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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2022 Audi TT
2022 Audi TT

What kind of car is the 2022 Audi TT? What does it compare to? The TT coupe and roadster pair up sports-car performance with all-wheel drive. There aren’t many cars like it, but some rivals include the Porsche 718, BMW Z4, and Toyota Supra. Is the 2022 Audi TT a good car? An...Read More»

2022 Toyota Avalon
Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon is a four-door sedan that was recently redesigned for the 2019 model year. It's longer, with more rear-seat room, than the Camry—though the two cars share an architecture and some running gear. With the Avalon, Toyota has a flagship sedan to take on vehicles such as the...Read More»

2022 Toyota Avalon
2022 Toyota Avalon

What kind of car is the 2022 Toyota Avalon? What does it compare to? A large sedan, the 2022 Avalon sits atop Toyota’s lineup of four-doors for a final year in production before it retires. It’s a rival for the Lexus ES—probably the reason for its demise—as well...Read More»

2022 Kia Carnival
2022 Kia Carnival

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Kia Carnival? What does it compare to? The 2022 Kia Carnival is a minivan formerly known as the Sedona. Seating up to eight passengers, the 2022 Kia Carnival competes with the Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Pacifica, and Honda Odyssey, as well as three-row...Read More»

2022 Chevrolet Traverse
2022 Chevrolet Traverse

What kind of car is the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse? What does it compare to? The Traverse sits atop Chevy’s crossover family lineup, with seating for seven or eight people and a strong V-6 powertrain, coupled to front- or all-wheel drive. It’s a rival for the Honda Pilot, Kia...Read More»

2022 Toyota 4Runner
Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner is a throwback SUV that's built for rugged mountain passes—or family haulig. With the 4Runner, Toyota has an off-roader for fans pining for a ladder frame and locking differentials. Its trade-off is in efficiency and comfort, although the 4Runner is available in some tony...Read More»

2022 Acura ILX
Acura ILX

The Acura ILX is a compact luxury sedan that's among the most affordable luxury cars on sale. With the ILX, Acura has a spiritual successor to the Integra and TSX, although it's not directly related to those cars. It follows a tradition of small, affordable luxury cars from the automaker. When it...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Traverse
Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse is a full-size crossover SUV that prioritizes ride comfort compared to the Tahoe. For families who can't live with sliding doors, the Traverse is the un-minivan, minivan. With the Traverse, Chevy has rivals for mega-selling SUVs that include Honda's Pilot, the Nissan...Read More»

2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition
2022 Volkswagen Passat

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Volkswagen Passat? What does it compare to? The Passat is a mid-size sedan with plenty of room for four or even five passengers and decent turbocharged punch. It’s worth shopping against the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima. Is the...Read More»

2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition
Volkswagen Passat

The VW Passat is a mid-size sedan and one of the biggest in its class that includes the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry. Though a Passat wagon has been available in the past, VW does not currently offer one in the States. The U.S.-spec, mid-size Volkswagen Passat sedan is built in...Read More»

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