Do Automotive Journalists Need to Own Vehicles?

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There is a hot topic that exploded the other day on an autowriter’s Facebook group, I’m sharing with this audience. The question is: Do Automotive Journalists need to own vehicles?


I don’t want to add my personal thoughts here too much and instead, I’m sharing this article posted on

What do you think? Does the TTAC writer have a point?

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  1. ricqik says:

    Heck yeah a auto journ should own a car. No wonder a lot of the reviews out there are so incomplete. I sometimes scratch my head as to why certain things was said by certain reviewers. Now I know why.

    • Tim Esterdahl says:

      Does it matter what kind of vehicle? I.e., a classic vehicle or a new one?


      • ricqik says:

        It matters to a certain point. A car owner may review a truck and notes how bad it drives, handles, corners or ride. The whole time he is comparing it to a car’s performance. But as a truck it handles very well in what it is designed for. Trucks get hit with bad mpg, poor handling and a slew of stuff that aren’t even a big deal in terms of truck world. A vehicle regardless of what class/kind it is should be reviewed for what it is.

        • Tim Esterdahl says:

          “A vehicle regardless of what class/kind it is should be reviewed for what it is.” I couldn’t agree more with this. It is also why I’m leery when I review sports cars like the various Lexus products I have reviewed. I’m clearly not a sports car guy, but I do enjoy them. I hope you got that from my reviews.

          I find the reverse happens with trucks. I read a lot of reviews and articles, like you guys do, and I feel like I can immediately tell if that person is a truck person or not. When your review is about how big it is, ride comfort and MPG, I’m going to assume you drive a Miata as your daily driver.


  2. Randy says:

    Well it does help explain why so many automotive reviews are incomplete and inaccurate.

    One of my favorites are the “truck experts” that have no idea how to back up a trailer. I always get a big laugh out of that one.

    • Tim Esterdahl says:

      For the record, I don’t care for backing up a trailer. I can do it, but I don’t like it. LOL.


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