Latest update ruined this app 1/5
The latest update changed the interface. Now the articles scroll vertically!?! The links are too easy to hit, scrolling is buggy, and the app is sluggish with this latest update. I saw nothing wrong with the old PDF-like presentation; this is, after all, simply supposed to be a digital representation of a physical magazine. Please get rid of this overly-complicated and sluggish interface and bring back the old PDF-style magazine.
Too easy to click on ads! Horrible new interface 1/5
Guys this is the worst. We spend money on a digital edition and every other page I'm clicking on an ad by mistake. Please over haul the entire UI - this one is just awful.
Oh no - here we go again! 1/5
The app was recently updated and they went back to the old, crappy way of presenting the magazine. The UI is confusing and inconsistent. Most of the links do not work.
In addition, all of my downloaded editions were deleted with this update! That includes all of the favorites I bookmarked. Worse, the space used by the old editions was not freed up. To do that I had to delete and reinstall the app. All this with no advanced notice of all the changes.
I really liked the previous, simpler version.
Expect to get your download a week after it is already available in the news stands. It has been like this for the past four months. As others have stated, it's an overglorified PDF reader. Don't waste your money on this subscription.
Major step backwards 1/5
An easy to use innovative approach to reading a magazine on an iPad has been replaced by what is a glorified PDF reader. Text size adjustments are now impossible unless you zoom in and scroll constantly. It's pretty much useless.
If you haven't converted from print editions, don't until this app is reworked. It becomes an unenjoyable and frustrating experience. What I find incredulous is the previous version was such a delight once you got the hang of it.
Can't renew subscription 2/5
Trying to renew my subscription. I got redirected to the hearst website. Can't login, contact form doesn't work.
Miss Right 5/5
By Lil'Pimp- Lil'Hickey
Everything I need in a car magazine. I find myself reading the entire magizine. I love everything they put out. GREAT! She is difeniately the one for me.
Worthless and Maddening. 1/5
What good is a digital subscription if the app continually behaves as if your subscription does not exist.
They have known for over a year that there is a huge problem with this and their answer is to log out and back in which has worked randomly 20% of the time if at all. I have missed new issues 3 months at a time.
Sometimes installing an update to the app makes it work for a month and then one day... Not anymore.
Don't bother with any of the Hearst Publications digital subscription apps because, you won't have access to your magazines. Udder Madness.
Problematic App 1/5
By LouieLouie Oh Oh
Latest issue as described by others is app wants to charge for this months edition even through my subscription runs through the end of this year. In the past, I've had to log-out and log-in and even delete the app in order to get it to work. How hard can it be to validate your subscription and then download the magazine?
Update will not let me download feb 2017 issue. Subscription is valid and I am signed in.
New update deleted my iTunes subscription 1/5
I updated to the latest version & now my subscription that runs until November 2017 is gone. The app wants to charge me to download anything even after restoring past iTunes purchases. What a complete rip off.
Beware..... non consumer friendly 1/5
They wanted me to convert to digital. I did. 11 months left on my account....no hard copy nor no digital copies. Rip off
Does not function on iOS 10 1/5
App does nothing on iOS 10 except the logo and two non functional buttons
Downhill now 1/5
I tried to cancel my membership but was given the runaround and charged $22 anyway. To add insult to injury, the text is barely readable. Avoid this magazine at all costs. Same crap you have to deal with R&T.
I Love Car & Driver Magazine 1/5
Unfortunately this app can only be described as a sin against the excellent content and writing in the magazine. Someone without the knowledge of digital media decided the paper magazine was perfect and all they needed to do was make a "digital" copy of the magazine.
If I'm going to pay for a digital subscription in addition to my regualr subscription then I expect to be able to highlight a word and get a definition or hyperlink to additional content. No such luck this is nothing more then a pixel by pixel recreation of the magazine. A complete waste of time unless you just dont want a paper copy.
New version features tiny text. Zoom in and the text is blurry. Zero effort required for them to send at a proper resolution, totally unacceptable.
By Heme trendy
This app is well sorted out ,and it does not lack content.
Buyer Beware 1/5
This app is pretty terrible, as it seems to be just a PDF viewer (for the magazine) and a web viewer (for all other functions, such as account status, help, etc.)—and a poor one at that. I purchased a digital subscription direct from Hearst (not through the App Store), and I have so far been able to access only two of the last four issues. The app is now acting as if I have no subscription even though I do have one and have logged in. The FAQs and help resources, both in app and on the web, leave a lot to be desired and are very out of date, mentioning iOS 7 (almost 3 years old at this point) and Newsstand (which no longer exists).
Stay Hard 5/5
By NeedsMajor bug fixes
Great magazine don't change it and stay hard
Lazy PDF of a once great magazine app. 1/5
By El Kirkaso
Car and Driver prompted my obsession with cars, technical specs, and science; unfortunately this mobile app is prompting my hating the magazine. What was once a fully scaled, interactive means of reading a magazine I've read since elementary school is now bottom-of-the-barrel work.
The worst part is that I just renewed my subscription a month before interactive features were removed. Hachette Filipachi is only accelerating blogs' takeover of automotive journalism. This app means even the publishers have given up...
Move along nothing to see here 1/5
Great magazine, excellent articles, overall a great read definitely five stars. Unfortunately this app is at the other end of the spectrum. The developers decided the magazine was so good they only needed to replicate it page for page in the iPad version. This includes no ability to select text, click on a link, get definitions or share on social media.
Car and Driver is a great magazine and it deserves a great app but this isn't it. Save your money and extend your subscription to the magazine, don't waste it on this pathetic development effort.
Do you like PDFs? 1/5
By Dilo for Jesus
This used to be the best magazine all out there. Interactive, videos, etc and formatted perfectly for the iPad.
Now, you get a PDF of the magazine. Poor format to the iPad screen. Please go back or I unsubscribe.
Good but could be better 3/5
I enjoy the app, just not on an iPhone.
What can I say? I can read the magazines that I paid for. Thanks!
Great App 5/5
By Dylan Kent
Love this app. It is a must have for all gear heads.
Terrible since early 2016 update 1/5
By Longtime c&d reader
This magazine used to release each issue in a great format optimized for tablets. Unfortunately, in early 2016 the format was switched to what is essentially a simple PDF - none of the interactive graphics or articles advertised are left. The new issues since do not automatically scale or adapt properly for an iPad at all. At this rate I wouldn't recommend a digital subscription as many articles are basically illegible. Unless they change back to the original format soon, I'll be canceling my subscription soon as well.
Love it, hate the bugs 4/5
I love the magazine, I've been a subscriber since about 1995. But the app won't let me download magazines sometimes. It'll ask me to buy one even though I'm logged in. So I have to log out every time and log in again. Not a huge deal but annoying. Also, it would be nice if when I enlarge pics to read stats if I could still flip to the next page without having to minimize the window again. Also a small issue, but annoying if I have to do that on every page. I still love the magazine and will continue to buy it. But please try to address these if possible.
new layout 1/5
the new layout is a huge step backwards, it's just like reading a scanned pdf now. it's particularly horrible on the iPad mini, most of the text is barely legible
Car and Driver 5/5
I love Car and Driver. The magazines are very well written. A portrait mode for the app would be awesome. If it had it I'd give it a 5.
Update: Ahh, for some reason I love portrait. Five.
I guess they thought it was too much trouble 1/5
Before the February issue, the ipad version of the magazine was somewhat modified to be easier to read on the iPad. With February, they must have decided that it was too much trouble and now it's basically a PDF file of the magazine. I'll give them a while to go back to putting some effort into making it readable again, but won't renew if they don't.
Why the downgrade? 1/5
The digital mag was so good when it was an interactive version, but now....nothing but a scan of the magazine. What a letdown. I can understand the need to get more ads in front of us, but to take away the interactive features is a significant mistake, and eventually a costly one...to you. To echo what others are saying - why pay extra for so little benefit? I have nearly forty years with this magazine and now I'm worried that won't be around a year from now. This level of cheapness is not a good sign.
Cheap, Lousy App 1/5
App went from fantastic interactive to cheap page scan. At least one article was cut off in scan process. Subscription renewal is cancelled.
Don't like the big PDF 1/5
Now this is like Motor Trend-was liking the original digital version. Won't renew.
Was good now not so much 2/5
Went down hill fast. Used to have multimedia and that disappeared. Now it can only work in portrait mode and is now only a smaller version of the print edition. Why bother.
Good app 5/5
I'm liking the app it has a nice flow to it. I want to see what it's like after a few days of using it.
Nearly useless 2/5
By Mutunus Tutunus
My subscription is active and I am asked to buy a new issue that doesn't appear in my Library. The trick is to restore purchases. This app beats paper, but only barely. This app is about 1% of the potential of an emagazine, but even the best are only 2%.
No longer formatted for mobile 1/5
By Crashes again
The old version of this app was formatted for landscape viewing on a mobile device. It was readable without having to expand the print (reverse pinch) and move the page around on the screen. It featured slide shows, pop ups with additional info and nice transition effects. The new version is just a digital presentation of the print magazine. It's the same crappy presentation as other (low tech) magazines. How do I apply for a refund?
I can't believe they stopped digital edition 1/5
By Brett Melillo
What on Earth are they thinking by switching from a gorgeous digital edition that was interactive and made reading it so fun to a PDF copy of their print edition that doesn't even fit on the iPad screen?
I can't comprehend this change. If this is not fixed, I will be cancelling my subscription like the other reviewers.
PDF- not a digital version- should be cheaper 1/5
Why did you do it? Why would I pay the same money for this ? Oh well, good luck.
Former longtime subscriber
I Just Cancelled My Subscription 1/5
By Mr. App Skeptic
As per the previous reviewer, they just switched to a strictly PDF format. The previously interactive format was brilliant. It contained multiple tap to view images and pull-downs where you could view more information. It was a joy to read. Unfortunately this format is not. What a bummer!! If you are considering subscribing then you have been warned!! You will be extremely disappointed.
Why the downgrade? 1/5
After years of providing a great digital magazine it's now been reduced to a simple PDF? I've already disabled auto renewal since I'm not paying a separate subscription for this. If the digital product doesn't take advantage of the platform, I'd prefer to read the paper edition.
Small Text, No Flash 1/5
The digital version used to feature stories in landscape orientation with attractive transitions between articles and pages and photo slide shows. The most recent version switched to portrait orientation and is essentially an uploaded version of the print magazine. It is page for page the same with no innovative use of the digital technology. It's as if they just uploaded a PDF. This format makes the text very small, especially on an iPad mini. I can't imagine trying to read it on your phone. Show some creativity!
Download, then download, then download….? 1/5
When you download a new issue, it should download-completely. I download a new issue, then expect to be able to read offline. But no, as I get to each article in the issue, it needs to download that article. This applies to each article in each issue. Frustrating!
If only.... 4/5
The articles themselves where easier to read
Nice words to drive by 5/5
By Jack Daniels#1
When I started reading CD it was on the john. I was just checking emails and I noticed a reminder to up date an app so I did. Why not got nothing else to do but you know what. Long and behold CD free magazine was downloaded. The writing of the article about the Corvette stingray and Ferrari Testarossa was great. The bowl ring on the thigh was worth it I recommend a read.
I use C&D a lot on the web but this app crashes 1/5
Having used Car and Driver on the web extensively, I decided to try the app. Not able to do anything with it. Crashes all the time. Back to a web browser.
Nice! I love it......
0 to Happy in 5 seconds 5/5
By REH in Sherman Jokes
The luxury of having instant access to the latest issue is awesome. The interface is intuitive and the text and image layout is great. It's also convenient to be able to pull out my iPad for back-issues and not have to search around the house for my old dog-eared copies.
Automatic download not working 1/5
The app doesn't automatically download the new issues. Also, even when manually downloading it, it only downloads a low resolution version of the issue, and each article only downloads as it is being read. Very annoying when trying to take full issues with me to a business trip where there is connection (i.e. on a flight!)