Martin Padgett, Editorial Director

Martin Padgett is Internet Brands Automotive Group’s Editorial Director. He oversees the words that skim across the Group’s portfolio of automotive destinations, which include The Car Connection, Motor Authority, Green Car Reports, and New Car Test Drive. Padgett is a native of Washington, D.C., an honors undergraduate of Duke University, and an MFA from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Padgett is a 30-year veteran journalist, and a former editor at Car and Driver magazine, with other writing credits at AutoTrader, Edmunds, Automobile, Stuff, Outside and BusinessWeek. Padgett is a juror for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards and is the author of three books. While you’re reading this, he’s on a computer or his iPhone to keep track of what’s going on in the car world.

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2022 Ford Escape
2022 Ford Escape

What kind of car is the 2022 Ford Escape? What does it compare to? The 2022 Escape five-seat compact crossover SUV takes on bestsellers such as the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, and Honda CR-V, not to mention Ford’s own Bronco Sport. Is the 2022 Ford Escape a good SUV? The Escape...Read More»

2022 Ford Edge
Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is a family-focused crossover SUV that seats five in relative comfort. With the Edge, Ford has a rival for vehicles such as the Nissan Murano, the GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox, even the Lexus RX. MORE: Read our 2022 Ford Edge review The new Ford Edge The latest Ford Edge arrived for...Read More»

2022 Ford Escape
Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is a popular compact crossover SUV that aims at the fastest growing new car segment. The latest Escape arrived as a 2020 model, and brings back not only a hybrid edition, but a plug-in hybrid as well. It's a twin to the Ford Bronco Sport, which leans toward a more off-road attitude...Read More»

2022 Ford Ecosport
Ford Ecosport

The Ford Ecosport is a small crossover that skips the SUV pretense all together. Its small footprint, along with its 3- or 4-cylinder engine, mean that it's likely to live between the lines, in the city. It was new to America for the 2018 model year, but the Ford Ecosport is a global crossover sold...Read More»

2021 Honda Ridgeline
Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline is a mid-size truck that appeals to brand buyers who couldn't care less about cowboy-themed luxobarges. The pickup has a dirty secret: it's related to the Honda Pilot crossover and Honda Odyssey minivan. The Ridgeline's roots come with a compromise. The unibody Ridgeline boasts...Read More»

2022 Honda Civic
2022 Honda Civic

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Honda Civic? What does it compare to? The 2022 Honda Civic is one of the bestselling and best-known compact cars on the planet. Emerging now in sedan and hatchback body styles, it’s offered as a Civic LX, Sport, EX, or Touring. The hatchback swaps...Read More»

2021 Jeep Compass
Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass is a compact crossover SUV slotting between the slightly smaller and way boxier Jeep Renegade and the larger Cherokee. With the Compass, Jeep goes after the heart of the market—crossovers like the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Subaru Forester. The Compass Trailhawk excels in...Read More»

2022 Kia K5
Kia K5

A replacement for the former Optima four-door, the Kia K5 sedan arrives for the 2021 model year with a pair of turbo-4 engines, pared of its former plug-in hybrid model. Slightly bigger than the Optima, the K5 gains available all-wheel drive, as well as a sporty GT edition. A hybrid model may join...Read More»

2022 Ford Bronco Sport
Ford Bronco Sport

With the Bronco Sport, Ford plucks a name from its off-roading past and applies it to an all-wheel-drive crossover that shares some running gear with the latest Escape. The Bronco Sport offers a choice between a turbo-3 or turbo-4 engine to take on vehicles like the Jeep Compass and Cherokee. It's...Read More»

2022 Kia Forte
Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is a compact sedan with mid-size interior space and above average fuel economy. The Forte replaced the Spectra in 2010 and immediately gave Kia credibility among small compacts with the Forte's better shape and updated hardware. MORE: Read our 2022 Kia Forte review A new Forte bowed...Read More»

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