Are You a True Car Buff?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Which of these late model used cars is the best value?
Mercedes E-Class
Ford Flex
BMW 3-series
Ariel Atom

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What is a beltline?
The line from the hood to the side mirrors, the window sills, to the trunk
The line of the seatbelts
The line from the center of the front wheels to the center of the rear wheels
The size you need to be to fit your body in bucket seats

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What automaker used a design language referred to as flame surfacing?
BMW
Edsel
Chevy
Daewoo

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Which automobile manufacturer pioneered the assembly line?
Ford
Tesla
General Motors
Faraday Future

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What model did General Motors export exclusively to the international market, from 1941 to 1945?
The DUKW
The Insignia
The M-18 Hellcat
The XC60

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Which of these international cars did Ford never bring to the USA?
The Ka
The Mustang
The Mondeo
The Camaro

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What is unique about the indicator stalks in BMWs?
They return to center after being set.
They stick out of the center console.
Their use inspires shock, then confusion, then fury.
They are made of rhubarb.

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What car is an affordable, carbon fiber, rear-wheel drive BMW?
The i3
The M1
The i8
The LFA

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What was the last RWD-only sedan made by GM and sold in the USA?
The SS
The ATS
The CTS
The Cherokee

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Which of these is the best off road choice?
A Jeep Wrangler
A Ford Focus RS
A Range Rover
A Spyker C8

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What comedian totaled a McLaren F1 supercar right after talking about how easy it was to drive?
Rowan Atkinson
Seth Rogen
John Cleese
Jerry Seinfeld

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What do car designers build full scale models out of before building a full size prototype?
Clay
Wood
Foam
Chocolate

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What is the name of the phenomenon resulting from running over a 2x4 at highway speed in a Jeep Wrangler?
Death Wobble
Wheel Snap
Steering Breakage
Flying Fish

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What do you want in a car, in a drag race?
Torque
Cornering
Horsepower
Air conditioning

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What is the main performance advantage of electric cars?
Instant acceleration
They smoke their tires fast.
Zero torque curve
Massive horsepower

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What components would a driver notice that BMWs and Minis share?
The infotainment system and most of the electronic components
The engines
The turn signals
Spoilers

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Why are C pillars so darn thick on new cars and SUVs?
To keep the car from crushing its occupants in a rollover
To support a roof rack
To house electronics
To look cool

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What is the fine distinction between SUV and crossover?
SUVs are for trails and off-roading. Crossovers are cars on stilts.
Crossovers are for crossing over rivers. SUVs can't do that.
They're pretty much the same, except for the seating positions.
Crossovers are for the track.

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What is the main performance weakness of today's electric cars?
Horsepower
Cornering
Range
Braking

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What will happen to your gas-powered car if you put a gallon of diesel fuel in it?
Not too much if the engine doesn't already have problems, and you don't do it again.
The engine will explode.
You might find a drop in power.
The car will go even faster.

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What do you want for your car when you have to drive in a blizzard?
Snow tires
Rear-wheel drive
Four-wheel drive
Slicks

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What is your favorite style of car?
Station wagon
Convertible
Hatchback
Ute

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What is your favorite kind of transmission to drive for fun?
Manual, with a stick
Single clutch with flappy paddles
Dual clutch
CVT automatic

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What is your favorite kind of transmission to drive every day, rain or shine?
Automatic
Manual, with a stick
Dual clutch automatic
CVT automatic

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What is the most neglected repair you should make?
Oil, filter, lube
Tune up
Transmission
Brake light replacement

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Which of the following could you not live without?
Comfortable seats
Rear view camera
Satellite navigation
The beeping noise from the radar parking sensor

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How much horsepower do you reasonably need in an average-sized sedan?
150
300
200
500

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What unusual technical detail of Audis can only be enjoyed by people sitting in the front?
The engine is mounted right behind the front bumper.
Only the front passengers can enjoy the climate control.
The transmission tunnel is fairly high.
There are Easter eggs in the infotainment system.

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What was the Ford Mondeo called in the USA?
The Fusion
The Edge
The Taurus
The SLR

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What is the performance division of Volvo?
Polestar
AMG
Alpina
Lexus

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