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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

2016 Ford Explorer
News & Rumors

2016 Ford Explorer Priced Starting at $31,595

New range-topping Platinum trim starts above $50,000.
| Nov 24, 2014
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2014 Nissan Quest IIHS Testing
News & Rumors

Nissan, Chrysler Minivans Perform Poorly in IIHS Small-Overlap Test

Both Nissan Quest and Chrysler Town & Country earn “Poor” ratings.
| Nov 21, 2014
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2015 Nissan Murano Front Side View From Above
News & Rumors

2015 Nissan Murano Starts at $30,445

High-end Platinum trim costs $39,885.
| Nov 21, 2014
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2016 Kia Sorento
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

2016 Kia Sorento Makes Official U.S. Debut in L.A.

2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder joins the engine lineup.
| Nov 20, 2014
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2016 Mazda CX 5
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

2016 Mazda CX-5 Updated for Los Angeles Auto Show

New infotainment system headlines minor changes to this crossover.
| Nov 19, 2014
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2016 Mazda6
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

2016 Mazda 6 Refreshed for L.A.

Sleeker styling outside, new infotainment system inside.
| Nov 19, 2014
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2015 Toyota Prius C
News & Rumors

2015 Toyota Prius C and Prius V Restyled

Update also includes some new tech features.
| Nov 19, 2014
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2015 Volkswagen Golf R 4 door
News & Rumors

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Priced at $37,415

Initial U.S. launch includes only four-door DSG models.
| Nov 19, 2014
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2015 Chrysler 300 On Stage Lights On
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

2015 Chrysler 300 Refresh Debuts in Los Angeles

8-speed auto now standard for V-8, Platinum trim ups luxury index.
| Nov 19, 2014
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2016 Mazda CX 3 Front Passenger Profile
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

2016 Mazda CX-3 Crossover Arrives at L.A. Auto Show

New model is based on Mazda 2, looks like a shrunken CX-5.
| Nov 18, 2014
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2014 BMW i3 eDrive
News & Rumors

Report: BMW i5 to Use Toyota Hydrogen Power?

Stretched version of i3 could use fuel cell from Toyota Mirai.
| Nov 18, 2014
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1996 Nissan Maxima Luxury Restored
News & Rumors

Nissan Restores 1996 Maxima Featured in Craigslist Video Ad

Filmmaker owner returns to make a new video with the finished product.
| Nov 18, 2014
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Hoonicorn RTR In Gymkhana 7 Front Three Quarter
News & Rumors

Ken Block Hoons Around L.A. in Latest Gymkhana Video

Crazy RTR all-wheel-drive Mustang puts on quite a show.
| Nov 17, 2014
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All Stars 2015   Subaru STI Final
Car Awards

Subaru WRX/WRX STI: 2015 Automobile All-Star

It's not too soon to call it an automotive icon.
| Nov 16, 2014
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