For those people confused over buying a new car (and who isn't), the American Automobile Association is riding to the rescue.
AAA is releasing its AAA Auto-Test, a slick-paper in-depth review of 112 automobiles that have been tested for interior room, fuel economy, performance, outside and inside detailing and braking.Also including articles on choosing a car, test driving, negotiating the best deal and handling ownership problems, AutoTest will be available at AAA club locations and bookstores on April 1 at a cost of $9.95.
"AAA believes today's new-car buyers need more information than ever before," said George Giek, AAA managing director of automotive engineering. "For the first time, we have combined our automotive expertise and years of new-car testing experience into one book."
AAA has been testing cars for 10 years and the results immediately released to members only. Creating AutoTest will allow for more cars to be tested and for more car buyers to get the results, officials said.
Cars in all price ranges and styles are evaluated in the book and each review highlights the car's best and worst features, its specifications, price, safety features and performance.
Articles in the book range from encouraging new-car buyers to take the entire family for a test drive to downplaying manufacturers' claims of incredible acceleration.