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Jimmy Brown

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7 of the Coolest Badge-Engineered Cars Ever

Badge-engineering is the often-maligned practice in the auto industry of slapping a different badge onto an existing vehicle and then marketing the variant as a unique model. Badge-engineering is a necessary evil (OK, that’s a bit harsh) in today’s market. It’s less expensive to rebadge a model once or multiple times than it is to …

A scene from the movie Redline.

9 Best Bad Car Movies You Must Watch Now

America’s obsession with the automobile runs deep, from the wildly-successful NASCAR racing series to car-centric artwork, songs, and perhaps most of all, cinema. Car fanatics have an overwhelming amount of options when it comes to excellent car flicks. Grand Prix (1966), Thunder Road (1971), and Rush (2013) are just a few must-see cinematic tributes to …

A silver 2003 Chrysler Crossfire coupe parked by a scenic outlook.

Was the Chrysler Crossfire Really That Bad?

If there was an Automotive Hall of Shame museum somewhere, you could easily imagine such flops as the Ford Edsel, Pontiac Aztek, and the Yugo occupying some exhibit space. These ill-fated vehicles were disastrous in terms of engineering, quality, and sales, so the contempt that car communities hold for them is definitely deserved. But would …

A close-up of the exhaust tips on a 2007 Pagani Zonda F Roadster.

9 Coolest Stock Exhaust Designs Ever

Nothing sets off a gorgeous car quite like a nicely-styled exhaust. Even the most mundane hindquarters can be dressed up considerably by a distinctive and thoughtfully-designed exhaust. (maybe those youths driving those beat-up 80s Civics with shiny aftermarket exhausts are onto something) If you dig a sweet set of pipes as much as we do, …

An assortment of new cars parked in a dealership lot.

Here Are America’s Most and Least Popular Car Colors for 2019

If you guessed that some shade of gray was the most popular car color in America for 2019, then you’re wrong but you’re definitely getting warm. Give up? According to a study by iSeeCars, the answer is white. The study examined 9.4 million vehicles on the road in 2019, ranging from 2014 to 2018 model …

A blue 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback driving through a city.

5 of the Slowest Cars You Can Buy in 2020

On average, today’s vehicles are significantly faster than they’ve ever been. Consider that a 2020 Hyundai Accent sedan making do with just 120 hp can run 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds, which absolutely obliterates the 9.7-second figure that a 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28’s mustered—and that “muscle” car pumped out 165 ponies! And that’s not even …

A man is about to enter his vehicle as its being filled up with gas.

Fact vs. Myth: What Does Sugar in a Gas Tank Really Do?

Stop us if you’ve heard this one—if you pour sugar into someone’s gas tank, then it’ll cause all sorts of mechanical maladies and ultimately render the vehicle kaput. Allegedly, the sugar is supposed to chemically react with the gasoline and transform into a gooey, semi-solid sludge that completely clogs up the gas tank, fuel lines, …

A golden yellow Honda Civic Si hatchback parked in a quaint European village.

Here’s Why the 7th-Gen Honda Civic Si Deserves a Second Look

Ask a typical Honda fanatic to close their eyes and imagine what a Civic Si looks like and chances are that they’ll envision the 6th-gen or 8th-gen model. And you can’t really fault them because these cars embody everything that the legendary Si badge is about—a rev-happy small-displacement engine mated to a slick manual transmission, …

An International Driving Permit placed on top of a steering wheel.

Driving Abroad? Don’t Forget Your International Driving Permit

Most warm-blooded American auto enthusiasts fantasize about renting a sports car and hitting a buck-fifty on the German Autobahn or tearing up the twisty tarmac on the Stelvio Pass in Italy (yes, the Eastern Alpine mountain pass made famous by Top Gear) at some point. Did you know that you need an International Driving Permit …

An exterior shot of the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany.

Every Enthusiast Must Visit the BMW Museum in Munich

If you’re a diehard motorhead and haven’t been to the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany yet, then put it at the top of your bucket list. Constructed in 1973, the BMW Museum is an automobile museum filled to the kidney grilles with BMW history located within walking distance of the BMW Munich plant, BMW Welt …

A close-up of the dual exhaust pipes on a performance car.

5 Performance Cars That Sound Surprisingly Awful

We all expect high-performance cars to entrance us with its sweet siren song. Whether it’s the manic F1-like wail of an Italian V12 revving to oblivion or the guttural growl of a domestic V8 ripping through the gears, there’s no sweeter sound to car enthusiasts’ ears. But what about those rare automotive outliers that sport …

A white 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue with a tacky body kit is parked at a car show.

5 Most Embarrassing Mods From the Early 2000s

It’s the early-2000s: Apple introduces the revolutionary iPod, boy bands own the airwaves, and the original The Fast and the Furious film brings underground import tuner culture to the mainstream. For the most part, the cultural phenomenon spurred by the massive success of The Fast and the Furious was a good thing—the automotive aftermarket exploded …

A silver Ford Fiesta ST displayed at an auto show.

Can You Daily a Ford Fiesta ST?

Ah, the perennial question posed by countless car enthusiasts across automotive forums far and wide. The TL;DR answer (that’s shorthand for “Too Long; Didn’t Read”): Yes, but it depends on your lifestyle. If you’re considering a Ford Fiesta ST for your daily driver, then read on to determine whether or not this feisty five-door is …

A blue 1997 BMW M Roadster is displayed at the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany.

The Z3 M Roadster Was the Last Analog BMW Sports Car

The original Z3 debuted in 1995 as a ’96 model and sported gorgeous lines reminiscent of BMW’s 507 roadster, a retro-inspired interior, and an anemic 1.9-liter four-cylinder engine that didn’t do the athletic chassis justice. Despite its disappointingly weak engine, the BMW Z3 was a wildly-successful two-seater that essentially created the premium roadster category back …

A driver uses an emergency roadside kit to repair his car.

9 Roadside Emergency Kit Essentials

Let’s face it—a breakdown by the side of a busy highway or sketchy neighborhood is enough to cause a nervous breakdown. If you haven’t already, it’s statistically inevitable that you’ll eventually be the unwilling recipient of mechanical misfortune. To help alleviate some of the stress that comes along with car troubles, you should have a …

A blue first-generation Ford Fiesta ST displayed at an autoshow.

The Ford Fiesta ST Will Be a Future Cult Collectible

Certain neoclassical cars inspire such passionate, some would say borderline obsessive devotion from their loyal fan base that they achieve cult car status —the Porsche 911, VW Beetle, and Mazda MX-5 Miata immediately come to mind. Cult cars exude charisma, style, and offer a distinctive driving experience that sets them apart from more mundane motor …

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5 New Cars That Sound Surprisingly Great

It’s truly astonishing how cars can produce such melodious music through the internal combustion process. You’d expect that the banshee wail of a Ferrari V12 would make every hair stand on end. Or the primal roar of a potent pushrod V8 would send a series of shivers down your spine. What you wouldn’t expect is …

An orange 2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe parked on a city street at night.

Here’s Why the 9th-Gen Honda Civic Si Deserves More Respect

Introduced to the U.S. market in 1985, the Honda Civic Si has enjoyed a storied history that’s as revered as that of other performance icons like the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Each generation Civic Si represented a leap forward in terms of performance, safety, and technology, but still remained faithful to the core values promised by …

A woman sits inside a Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible.

5 Most Affordable Sports Cars: The Answer Isn’t Always Miata

Among the car enthusiast community, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is almost always the answer to any automotive question posed by newcomers and veterans alike: Which affordable rear-wheel drive convertible should I buy? What’s a cheap drift car that’s not a 240sx? I need a reliable, economical, fun-to-drive daily. Thoughts? It’s easy to see why gearheads …

A red Toyota MR2 Spyder parked next to a picturesque countryside.

The Toyota MR2 Spyder Was the Poor Man’s Lotus Elise That No One Bought

The Toyota MR2 Spyder descended from a proud lineage of affordable and insanely fun mid-engine performance cars dating back to 1985. Compared to the much more popular first and second-generation MR2 models, the Spyder was a focused lightweight sports car that did more with less. And we mean less—the MR2 Spyder tipped the scales at …

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray interior

Does the 2020 Corvette Finally Have a World-Class Interior?

The Chevrolet Corvette has been dazzling drivers with its scintillating performance, surprising utility, and outstanding value for over 60 years. But the quintessential American sports car continually faltered in one key aspect—interior quality. Compared to European competitors such as the Porsche 911, the interior of Corvettes suffered from subpar fit-and-finish and a lack of high-end …