The new Chevrolet Malibu Turbo is interesting mostly because of the "turbo" part of the name. But not for the reasons you'd think. When most of us think of "turbo" we still think of it in terms of fast and sporty, since that's what we grew up with. If a car was turbocharged in the 80s, then it was a sports car that had the word "TURBO" badged or decal'd on it in at least 60 places. Plus, there was that turbo button on our old 486 PCs, and we know how fast that was. But what's interesting about the Malibu is that, really, the turbo here isn't about speed— it's about letting a 2-liter 4 cylinder engine take a job usually given to a 3.6 L V6. And, with that in mind, it makes sense. But, as anyone who has had to decide between fireworks and an insurance payment, sense isn't particularly exciting. Advertisement (Full Disclosure: Chevy wanted me to drive some of their cars with such a fierce, unrelenting intensity that they flew me up to San Francisco, fed me some great food, and … [Read more...] about 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo: The Jalopnik Review
The compact segment is fiercely contended, with strong competitors coming from every major carmaker. With increasing quality deriving from each geographical location, expectations are rising, and customers are no longer willing to settle for a crappy econobox. Rather, they expect midsize sedan-like luxuries, with improved fuel efficiency to boot. An engaging driving experience is no longer an unanswered wish, it's now an expected demand. Simply put, the compact buyer expects to receive more, but not pay more. Advertisement They are, by all accounts, a bunch of greedy buggers. (Full Disclosure: Nissan wanted me to drive the new Sentra so badly they flew me out to San Francisco and put me up in a delightful hotel by the ocean. At dinner a lovely gentleman kept calling me Alan. I left it too long to correct him, so in the end I went along with it. So, from this day forth, please refer to me as Alan.) The 2013 Nissan Sentra is Nissan's bullet designed to elevate the Japanese … [Read more...] about 2013 Nissan Sentra: The Jalopnik Review
“Does it shit and git?” a rally crew member from another team asked me after I rolled up to my hotel in a burbling and strikingly green 2019 Dodge Durango SRT. “What...yes? I think so,” I replied. (Full disclosure: Fiat Chrysler was kind enough to let me borrow a Durango SRT when I needed a rally support vehicle that could both shit and git with a car trailer hanging off its hitch.) The Durango SRT has been around for about two years, and the car it’s based on has been out for what feels like an eternity—around six years. Yet, somehow, it still manages to shield its occupants from the outdatedness that it truly rides upon. Well, at least in the SRT trim it does. I spent about a week and 1,300 miles in this SUV, putting it through the tests of being a city car, a race hauler, and New England road trip machine to see if this $76,450 hellraiser of a vehicle was actually worth its rather mighty price tag. Advertisement What Is It? The … [Read more...] about The 475-HP Dodge Durango SRT Is A Muscle Truck That’s Ready To Haul
This is the 2011 Subaru WRX STI sedan. It's a four-door version of Subaru's legendary rally rocket, and it marks a return to the form factor that made the model famous. Is it any different from its hatchback sibling? Advertisement Full Disclosure: Subaru flew us to Aspen, Colorado and put us up in a very nice ski lodge so that we could bring you this review. While in Aspen, we saw a Porsche 959 parked on the street, looked at real-estate listings for $20-million-dollar winter cottages, and counted 50 (yes, 50) private jets parked at the airport. Who says the rich are different from you and me? When I was little, I had a pet hamster. For reasons that are lost to history, I named this hamster Squish. Like most hamsters, Squish was a laid-back, goal-oriented dude; his life resembled mine in many ways, only with more time spent burrowing. Squish and I were happy largely because we knew what we liked. I liked building Squish houses out of paper-towel tubes and watching him eat them, … [Read more...] about 2011 Subaru WRX, STI: First Drive
Jeremy Clarkson is quoted as saying that to be a true auto enthusiast you must have had at least one Alfa in your life. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe 164 is one Alfa. Could its price and condition mean that it’s “the one?” Winter is the best time to consider buying a convertible since nothing shows how tough you are as does1991 BMW 318i that looked tidy and had a top that you could drop. Two issues might just scuttle the plan, however. One of those was the seller’s ominous note that the car had a “salvage history.” The other was its $5,995 price tag which 54 percent of you deemed too high, dunning the car with a Crack Pipe loss. Advertisement Speaking of losses, there was a time, a good couple of decades or more ago One of the last Alfas to hit the market before the company packed up its Vino Rosso and Grana Padano and left the U.S. was the 164, a Pininfarina-designed executive saloon that shared its underpinnings with the Saab 9000, … [Read more...] about At $5,200, Could This 1993 Alfa Romeo 164S Turn You Into A True Enthusiast?