Carpet in cars is stupid. It’s always been a little stupid, but for decades it was the best we could do, if you wanted something covering the lower interior of your car that deadened sound and wasn’t as cheap-looking as rubber or bare metal. I know we can do better, and I think humanity is finally ready.
Top Gear remains one of the better explainers of what is so good and bad about modern cars. Few others even try to explain how something like a new Rolls Royce or Jaguar fits into our social context. So why can’t the show get old cars right?
The night, I’m told, is dark and full of terrors. That’s why we have lights on our cars. And while lighting is unquestionably better than it’s ever been, ironically, two pieces of relatively new lighting technology actually seem to be making things worse, visibility-wise, partially because they’re too good. Let me…
If you’ve ever been privileged enough to spend time with a horse regularly, you’ll know it’s a bit of a double-edged sword.
I couldn’t even finish this week’s episode. I just couldn’t sit and watch while you all on screen pretended to be having a good time, making a good show.
A lot of car buyers, especially the folks that lease luxury cars, don’t have a clue about some basic aspects of their vehicle. This ad from BMW is just one illustration of a much larger issue—the #brands don’t want you to be involved anymore.
Every time a new Mazda model is announced, a certain number of unwashed yokels always seem to mention that the car would be hella better if only they used the Wankel rotary. News flash: the rotary is a garbage engine.
The average auto loan payment is almost $500 a month and loan delinquency is at an all time high. Many industry analysts are concerned about the long-term financial consequences of car loans people can’t afford. But if you’re struggling to make your payments, don’t blame the bank or the dealer.
The fight to kill the A-10 Warthog rages on in Washington after the U.S. Air Force tried to sneak-retire the incredibly useful attack jet following a failure to get Congressional approval to end it outright. Now the Air Force’s shell game includes a potential A-10 replacement, dubbed the A-X.
The cars that car enthusiasts want and the cars that car companies have to build to remain in business seem to grow increasingly distant from each other, and that leads to a problem.
The joy of the internet is that something can be right, and something can be wrong, but both are given equal footing. I stand (or rather sit, let’s be honest) to proclaim one Justin Westbrook WRONG. Because taking your super cars across the Himalayas is fucking beautiful. The guys who ruined those cars aren’t…
Roborace, the new autonomous racing series that will run alongside Formula E, will surely be a masterful technical exercise that showcases the bleeding edge of modern artificial intelligence technology. Will it be any fun to watch? Given that most of what I love about racing involves a human element, I’m not sold yet.
Are you the fine makers of a small, practical hatchback automobile? Do you feel the need to tack on a stubby little trunk for said car to appeal to the hatch-averse American market? Let me stop you right there, because nothing makes a car look more like a garbage penalty box like an obvious afterthought of a trunk.
When some people start to encounter expensive issues with their current car, something odd often goes through their minds: They seem to think that the best financial solution is to buy another car. This is a bad idea, and these people need a lesson in total vehicle cost.
A hellish and desolate landscape of “freeways”—an ironic name, for they only serve to imprison you in an idling, air-conditioned bubble as life slowly passes you by.
Once people know I’m an auto journalist, usually they ask me two things: First, if my parents were able to get over their disappointment, and second, what they should buy if they need a minivan, other than a minivan. Buying a minivan for their minivan needs is out of the question.
The Bugatti Chiron is better than the Veyron in every way; the Chiron is faster, more powerful, and even better looking than its predecessor. But there’s a reason why the new car can’t match the old.
On the surface, Mercedes’ AMG division is still doing the same thing it has always done: sell the fastest and most expensive Mercedes available. But look a little deeper and you’ll see that something has changed.