What to Read Next

Four-wheeled future: Taking a ride in New York city's “Taxi of Tomorrow”

Brett Berk
18 July 2013


MORE AT VANITY FAIR

Starting this fall, the mean streets of New York will have a new top banana, vehicularly speaking. After a reign by the venerable Ford Crown Victoria that seemingly began during the second mayoral administration of William F. Havemeyer, citizens of Gotham are to finally be granted a new taxi. Or, more to the point, 14,000 new taxis—each of them a Nissan NV200—which will phased in, in fulvous waves, over the coming years.

The Crown Vic, though beloved by fools, was already an automotive anachronism two decades ago—bulky, inefficient, cramped, and wallowy—when it became New York’s de facto yellow cab. It now falls somewhere between “walking dead” and “fossil.” The Japanese-designed mini-minivan that will replace it is none of those things.

To find out exactly what it is, we took advantage of Nissan’s hospitable offer of a ride, sending our intrepid stringer, Ben Keeshin, to report on and photograph this so-called Taxi of Tomorrow, while being shuttled around Manhattan’s Garment District. Click through to the slide show below to learn everything you need to know about the ToT.

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

How To Make Sagging Skin Look Tight and Lifted

[Watch] The easy and effective way consumers across the country are improving the look of their wrinkled and sagging skin without cosmetic procedures.

Starwood Credit Card

Earn 25,000 Bonus Starpoints®! Use toward Award Nights or Flights.

Could this "better, smarter security" end crime?

Built by the leading engineers in the country with revolutionary wireless technology… Engineered to make your home feel like a fortress...

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read This

United States drivers are stunned that they never knew this. If you drive less than 50 mi/day, you better read this...

Read This Before You Buy Medigap Plan F

Plan F is the most popular Medicare Supplement plan, but there's another Medigap option you should consider.

Powerful Tactical Flashlight Flying Off Shelves!

This new tactical flashlight was just released to the public and is flying off shelves in the United States. Limited supplies left, act quick!

9 Cards for People Who Have Great Credit

What card offers up to 5% cash back? And which one offers 24/7 concierge service? See the best credit cards of 2016. Apply online, quickly & easily.

$70/Month Is Too Much For Auto Insurance

If you drive less than 50 miles per day, there is a way to pay less for auto insurance that few people realize. Are you overpaying?

Earn Cash Back On Dining Out.

It's easy to save money in the new year when you get cash back on all purchases. Learn more about simple and flexible credit card rewards here.

Hilton HHonors™ Card

Earn 40,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points. Apply for Your Card Today.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Join Disney Movie Club Today

Get 4 Disney Movies For $1 With Membership. See Details. Plus, Free Shipping On Your Initial Order!