2009 Aston Martin DB9 Volante

I'll echo the praise for the DB9's interior - the walnut wood trim is especially attractive, and the rich brown leather feels top-notch. I couldn't find a comfortable position for the seats, however, and I was somewhat surprised to find a manual steering-wheel adjustment rather than an electrically operated one. The exterior design is quite striking and is especially attractive in white. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain after work on the day I drove the DB9, so I wasn't able to lower the top. It did, however, give me a chance to become intimately acquainted with the windshield wipers - not that there's anything terribly special about them, but they do tend to run with a rather herky-jerkey motion, and for one five-minute interval or so, they were making an odd noise that sounded like a squeaky spring. Clearly this is a fair-weather car - if you own a DB9 Volante, you've probably got other vehicles in your fleet that are more suited to bad weather conditions.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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