Here at Jalopnik, we have the unique pleasure of getting to drive a whole lot of different cars in a whole lot of different places. Some are fine. Some are mediocre. But there’s another subset of car that we don’t always talk about: The ones that surprise us the most.
Surprise can be both good and bad. Sometimes, you’re hoping a car would be a lot better than it turns out to be: faster, more comfortable, less confusing. Sometimes, you’re not expecting a whole lot, but you walk away with a shockingly favorable impression. Maybe you’re an anti-truck person who gets sent on a pickup press trip, only to realize you kinda dig the whole “I’m an invincible master of the road” feeling. Maybe you think you love EVs only to walk away from a promising one feeling a little let down.
Today, we’re going to talk about the cars that surprised us most — and what shocked us most about them.