Nick Jaynes

Nick Jaynes

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Nick Jaynes is the Automotive Editor for Digital Trends. He developed a passion for writing about cars working his way through Journalism School as a Volvo mechanic. In his free time, Nick enjoys hiking with his Treeing Walker Coonhound, Ruger.

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD review

The all-new GMC Sierra is tougher, more efficient, and more refined than ever before. Thankfully, for the new generation, GMC designers actually addressed the issues past models by…

  • Pros: Blocky, yet modern good looks , Power, yet fuel-efficient…
  • Cons: Disconnected feeling electric power steering

Digital Trends Engine of the Year: Audi’s 4.0 TFSI V8

You may not give much thought to what’s under the sheet metal of a luxury car, but in the case of Audi’s RS 7, the 4.0 TFSI V8 engine is a feat of engineering that allows the car to be both ferocious and surprisingly economical.


Crash that killed Paul Walker caused by ‘speed, and speed alone’

An investigator has unofficially verified that the crash that took actor Paul Walker’s life last month was not caused by mechanical failure but by "speed, and speed alone.” This should remind motorists that driving recklessly can end tragically.


First Drive: 2015 Subaru WRX

At first glance, with a keenly designed exterior and a masterfully crafted interior, there are few reasons to dislike the 2015 Subaru WRX. Climb behind the wheel, though, and…

  • Pros: Tight but forgiving suspension , Masterful electronic power…
  • Cons: Whiny CVT , Laughable satellite navigation system

2014 Audi A7 TDI Quattro review

The Audi A7 is already one of the most gorgeous and usable full-size sedans on the market. But when Audi bolted its torque-y and efficient diesel TDI engine under the hood, it…

  • Pros: Fuel efficiency , Interior design and material quality…
  • Cons: Options quickly rocket sticker price skyward

First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet SS

In order to take on the Germans for performance sedan supremacy, Chevrolet called on the rear-wheel drive, V8 prowess of the Australians. Together, they created the SS, which might…

  • Pros: Exhaust can be both quiet and shout-y , Well-sorted…
  • Cons: Bland exterior styling

Is Ford planning diesel- and hybrid-powered Mustangs? You bet

Ford powertrain boss admits that the all-new Mustang could get a diesel or hybrid powertrain in the near future. Sure, it’s not looking at it presently but given the ratcheting up of fuel economy standards, it will have to soon.