1990s kids will remember–there was a time when “car-like crossover SUVs” were novelties. And automakers, trying to reconcile a new combination of “fun off-roadiness” with practical compact designs, came up with some wacky stuff. Here are seven of my favorites and their significance.
Jokes about leg day aside, uh, please never ever use your body as a push-bar between two cars.
The Buick Grand National is a prime collector’s item because it’s a cool version of a common car, it’s historically unique, and it’s pretty much universally respected by enthusiasts. An ’87 GNX is particularly special, and one’s getting auctioned off right now. With eight miles on its odometer.
We don’t know much about the 2020 Land Rover Defender other than the fact that it’s got the basic boxy silhouette off-road enthusiasts are fond of. But today, a clear picture of what sure looks like the new Defender dashboard popped up on Twitter, and we know that it’s real because Land Rover’s people are not happy.
After 2016’s first fatal crash in a Tesla on Autopilot the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated the Model S’s Autopilot and Autosteer functions. It ultimately concluded the system was safe. But a new paper says we shouldn’t trust the government agency’s research.
Nostalgia is a huge part of what makes owning a classic car fun. Driving an old vehicle is like operating a time machine; it creates a very tangible connection to the past. Studying old car print ads and literature is similarly satisfying, and gives us some context to better appreciate these cars with.
Naoki Nakamura is a talented pro drifter. Like, series champion-talented. Has a Facebook group dedicated to studying his technique-talented. So the fact that he’s absolutely tearing up the track here, wearing weird rubber gardening shoes, is just hilarious.
It’s easy to mistake a 1977 Toyota Celica GT like this one for an old American car you can’t quite put your finger on. The original Celica was definitely a mild Mustang ripoff aesthetically, but it sounds like the car was not only great 40 years ago–it still feels vivacious today.
The 2019 King of the Hammers headline off-road event is raging right now, but earlier this week a 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup successfully completed the 4WP Every Man Challenge Race at the same extreme venue. It wasn’t particularly competitive, and it wasn’t completely stock, but it did survive a beating in the hands…
The 2019 Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima battery is a spectacular off-road battle that combines technical rock crawling with high-speed desert racing. It’s going down all day Friday, which is right now, and the online livestream is free to watch and excellent.
The Bugatti Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti” is one of the only cars pulling off blue-on-blue in 2019, which is awesome, but I think the French flag rear spoiler is one of the funnest features I’ve seen on a supercar in a while.
No matter what kind of car you’re driving, power likes to go to whichever drive wheels have the least traction. That’s a big part of why driving on slippery stuff can feel sketchy, and why things like limited-slip differentials and traction control were invented. This video shows exactly what different setups do on…
Changing your car’s air filter, particularly if its airbox was intelligently engineered, may be the most satisfying aspect of automobile ownership. Maximum Billy Mays voice: I love swapping air filters and so will you!
I’m old enough to remember, barely, when a pickup truck’s default design was a two-door and crew cabs looked like freaks of nature. That will probably never be the case again. But as long as single cabs exist, they’ll always be the best-looking pickup trucks.
The 2019 Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima is a big deal in the off-road world and a week of festivities leading up to a main event are happening right now. Despite taking place in the California desert, this race has some of the best live motorsports coverage online and you can tune in here.
A snatch strap is one of the most useful tools in an off-roader’s arsenal. It’s much lighter and cheaper than a winch, but can be just as effective when pulling somebody out of a bog. Unfortunately, people like to use them with tow balls. This video will show you why that’s a terrible idea.
The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is advertised as an SUV, but it’s really more like a hatchback. And a luxury sedan. Actually, the design that makes it hard to classify also creates one of the most versatile vehicles ever. The fact that it’s electric makes it slightly annoying to own, but quite satisfying to drive.
The Electra Meccanica Solo is a slipper-shaped three-wheeled electric vehicle named for its passenger capacity. Which is “one,” obviously. Tomorrow I’m going to test drive it and talk to the company’s director of U.S. operations to find out what the deal is here. Got any questions for me to bring?
On Tuesday, the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer’s upcoming debut was announced. That name’s about as snappy as a three-day-old breakfast sandwich, but the concept itself actually seems to have a lot of potential.
The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition is an example of excellent product strategy: throw a few key cosmetic tweaks on an old model, declare it to be special and mark the price up while stoking love for the nameplate in general. I fall for it every time, and I just did again, because this truck looks sweet.