Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. The very first thing I noticed when I stepped into the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt was the gear selector. Upright, situated between the two front seats, familiar P-R-N-D-L markings. That gear selector speaks volumes about what this electric car is trying to be. No buttons, no stalk off to the side like a Tesla or even a Toyota Prius, no rotary knob. The Bolt’s gear selector looks like something you’d find on any modern car, because that’s what everybody knows and understands, even though this single-speed electric car hardly needs it. It’s one of many examples of how this car wants to help usher in the electric car revolution by being, well... normal. (Full Disclosure: Chevrolet reached out to us and asked if we wanted a Bolt in New York City for a week. We said yes, so they loaned us one with a full charge. I did unfortunately scratch one of the doors leaving a narrow parking garage exit. We … [Read more...] about The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt Makes the Electric Car Feel Normal, and That’s the Point
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Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. While the 2018 Range Rover Velar S did not make me feel like the King of New York City, as I had hoped, I did feel like at least maybe the Duke of my neighborhood. You know, still getting plenty of attention, but not too much, while having all of the benefits of being born into a world of no real responsibility. It was a nice feeling while it lasted. (Full Disclosure: After seeing them all over New York City and checking our previous Jalopnik Reviews, I reached out to Land Rover to see if I could test a 2018 Velar for a week. A P380 S showed up later with a full tank of gas.) Despite being one of the less-adventurous models in the Land Rover and Ranger Rover lineup, the Velar is still cool in its own right. It’s more of a styling exercise that expands the brand’s appeal to people who just want something luxurious with a nice badge to roll up to the party in. But the Velar has come a long way to prove it … [Read more...] about The 2018 Range Rover Velar Rolls Like Royalty and Attracts as Much Attention
You don’t need to take the 2018 Jeep Wrangler off-road to enjoy driving it. Every ride in this thing feels like an adventure. But when you do push it off the edge of the map, the barbarian spec Rubicon becomes the best sidekick you could ask for. (Full Disclosure: I begged Jeep for access to the new JL Wrangler, and the company was finally able to oblige me over Memorial Day Weekend. Unfortunately, the previous borrower had cracked the windshield and there was no time to repair it before my scheduled trip, so I’m obligated to inform you that the glass damage you’ll see in some pictures was battle damage, not a manufacturing defect.) The outgoing JK Jeep Wrangler was solid. And honestly, so was the short TJ before that and even the square-eyed YJ in the ’80s and early ’90s. But the new-for-2018 JL is so much nicer inside and so much easier to use, without sacrificing the capability that made Jeep famous in the first place, that driving it just made me … [Read more...] about 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: What We Learned Over 600 Hard Miles
Out of all the cars I’ve driven for Jalopnik, the one I wanted to give back the least was the Toyota 86. When Robb Holland asked if I wanted to drive a flooded 86 he was turning into a race car, I jumped at the chance. I’m glad I did, even if I was our slowest driver. It was extremely good before. It’s amazing as a race car. [Full disclosure: IAA and Autosource—two entities that sell salvaged cars—chipped in substantially to sponsor Robb’s project, hence the big banners all over the car. This project where Robb resurrected a car flooded in Hurricane Harvey to help drive donations to a local charity probably couldn’t have happened without them.] When I say that I didn’t want to give back the Toyota 86, I didn’t mean it in that wistful, if-I-won-the-lottery kind of way that automotive hacks talk about G-wagens and Lambos. I meant it in the way that it needs to be my next car. This is a normal little car that regular people can … [Read more...] about There’s Nothing Like Driving A Race Car Version Of A Car You Love
Cars.com has long pitted three-row SUVs against each other, as recently as last year with the Three-Row SUV Challenge. But we've always concentrated on light-duty people haulers — "crossovers," if you must. So how about SUVs that can tow and haul much heavier loads and tackle off-road terrain while seating up to nine? For the first time, we're finding out how the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia fare against each other in this 2018 Full-Size SUV Challenge. We requested four full-size SUVs equipped with tow packages (when optional) and no price cap or driveline requirement. We stipulated standard-length models where there's a choice (Chevrolet and Ford) and received all 2018 models with four-wheel drive. We towed, tested gas mileage and put hundreds of miles on these to find out which large SUV is the best. The 2018 Full-Size SUV ChallengeTowing | Video Three judges individually awarded points in 13 categories: interior quality, … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Full-Size SUV for 2018?