Jaclyn Trop


Jaclyn Trop is an award-winning journalist and automotive reporter. She divides her time among Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York.

She was awarded a Knight-Bagehot fellowship in business and economics reporting from Columbia University, where she also earned a master’s degree in journalism. Her byline has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Fortune, Vogue, Glamour, Newsweek, Fast Company, Forbes, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Entrepreneur, Rolling Stone, Robb Report, Town & Country, U.S. News & World Report, and Refinery 29 among others.

Jaclyn has reported from five continents. She serves as a U.S. juror to the World Car Awards.

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12 Best Black Friday Luxury Car Deals in 2019

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10 Best Cars for Winter Driving

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2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2019 Subaru Outback: Head to Head

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19 Most Comfortable Cars You Can Buy

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15 Best Cars for Recent Graduates in 2019

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2019 Porsche Cayenne vs. 2019 Porsche Macan: Worth the Upgrade?

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16 Luxury SUVs With the Most Cargo Space

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Refreshed 2019 Mercedes-AMG C 63: All You Need to Know

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2018 BMW 3 Series vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA: Head to Head

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2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty: What You Need To Know

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Honda CR-V Hybrid: What You Need to Know

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Audi A4 vs. Audi A5: Head to Head

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9 Most Reliable Large SUVs

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8 Alternatives to the 2018 Hyundai Elantra

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Tesla CPO Buying Guide

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Jaguar CPO Buying Guide

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Honda vs. Hyundai: Battle of the Brands in 2017

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: What You Need to Know

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Land Rover CPO Buying Guide

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