Honda, which you probably know as a car company, actually makes a ton of stuff that Aren’t Cars. One of those things is a private jet, which Honda has helpfully called a HondaJet. And I’m about to go for a ride. Okay, okay, I’ve been told it’s a short ride. A 22-minute ride, to be precise. But still, it’s a ride in a HondaJet! I’ll take it. (Full Disclosure: Honda wanted me to go for a ride in the HondaJet so bad that they flew me to Minnesota, mostly to drive the 2019 Honda Insight. But also, they offered me a ride in a HondaJet. A 22-minute ride. Also they’re serving lunch. I’m having the winter green salad and the risotto with roasted red pepper, farro, chèvre, and grilled asparagus. Honda thinks they can buy my love with such material things, but they cannot.) The HondaJet is unlike most private jets, in that it exists in a category known as Very Light Jets. They only seat five to eight people, and they only need a single pilot. … [Read more...] about What Do You Want To Know About The HondaJet?
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The 2019 Subaru Ascent, Subaru’s largest SUV to date, became instantly famous for one statistic: 19 cupholders, which works out to nearly 2.5 cupholders per seat. It’s as if they know us! They really, really know us. One Big Gulp is not enough for America. Heck, 19 Big Gulps may not even be enough, but it’s a start. I’m off to test those cupholders and the car attached to them. What do you want to know? Subaru has flown me out to Oregon to test the Ascent, where it will be at home among its crunchy people. I fully expect to see hordes of these with various cause-related stickers eating away at the rear hatch paint soon. This isn’t just the king of impending bladder pain—this is the biggest Subaru ever made. It has the marque’s usual symmetrical all-wheel-drive and a turbocharged flat-four 2.4-liter engine good for 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft. of torque. Like the Volkswagen Atlas that I drove last year, it has three rows and a 5,000-lb. tow … [Read more...] about What Do You Want To Know About The 2019 Subaru Ascent And Its 19 Glorious Cupholders?
Subaru showed off the handsome VIZIV Tourer Concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, hinting at a future WRX wagon. The level of excitement was appropriate, but there’s already a WRX wagon of sorts for sale today—the Subaru Levorg. Well, for sale if you live in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa and parts of Asia. I’m here to find out what you Americans are missing out on. I’m currently behind the wheel of a Subaru Levorg; what do you want to know about it? The Levorg comes with a choice of two engines; a 1.6-liter turbocharged flat four or a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four shared with the JDM-spec WRX. The 1.6 engine is good for 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, while the car I’m testing has the larger engine which is pumping out a healthy 300 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque. (There is some bad news coming at the end, I’m afraid.) All the Subaru essentials are here; turbo flat-four engine, a trick all-wheel drive system, a … [Read more...] about What Do You Want To Know About The 2018 Subaru Levorg?
I may have a weird fetish for small, simple cars, but I rarely remember the Yaris iA, which is basically a Mazda2 sedan with some Toyota badging. We didn’t get the new 2 in the United States, but we got Toyota’s version. This one has a manual, which is excellent. But what do you want to know about it? [Full disclosure: Toyota wanted me to drive the Yaris iA so badly that they dropped one off at my house with a full tank of gas.] Look, other Jalopnik staffers have other, heavier, more expensive cars to review this week, but I’m pretty sure I’ve got the best one. There are three pedals. It’s red. It has a wee little trunk-let that’s actually proportional to the rest of the car. I can cram it into dinky parking spots with ease. It’s such a happy little car! Sadly, there’s no real carbon fiber to be had, but there is plenty of fake carbon fiber printed plastic. It also comes with Mazda’s signature dashboard tombstone for an … [Read more...] about What Do You Want To Know About The Glorious Manual Toyota Yaris iA?
Facebook's newsfeed stopped being a straightforward list of posts quite some time ago, although it's clear that a lot of Facebook users don't know this. In fact, one of the big surprises of the row about the Facebook emotion experiment was that the researchers were surprised that people didn't realise this. Tech Pro Research BYOD Policy New Tablet Purchase Checklist Microsoft's latest mobile platforms bring back more business-friendly features Managing the influx of Apple devices into the workplace Jeff Hancock, a professor at Cornell and co-author of the study, explained this in a discussion at Microsoft's recent Faculty Summit after he got a couple of hundred emails about it: "The huge number of emails about people’s frustration that researchers would change the news feed indicates that there’s just no sense that the news feed was anything other than an objective window into their social world". Instead, he pointed out, "their news feeds are altered all the … [Read more...] about What do we want Facebook and Twitter to be?