It will come as no surprise to hear that in this line of work we get to drive some pretty badass cars. At the same time, sometimes, juuuuust sometimes, we are handed the keys to a car that is — how do I put this gently? Crap.
Before I started my brave new life writing here at Jalopnik, I used to do my end-of-year, cars-I've-driven reviews at Macarthur Park in Los Angeles, to a collected crowd of sleeping vagrants and loud, opinionated ducks.
End-of-year awards tend to be impersonal and predictable, so we've left it open to our contributors to interpret the question: what are the best and the worst cars you've driven this year? Let's see what we get. Feel free to add your own to the list.
We launched our new review system this year by claiming that car reviews generally suck and we'd do our best to fix them. Our solution? A new format that gives a tangible number enthusiast's could use to decide how worthy a vehicle was of ownership.
Movies tell us that international spies only drive their cars for 20 minutes, max, before they blow up. Can Aston Martin build a flagship grand tourer you'd want to keep longer than that?
The Nissan March (Micra in many countries outside of Asia and Latin America) is an entry-level small car that does a sobering job of making you realize that we don't really take small, cheap cars seriously in the US. And that's a real shame. This little car is stylish, fun, and is packed with cutting-edge technology…
Chrysler's SRT performance unit has tweaked and relaunched the old Dodge Viper under the SRT brand. Is it a rehash of the V10 beast with the Neon-esque interior that precedes it, or has SRT written a new chapter in the book of Viper? We found out. Boy howdy, did we.
The Jaguar Mark 2 is bad. It's the sort of car that lets people know that its driver is a boss. Its elegant curves and (for its vintage) powerful engine are the reason why it became favored by British criminals as a getaway car during the 1960s.
Iconic is a tired word. In the past, it was reserved as a word of reverence for ground breakers and revolutionaries that radically transformed the future. You know, the icons.
The Subaru Forester has long been the vehicle of choice for outdoorsy people, competent, no-nonsense lesbians, and Vermonters (not to be confused with Vermonsters, a colossal tub of ice cream incapable of purchasing a car), and I don't think that's going to change with the new 2014 model. It's been updated in some…
For decades, Audi was synonymous with rally excellence. In the 2000s, Audi turned its focus to sports car racing, where it tortured the entire grid at Le Mans, abusing the field 11 times in 13 years.
The compact segment is fiercely contended, with strong competitors coming from every major carmaker. With increasing quality deriving from each geographical location, expectations are rising, and customers are no longer willing to settle for a crappy econobox.
Excuse the junior high speech class cliche, but Webster's Dictionary defines a 'coupe' as "a two-door automobile often seating only two persons." Over the last decade, the German automakers have pretty much told Merriam Webster to go to hell. Their model lineups have exploded and they have created classes of cars that…
The fourth generation Nissan Pathfinder loses its ruggedness for 2013, switching to a unibody from the traditional body-on-frame approach. It looks more like an oversized crossover vehicle than the rock-traversing machine of old. But don't for one minute think this makes the new Pathfinder any less capable.
Alto de la Mina, Colombia — Once upon a time, trucks were trucks. All you got was a metal box with some seats and rudimentary controls; a thing to be battered, broken, and fixed repeatedly. Adding 4-wheel-drive was just a way to abuse these glorified carts in the gnarliest terrain imaginable.
Ever since the dawn of luxury sport sedan time, the BMW 3-series has been your honors student cousin at the family Thanksgiving dinner. Audi, Mercedes, and, most recently, Cadillac have all tried to beat the 3-series at its own game, but in one way or the other, they have always come up short.
McLaren was predestined to build a version of its MP4-12C for the pate-tanning set. But is the new Spider as good as the closed-top coupe that shares its nerdy alphanumer-name, or is it — like most other convertibles — a tragedy of compromise? Let's head to Spain and find out.
Horizon, Colorado — The console racing sim, as we know it, is rapidly approaching its natural limit. You can add more cars, different tracks, and continue to improve tire physics, but those wanting to virtually experience a race are likely to find a better chance at realism using rFactor, iRacing or any number of PC…
The new Chevrolet Malibu Turbo is interesting mostly because of the "turbo" part of the name. But not for the reasons you'd think. When most of us think of "turbo" we still think of it in terms of fast and sporty, since that's what we grew up with. If a car was turbocharged in the 80s, then it was a sports car that…
None of Subaru's American PR people or, for that matter, any of the other American journalists took seriously my interest in Subaru's tiny Kei-car offerings, especially the little trucks and vans. It actually became sort of a running joke among everybody. I don't mind, I'm used to that.