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.


GMC Canyon
GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon is a mid-size pickup that shares much of its running gear with the Chevy Colorado. With the Canyon, GMC has a rival for vehicles such as the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and Ford Ranger. The latest Canyon offers 4-cylinder or V-6 power, extended- or crew-cab styles, and a wide...Read More»

2021 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Westminster Edition
Land Rover Range Rover

The Land Rover Range Rover is a full-size luxury SUV that's good enough for royalty (British, chiefly) or to rally across the spine of South America. With the Range Rover, Land Rover offers a supercharged V-6 or V-8 engines, or a turbodiesel V-6. A longer wheelbase model was added that underscores...Read More»

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition
Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a luxury full-size SUV assimilated into the Range Rover family. Although often mistaken for a full-size Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport has a sleeker roofline and seating for up to seven. With the Range Rover Sport, Land Rover has a perennial powerhouse that...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Best Sedan and Best Hybrid To Buy 2021

Last year, in this very space, The Car Connection's editors picked a high-powered, expensive luxury car as our favorite four-door. This year, we're going in the opposite direction. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is our choice for Best Sedan To Buy 2021. It also won our Best Hybrid To Buy 2021, edging...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup truck built for wide-ranging uses: workaday hauler, small family vehicle, even Baja runner. It is related to the GMC Canyon. Once virtually devoid of competitors, mid-size pickups are enjoying a resurgence thanks to skyrocketing prices for full-size...Read More»

2019 Cadillac XT5
Cadillac XT5

The Cadillac XT5 is a mid-size luxury crossover that replaced the SRX. It became a bestselling crossover SUV for the automaker and features some of the automaker's newest features. Cadillac says the name stands for "Crossover Touring 5." For 2020, the trims get streamlined and come with more...Read More»

2021 Kia K5
Kia K5: Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

There's a new name on our list of possible Best Car To Buy winners. The 2021 Kia K5 replaced the Optima this year, and while we'll take a real name over alphanumeric badges any day, the K5 neatly erases the Optima from our memory banks and fills the void with feel-good family-car vibes. Wider...Read More»

2021 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonata: Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

Our winner in the first competition in 2011, a finalist in 2015, the Hyundai Sonata hopes the third time's a charm in our Best Car To Buy 2021 run-offs. A late arrival for 2020, the Sonata's included this year and brings with it a trio of contenders ranging from a well-priced base car to a...Read More»

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line
2021 Hyundai Elantra

What kind of car is the 2021 Hyundai Elantra? What does it compare to? The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is a compact sedan that goes longer in nearly every way: it casts a longer shadow compared to the outgoing sedan, it travels longer on a tank of fuel, it has a longer infotainment screen, and...Read More»

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

The Mercedes-Benz CLA compact sedan is the smallest sedan on sale by the luxury automaker, and is related to the GLA-Class crossover SUV and A-Class sedan. It's sold in other countries as a hatchback, although in the U.S. it's just a four-door sedan. Competing on size alone, the CLA-Class is on par...Read More»

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