Jake Thiewes

Fan of all things wheeled. Competes on four wheels with a 1997 BMW M3, and two feet in Spartan Races. Queso enthusiast. Will badger you to come to the track and get rides and/or HPDE seat time, because everyone deserves to be a slightly better driver.

2022 Grand Wagoneer enclosed trailer

2022 Grand Wagoneer Review & Towing Test: Following the O.G. Formula, But To What Effect?

Eleven point two. Yes, 11.2 miles per gallon is what I achieved after one week and 320.3 miles of driving the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Granted, half of those miles involved towing, and many of the others came from city driving. But the fuel economy I managed from the latest, biggest, throwbackiest Jeep-not-Jeep to hit …

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2022 Genesis G70 3.3T RWD

2022 Genesis G70 Review: Step Aside, Badge Snobs… This Is ‘Old 3-Series’ Good

Genesis is an interesting brand, leaning more toward sport or luxury depending on the model in question. While they do a great job of building well-equipped, decadent vehicles, their smallest sedan of three is also their most fun. The 2022 Genesis G70 is not a new car, with minimal changes for the new year to …

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2021 Hyundai Elantra N-Line 6MT

2021 Hyundai Elantra N-Line 6-Speed Review: Move Over, Civic Si?

Honda’s Civic Si has been a perennial favorite of enthusiasts who don’t need something luxurious to have a good time. Buyers like the affordable economy car that mixes a potent engine, manual transmission, and other hardware upgrades over a “regular” Civic to make it a bit more fun without punishing the driver day to day. …

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GMT800 Chevrolet Tahoe

My High School Marching Band’s Then-New 2004 Chevy Tahoe is Still Used to Tow Their Instrument Trailer

To the surprise of everyone or no one, I was a band kid in high school. Team sports weren’t really my thing, so I threw myself into all of the fine arts programs we had instead. I was one of three tech dorks in our drama department who made the shows run so well, I …

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2021 Genesis GV70

2021 Genesis GV70 Review: The ($20,000) More Affordable Porsche Macan S?

My first drive of this 2021 Genesis GV70 was about a month ago, at an event for automotive media. The Genesis PR lead walked me through the GV70’s features before setting me free on some Maryland back roads. I took in as much behind the wheel as I could in twenty minutes, and returned to …

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2021 Volkswagen ID.4 fast charging

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S Road Trip Review: Enough With the Touch Buttons Already

I’d driven two examples of VW’s latest electric crossover prior to this review, but only long enough to get basic driving impressions. Twenty-six minutes across two drives isn’t enough time to form the deepest of opinions. So when the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S showed up for a week, I charged it up and hit …

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2021 Audi RS7 Sportback

2021 Audi RS7 Sportback Review: On the ‘Pumpkin Spice Rally,’ Anything but Basic

Every fall, one of my friends hosts a road rally. Sixty or so LGBT+ car enthusiasts gather somewhere in Pennsylvania, have a little car show in a parking lot or field, then spend several hours exploring the state’s finest back roads before ending at another fabulous destination. What you drive isn’t nearly as important as …

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1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass

Standing Water to Standing Burnouts: Reviving Brian’s 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass

“Too bad it’s a four-door.” Shut up. I grew up hearing that phrase over and over, and man, does that really grate on my nerves. So many good cars were lost to the scrap yard for “having too many doors.” Back in 2002, my parents were searching for a car for my oldest brother and …

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