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 Lexus NX
2022 Lexus NX

What kind of car is the 2022 Lexus NX? What does it compare to? The 2022 Lexus NX is a five-seat crossover SUV that’s been revamped for the new model year with a dramatic shape, a plug-in hybrid edition, and massive touchscreen-driven infotainment. It’s a competitor for cars...Read More»

2022 Audi Q3
2022 Audi Q3

What kind of car is the 2022 Audi Q3? What does it compare to? The Q3 inaugurates Audi’s lineup of crossovers. It’s a compact luxury SUV according to the measuring tape, one that rivals vehicles like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, as well as the Buick Encore GX. Is...Read More»

2022 Audi Q3
Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 is the smallest crossover SUV in the automaker's portfolio. It was overhauled from the lugnuts up in 2019, and largely unchanged for 2020 and 2021. Rivals for the Q3 include the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, the BMW X1, and the Volvo XC40. MORE: See our 2022 Audi Q3 review The new Audi Q3...Read More»

2022 Ford Maverick
2022 Ford Maverick preview

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Ford Maverick? What does it compare to? The 2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck becomes the smallest vehicle with a bed in Ford’s lineup. With running gear shared by the Bronco Sport and Escape, the Ford Maverick has the Hyundai Santa Cruz as a chief...Read More»

2022 Ford Maverick
Ford Maverick

The Ford Maverick is the automaker’s new compact to mid-size pickup truck. Based on the same running gear as the Ford Escape and Bronco Sport, the Maverick arrives as a 2022 model late in calendar-year 2021. With the Maverick, Ford doesn’t stray from the pickup truck style rules as does...Read More»

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross
2022 Toyota Corolla Cross preview

What kind of car is the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross? What does it compare to? The Corolla Cross is the newest, smallest Toyota crossover to sport available all-wheel drive. Larger than the front-wheel-drive Toyota C-HR and taller than the Corolla sedan that lends its name to the effort...Read More»

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross
Toyota Corolla Cross

Bigger than the front-wheel-drive Toyota C-HR and riding higher than the Corolla sedan that shares its platform, the Toyota Corolla Cross has something in common with one of the bestselling crossover SUVs in the U.S., the RAV4—its looks. With the Corolla Cross, Toyota adds a new small SUV to...Read More»

Gabrielle Union in the 2022 Ford Maverick
2022 Ford Maverick bows on June 8

Actor Gabrielle Union will be on hand next Tuesday, June 8, as Ford reveals the next pickup truck in its family of utility vehicles, the 2022 Maverick. Based on the running gear of the new Bronco Sport (which is also shared with the Escape), the '22 Maverick will take a spot below the Ford Ranger...Read More»

2022 Audi Q5 (SQ5)
Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 is a luxury compact crossover SUV that quickly became one of the automaker's bestselling vehicles. A redesigned Audi Q5 arrived for the 2018 model year. The latest Q5 launched first with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 and standard all-wheel drive and a more powerful SQ5 followed later. With the...Read More»

2022 Audi Q5 (SQ5)
2022 Audi Q5

What kind of car is the 2022 Audi Q5? What does it compare to? The Q5 is Audi’s mid-size, five-seat crossover SUV, flanked by the smaller Q3 and the bigger Q7/Q8 duo. With its hybrid and sporty editions, the Q5’s an all-around player that rivals vehicles like the BMW X3...Read More»

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