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.


Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is a sleek sedan with suggestive roofline and an advanced engine. The CLS refines the automaker's design language and serves as the debut platform for its new 3.0-liter inline-6 engine paired to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system aimed at dethroning Audi and others. The CLS...Read More»

2021 Subaru Impreza
2021 Subaru Impreza

What kind of car is the 2021 Subaru Impreza? What does it compare to? The 2021 Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback are the basis for the hotted-up performers enthusiasts know simply as “WRX.” They’re all about sensible transportation, not turbocharged horsepower and...Read More»

2021 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»

2021 Ford Bronco Sport
Ford Bronco Sport

With the Bronco Sport, Ford plucks a name from its off-roading past and applies it to an all-wheel-drive crossover that shares some running gear with the latest Escape. The 2021 Bronco Sport offers a choice between a turbo-3 or turbo-4 engine to take on vehicles like the Jeep Compass and Cherokee...Read More»

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class (GLC300)
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is a compact crossover SUV that replaced the GLK, but looks almost nothing like it. The GLC-Class sits at the large end of the compact luxury SUV segment in the U.S. market. It faces a tough set of rivals including the Range Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3, Volvo XC60, and...Read More»

2021 Lexus GX
2021 Lexus GX

What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Lexus GX? What does it compare to? A rugged off-roader with a soft side, the 2021 Lexus GX 460 is an old-school seven-seat SUV loaded up with luxury. It’s best shopped against the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Infiniti QX80, Volvo XC90, and GMC...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB Class
Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class is the latest vehicle to join the German automaker's family of compact cars. With the GLB, Mercedes bookends the other wagon-esque vehicle in the compact lineup, the GLA-Class. The two utility vehicles share a family tree with the new A-Class and CLA-Class...Read More»

2021 BMW X1

The BMW X1 is a small luxury crossover SUV that serves as the basis for the X2. Introduced in 2012 as a rear-wheel-drive-based luxury crossover, the X1 is now in its second generation. This time it rides on a front-drive architecture borrowed from Mini, which makes it the first front-wheel-drive...Read More»

2021 Kia Stinger
2021 Kia Stinger

What kind of car is the 2021 Kia Stinger? What does it compare to? The 2021 Kia Stinger is a five-seat, five-door hatchback that’s intended as a near-luxury rival to cars like the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class, though it’s much less expensive. Is the 2021 Kia Stinger a...Read More»

2021 Infiniti QX80
Infiniti QX80

The Infiniti QX80 is a three-row, full-size luxury SUV with a sturdy frame and sumptuous interior. With the QX80, Infiniti has a competitor in the high-stakes fight for full-size SUV luxury dollars. The Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS Class, Land Rover Range Rover, Lincoln Navigator, and Lexus...Read More»

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