventful run back up I-69 to I-75 and home.

Instead, Dr. Spence took the back way, a trip through the Land Between the Lakes on a bridge over sunken towns. Instead of eating at a fast food joint, we stopped in Hopkinsville for dinner-plate-sized burgers at a diner that fit maybe eight people huddled together. We traded the miles and miles of concrete for scenes of Kentucky’s rolling hills.

After that trip, I longed for others like it. But there was a problem…

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Yes, tall people can be pilots

Tall Pilot with a Piper Cherokee

Usually I’m blogging about transportation that stays on the ground, but I thought I’d reassure tall people that they can be as comfortable piloting an aircraft as they can driving a car. It’s rarer, but possible nonetheless.

I’ve been fascinated with airplanes ever since Dad drove me out to Lunken Airport in Cincinnati to watch Cessnas and Pipers roar to life and climb up out of “Sunken Lunken.” When I was in college I spent weekends working on the ramp fueling and loading regional jets at CVG for Comair, and when I moved to Oklahoma I was ready to start taking lessons.

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My Ranz des Vaches


Apparently we’d taken a wrong turn onto some dark back road in Sandusky. My sister’s boyfriend reached into the cooler in the back seat and then smacked himself lightly in the face with ice-cold water to stay awake.

I was maybe twelve years old, on the way back from a day trip to Cedar Point, and this was perhaps the first time I’d been more than an hour from home. The darkness was disorienting and we seemed lost during a time before personal GPS.

During the drive, Simon and Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” came onto the radio. I broke down and wept.

Other songs have had a similar effect on me. Danny Boy. Shenandoah. Fiddler’s Green. Nimrod from the Enigma Variations. Ashokan Farewell. There’s another song that is my kryptonite, which I’ll let you know about in a minute. Lately I wondered why songs like these had such a strong effect on me. It turns out that people have experienced this response to music for a very long time, and it was the subject in discovering the concept of “nostalgia.”

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