Jay Leno helps you celebrate the 4th of July with America’s cars

What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than by taking a closer look at some of America’s most iconic cars?

Jay Leno and his team at Jay Leno’s Garage have made the task simple and enjoyable by dedicating the season premiere of his new “Jay Leno’s Garage” television season airing on Wednesday on CNBC to the cars and trucks that have defined the American automobile in the past to the present.

They’re not all hot rods, muscle cars and big SUVs, either. Leno takes a look at the best-selling vehicle in America, the Ford F-150 pickup truck, identifies why Chrysler’s minivan made its mark on American automotive history,¬†and celebrates the overall spirit of American engineering and vehicles. That’s not to say there’s a shortage of hot metal; Leno also gets behind the wheel of a Ford GT, rides in a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, and checks out a Dodge Viper ACR.

Of course, there are some special guests along the way. The 43rd president of the United States George W. Bush takes Leno for a ride in his F-150 King Ranch, and comedian Wanda Sykes challenges Leno to a race in a Chrysler Pacifica minivan. The previously mentioned Firebird Trans Am comes from comedian Gabriel Iglesias as well.

The episode isn’t wrapped up without looking at a few other vehicles that changed the way Americans got around. The Ford Model T is a given, but you’ll have to watch the episode to find out why the Ford Bronco and Dodge Street Van made the list.

Check Also

Watch the Fisker Emotion drive under its own power

Fisker is eager to show off its EMotion all-electric sedan. The company is so eager, in fact, that it posted a short drive video to YouTube on May 30 showing the car running under its own power. The video was obviously not professionally produced. It appears it was shot with a phone in the vertical orientation. It's great to see the Fisker testing the car...

What are the differences between flooded and AGM lead-acid batteries?

While the engine of your car might be its heart, it's the battery that provides the juice to get that engine moving. By now, you probably know plenty about how your engine works. Do you know anything about your battery, though? If not, you're going to need to watch this video from Engineering Explained in conjunction with Optima Batteries. Our friendly host...