They say young people don’t care about cars anymore. They say the culture is dying. They say human driving doesn’t even have a future. You, the Jalopnik community of readers, know that isn’t true. You also know the last place to look for modern car culture is the vast wasteland that is television. But we think we can do car TV better—and so we did. Because you demanded it, and because questionable decisions are made in the media world every day, Jalopnik is getting a TV show. Welcome to Car vs. America. You may have noticed Mike Ballaban and Raphael Orlove haven’t been around much on Jalopnik lately. (You may also be grateful for this, which is fair.) That’s because these scrappy New York editors have spent the last few months planning, producing, writing and starring in our most ambitious project to date—a road trip TV show where they go around America in search of adventure in the weirdest, most wonderful, most questionable cars we could get … [Read more...] about Jalopnik Is Coming To TV! Welcome To Car Vs. America, Premiering TONIGHT
I've been very impressed with the power of collective minds, lately, as they got my car back for me, and as a group, Jalopnik readers/commenters have a pretty good track record of getting things done. So I'm hoping to enlist your collective help on a little research project about an unsung hero: this iconic jeep/trailer taillight. I can almost hear masses of eyebrows lurching upwards as you're all likely thinking "What? Who gives a shit?" but please give me a moment here to explain my fecal donations. This taillight is, absolutely, a common, trivial thing. Other than when it lights up, warning us the dump truck in front of us is screeching to a panic stop, we generally ignore them. They're ignored, but they're everywhere. Their role on the buttocks of Jeeps is probably their most notable job, but these humble taillights have been on Hummers and other military vehicles, school buses and prison transports, forklifts and bulldozers, 18-wheelers and flatbeds, and even in rare solo guise … [Read more...] about Jalopnik Hive Mind Project: Who Designed This Iconic Taillight?
The 2017 Genesis G80 Ultimate is like upper-management accommodations at a middle-management price. The 420 horsepower V8 makes you a nice shortcut up the corporate ladder, but you don’t have to be a working stiff to appreciate this car. (Full disclosure: I was on holiday in California recently, and needed to test out some new wheels. This was definitely better than the average rental car I’d expect to pick up at LAX, and Hyundai Motor America was happy to oblige.) What Is It? Hyundai rose to relevance in the U.S. as an economy car company, more recently established itself as a quality economy car company, then stepped up to take an earnest swing at the luxury car game with the Genesis. Today, Genesis isn’t just a Hyundai anymore. This is a proper high-end standalone brand, which is intended to offer a better buying experience and more elite model selection. This G80 RWD 5.0 Ultimate model, painted Parisian Gray, I tested is nicely equipped at $55,670. Why … [Read more...] about 2017 Genesis G80 RWD V8: The Jalopnik Review
Do you like fun? Joy? Happiness? I have discovered this in car form, and it is the 2017 Toyota 86. Fret not the garbage-speak of too little power. It has enough power to do donuts, and that’s all that matters. It’s light. It’s tossable. It’s everything that’s missing from my life, and I need one now. (Full disclosure: Toyota apparently makes me want to drop everything and figure out how car payments work, so they dropped off a new 86 at my house for a week with a full tank of gas.) What Is It? The Toyota 86 is not entirely new. It’s the lightly reheated version of the Scion FR-S for 2017, with a new name and a new badge now that Scion is dead. RIP Scion. It still shares a 2.0-liter Subaru boxer four-cylinder engine with Subaru’s version of the car, the BRZ. The car received a tiny power bump with the branding change, along with the “86” name the rest of the non-Scion-getting world has been using from the start. Surprisingly, … [Read more...] about 2017 Toyota 86: The Jalopnik Review
When former Jalopnik boss Travis Okulski asked me to take over the site’s vaunted Answer’s of the Day feature, I was honored, and frankly, a bit shocked. These daily top 10 lists were, for a while, one of the top traffic drivers to the site. Knowing how important they were, I was surprised that the low man on the totem pole (me) would be trusted with their production. Then I found out the real reason: putting together these lists every day was a massive pain in the ass and no one else wanted to do it. I had to read through all the comments to the previous day’s Question of the Day–which could receive anywhere from 100 to more 1000 responses–pick out the best 10, do some research/fact checking, find pictures, and write it all up. All of this before 11 a.m., ideally. I also had to balance all this with being a college student at the time, so my mornings were quite tricky for a few months, and many lists arrived late. I don’t say this seeking your … [Read more...] about The Ten Worst Top Ten Lists I Wrote For Jalopnik