Sue Mead, Editor

The Car Connection’s resident expert in off-roading and light trucks, Sue began her automotive career as a freelance evaluator for Four Wheeler magazine in 1988. Today, Ms. Mead travels the globe test-driving cars and trucks, and working as a photojournalist/feature writer for over two dozen publications. She has been an auto editor for CNN/fn and a participating journalist on three Camel Trophy adventures, including the series’ recent trek to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Ms. Mead has also participated in three record-setting adventure drives: the Arctic Circle Challenge ‘95, the Tip to Tip Challenge ‘96, and the TransAmerica Challenge ‘97 and been a co-driver for Rod Hall in the Baja 1000. She recently completed her first book, Monster Trucks and Tractors, published by Chelsea House. She is a member of the International Motor Press Association, the New England Motor Press Association and the North American Car and Truck of the Year Jury.

Articles

Preview: 2004 Harley-Davidson F-250
Preview: 2004 Harley-Davidson F-250

Yee haw! I feel like a hog. You know--- that feeling of a pig in the mud on a hot summer day. But, in this case, I'm a black and orange hog that's movin' down the road, with a grunt that turns heads in farm yards near and far. Taking a spin in the latest mating between Ford's Big Boy trucks and...Read More»

Land Rover G4 Challenge
Thoelen Wins G4 Challenge

Land Rover’s latest vehicle-based adventure competition came to a close this weekend in Moab, Utah, the outdoor pursuits capital of the USA. And when the dust — and the mud, dirt, rain, and snow — had settled, the 16 multi-sport athletes hailing from 16 countries around the globe bowed to...Read More»

2003 Land Rover Freelander SE3
2003 Land Rover Freelander SE3

GET CURRENT PRICING GET AN INSURANCE QUOTE LAKE LAS VEGAS, Nev.— What I see as I crest a steep rise of two-track is a view to be put in my mental 401(k) — a cloudless blue sky day bearing rouge and tangerine fruit at sunset, sandstone knobs outcroppings and canyons glowing with a common fecund...Read More»

2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1
2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1

LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, Nev. — Strapped into a wild ride, I cinch my helmet, blip the throttle, run through the gears just for practice, and watch as the Christmas-tree lights of the drag strip move from stop to… go-as-fast-as-you-can. With slightly wet palms, I steady this Darth Vader-black...Read More»

2003 Mazda 6
Preview: 2003 Mazda6

SANTA MONICA, Calif — Mazda's new flagship sedan, the Mazda6, offers an independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, 160 horsepower and a new answer to the age-old automotive question: how to make an everyday car seem extraordinary. Positioned against formidable competition that includes the...Read More»

2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT

GET CURRENT PRICING GET AN INSURANCE QUOTE For 2003, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer lineup receives some minor drivetrain improvements, an optional V-8 for the new EXT extended seating model, as well as a few new comfort and safety features. Introduced a year ago as a 2002 model, the TrailBlazer carves...Read More»

2003 GMC Yukon Denali XL
2003 GMC Yukon Denali XL

GET CURRENT PRICING GET AN INSURANCE QUOTE Having covered 'bigger' when it introduced eight-passenger seating a couple of years ago, the 2003 Yukon Denali XL is now going for 'better.' New technologies, a refreshed interior and options such as a DVD entertainment system make this one of the...Read More»

2003 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4
Preview: 2003 Dodge Ram 2500

The redesign of the 2500 and 3500, Dodge's two heavy-duty models, comes at the right time. Since 1996, the heavy-duty pickup market has grown 34 percent, with the Rams now taking a 31 percent share of the segment, as well as a third of all Ram sales. This upward trend in heavy-duty purchases could...Read More»

2003 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra
2003 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra

2002 Ford SVT Focus by Marty Padgett (2/27/2002)Will 2003 be the year of the horse or the year of the snake? If Ford has its way, it could be both. Born in 1993, the Ford SVT Mustang Cobra celebrates its 10th birthday with more power, a better suspension and an updated exterior. As usual, the focal...Read More»

2002 Ford King Ranch F-150 SuperCrew
2002 Ford King Ranch F-150

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One early summer weekend not long ago, near my home in the Berkshires, I got the fishing itch. I loaded up the King Ranch F-150 pickup and headed to the hills for an afternoon of fishing at a local pond known (well, mostly suspected) to be filled with largemouth bass and...Read More»

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