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Jeff Jablansky

Automotive journalist and lifestyle photographer

New York / Los Angeles

Jeff Jablansky

Rarely stationary. Try to keep up.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas first look

There is some wry irony behind the name given to Volkswagen’s newest SUV, the 2018 Atlas, as Volkswagen’s fate in the United States may indeed rest on its shoulders. The company’s largest-yet sport-ute debuts on the heels of news of the massive buyback settlement, in which the company will take back hundreds of thousands of models fitted with cheating diesel engines.
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2017 Lincoln Continental first drive review

As the brand has learned, time and again, there is a difference between image and reputation. The most tired trope among those who care about cars is to anticipate the reemergence of the world-beating American luxury brand, which has moved quietly to the sidelines after Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] shed its European luxury properties.
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Audi's Sexy Off-Roading Wagon

In an era when so many cars are trying to please everyone, the Audi A4 Allroad is a breath of fresh air. The offroad-capable wagon's mission is to convince Subaru Outback drivers (and the German SUV faithful) that, for a little more cash -- the Allroad starts at $44,000 -- you can get a much more refined package.
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First Drive: The 2017 Infiniti Q60 moves the brand forward, if not the enthusiast's needle

Infiniti is a brand in transition, searching for a distinct identity in the luxury space. Some of the brand’s recent introductions, like the QX30 crossover, are proof that Infiniti is awakening from recent doldrums and building cars that quicken the pulse of true drivers. Until recently, it was easy to dismiss Infiniti as a company producing also-rans in so many segments, and giving new life to old products (like the QX50) as the rest of its lineup aged.
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Crazy Cheap New Car Deals You

Every month, car manufacturers publish local and national sales and lease offers. Some of the absolute best new car deals of the year come out around the holiday season, and this year's no exception. While some deals hover closer to $100 or $150 per month, $200 per month confidently guarantees that you won’t be driving a mind-numbing heap of rolling ennui.
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At Cadillac House and the Lincoln Experience Center, you experience but do not purchase examples of modern American luxury cars and SUVs

America’s leading luxury brands might be on to something: opening showrooms where you can’t actually buy a car. Recently, Lincoln and Cadillac each unveiled showrooms-that-aren’t (call them concept stores, if you will), places that allow prospective customers to check out luxury cars in a safe space free of salespeople and pressure to buy.
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First Drive: 2017 Ford Focus RS

Thundering performance and a cheeky disposition invigorate the Focus. You can learn everything you need to know about the Ford Focus RS, one of the greatest everyday supercars of our time, simply by coming into a corner a little too quickly. You know the routine: ignore the braking zone, test your luck, and pump-slam your foot on the middle pedal, just to see if you can gain any more speed.
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You Can Now Rent Erlich

Good, because now you can rent Silicon Valley incubator leader Erlich Bachman's personal car, a mid-2000s Ford Escape, thanks to a partnership with peer-to-peer car rental agency Turo. Beginning today, Erlich's Escape will be available to rent for the low, low price of $49/day, and the SUV will travel around the country in the coming months.
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We Drove the $35k Ford That's

Across the pond, Ford's RS division (short for Rallye Sport) has been souping up the company's European offerings since 1969. Turning modest sedans and hatchbacks into lust-worthy high-performance machines, it's partnered with legendary names like Cosworth more than a few times. It once even made its own production car from scratch -- the now-legendary RS200.
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You Can Now Rent Erlich

Good, because now you can rent Silicon Valley incubator leader Erlich Bachman's personal car, a mid-2000s Ford Escape, thanks to a partnership with peer-to-peer car rental agency Turo. Beginning today, Erlich's Escape will be available to rent for the low, low price of $49/day, and the SUV will travel around the country in the coming months.
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First Drive: 2017 Maserati Levante

More of a tall wagon than a trucky SUV, the Maserati Levante hits the sweet spot for enthusiasts and brand snobs alike. Is there any logical reason for Maserati to build the Levante, the first sport-utility vehicle to emerge from an Italian performance car manufacturer? Ask a contatore di fagiolo in Modena, and it’s clear: the brand needs working capital to continue to build true sports cars, and an SUV is the path toward the ducats.
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Everyone Missed in Monterey

Monterey Car Week is a celebration of the luxury, performance, and historic significance of classic automobiles. The world's most special exotic cars are seemingly everywhere, lining residential streets and speeding along at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Lost somewhere between the glitzy and glamorous car shows, auctions, and awe-inspiring rumble of the historic races is something much more raw, engaging, and real.
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About

Jeff Jablansky

JEFF JABLANSKY, automotive writer and photographer, was born with his hands planted firmly at 10 and 2.

He has written for automotive enthusiast publications in the United States and abroad, including Autoblog, Automobile Magazine, Autobytel, BBC Autos, Car and Driver, Fox News, Men's Journal, Motor1, the New York Daily News, Road & Track, and Thrillist.

His favorite road trip memory involves a Hyundai, a winding desert road and a herd of sheep. He likes to split his time between Brooklyn and Silverlake.