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What does a car's ride quality mean?

Ride quality refers to a how comfortable a car is to travel in. The main factor that determines ride quality is the set-up of the suspension system, which is a compromise between handling and ride quality. A set-up that offers a softer, more forgiving ride quality means the car’s handling is less sharp. Conversely, a car set up to handle more sportily requires a firmer ride quality.

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What exactly does handling mean and why is it relevant to a car?

Handling describes the way a car reacts on the road to what a driver does, using the steering wheel and pedals.

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