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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Toyota Corolla
Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is a compact four-door sedan or hatchback. Over its 12 generations on sale, in markets around the world, it's become one of the most widely known and most successful car names ever. It has been the best-selling compact car in the U.S. for much of the last 20 years. The sedan was...Read More»

2022 Ford Ranger
2022 Ford Ranger

What kind of car is the 2022 Ford Ranger? What does it compare to? The 2022 Ford Ranger mid-size pickup truck may not have a toothpick or a bottle opener, but it’s as close as Michigan gets to building a Swiss Army knife. Right-sized for daily driving, its pickup bed and off-road...Read More»

2022 Ford Ranger
Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger is a mid-size pickup that made its debut in 2019, although the name applied to compact pickups until 2011. Now fully a mid-sizer, the Ranger competes against the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Nissan Frontier. For 2021, Ford added a off-road-ready Ranger Tremor...Read More»

2022 Kia Sorento
Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is a mid-size crossover SUV with seating for up to seven passengers in three rows of seats. With the Sorento, Kia has a crossover to fill a growing need for many families, but it hasn't always been that way. Like the mechanically related Hyundai Santa Fe, the Sorento started life as...Read More»

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a five-passenger crossover SUV. The Santa Fe name has been used for several different crossovers; it now only appears on the mid-size vehicle slotted between the Tucson compact and the three-row Palisade. MORE: Read our 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe review With the latest Santa Fe...Read More»

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe? What does it compare to? The Santa Fe spans the mid-size crossover SUV range with seating for five, a fuel-sipping Hybrid model, and turbo-4 Calligraphy luxury edition. Its competition ranges from the similar Kia Sorento to the Honda...Read More»

2022 Kia Sorento
2022 Kia Sorento

What kind of car is the 2022 Kia Sorento? What does it compare to? With the Sorento, Kia gambles that a small third-row seat will set it apart from its platform-mate, the Hyundai Santa Fe, as well as some of today’s best-selling family wagons—including the Ford Explorer and...Read More»

2021 Ford Expedition
Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV for full-size friends and full-size toys. It's designed to do what crossovers can't: haul people and big trailers simultaneously. The Expedition is offered in both short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase (Max) versions. With the Expedition, Ford is equipped to take...Read More»

2022 Toyota Highlander
2022 Toyota Highlander

What kind of car is the 2022 Toyota Highlander? What does it compare to? The 2022 Highlander sells families on its three rows of seating and its super-efficient Hybrid edition. It’s big but user-friendly, weirdly athletic-looking, flexible for people and cargo, and a good value in...Read More»

2022 Toyota Highlander
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»

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