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.


2021 Chevrolet Malibu
2021 Chevrolet Malibu

What kind of car is the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu? What does it compare to? The 2021 Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-size sedan. It’s worth cross-shopping against the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and Subaru Legacy. Is the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu a good car? We give the Malibu a...Read More»

2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e
2021 BMW X5

What kind of car is the 2021 BMW X5? What does it compare to? The 2021 BMW X5 is a five- or seven-seat luxury crossover SUV that stands out even in BMW’s family of exceptional vehicles. It’s a utility wagon, a high-performance machine, a plug-in electric vehicle with 30...Read More»

2021 Nissan Rogue
Nissan pledges to update 2021 Rogue that fared poorly in NHTSA crash test

The 2021 Nissan Rogue has earned a four-star overall rating from the NHTSA for crash protection, but it fared considerably worse for its front-passenger score. The Rogue earned just two stars for its front-impact protection for the passenger, a very low score that's unheard of for a new passenger...Read More»

2021 GMC Yukon Denali
2021 GMC Yukon

What kind of car is the 2021 GMC Yukon? What does it compare to? The 2021 GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV from the truckmaker and its biggest to date. Available in Yukon and long-body Yukon XL form, it’s a rival for the related Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, the Ford Expedition and...Read More»

2021 GMC Acadia AT4
2021 GMC Acadia

What kind of car is the 2021 GMC Acadia? The 2021 GMC Acadia is a mid-size crossover SUV that can seat from five to seven people. It’s offered with a choice of three engines and with front-or all-wheel drive. Is the 2021 GMC Acadia a good SUV? It has good infotainment, a...Read More»

2021 Buick Encore GX
2021 Buick Encore GX

Buick does a double take for the 2021 model year. It’s offering the older Encore hatchback while it introduces the new Encore GX, which isn’t much more expensive or much bigger. The GX is the Encore you want to drive, though, thanks to gains in styling, safety, and features...Read More»

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
2021 Ford Mustang

What kind of car is the 2021 Ford Mustang? What does it compare to? The Mustang is Ford’s touchstone coupe or convertible. With prosaic turbo-4 or earth-shaking supercharged V-8 power, it blends retro style with modern performance to fend off its long-time rivals, the Dodge...Read More»

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is a two-door coupe or convertible that's become an American institution and calling card. With the Mustang, Ford coined the term "pony car." The Mustang made the two-door sporty coupe a permanent fixture on the American automotive landscape. MORE: Read our 2021 Ford Mustang review...Read More»

2020 Audi R8 Spyder
Audi R8

The Audi R8 is a two-door ultra luxury sports car that's been an outlier in the Audi family. Offered over time as a coupe and as a convertible, with either V-8 or V-10 power, the Audi R8 calls the Lamborghini Hurácan its distant cousin, just over the border across Austria or Switzerland. The...Read More»

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy vs. 2021 Kia Sorento SX X-Line: Compare Crossover SUVs

Higher-priced mid-size crossovers now get all the luxury touches, but does the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy or the 2021 Kia Sorento SX X-Line do premium better? If you’re paying more than $40,000 for a non-prestige-badged crossover, it’s hard to overlook this new duo. Still...Read More»

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