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 Acura NSX
2021 Acura NSX

What kind of car is the 2021 Acura NSX? What does it compare to? The 2021 Acura NSX is a supercar, but it’s no ordinary bluster bus. It’s obscure, rare, doesn’t have the usual supercar Italian pedigree—and we adore it. It compares with the Chevy Corvette, Audi...Read More»

2021 Nissan Leaf
2021 Nissan Leaf

What kind of car is the 2021 Nissan Leaf? What does it compare to? The 2021 Nissan Leaf is a five-seat electric hatchback that comes in two different versions, the 149-mile Leaf and the 215- to 226-mile Leaf Plus. It’s a rival for cars like the Chevy Bolt EV, the Tesla Model 3...Read More»

2021 Acura NSX
Acura NSX

The Acura NSX is a technological marvel and halo car for the luxury brand. It's a two-seat sports car that casts a surprisingly long shadow for such a short run. The NSX was launched in the 1990 model year as an aluminum-bodied performance halo car, with stats that rivaled contemporary Ferraris and...Read More»

2021 Fiat 500X
Fiat 500X

The Fiat 500X is a compact crossover SUV that's related to the Jeep Renegade—the two are even built together in Italy. In the 500X, Fiat gained a small crossover that it desperately needed to buoy the brand and its sales in North America. Competition comes from the Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V...Read More»

2021 Subaru WRX
2021 Subaru WRX

What kind of car is the 2021 Subaru WRX? What does it compare to? The 2021 Subaru WRX and its STI spin-off are performance four-doors with plain wrappers and hot turbo filling—a Crunch Wrap minus the heartburn. A turbo flat-4 sits in the middle of standard all-wheel drive to crank...Read More»

2021 Lexus LS
Lexus LS

The Lexus LS is a large four-door luxury sedan that's shaped the automaker for decades. It is the product that launched the brand in 1990, and sent a shockwave through the industry that this upstart Japanese brand could build a true luxury car. In nearly 30 years on sale, it's set the pace for...Read More»

2021 BMW X6
2021 BMW X6

What kind of car is the 2021 BMW X6? What does it compare to? The 2021 BMW X6 is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV with a fastback-style roof that distinguishes it from the otherwise identical X5. It’s pretty, expensive, and it’s a pretty expensive rival for the Benz...Read More»

2021 Infiniti QX50
Infiniti QX50

The Infiniti QX50 is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV. It competes with some of the most advanced cars on the planet, but the Infiniti has an ace. MORE: Read our 2021 Infiniti QX50 review Redesigned in 2019, the QX50 is packed with some of the automaker's most important improvements in a decade...Read More»

2021 Nissan Murano
Nissan Murano

The Nissan Murano is a stylish mid-size crossover SUV that pushed shoppers toward curvier tall-riding vehicles and set a new style direction. Available in a slew of models—S, SV, SL, and Platinum, the Murano ranges from affordable to downright luxurious. With the Murano, Nissan has an...Read More»

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E first drive  -  Portland, OR
Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Ford Mustang Mach-E accomplishes a slew of firsts for the Blue Oval: it’s the company’s first mass-market electric vehicle; the first to wear the Mustang name and badge outside of the coupe, convertible, and hatchback; and the first to compete head-to-head against Tesla. With the...Read More»

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