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.


2020 Kia Sportage
2020 Kia Sportage

The 2020 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV with sporty looks and strong turbo power. Newer rivals give it fierce competition, however. For its impressive quality, optional turbo power, and sporty moves as its name implies, we give it 6.7 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has some work to do to stand out in the German automaker’s showrooms. Its predecessor got by on its looks and its low price: Now, the 2020 CLA-Class has not only a higher base price, the compact sedan also has a trio of siblings that compete for...Read More»

2020 Ford Escape
2020 Ford Escape

The 2020 Ford Escape crossover SUV whistles into a new model year with three distinct personalities. There’s the thrifty turbo-3 model, an engaging turbo-4 hustler, and a hybrid (and plug-in hybrid) for anyone with strong feelings about visiting the Wawa more than once a week (we...Read More»

2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch
2020 Ford Expedition

The 2020 Ford Expedition wears clean and pure styling, doles out space for people and cargo like Bed Bath & Beyond 20% off coupons, and drops a twin-turbo hammer through a transmission with as many speeds as a Schwinn. It’s a category-killer, as the marketing folks would say...Read More»

2020 Lexus RX
Review update: The 2020 Lexus RX 350 AWD still answers the call

The $46,575 2020 Lexus RX 350 AWD answers a very specific call—the call of the mild. It's been popular for two decades because it's a known entity, never too obtrusive, never one to step out of line. We nailed it in our full review thusly: "Performance isn't its big virtue—virtue is."...Read More»

2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport
2020 Cadillac XT6

The 2020 Cadillac XT6 stakes its claim in the realm of three-row crossover SUVs, but it has its work cut out for it. The 2020 XT6 sits between the smaller, two-row XT5, and Caddy’s perennial luxury SUV bestseller, the Escalade. It arrives in Cadillac showrooms at the same time...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Passat

The VW Passat is a mid-size sedan and one of the biggest in its class that includes the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry. Though a Passat wagon has been available in the past, VW does not currently offer one in the States. The U.S.-spec, mid-size Volkswagen Passat sedan is built in...Read More»

2020 Toyota Highlander XLE
Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander is a mid-size crossover SUV with a family focus like Hamburger Helper on a weeknight. It has nearly as much interior room as a Sienna, but critically lacks the sliding doors. With the Highlander, Toyota has a rival for vehicles such as the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Nissan...Read More»

2020 Toyota Supra
Toyota Supra

The Toyota Supra is a two-door hatchback sports car now in its fifth generation. It returns as a 2020 model after a 21-year hiatus. This time it's developed as a partnership between Toyota Gazoo Racing and BMW. Like Supras of the past, the new Supra is powered by an inline-6-cylinder engine. A...Read More»

2020 Ram 1500
Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup that's locked in an annual dogfight against crosstown rivals from Ford and General Motors. Like those other pickups, the Ram 1500 is offered with myriad configurations: multiple powertrains, body styles, trims, and bed lengths are available. MORE: Read our 2020...Read More»

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