Jonathan Lopez

Jonathan loves just about anything with a motor and a steering wheel. As a kid, Jonathan collected any kind of toy car he could lay his hands on, and begged his parents to take him to the monster truck shows. As he got older, his tastes shifted to racing, which he indulged with Wednesday night drags, a stint in the Skip Barber Western Regionals, and plenty of track time in his 80cc shifter kart. His favorite motorsports include WRC, F1, and GT cars. After high school, Jonathan decided to turn his passion into a career, and began working fulltime as an automotive journalist. When he isn’t tracking down the latest in the world of cars, you can usually find Jonathan wandering up and down the California coast in his blue Subaru WRX

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The 7 Cars We Want To See With a Hellephant Swap

The 7 Cars We Want To See With a Hellephant Swap

Time to Hellephant all the things
2020 Lincoln Aviator

2020 Lincoln Aviator

Flying high with fresh tech and a clean look
2022 BMW i4

2022 BMW i4

The Bavarians’ upcoming all-electric superstar
Here's What AMG's Shift Into An AWD-Only Brand Means for BMW M

Here’s What AMG’s Shift Into An AWD-Only Brand Means for BMW M

Going exclusively all-wheel drive could have profound changes across the segment
2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

Going topless in Stuttgart’s performance star
2020 Porsche 911 GT3

2020 Porsche 911 GT3

Will it break from tradition?
2020 Audi Q4

2020 Audi Q4

Throwing yet another crossover onto the pile
2020 BMW M3

2020 BMW M3

Extra power, less weight, and more Bimmerness than ever before
2020 Toyota Supra - Driven

2020 Toyota Supra - Driven

The legend returns for round five
Driving the 2020 Toyota Supra On the Track and the Street

Driving the 2020 Toyota Supra On the Track and the Street

Toyota’s performance halo gets flogged, then coddled
This Is Why You Should Stop Calling the 2020 Toyota Supra a “Rebadged BMW”

This Is Why You Should Stop Calling the 2020 Toyota Supra a “Rebadged BMW”

Toyota’s influence can be found from the ground up
The 2020 Toyota Supra Has a Hatchback Trunk With An Open Pass-Through to the Front

The 2020 Toyota Supra Has a Hatchback Trunk With An Open Pass-Through to the Front

Checking out what the new Supra offers in terms of practicality
2020 Toyota Supra Interior First Impressions

2020 Toyota Supra Interior First Impressions

A sports car cocoon made for speed
The 2020 Toyota Supra's Styling Is Growing On Me

The 2020 Toyota Supra’s Styling Is Growing On Me

After spending several hours with it, I’m finding it more and more attractive
The 2020 Toyota Supra Is Surprisingly Small In Person

The 2020 Toyota Supra Is Surprisingly Small In Person

Toyota’s halo sports car gets it done without supersizing
Analyzing the Differences Between the 2020 Tesla Model Y and the 2019 Tesla Model X

Analyzing the Differences Between the 2020 Tesla Model Y and the 2019 Tesla Model X

Taking a deeper dive into the California brand’s utility vehicles
Here's How Mercedes Will Bridge the Gap Between the Mercedes-AMG 53 and the GLE 63

Here’s How Mercedes Will Bridge the Gap Between the Mercedes-AMG 53 and the GLE 63

Is Merc about to announce a brand-new addition to the GLE lineup?
2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35

2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35

Easy access to the AMG life
Jay Leno Goes Full Throttle in a 1985 Renault R5 Turbo2: Video

Jay Leno Goes Full Throttle in a 1985 Renault R5 Turbo2: Video

A commuter-turned-mad-machine ready for rally racing
Team O'Neil Rally School Explains How to Jump a Car: Video

Team O’Neil Rally School Explains How to Jump a Car: Video

Prepare for takeoff
Drink In Ferrari's Beautiful Evolution with Every Model to Wear the Badge: Video

Drink In Ferrari’s Beautiful Evolution with Every Model to Wear the Badge: Video

From the 1948 166 Inter all the way to the 2018 SP38
2019 Auto Shanghai - Worst In Show

2019 Auto Shanghai - Worst In Show

The debuts best left overseas, please
Chevy Adds Hundreds of Workers to 2020 C8 Corvette Production

Chevy Adds Hundreds of Workers to 2020 C8 Corvette Production

With the new ‘Vette now imminent, production is gearing up to meet anticipated demand
2019 New York Auto Show - Worst In Show

2019 New York Auto Show - Worst In Show

None of that, nor a bag of chips
The Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Won't Be Here for a While, But That's a Good Thing

The Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Won’t Be Here for a While, But That’s a Good Thing

Godzilla is sure to reemerge eventually, and when it does, it’ll come with jaw-dropping tech
2019 Auto Shanghai - Best In Show

2019 Auto Shanghai - Best In Show

How do you say “these debuts are killing it” in Mandarin?
2019 New York Auto Show - Best In Show

2019 New York Auto Show - Best In Show

The best and the brightest from the Big Apple
The 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante Is Your New 211-MPH Open-Top Cruise Missile

The 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante Is Your New 211-MPH Open-Top Cruise Missile

Say hello to the fastest Aston Martin convertible ever made
Tesla's Refresh for the Tesla Model S and Model X Will Infuse Model 3 DNA at their Core

Tesla’s Refresh for the Tesla Model S and Model X Will Infuse Model 3 DNA at their Core

Will the latest powertrain tech keep Tesla’s most-expensive models relevant?
People Can't Quit Rendering the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette and We Love It

People Can’t Quit Rendering the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette and We Love It

We’re just three months away, here are a few renderings to hold you over!
Hyundai Has a Sonata N Line in the Works and It Will Have More than 275 Horsepower

Hyundai Has a Sonata N Line in the Works and It Will Have More than 275 Horsepower

More poke from the South Korean brand’s four-door is most welcome
The Mercedes GLB Is Confirmed for Launch In 2019, Mercedes EQB to Follow in 2021

The Mercedes GLB Is Confirmed for Launch In 2019, Mercedes EQB to Follow in 2021

More compact crossovers incoming from Merc
AMG Boss Confirmed 420 Horsepower for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45, GLA 45, and CLA 45

AMG Boss Confirmed 420 Horsepower for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45, GLA 45, and CLA 45

Merc is blazing it up with its new compacts
2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Special Edition

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Kentucky Derby Special Edition

Decadent, but not depraved
The 2020 Toyota Highlander Debuts With an All-New Look and Better Efficiency

The 2020 Toyota Highlander Debuts With an All-New Look and Better Efficiency

Three rows inside, up to 34 mpg at the pump
2020 Subaru Outback Debuts as the Safest, Most Capable Outback Ever

2020 Subaru Outback Debuts as the Safest, Most Capable Outback Ever

The Outback is killing it in sales, and the latest generation looks to continue that trend
Chevy Has Debuted the All-New 2020 Trailblazer and Tracker in China, But is it More of the Same?

Chevy Has Debuted the All-New 2020 Trailblazer and Tracker in China, But is it More of the Same?

One of these might arrive in the U.S.
The 2020 Karma Revero GT Features 535 Horsepower of BMW-Powered Goodness

The 2020 Karma Revero GT Features 535 Horsepower of BMW-Powered Goodness

The Karma is reincarnated, but can it overcome the actions of its previous life?
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Revealed with Tons of Go-Faster Tech

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Revealed with Tons of Go-Faster Tech

How does a 7:49 ‘Ring time grab ‘ya?
2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander

A fourth generation for Toyota’s three-row mid-sizer
New Performance Package Pushes the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to 330 Horsepower

New Performance Package Pushes the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to 330 Horsepower

Better handling and fresh aero combine with a Focus RS-inspired engine tune
Here's Your First Teaser for the All-New 2020 Toyota Highlander

Here’s Your First Teaser for the All-New 2020 Toyota Highlander

There can be only one
2020 Nissan Versa Unveiled With Standard Safety Tech, Sleek Styling

2020 Nissan Versa Unveiled With Standard Safety Tech, Sleek Styling

Is this your value-packed subcompact solution?
2020 Audi S6 Avant

2020 Audi S6 Avant

Style, speed, and plenty of space for things
The All-New 2020 Subaru Outback is Coming to New York - Can it Take the Market by Storm?

The All-New 2020 Subaru Outback is Coming to New York - Can it Take the Market by Storm?

Subaru’s best-seller is looking better than ever
Looking to Invest In a Classic Car? These ‘90s-Era Japanese Imports Could Be the Smart Move

Looking to Invest In a Classic Car? These ‘90s-Era Japanese Imports Could Be the Smart Move

Lust for old-school sport compact performance is on the rise
Best Autocross Car

Best Autocross Car

Our picks for the top-tier cone-dodgers, both new and old
2020 Toyota Supra Vs. 2019 BMW Z4

2020 Toyota Supra Vs. 2019 BMW Z4

Are they really clones, or is there more to it?
Watch a Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Covered in 2 Million Swarovski Crystals Cause Chaos in London

Watch a Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Covered in 2 Million Swarovski Crystals Cause Chaos in London

A bedazzled bull stops traffic, but all we wanna know is “why??”
Video: Donut Media Takes a Big Bite Out of the Pininfarina Battista

Video: Donut Media Takes a Big Bite Out of the Pininfarina Battista

Profiling an all-electric superstar
2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Unveiled with 300 HP and Four-Door Coupe Luxury

2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Unveiled with 300 HP and Four-Door Coupe Luxury

A rounder roof mated with familiar turbo AWD power
2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Lucky number seven for the Sonderklasse
Video: Check Out This Honda Integra DC2 Type R Screaming Up a Hillclimb

Video: Check Out This Honda Integra DC2 Type R Screaming Up a Hillclimb

An H-badge icon in its element
Video: Is the 2020 Toyota Supra Really Just a Rebadged BMW?

Video: Is the 2020 Toyota Supra Really Just a Rebadged BMW?

Getting past the Internet comments and looking at some of the facts
Now Bugatti Might Do An SUV, but It Won't Be Based on an Existing VAG Platform

Now Bugatti Might Do An SUV, but It Won’t Be Based on an Existing VAG Platform

All-electric motivation and a greater emphasis on comfort could take the brand in a new direction
2020 Ford Kuga Revealed With Range Of Electrified Powertrain Options

2020 Ford Kuga Revealed With Range Of Electrified Powertrain Options

Ford doubles down on growing crossover demand across the pond
The 2020 Ford Escape Is Smarter But it Looks Like a Focus or Fiesta With an Upside-Down Grille

The 2020 Ford Escape Is Smarter But it Looks Like a Focus or Fiesta With an Upside-Down Grille

Fresh powertrain options include two gas-only and two hybrids
1981 DMC DeLorean

1981 DMC DeLorean

If you’re going to build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?
The Porsche Taycan Enters Final Round of Testing as Production Nears

The Porsche Taycan Enters Final Round of Testing as Production Nears

The world’s first all-electric Porsche is nearly here!
2020 Toyota Yaris Unveiled With Modernized Infotainment

2020 Toyota Yaris Unveiled With Modernized Infotainment

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 7.0-inch touchscreen all as standard
BMW Replaces Entire Engine Line With Toyota 2JZ

BMW Replaces Entire Engine Line With Toyota 2JZ

From its compact sedans, to its full-size SUVs, all BMWs will now come the legendary Japanese powerplant
The World's Fastest McLaren 720S Just Ran the Quarter-Mile in Less Than 9 Seconds

The World’s Fastest McLaren 720S Just Ran the Quarter-Mile in Less Than 9 Seconds

Adding even more speed to an already fast car? Sign us up
Jaguar Land Rover Thinks it Can Help Stop the Spread of Colds

Jaguar Land Rover Thinks it Can Help Stop the Spread of Colds

And you don’t even need to plunk down a copay
BMW's New M Town Video Showcases the Legendary 1978 BMW M1

BMW’s New M Town Video Showcases the Legendary 1978 BMW M1

A brief cameo from a Bavarian superstar
Watch the First 2JZ-Swapped 2020 Toyota Supra Tear Ass Just a Week Before It Burst Into Flames

Watch the First 2JZ-Swapped 2020 Toyota Supra Tear Ass Just a Week Before It Burst Into Flames

Boosted six-cylinder legend in a new-school platform makes sense, but careful with the fueling
2020 Audi SQ3 / RS Q3

2020 Audi SQ3 / RS Q3

Small, tall, and quick as hell
Video: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Vs. 2019 BMW X4

Video: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Vs. 2019 BMW X4

Lower roofline, tall ride height, lots of luxury in between
Video: 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Vs. 2019 Audi Q8 - Luxury Coupe SUV Showdown

Video: 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Vs. 2019 Audi Q8 - Luxury Coupe SUV Showdown

German opulence, plus-sized
2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 Unveiled With Over 300 Horsepower

2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 Unveiled With Over 300 Horsepower

Boosted compact performance with four-door flavor
Check Out This Outrageously Detailed Full-Scale Lego McLaren Senna

Check Out This Outrageously Detailed Full-Scale Lego McLaren Senna

Almost a half million bricks and 5,000 hours went into building it!
2020 Tesla Model Y Vs 2019 Tesla Model X

2020 Tesla Model Y Vs 2019 Tesla Model X

The most practical Teslas go head to head
The 2019 Ferrari P80/C Mates Form and Function In Perfect Harmony

The 2019 Ferrari P80/C Mates Form and Function In Perfect Harmony

The latest Prancing Horse one-off is a beauty when parked but a beast on the track, taking inspiration from Ferrari’s legendary models
Donut Media Goes Deep With Tesla: Video

Donut Media Goes Deep With Tesla: Video

Everything you could possibly want to know about the world’s leading electric car brand
Watch and Listen as this Insane Triple-Rotor Mazda RX-7 Demolishes a Hill Climb: Video

Watch and Listen as this Insane Triple-Rotor Mazda RX-7 Demolishes a Hill Climb: Video

Wankel power and more wing than an airport make for a sweet combination
Please Buy a Porsche Panamera Rather Than the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Please Buy a Porsche Panamera Rather Than the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

If you want something fast and practical from Stuttgart, there are better options out there
Shmee Rides Shotgun In a Ferrari-Beating Volkswagen Up: Video

Shmee Rides Shotgun In a Ferrari-Beating Volkswagen Up: Video

Better to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow
The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Is the Continuation of a Dumb Segment

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Is the Continuation of a Dumb Segment

A series of compromises doesn’t make it good - it makes it worse
Best AWD Cars for 2019

Best AWD Cars for 2019

The 10 best AWD cars on the market, priced from $19,000 to $50,000
Trail Blazer - An Interview With Stephan Papadakis

Trail Blazer - An Interview With Stephan Papadakis

TopSpeed gets an exclusive Q and A with the sport compact legend
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revs and Prowls the Streets of Las Vegas: Video

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revs and Prowls the Streets of Las Vegas: Video

The Super ‘Stang has arrived in Sin City!
1967 - 1969 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

1967 - 1969 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

One of the fastest and most expensive in its day, and still one of the most beautiful ever made
The 2020 Tesla Model Y Debut Was Surprisingly Tame

The 2020 Tesla Model Y Debut Was Surprisingly Tame

No surprise debut of some future model, no crazy new features, nothing unexpected… no fun?
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Unveiled

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Unveiled

Sleeker roof, same GLC goodness
2019 Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla Hatch Formula Drift Car

2019 Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla Hatch Formula Drift Car

A four-figure five-door bringing the heat
2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD

Classic off-roader style and capability, now with modern tech
Is the 2020 Tesla Model Y Just a Model 3 Hatchback?

Is the 2020 Tesla Model Y Just a Model 3 Hatchback?

Finding a category for the latest debut from the world’s leading EV automaker
2019 Geneva International Motor Show - Worst In Show

2019 Geneva International Motor Show - Worst In Show

The Swiss stars that got outshined
2019 Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder

2019 Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder

Matching modern Raging Bull awesomeness with extra atmosphere in the cabin
2019 Geneva International Motor Show - Best In Show

2019 Geneva International Motor Show - Best In Show

The Swiss-bound stunners at their very best
Elon Musk Debuts the 2020 Tesla Model Y With 230-300 Miles of Range and an Entry Price of $39,000

Elon Musk Debuts the 2020 Tesla Model Y With 230-300 Miles of Range and an Entry Price of $39,000

0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 300 miles of range!
The 2020 Tesla Model Y Is About to Debut, Watch It Live With Us!

The 2020 Tesla Model Y Is About to Debut, Watch It Live With Us!

We’re covering the big reveal right here as it happens
The 2020 Tesla Model Y Might Help to Introduce New Battery Technology

The 2020 Tesla Model Y Might Help to Introduce New Battery Technology

Are quicker charge times and more range on the horizon?
What Kind of Performance Can We Expect From the 2020 Tesla Model Y?

What Kind of Performance Can We Expect From the 2020 Tesla Model Y?

Will Tesla offer a sportier version of the crossover in the same vein as the Model 3 Performance?
If the 2020 Tesla Model Y Is a Success, How Will Tesla Handle Production?

If the 2020 Tesla Model Y Is a Success, How Will Tesla Handle Production?

And where does the Y leave Model 3 buyers?
Will the 2020 Tesla Model Y Offer New Advanced Autonomous Drive Features?

Will the 2020 Tesla Model Y Offer New Advanced Autonomous Drive Features?

Are the robot chauffeurs imminent?
2019 Piëch Mark Zero

2019 Piëch Mark Zero

A new all-electric performance star rises in Zürich?
America's Best Driving Roads Given Pixel Art Treatment

America’s Best Driving Roads Given Pixel Art Treatment

The most beautiful stateside drives, now with more old-school cool
You Can Get a Used Alfa Romeo 4C for Dirt Cheap Right Now

You Can Get a Used Alfa Romeo 4C for Dirt Cheap Right Now

Pick up one of the greatest modern driver’s cars for just $40K!
Mercedes Seriously Added A Kart Racing Game to the Infotainment System of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

Mercedes Seriously Added A Kart Racing Game to the Infotainment System of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

No word on adding Blue Shell Protection to the options list, though
The 2020 Porsche Taycan Will Debut In Production Guise This September

The 2020 Porsche Taycan Will Debut In Production Guise This September

Porsche’s EV onslaught will commence in the fall, with sales slated to kick off before the end of the year