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.


BMW 7-Series
BMW 7-Series

The BMW 7-Series is a full-size luxury sedan that's atop the BMW lineup along with the new 8-Series. It has been a stalwart for the automaker, spanning six generations, and has been offered with a wide range of engines. This generation is no different: it's available with a plug-in hybrid turbo-4...Read More»

2020 Kia Forte GT
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 2021 Kia Forte review A new Forte bowed...Read More»

2019 Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 is a compact crossover SUV—emphasis on crossover. In reality, it's a tall hatchback or wagon with a higher ride height that appeals to many shoppers. It lags in utility because of a small cargo area and light-duty, all-weather, all-wheel drive. It went on sale in 2015. With the...Read More»

2019 MINI Cooper Countryman
Mini Countryman

The Mini Countryman is the biggest Mini money can buy. It's a charming crossover with plenty of style, and competes in an ultra-competitive set with the Buick Encore, Fiat 500X, Audi Q3, Volvo XC40, and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. The Countryman is loosely related to the BMW X1. MORE: Read our 2021...Read More»

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

What kind of SUV is the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque? What does it compare to? The Evoque is a five-seat luxury crossover that trades on the Land Rover and Range Rover names for its SUV credibility—but dresses in runway-fashion attire. It’s sleek and talented like its...Read More»

2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport
2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport

What kind of SUV is the 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport? What does it compare to? The Discovery Sport scales down the classic Land Rover look and adapts it to a five- or seven-seat crossover cabin. It’s practical, affordable, and comfortable, but it’s not as ruggedly capable...Read More»

2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover Discovery Sport

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a luxury compact crossover SUV that's related to the Range Rover Evoque, but the Land Rover focuses more on off-roading. It offers a very small third row and was launched in 2016 as a replacement for the LR2. Rivals for the Disco Sport include crossovers like the...Read More»

2021 Kia Rio
2021 Kia Rio

What kind of car is the 2021 Kia Rio? What does it compare to? The Rio’s a car in the most basic, dutiful sense. It’s a frugal sedan or hatchback with an excellent warranty and good infotainment but it needs to adopt standard automatic emergency braking. Cross-shop it with...Read More»

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
Porsche Cayenne

The Porsche Cayenne is a full-size luxury SUV that set a new direction for the sports car manufacturer. Originally labeled as heresy, the Cayenne's performance and looks changed the way we view Porsche and performance SUVs. The Porsche Cayenne lineup over time has included base, S, GTS, Turbo, and...Read More»

2021 Lexus LC
The Car Connection's Best-Looking Cars of 2021

Now that we've handed out this year's Best Car To Buy 2021 awards, it's time to get into the weeds. We've sifted through our data from rating and reviewing more than 200 new cars this year, and looked down the Styling column for the cars, crossovers, and SUVs with the best style. They're...Read More»

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