Why The 209 HP Toyota Yaris GRMN Actually Feels Like The Fastest Car Ever

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.

The 2018 BMW M240i Coupe Is Still The Best

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.) Read More

The 2019 Honda Insight Is The Most Normal Hybrid

Photo: Honda

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.) Read More

The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S Is Two Cylinders Short Of Legendary

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. Read More

First Look: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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. Read More

2018 Nissan 370Z Roadster Review: Ready For Retirement

Verdict 5.0 / 10

In an effort to keep things fresh for 2018, Nissan has updated its elderly 370Z sports car. It looks a bit better, and it’s still plenty powerful with a 332-horsepower V6 engine. 

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. Read More

What Do You Want To Know About The 2018 Honda Civic Type R?

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. Read More

What Do You Want To Know About The 2018 BMW X3 M40i?

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. Read More

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: What We Learned Over 600 Hard Miles

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.)  Read More

Used Car Market Quarterly Report | Edmunds

Edmunds.com‘s Used Market Quarterly Report highlights the sales and pricing trends that drive America’s used car market. Data is broken out into segment, brand and model levels to show what vehicles used car shoppers are buying and how they are buying them.

To download the full report, please click the image below: Read More

2019 Subaru Ascent Expert Review Car Review

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. Read More

2018 Nissan Kicks Expert Review Car Review

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. Read More

The Skoda Yeti Is Cheerful As Your Family Dog

“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. Read More

The 2018 Buick Regal GS Is Surprisingly Great

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.” Read More

SUV Review: 2018 Kia Soul SX Turbo

Overview

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. Read More

Yeah I'm All About Electric Scooter Sharing Now

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. Read More

The $199 Lease Deals for June | Edmunds

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. Read More

10 Best Family Cars for 2018: Parents magazine & Edmunds | Edmunds

Edmunds Rating

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. Read More

The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman And Boxster GTS Feel Like Baby Supercars

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.) Read More

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Review: A Big Deal

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. Read More

2018 Ram ProMaster Expert Review Car Review

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.

2018 Audi RS 5 Expert Review Car Review

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. Read More

The 725 Horsepower VLF Rocket Could Have Been So Good

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. Read More

I Proved The BMW X6 M Is Actually Useful

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. Read More

What Do You Want To Know About The 2018 BMW M240i Coupe? 

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. Read More

The 2018 Audi RS6 Performance Is The Ultimate Audi Wagon Right Now

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.)
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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Long-Term Verdict: Award Worthiness Confirmed

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. Read More

Wireless CarPlay Review: 2018 BMW 640i GT cuts the cord – SlashGear

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. Read More

2018 Kia Stinger vs. 2018 BMW 3-Series

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. Read More

2018 Kia Stinger GT Review: Serious Contender

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). Read More

Reviewed: The 2018 Ford Mustang

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. Read More

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