September 20, 2005
Dear CNET members,
OK, I'll admit that when it comes to cars, the first thing I look for is horsepower. I don't know what it is: testosterone or my need for speed. Or maybe it isn't my fault because I've been brainwashed by the auto industry's marketing, where horsepower is king and practicality is not. (By the way, I leave the practicality to my wife, who has a much better sense of it--which eventually I have to answer and agree to.) In CNET editor Brian Cooley's most recent Driving It article, "The auto industry's dirty little secret," he brings up the point that for more than 50 years, American car buyers have been suckered and steered into a fascination with useless and inapplicable performance--most often, horsepower--and it's time for the deception to end. Do you agree with him? Read the article and check out what our members have said. Comments have been all over the map, from fuel efficiency to the debate over four-cylinder efficiency vs. larger engines. So what's your take? Do you agree with Brian's stance? What's important to you when buying a car? Do you believe the American auto industry has indeed brainwashed us? TalkBack to Brian.
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Is the auto industry tricking us? After reading the latest Driving It column, you had plenty of interesting opinions to share.
It's all about horsepower
CNET member JoeyD says Brian Cooley is way off in his assessment. According to him, horsepower is what counts in a vehicle. Do you agree or disagree? Read JoeyD's post, then write your own.
Read JoeyD's full post in CNET TalkBack
Live and let live
CNET member RichNY says if power is your thing, go for it. If you want fuel efficiency, that option is available too. In the end, do what you want to do and don't try to impose your beliefs on others.
Read RichNY's full post in CNET TalkBack
Preparing for a shortage
The real concern should be fuel efficiency, not rapid acceleration, according to member davyk. He prefers the Toyota Prius to any muscle car and says this is becoming more sensible with the rising gas prices.
Read davyk's full post in CNET TalkBack
What's more important to you: horsepower or torque? Fuel efficiency or speed and power? Read "The auto industry's dirty little secret," then speak up in the TalkBack section.
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