I would call them nightmare cars. They all suffer from a bone crushing hard ride and ear splitting noise. This nightmare has now worked its way down the line so even your average car "features" a firm suspension, with low profile (hard) tires so you can feel even the slightest crack on our potholed roads.
It seems that all independent car test magazines including Consumers Reports rate cars performance on their closed race tracks. So for the manufacturers to get good points, they firm up suspensions and make the cars ride as rough as the race cars of 20 years ago.
Shopping for a new car, I couldn't find a single one that didn't bring an instant pain in my arthritic neck on the smoothest road. My 2006 Buick Lucerne CXS has never irritated my neck in the least in all these years.
I don't believe I'm the only one in this dilemma.
A pox on all car article writers.
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