The 2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN is a tightly-wound compact car with a manual transmission and a supercharger. Its output may be modest, but you get to use all it’s power all the time. And that gives you the ability to make every drive an absolute riot.
Now that the mighty BMW M2 is here, you might overlook the 2018 BMW M240i Coupe. That’s the unfortunate, because letting the medium-heat 2 Series slip by you would be a big mistake. This is still my favorite practical, comfortable, two-door, performance luxury car currently on the market.
(Full disclosure: BMW wanted us to drive the 2018 M240i so badly that it dropped one off with a full tank of gas at a garage in Manhattan and let me go and collect it for a weekend.)
At first I had no idea what this all-new 2019 Honda Insight was supposed to be. Was it an Accord? Why would Honda re-use the name of a car nobody really liked? And would it bring any joy to drivers? But I found out what it is. It’s a hybrid for the Normals among us.
(Full Disclosure: Honda wanted us to drive the 2019 Insight so bad that it lured us to Minnesota with a ride in a HondaJet. To be totally honest, I didn’t really want to drive the Insight. It seemed fine. And it was. But I took the bait. Honda flew me in on a regular jet so that I could drive the Insight in the morning and then hell yeah I got my ride in the HondaJet. The HondaJet went faster than the HondaCar.)
This past weekend, my friend and I took a 2018 Toyota Camry on a 1,700 mile road trip from Michigan to North Carolina to visit—and I know this may shock and surprise some of you—a Jeep junkyard. And while much of the trip was a complete disaster, and arguably pointless, I finally learned why the Camry is still the…
In my travels I have found few places more ideally fit to open up a car—really open it up, I mean—than Interstate 10 in Texas headed west toward California. The Hill Country gives way to true desert and 80 mph speed limits between Kerr County and El Paso County, and while the State Troopers frown on this, every driver out there is doing closer to 90 if not more. In this instance, the car being opened up was a 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S, the little-known but visually stunning Jaguar wagon.
I love the way the 2019 Volvo V60 layers luxury car fanciness with station wagon usefulness. It might look a little faster than it is, but what the V60 lacks in sheer adrenaline it makes up for in versatility, comfort and safety. Long live the longroofs.
Not quite a hot hatch, more of a warm one, the new 2019 Corolla Hatchback is nonetheless a signal Toyota is recognizing its long-suffering motorheads have been waiting forever for some measure of fun-to-drive to go along with the aggressive looks its product line has been wearing.
The Corolla Hatchback, which made its debut at the New York International Auto Show in April, will arrive in dealerships this August. Not a warmed over Corolla iM (nee Scion iM), it is a brand-new model — one with a revised sport-tuned suspension and built atop the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.
The Z’s Murky Future:
Unfortunately, this old man lacks the same refinement and agile performance that makes its newer counterparts in this class much better options.
Upon realizing recently that everyone around here has all the fun while I’m stuck doing insane management tasks, I decided to have some fun myself. My companion for the weekend is a 2018 Honda Civic Type R. Ask me what you want to know about it?
You probably know the drill already, but in case not, here goes: 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with glorious front wheel drive and more aero features than a damn fighter jet. Carbon fiber, six-speed manual, red racing-style bucket seats, and a wing that makes a Subaru WRX STI’s look buttoned down and conservative.
Photo: Kristen Lee (Jalopnik)
Yes, it’s got an M in its name but it’s not actually an M car. This is something you and I must come to accept together. But besides that, what do you want to know about the 2018 BMW X3 M40i?
I just got out of the M240i a few weeks ago (review coming soon) and I loved that car, mostly because of the engine. The X3 M40i also shares the same 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six. It is by far a larger and taller car, so I’ll be eager to see how the engine still feels with all the extra bulk added on.
You don’t need to take the 2018 Jeep Wrangler off-road to enjoy driving it. Every ride in this thing feels like an adventure. But when you do push it off the edge of the map, the barbarian spec Rubicon becomes the best sidekick you could ask for.
(Full Disclosure: I begged Jeep for access to the new JL Wrangler, and the company was finally able to oblige me over Memorial Day Weekend. Unfortunately, the previous borrower had cracked the windshield and there was no time to repair it before my scheduled trip, so I’m obligated to inform you that the glass damage you’ll see in some pictures was battle damage, not a manufacturing defect.)
If smaller cars are good, and station wagons are good, and big burbly V8 engines are good… you’re going to enjoy meeting the 503 horsepower 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 S wagon.
(Full Disclosure: I asked the folk at Mercedes if I could borrow a C63 S Wagon and they said yes. They dropped it at my house with a full tank of fuel and took it away a week later.)
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The 2018 Mazda MX-5 is immune to feature bloat and the increase in mass that comes along with it. It’s still a momentum car, with just 155 horsepower, and an unabashed driving tool, lacking active safety this and adaptive protection that. This is as pure a driver’s car as is on sale today.
The all-new Ascent is what you’d expect from a 3-row Subaru SUV. It prioritizes comfort, quality, safety, and sportiness. Now, Subaru fans with growing families don’t have to shop elsewhere, and buyers have an appealing new choice. The Subaru Ascent has the interior space, versatility and smart touches to compete with the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder and Mazda CX-9.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks is a brand-new vehicle, and among the latest crop of affordable, fresh-faced subcompact crossover SUVs. Starting under $19,000 and rising only a few thousand beyond that, the new Nissan Kicks is a standout value even among high-value rivals like the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona and Chevrolet Trax.
“What the hell is a Skoda Yeti,” you may be wondering, assuming you were even able to get passed the strange anthropomorphic face of this car, with its grille like an old Englishman’s mustache and headlights like a set of reading glasses perched on the bridge of a nose. Well gather ’round, and meet one of the neatest cars you’ll never see in America.
American cars of the late 1990s and early 2000s had a lot of things in common. They were spacious on the inside, had huge trunks, and, in their best trims, sporty looks, a relaxed suspension tune, and a potent V6 engine. The Volkswagen Passat GT is all of those things roughly two decades late.
The 2018 Buick Regal GS in Portland, Maine. Photo: Ryan Felton (Jalopnik)
I couldn’t even peel out of the garage in Manhattan before someone had stopped me. “Is that a Buick?” they shouted. “Yep! A Buick Regal.” Admiring the hatchback’s sleek frame, my new friend went on: “I remember when a Buick was something my grandma drove.”
2018 Kia Soul
More power in Kia’s funky little box-car
Pros Roomy, comfortable, well-equipped
Cons Engine and transmission aren’t the smoothest
Value for money Good
What would I change? Give this sporty version a sportier suspension
How I would spec it? The plain 2.0L engine in top-line EX Tech trim
In many cases, when you’re looking at the driving experience, more power means more better. I like more power, of course, but I also want it to be smooth and balanced.
Everybody loves a 911, but—and trust me on this—the Porsche Cayman GT4 is the best road car the company has ever delivered. The mid-engine layout gives it incredible balance, the six-speed manual makes it highly engaging. So when you add $20,000 in upgrades to that brilliant base, you’re pretty much into a superhero on wheels.
Forget an R34 Nissan Skyline or a diesel Land Rover Defender. The 2018 Volkswagen California van is the not-legal-in-America car you should be lusting over. It’s comfortable to live in, easy to drive, has an expanding roof… what more could you possibly want from a big rolling brick?
Well, besides the option to buy one in the U.S., which does not currently exist. And believe me, we are missing out.
Photo Credits; Andrew P. Collins
Electric scooter sharing is bad business and a public nuisance. Venture capital funded companies like Bird that have dumped miniature EVs in cities are already getting chased out of San Francisco and Austin. But if you don’t care about any of that, the things are really fun and cheap to ride.
Although average vehicle prices continue to edge steadily upward, it’s still possible to drive a brand-new car for about $199 per month. At any given time, many lease offers are clustered around that price, and smart shoppers can often find bargains for even less.
Here are some examples of lease deals currently advertised on manufacturer websites at or near $199 per month. Some aren’t available in all regions of the United States, so check with dealerships in your area to find the best deals available near you. Most of these offers end on or near the last day of the month.
If you’re picking up a 2018 McLaren 570S Spider to look cool and make loud parking lot exits, you’re going to have a bad time. Don’t let the drop top, creamy leather and nice curves fool you–this car is aggressive and it’s not to be trifled with. In other words, it’s classic supercar through and through.
From Parents magazine: Thanks to a makeover this year, the Honda Odyssey ($30,090+) looks and drives better — plus it offers more family perks. “The rear-row head restraints are adjustable in several ways, making car seats easier to install,” says Abbie Patterson, a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. The 2018’s engine is about 15 percent more powerful, so it won’t feel sluggish if you need to quickly merge onto the highway, notes Brent Romans, an editor at Edmunds.
There are plenty of fun cars you can buy right now, but enthusiasts often run into the same problem with the new toys: too much digitization, too much assistance, not enough flavor. A 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo might not catch today’s cars in a zero to 60 sprint, by my God, it’s got the teeth to make up for it, and then some.
Both the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and its convertible sister the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS are built around angry little mid-mounted engines juiced to make more noise and power than they have a right to. If that sounds like a good recipe for great driving… Yes. Yes it is.
(Full disclosure: Porsche had me flown from Los Angeles to Sacramento and then bussed to a fine Napa Valley hotel I could never afford for two nights so I could test the new 911 T and 718 GTS models. I also endured two steak dinners on the German automaker’s dime.)
– Miami, Florida
With a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 and sharp styling that can be likened to a military stealth jet, the Cadillac CTS-V is still one of the most striking performance sedans on the market. And with 640 horsepower on tap, one of the most powerful, too. Unfortunately for fans of the big, brutish four door, it’s beginning to show its age.
The last time Volkswagen sold a vehicle in the U.S. that was capable of carrying more than five people, it was the Routan. Sold from 2009 to 2014, the Routan was a lightly rebadged version of the Dodge Caravan minivan with a little Fahrvergnügen from Wolfsburg mixed in for good measure.
Minivans, though, have been waning in popularity since their heyday in the ‘90s, and the Routan ultimately proved to be a waste of time. The Routan simply delayed what the company should’ve built back in 2009 – this, the three-row Volkswagen Atlas SUV.
With updated Uconnect and a standard backup camera, the front-drive Ram ProMaster is now an even better rival for big vans from Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Nissan. Numerous available customization options make this van a true workhorse that can meet multiple needs.
Audi’s all-new RS 5 Coupe is a high-performance grand touring 2-door boasting 444-horsepower and a comprehensive list of technology tasked with putting that prodigious power to the ground. While the RS 5 raises the performance bar to new levels, it also papers occupants within one of the best appointed, most luxurious and innovative, passenger cabins on the market today.
When you conceive a project that involves the design genius Henrik Fisker, the customization know-how of Galpin Auto Sports, and a car as iconic as the Ford Mustang GT, you’re off to a good start. Even more so when you add a 725 horsepower supercharged V8 engine. On paper, the VLF Rocket—driven heroically by Jeremy Clarkson in the very first opening scene of The Grand Tour—seems like it could be a legend in the making.
Photo: Raphael Orlove
Like many people, I could never quite understand the BMW X6. And I can understand the BMW X6 M even less. Help me out, friend: do you get why BMW makes an SUV that’s essentially the X5, but with a steep, sloping roof purely for dubious aesthetics, then has the gall to add a twin-turbo V8 engine with 567 horsepower, Brembo brakes, and a supposedly track-ready suspension? Can you fathom why this idea is catching on to other cars? No, you can’t. No one can. You can’t fathom this because it is unfathomable.
We knew that the 2018 Volkswagen Up GTI was probably going to be the greatest car ever made last May. A year later, and after a week of driving it across Europe, I’m happy to confirm that the 2018 Volkswagen Up GTI is, in fact, the greatest car ever made forever and ever, amen.
It’s just a shame that you, an American (provided you are one) cannot own one. Sorry about that.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent is a car made for the great excesses of America, including our insatiable need for large road beverages. It touts an astonishing 19 cup and bottle holders, some of which are vastly better than the others. I bought a completely ridiculous Double Gulp from 7-11 to find out which ones you really…
The 2018 Mazda 6 is a competent and comfortable cruising machine, but the refrain every critic seems to be singing about loudest its praise for its design. It’s a great looking car, and taking a closer look here really let you see what a fresh set of lights and bumpers can do for a car’s design.
Photo: Kristen Lee (Jalopnik)
It’s a beautiful day here in Manhattan, Memorial Day is right around the corner and I’ve got a shiny 2018 BMW M240i Coupe to kick off this happy time with. What do you want to know about it?
The M240i replaces the M235i and enjoys a slight power bump, now up to 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. This all comes from a fantastically raspy, turbocharged, 3.0-liter straight-six engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic.
Photo Credits: Audi
The 2018 Audi RS6 Performance will be the last iteration of the company’s third-generation “C7” look for the hugely powerful people hauler, and it’s a glorious sendoff. The 597 horsepower station wagon screams.
(Full Disclosure: I asked the folks at Audi if I could have a spin in its shiny RS6 and I was indulged. The car was dropped at my place for a few days and even came filled with delicious petrol.)
Thirteen months ago, I plugged-in our long-term 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV for the first time—filling it not only with electrons but expectations.
It had been named our 2017 Car of the Year, I wrote, because it wasn’t just a good EV, or the first affordable EV to eliminate “range anxiety,” but because it was both of those things and (perhaps most importantly) a good car regardless. More than a year and nearly 17,000 miles later, our Bolt has maintained its worthiness of our early praise.
Tesla has an Autopilot problem, and it goes far beyond the fallout from last month’s deadly crash in Mountain View, California.
Tesla charges $5,000 for Autopilot’s lane-keeping and advanced cruise control features. On top of that, customers can pay $3,000 for what Tesla describes as “Full Self-Driving Capability.”
CarPlay has been around since iOS 7.1, but it’s only with the arrival of iOS 9 that wireless support was added. Still, the theory remains the same. To encourage you to leave your distracting phone out of your hand, CarPlay offers the basics drivers might need – calls, messages, Siri, and music being the main features – in an interface specially designed to be easy (and safer) to use while simultaneously driving.
It would be easy to write off the 2018 Kia Stinger as a 2018 BMW 3-Series imitator, but life is never that simple. The 2018 Stinger traces many of the same lines as the 2018 3-Series, and in some cases the Kia does so with more verve and sharper responses.
It is worth noting that the Stinger is Kia at its best, while the 3-Series is the entry to the German brand’s sedan lineup.
While leasing is more popular than ever these days, a lot of people still want to buy new cars for the long haul. If you’re planning on getting a new 2018 model year car that you hope to have a long and fulfilling relationship with, Consumer Reports has a few that should be on your shopping list—though none of them are terribly surprising.
The Stinger makes a name for itself in a segment filled with heavy hitters.
– Miami, Florida
Verdict 7.0 /10
Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it, they say. In this case, Kia has cracked open its own history books, and taken a lesson from the chapter of what not to do. The Stinger is no Amanti – that is, a half-hearted attempt to compete with more premium products. The Stinger is the real deal, and it should have companies like BMW and Mercedes-Benz worried (if they aren’t already).
I recently had the opportunity to drive a $75,000 Hyundai. To be clear, the vehicle I drove wasn’t quite a Hyundai: it was the new G90 from Hyundai’s Genesis luxury brand, which was created to compete with the likes of Cadillac and Lexus and Acura and Mercedes-Benz. But, when you really get down to it, it was a $75,000 Hyundai. And I liked it.
It used to be a pony car that was laughed at in places with turns. These days, however, the Ford Mustang is a real-deal sports car that competes with the best the world has to offer. The Blue Oval brand has updated its mean machine for the new model year, and the 2018 Ford Mustang is packing a bit more heat and some fancy new tech behind the steering wheel.