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Michael Karesh lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan, with his wife and three children. In 2003, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. While in Chicago, he worked at the National Opinion Research Center, a leader in the field of survey research. For his doctoral thesis he spent a year-and-a-half inside an automaker studying how and how well it understood consumers when developing new products. (An M.A. thesis studied early research into consumer behavior.) While pursuing the degree he taught consumer behavior and product development at Oakland University. Since earning the degree he has continued to write reviews while developing TrueDelta.

mkaresh's Cars

2016 Volkswagen Golf / GTI
No bodystyle, powertrain specified

2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo 3dr Hatch
turbocharged 201hp 1.6L I4, 7-speed automated manual, FWD

2015 BMW 6-Series
No bodystyle, powertrain specified

2015 BMW 7-Series
No bodystyle, powertrain specified

Our gray car 2008 Ford Taurus X Limited 4dr Wagon
263-horsepower 3.5L V6, 6-speed automatic, AWD

test vehicle notes

Durbin flyer. Judah and I met up with Moose for Bridge Day 2015. 2006 Mazda RX-8 Base (manual) 4dr Coupe
238-horsepower 1.3L R2, 6-speed manual, RWD

2000 Lexus GS 300 4dr Sedan
220-horsepower 3.0L I6, 5-speed automatic, RWD

1998 Toyota Avalon
Older car, limited site features available.

Bringing the CRX home from Phoenix in December with the top down. 1987 Honda CRX
Older car, limited site features available.

2011 Nissan Sentra
No bodystyle, powertrain specified

mkaresh's Wishlist

2017 Audi A3 1.0 TFSI 2dr Hatch
turbocharged 400hp 2.5L I5, 7-speed automated manual, AWD

2018 Honda Civic Type R 4dr Hatch
turbocharged 306hp 2.0L I4, 6-speed manual, FWD

2013 BMW 3-Series
No bodystyle, powertrain specified

2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 4dr Coupe
232-horsepower 1.3L R2, 6-speed manual, RWD

2013 Scion FR-S
No bodystyle, powertrain specified

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Response from a member in california, united states

hello Mike we\'re considering a Sienna or Highlander, ride comfort/quietness/smoothness is the first priority. I made the mistake of getting a 2014 Avalon without a thorough test drive and the ride has proven downright harsh over bumps (the car has 18s). anyway, we are going to replace the Avalon with either the sienna or highlander, leaning towards the sienna but would greatly appreciate your input. best wishes for the holidays phil

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Response from mkaresh

I just noticed this, and don\'t know how long it\'s been here. It\'s a good question for My Next Car?, and vaguely remember discussing this elsewhere, either there or in an email. I also did not like the ride quality in the 2013-2015 Avalon. For 2016 they\'ve supposedly improved it. Do you also need the extra space in a Highlander or Sienna? If not, you can find a better riding sedan than the Avalon.

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Response from a member in ontario, canada

Hi Mike, Before I post any comments on the cars I have owned within past 40 years I would like to thank you for your dedication for this organisation. I have been living in Toronto, Canada since 1975. I have owned VW, GM, Chrysler Town & Country, Lexus RX 300, Lexus GX470, Audi Q7, Mercedes GLK, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKC. I had lots of problems with Town & Country. Few problems with Lexus SUVs. and 2007 Audi Q7. Some serious issues with 2010 Mecedes GLK. I was fairly satisfied with 2011 Lincoln MKX. That is the reason I got the 2015 MKC. My wife liked my MKC and traded her 2012 Lexus RX330 with 2017 MKC. Lincoln dealer has provided the best service. Your review of 2015 MKC is raising concerns. I will be watching your reviews closely on small SUVs for 2018. Thanks.

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