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Joseph Capparella

Joseph Capparella

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Joseph Capparella
My worst automotive confession: I learned to drive in a Prius. Instead of failed burnouts and stoplight drag races, my first encounters with the joy of driving consisted of hypermiling in EV mode and maximizing regenerative braking. So how can I possibly call myself an automotive enthusiast, and how did I end up at Automobile?

No one really knows where my fascination with cars came from, but it was there long before I started driving. My mom loves to recount the tale of a 3-year-old me, swinging on the swing set at daycare. When I reached the summit of the swing’s arc and could barely see over the fence onto the street beyond, I would scream out the name of whatever car was passing by at the time. “Mitsubishi Eclipse!…Toyota Tercel!”

Growing up in Nashville, TN, I voraciously read Car & Driver, Motor Trend, and Automobile Magazine. But coming from a family where cars served as simple A-to-B transportation, driving any of the cars in those magazines seemed unattainable. Even piloting our Prius was exotic to me compared to the Corolla that had preceded it. I kept reading about cars, but in high school I got serious about another passion of mine—classical piano—and resigned myself to the fact that any kind of career in the automotive industry was just a pipe dream.

It was during my freshman year in college that I discovered my interest in journalism by writing for the school newspaper. I changed my major from Piano Performance to English and realized that my pipe dream might have a shot at materializing. Contributing to a local alt weekly helped me hone my writing skills, and internships at Jalopnik and Nissan PR gave me glimpses of the inner workings of the automotive industry. A few years later, here I am, living out my dream that I never thought possible.

articles by Joseph Capparella

2015 Honda Fit vs 2014 Nissan Versa Note
Road Tests

2015 Honda Fit EX-L vs. 2014 Nissan Versa Note SL Comparison

Are either of these small hatchbacks cars you might actually want?
| Jul 23, 2014
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2014 Kia Cadenza Back Down South
Long-Term Tests

2014 Kia Cadenza - Back Down South

A graduation road trip in the big Kia sedan.
| Jul 21, 2014
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2015 Volvo V60 T5 Nostalgia in Nashville
Long-Term Tests

2015 Volvo V60 T5 - Nostalgia in Nashville

The V60 finds many of its kin on a trip to Tennessee.
| Jul 18, 2014
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lexus-lf-lc-concept-front-three-quarter-6
News & Rumors

Report: Lexus Flagship Coupe to be called SC, F Version Packs 600+ HP

Twin-turbo V-8 may also go into a more extreme RC F as well.
| Jul 18, 2014
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2015 ford mustang
News & Rumors

2015 Ford Mustang Offers Three Brake Systems

GT Performance Pack cars get six-piston Brembo front calipers.
| Jul 18, 2014
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2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Front Three Quarter View
News & Rumors

2015 Ford Mustang V-8 Makes 435 HP, EcoBoost Makes 310 HP

V-8 is up 15 hp, base V-6 drops 5 hp from 2014 model.
| Jul 17, 2014
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2015 Hyundai Sonata IIHS During Crash
News & Rumors

2015 Hyundai Sonata Rated Top Safety Pick +

Top rating applies to models with optional forward collision warning.
| Jul 17, 2014
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lexus-lf-lc-front-left-side
News & Rumors

Report: Lexus LC Coupe Flagship Approved for Production

Production version reportedly looks just like dramatic LF-LC concept.
| Jul 17, 2014
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2005 BMW 3 Series
News & Rumors

2000-2006 BMW 3 Series Recalled for Takata Airbag Defect

Approximately 574,000 vehicles are affected in the U.S.
| Jul 16, 2014
2016 Smart ForTwo
News & Rumors

2016 Smart ForTwo Debuts

Third-generation Smart car gets bigger and funkier.
| Jul 16, 2014
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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Side View With Reflection
News & Rumors

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Costs $60,990

707 hp for around $60,000? That’s a deal we can get behind.
| Jul 16, 2014
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2014 Tesla Model S
News & Rumors

Next Tesla Sedan Will Be Called Tesla Model 3

Smaller sedan uses new platform, battery pack from Gigafactory.
| Jul 16, 2014
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2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster
News & Rumors

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster Debuts

Droptop version of the V12 Vantage S hardtop looks sexier than ever.
| Jul 15, 2014
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2016 Ford Mustang SVT Spied Nurburgring
News & Rumors

2016 Ford Mustang SVT Spied at the Nurburgring

New prototype shows off huge brakes, serious wheels and tires.
| Jul 15, 2014
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2016 Jaguar XE Chassis Teaser Graphic
News & Rumors

2016 Jaguar XE Debuts September 8

More details on the compact sport sedan.
| Jul 15, 2014
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2015 Toyota Camry
News & Rumors

Report: Next Toyota Camry to Receive Turbo Four-Cylinder?

New lineup of TNGA engines and platforms to debut over the next year.
| Jul 14, 2014
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2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
News & Rumors

Outgoing Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Continues For 2015 Model Year

New hybrid won't arrive until next year as a 2016 model.
| Jul 14, 2014
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2015 Subaru WRX STI
Car Lists

The 6 Remaining Manual-Only Cars in the U.S.

If you see one of these, you know the driver can use a clutch pedal.
| Jul 11, 2014
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2014 Mazda 3 Snowboard Donuts
News & Rumors

How to Do Donuts in a 2014 Mazda 3

Updating the old lunch-tray trick.
| Jul 11, 2014
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2013-bugatti-veyron-16-4-grand-sport-vitesse
News & Rumors

Report: Next Bugatti Veyron Goes Hybrid

16-cylinder engine plus electrification could make for 1500 hp.
| Jul 10, 2014
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