Why I'm in Love with a Toyota Corolla

With a hollow cough, the four inline cylinders turn over. The cabin fills with the halfheartedly dampened sound of 126 anemic horses humming. I release the lumpy plastic key fob and settle into the drab cloth seats. I'm searching for comfort, but deep down I know that no amount of fiddling will bring the seat to a… » 1/29/14 9:44pm 1/29/14 9:44pm

I too would like to jump in in defense of the Maryland State Trooper cars. I personally find the design quite striking, because it is not a standard white-and-stripes paint job, it is easy to distinguish on the road from city and county police, and it has a certain intimidating panache about it. It looks like nothing… » 1/21/14 11:41am 1/21/14 11:41am

Paging Jason Torchinsky: Suzuki Cab Forward Truck for Sale in…

The cabover. There's just something about that weird, intensely practical utilitarian design that stirs the Jalop soul. No nonsense, no frills, just a few passenger butts seated directly above a tiny engine, in this case, 1000cc of tiny engine. The cabover, or cab forward, or front control, or goofy hoodless truck… » 1/11/14 11:34pm 1/11/14 11:34pm

I might have to dispute the Toyota Matrix, though I know you're probably tired of seeing people disagree with you. Hear me out. My family has owned a 2003 Toyota Matrix since new, with 170k miles on the clock. It has taught two teenage boys how to drive stickshift, it has handled a daily commute, and it has swallowed… » 8/17/13 7:26pm 8/17/13 7:26pm

On the Origin of Automotive Taste: Wagon Lust and Nostalgia

The Plymouth Voyager. A 1995 model. Three rows of seats, a 3-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, and an inline-four churning out a nice, round 100 horsepower. The lower end member of the trifecta of Chrysler minivans, the Voyager was never intended to turn heads. Unexciting and forgettable by design, with no… » 6/04/13 12:52pm 6/04/13 12:52pm

I am absolutely with you on the First-gen Matrix. Having learned to drive in one (stickshift, no less) and still tooling around in it, I can say it may not be the most exciting car, but it's fantastic transportation and incredibly useful. You can fit more in there than in a lot of SUVs if you try. We've hauled lumber,… » 4/21/13 5:28pm 4/21/13 5:28pm

Breaking: Someone Actually Purchased An Aston Martin Cygnet

Well, to be accurate, there are in fact at least two people who have made such a purchase in the London metropolitan area, as I spotted a red Cygnet running impishly through a traffic light of the same color. But since I only captured one of those two cars on film (what is film, anyway?), the headline above seems… » 4/07/13 4:00pm 4/07/13 4:00pm