I’ve been trying to read more publications and blogs the last couple of months (rather unsuccessfully I’ll admit) and it’s led me to a question about how articles are written. For articles on cars, would you rather read a short article, like a 1 pager, or a long one like a typical Automobile or Car & Driver type of format? What about more experience based, “feel” type of articles vs. ones that give a more technical description of what makes a particular car rock?
I definitely tend to gravitate towards the shorter, more experience based write-ups. I suppose that is based on the fact that I always have way too much to read and want to consume whatever I’m reading as quickly as possible (translated: I have a short attention span). Probably one of the reasons why I love USA Today. It reads quickly with lots of perty color pictures.
I ran across a post of exactly what I find most pleasing when it comes to car reviews on the Chicago Tribune web site. It’s a pretty good article. You can read it here: Porsche 911 Carrera a guilty pleasure
The opening is great:
Tired of all the dreary news?
Then slip behind the wheel of a 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera for a little R&R.
We briefly felt guilty about enjoying a high-performance sports car at a time when some are losing sleep over conserving an ounce of fuel, until we pulled the ruby red Porsche into a mall lot as a bumblebee yellow Smart was pulling out.
It appeared the man piloting the Smart shed a tear while gazing fondly at the Porsche.
Exactly how I feel. I’ll skip straight to the punchline in case you don’t read the article:
But at $120,000, it gets more smiles per gallon than a yellow bumblebee.
Someone else just used “smiles per gallon”. Maybe on this blog. Hmmm.
I’m curious what others think about car reviews, and if you were in the position to drive cars and report your thoughts for a living, how you’d go about it. Maybe I’m an atypical car guy by not being very (okay, not even the slightest bit) mechanical. I don’t really get into long discourse about brakes, engine displacement, mounting angles, etc. I’d rather read about what the experience was like.
Weigh in with what you think.