/ /
Joseph Capparella

Joseph Capparella

Associate Web Editor
Connect with Joseph
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

Honda Civic Type R Concept Geneva
2015 Geneva Motor Show

Production Honda Civic Type R Debuts at Geneva Auto Show

Highly anticipated performance hatch finally greets the world.
| Jan 28, 2015
View Photo Gallery
2015 Volvo V60 Side Profile 07
Long-Term Tests

2015 Volvo V60 T5 - Piling on the Miles

The V60 makes driving 950 miles in one day a breeze.
| Jan 27, 2015
View Photo Gallery
BMW i3 Superbowl Ad
News & Rumors

BMW i3 Super Bowl Ad Goes Back to Pre-Internet Times

Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel ask, “What is internet, anyway?”
| Jan 26, 2015
View Photo Gallery
2017 Ford F 150 Raptor
News & Rumors

Report: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Makes 450 HP

EcoBoost V-6 pairs with new 10-speed automatic.
| Jan 26, 2015
View Photo Gallery
Buick Lacrosse Spied 5
News & Rumors

2016 Buick LaCrosse Spied Again

Less-camouflaged prototype shows off new upscale styling.
| Jan 23, 2015
View Photo Gallery
2015 Jeep Renegade Limited
News & Rumors

2015 Jeep Renegade Starts at $18,990

Off-road-oriented Trailhawk model starts at $26,990.
| Jan 23, 2015
View Photo Gallery
2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Profile In Motion
Road Tests

2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo: Around the Block

When a budget sports car blows its budget.
| Jan 22, 2015
View Photo Gallery
2016 Ford Focus RS Teaser Video
News & Rumors

2016 Ford Focus RS Drifts around the Track in Teaser Video

Highly anticipated hot hatch is set to debut February 3.
| Jan 21, 2015
View Photo Gallery
2013 Lotus Evora S
2015 Geneva Motor Show

Report: Updated Lotus Evora to Bow at Geneva Auto Show

New car is said to return to the U.S. for the 2016 model year.
| Jan 20, 2015
View Photo Gallery
1991 Acura NSX With Acura Integra Type R
Car Lists

A Farewell to the Stickshift Acura

In 2015, Acura’s lineup will be auto-only for the first time ever.
| Jan 19, 2015
View Photo Gallery
2016 Honda HR V Front Right Front Three Quarter
News & Rumors

2016 Honda HR-V MPG Numbers Announced

Crossover gets up to 31 mpg combined.
| Jan 16, 2015
View Photo Gallery
2016 Honda Ridgeline 3
News & Rumors

2016 Honda Ridgeline Spied

New pickup is sized similarly to its predecessor.
| Jan 15, 2015
View Photo Gallery
2016 Mazda 2 Debut Canada
News & Rumors

2016 Mazda2 Makes North American Debut in Canada

1.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder will be the sole engine choice.
| Jan 15, 2015
View Photo Gallery
2016 Toyota Tacoma
2015 Detroit Auto Show

5 Things to Know About the 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Tidbits about new features and tech on the updated truck.
| Jan 13, 2015
View Photo Gallery
2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE
2015 Detroit Auto Show

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE Gets 29 MPG Highway

Better aerodynamics bump up highway number by 1 mpg.
| Jan 13, 2015
View Photo Gallery
2015 Ram 1500 Rebel
2015 Detroit Auto Show

2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Off-Road Trim Debuts in Detroit

Light-duty trim package adds new grille, air suspension, off-road tires.
| Jan 12, 2015
View Photo Gallery
Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept
2015 Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen to Focus on 4 Core Models for U.S. Market

Jetta and Passat sedans soon will be joined by two new SUVs.
| Jan 12, 2015
View Photo Gallery
Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept
2015 Detroit Auto Show

Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Concept Revealed in Detroit

Small trucklet is essentially a compact crossover with a pickup bed.
| Jan 12, 2015
View Photo Gallery
Have an Inquiry?
close

email an author

submit
Thanks!
close

Your Email Has Been Sent.

New Car Research

Find vehicle reviews, photos & pricing

get Automobile Magazine

Subscribe to the magazine and save up to 84% off the newsstand price

subscribe

new cars

TO TOP