Editor's Picks

The Top Motoring Features of 2018


December 22, 2018 Briefings By

We’re all news junkies, aren’t we? Soundbites, headlines, quick hits, hot takes – if we can digest it fast, pour it on, and thick. Addicted to pithy prose though we may be, there’s something to be said for taking an extra few minutes to dive deeper, ponder longer and learn a bit more. Interviews, brand and product profiles, in-depth reviews, travelogues, Gear Patrol Magazine feature stories: these are the long-ish or straight-up long-form pieces we’ve loved the most this year, as writers and as readers.

The Features

This Forbidden Land Cruiser Pickup Is Legal In the United States – Here’s How
This Forbidden Land Cruiser Pickup Is Legal In the United States – Here’s How

This off-road beast is Frankensteined from two different Land Cruisers and a Cummins diesel engine.

The Toyota Land Cruiser Is Outdated and Overpriced
The Toyota Land Cruiser Is Outdated and Overpriced

I'm not saying the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is a bad SUV, but for $85,000 you can hop in and remember what 2008 was like.

The Two Best Scramblers on the Market Take On One of the Greatest Riding Roads in America
The Two Best Scramblers on the Market Take On One of the Greatest Riding Roads in America

To really put a motorcycle through the wringer, it has to be pushed to the limits of its purpose in the harshest way.

Big Adventure Motorcycles Will Soon Die Off, And For Good Reason
Big Adventure Motorcycles Will Soon Die Off, And For Good Reason

It's safe to assume KTM has a hit on its hands with the 790 Adventure R, but it might be a sign bigger ADV bikes are on the way out.

Power Wagons By Legacy Classic Trucks Are Made for Work
Power Wagons By Legacy Classic Trucks Are Made for Work

The chassis, cab and body panels are restored from the original parts, but the engine, transmission, brakes and electronics get robust upgrades.

1,000 Miles Through Michigan in a $600,000 Grand Tourer Trio
1,000 Miles Through Michigan in a $600,000 Grand Tourer Trio

Grand Tourers make people happy because they look like emotion; they look like what it is to love the art and act of driving.

EarthRoamer Adventure Vehicles Are the Ultimate Off-Road Luxury
EarthRoamer Adventure Vehicles Are the Ultimate Off-Road Luxury

EarthRoamer is a pioneer and a leader in the luxury overlanding segment. Massive trucks with ridiculous capabilities and comfort are the norm thanks to this Colorado-based builder.

2019 Aston Martin Vantage Review: Exactly Why James Bond Doesn’t Drive a Porsche
2019 Aston Martin Vantage Review: Exactly Why James Bond Doesn’t Drive a Porsche

It would be easy for Aston Martin to develop a car that betrays the brand's elegant, opulent, perfectionist ethos with some unremarkable, rough-edged car. But the Vantage is thoroughly Aston and a legitimate threat to...

Editor’s Pick: I Think the Volvo V90 CC Is the Most Ideal Car On Sale Today
Editor’s Pick: I Think the Volvo V90 CC Is the Most Ideal Car On Sale Today

The beefed-up, "off-road" Volvo V90 CC wagon lies at the intersection of supreme comfort, capability, technology, safety and cost.

This Year in Gear

Just like that, 2018 has come and gone. Take a look back at the best of what the past 365 days had to offer in This Year in Gear