Mar 4th 2011 3:32PM Actually, no, IIHS and NHTSA both are rather stingy about their crash ratings and they keep ratcheting up the difficulty every year for a 5-star rating.
This system actually works, though, because instead of being a government-mandated rating it instead serves a purpose that people want: safe cars. Sales trends toward 5-star vehicles, and all other things being the same (which they never are!), away from poorly rated cars.
The US' steep decline in vehicle-related deaths isn't because people are becoming better drivers. It's primarily because cars are easier to drive (ABS, stability control, braking assist) and they are safer due to strict testing.
Mar 4th 2011 2:59PM It definitely looks more sporty. The grille is a huge improvement, in particular.
The SX wheels (pictured above) are not that great, though. The EX Turbo has more likeable ones.
Feb 25th 2011 5:50PM Gold body and yellow spring says Ohlins to me.
Oct 15th 2010 10:19AM The real correlation is parenting time and quality, not time in front of a tv or video game. But studies have already been done on that, and thus it's not news- or grant-worthy.
You can be a well-adjusted, involved parent and still have a kid that spends 1-2 hrs a day in front of the tv. You could also be a really bad parent whose kid plays sports or does something outside.
And to top it all off, some kids still turn out great against all odds while others manage to become horrible adults despite an upbringing that should have produced success.
Sep 7th 2010 4:21PM Butthead, actually. You still get a + and a big LOL.
Jun 25th 2010 4:49PM I can't believe no one has complained about the microfiber / suede interior or the horrible engine shot. The engine looks every bit like your typical shadetree zillion-mile MR2 turbo. It does not look at all like a serious effort.
Jun 10th 2010 1:07AM There are a ton of grubby, trash-filled cars out there. 4 door sedans that can hardly hold 2 people. Minivans whose floors are totally covered in refuse.
Those are the cars this study is talking about. One french fry isn't going to ruin the world, nor is a coke you have while enduring a long road trip.
Jun 4th 2010 9:44AM I'm in Kansas. The license scores are high because the questions are easy and they give you the review pamphlet (about 2 pages) any time you want, including immediately before you take the test.
You can't use the pamplet to take the test-- it's not open book.
But it's as easy as can be with that exception.
Apr 22nd 2010 12:25PM Worst. Idea. Ever.
While leaders can walk away in MotoGP, there is nearly guaranteed to be some challenges for position and actual passing. Last-lap passes frequently occur. The racing is rarely boring.
Contrast that with F1, which is rarely exciting because of the lack of passing.
Apr 16th 2010 10:17AM You're confusing instant and sustained Gs.
Sustained Gs, you are right. Most humans wilt around 3-4Gs and need a G-suit and training to get near spacecraft / fighter pilot numbers (7+ G).
Instantaneous Gs, on the other hand, get really high really fast. I can't be bothered to do the math, but a short fall can easily produce 300G of *deceleration* provided surface it lands on has no give.