Jeff Jablansky

Automotive journalist and lifestyle photographer

New York / Los Angeles

Jeff Jablansky

Rarely stationary. Try to keep up.


2014 Nissan NV Taxi - The 'Taxi of Tomorrow' Road Test & Review

I am not a trained and licensed taxi driver, but it was a secret fantasy of mine (until now) to be one. Taxi culture is integral to life in New York, and to a lesser degree most cities in the United States. Where we can’t go by car, we hail a cab. Yes, in places like Los Angeles where transportation is scattered and there is neither rhyme nor reason to traffic patterns, taxis take a back seat, but are still there for those nights when you can’t otherwise get home.
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Second Look: The 2014 Cadillac CTS Is a Contender

Introduction - Taking a Second Look at the 2014 Cadillac CTS.
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Review: The 2014 Nissan Rogue Is More of the Same - And That's A Good Thing

Nissan was dealt a winning hand when it introduced the Rogue sport-utility vehicle in 2007, which shared roots with the lowly Sentra compact sedan but had aspirations of taking on a segment dominated by Toyota and Honda. The Rogue trundled through mid-life with updates to its exterior styling and its interior content, but otherwise remained the same for the better part of five years: an eternity, in a rapidly changing crossover suv market.
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First Drive: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

In 2012, Nissan unveiled the latest iteration of its popular midsize sport-utility vehicle, the Pathfinder, for the first time based on a crossover. Gone were the days of body-on-frame, and the built-in-Tennessee Pathfinder would go up against a changing, softer class of sport-utes. Just about a year into its lifecycle, Nissan is adding a new twist to the Pathfinder's repertoire: a "mild hybrid" option, with the goal of increasing fuel economy without stretching the bottom line too far.
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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Compact Luxury Sedan First Drive

Nearly a decade ago, Mercedes-Benz took a risk when it introduced the original CLS-class four-door, which created an entirely new segment of sedans with stylish, sloping rooflines. Now, some years later and well into the second generation of the CLS, Mercedes-Benz is taking a similar gamble on the compact segment, with the introduction of the 2014 CLA-class sedan, led by the four-cylinder CLA250.
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Land Yacht, Now with More Shine: 2015 Cadillac Escalade Unveiled in New York City

When the Cadillac Escalade debuted, nearly 15 years ago, it was the product of a very different point in history. The sport-utility vehicle craze was just getting underway. General Motors comprised more brands than one count readily count or identify. And gas was cheap. Really cheap. Fast forward three generations, during which the Escalade gained as much popularity among McMansion families as it did with celebrities, and the vehicle that began life as a rebadged GMC Yukon Denali has come to symbolize the brand's overall identity.
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Fire Away: Ten Minutes with Mercedes-Benz USA President and CEO Steve Cannon

At last week's launch of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class , the buzz words were all numbers: specifically, the brand's ambitious plan to launch a sub-$30,000 sedan in the competitive North American marketplace. We had the opportunity to sit down with Mercedes-Benz USA's president and CEO, Steve Cannon, to discuss his outlook on the chances of success for the CLA250 and the new customers it might attract, as well as ruminations on the future of the three-pointed star.
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Boss Man on Boss 302: Steve Saleen on the George Follmer Heritage Edition Boss 302 Mustang

There's nothing inherently new about special-edition Ford Mustangs. Straight out of the factory, the Mustang has provided a useful canvas to imaginative customizers for decades. Among the most prominent Mustang tuners is California-based Saleen Automotive, which continues the tradition of southern California's uniquely tuned machines.
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Chevrolet Refreshes its Bread-and-Butter Tahoe and Suburban SUVs for 2015

General Motors doesn't mess around when it comes to producing sport-utility vehicles. It claims an eight-decade-long connection to the Chevrolet Suburban nameplate, which is arguably as well-known as it gets, in households across the United States. The General's full-size pickup trucks , the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, continue to become more capable with each iteration.
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Short Take: 2014 Cadillac XTS V-Sport

For 2014, Cadillac is challenging the established notion that large, front-wheel-drive sedans are stodgy at parties and flat-footed on the dance floor. With the introduction of the XTS V-Sport performance-oriented package, the brand hopes to take on global, full-size sedan competitors that feature large-displacement V-6 and V-8 engines.
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Cheap Cars that Pack a Punch

After years of stereotyping small, inexpensive cars as anything but economy transportation for drivers who seem not to care about cars, the era of the fun, impressive, and inexpensive automobile has arrived. No longer is a low bottom line synonymous with skimpy feature content and a boring powertrain and chassis.
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Riders of the Storm: The 10 Best Cars to Survive a Sharknado

Riders of the Storm: The 10 Best Cars to Survive a Sharknado. Since the summer of 1975, when the movie “Jaws” invented and then popularized the summer shark blockbuster, few Americans have cared about an apocalyptic tale of the world being consumed by sharks. This held true until last week, when “Sharknado” – a straight-to-network-TV movie for the SyFy channel – reignited the fears that we forgot we had, about a world in which sharks descend from the sky in a storm that also destroys the environs of Los Angeles, California.
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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.