Cheryl Jensen, Editor

Cheryl Jensen has some unusual ways to spend a vacation—like driving from Paris to Beijing, mostly off-road, or motoring through dense Central American jungles. Whether reporting on her exotic journeys or offering insightful reviews, Jensen’s work frequently can be found on The Car Connection, as well as in such national publications as Better Homes and Gardens, Car and Driver, AutoWeek, American Woman Motorscene, The New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, Robb Report, Open Road, Wheels (in Australia), the Chicago Tribune, and The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and its Newhouse News Service. Prior to establishing herself as an auto writer, she worked in marketing communications at the Cleveland Clinic, an academic medical center, for more than seven years and was manager of the Clinic's product line communications. Before that, Ms. Jensen wrote a nationally syndicated weekly column dealing with families and aging issues and co-authored the book, The Complete Guide to Health Insurance: How to Beat the High Cost of Being Sick, published in hardcover by Walker and Company and in paperback by Avon. Along with her husband, Chris — also a well-known auto writer —Jensen lives in Cleveland, Ohio.


T-Bird: Retro Rambling in Ohio
T-Bird: Retro Rambling in Ohio

NEW CONCORD, Ohio — With Ford's new Thunderbird appearing at dealerships, and BMW's new Mini and Nissan's new "Z" car set to debut next year, it is easy to find yourself getting all mushy about the past and sighing "they sure don't build them like they used to." But there is nothing like spending...Read More»

2000 Ford Mustang Convertible
Convertibles: A Love Affair

2002 Lexus SC430 by Marty Padgett (7/9/2001) Classics: Corvair Ramblings by Eric Peters (6/18/2001) 2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK430 Cabriolet by Marty Padgett (5/28/2001) Talk about convertibles in the TCC Message Boards! Convertibles are alive and well. Just look at the assortment of offerings for 2002...Read More»

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Safety: Four-Point Car Belts

If three is good, can four be better? That question is being applied to seat belts by Volvo, the pioneer of the three-point seat belt with its lap and shoulder belt. Although the three-point seat belt is the most effective safety device we have to reduce injuries and fatalities in a crash, safety...Read More»

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2001 Volvo V70

No car makes it to market today without extensive questioning and narcissistic focus groups. Will they really, really like it? Let’s ask a couple hundred strangers! So, before Volvo started to redesign its V70, its larger station wagon, executives researched J.D. Power and Associates APEAL...Read More»

Volkswagen Passat 4MOTION
Volkswagen Passat 4Motion

An invitation to drive Volkswagen's 2000 Passat with its new all-wheel-drive system through the Alps from Geneva to Monaco? What a great potential test of the system, which Volkswagen has named 4MOTION. The 4MOTION system represents the first time VW has offered an all-wheel-drive passenger car or...Read More»

Safety Seat
Getting Help With Car Seats

Sometimes, even parents who have their children's best interests at heart still don't get it right. Take child safety seats, for example; about 80 to 85 percent of these car seats continue to be used incorrectly in some way. The most common forms of misuse for rearward- and forward-facing child...Read More»

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Child-Seat Safety

Reality and perception are often not the same thing in so many areas of our lives. It shouldn't come as a shock that child safety is no different. Yet it does, perhaps because this knowledge gap is putting millions of children at risk. This is the shocker: Ninety-six percent of parents and other...Read More»

2001 Explorer Sport Trac
2001 Explorer Sport Trac and Explorer Sport

How many trucks is too many? By the end of this year, Ford’s going to have seven sport-utility vehicles in its family. Think about it: the Waltons had the same number of kids. Of the seven, two are brand new to the fold for this year — or the 2001 model year, however you measure. One of those...Read More»

2001 Ford F-150 SuperCrew
2001 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

What do you get when you cross a full-size sport-utility vehicle with a pickup truck? When it's a Ford Expedition mating with an F-150, you get the 2001 F-150 SuperCrew, which arrives in dealerships in February. It's something we're going to see more of as the auto industry is about to send...Read More»

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Family Safety

Today we have cars that are better designed to withstand crashes, cars that have as many as six airbags, and cars with anti-lock brakes. When you combine this with the fact that we also have better roads, it is somewhat of a mystery why some 42,000 people a year are dying on those roads.Part of the...Read More»

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