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.


2000 BMW X5
2000 BMW X5

The BMW X5, which the company calls a Sport-Activity Vehicle, seems to be in search of an identity. Even the route chosen for a recent press introduction showed multiple personalities. It included a little bit of everything: some twisty country roads, a barely challenging off-road course, and the...Read More»

Making Child Seats Safer

When child safety seats are properly installed, they reduce the risk of death or serious injury to infants by 70 percent and cut the fatality and injury rate in half for children aged 1 to 4. Yet, more than 70 percent of all children riding in car seats are subject to the risk of death or serious...Read More»

2000 Ford Excursion XLT
2000 Ford Excursion vs. 2000 Chevy Suburban

The 2000 Chevrolet Suburban: reigning champion and a top big-SUV seller. Now, the ones more likely to be striking it rich are automakers selling the world's two largest SUVs: the 2000 Ford Excursion and the new 2000 Chevrolet Suburban. The Suburban is a 65-year-old fixture in the world of American...Read More»

Side and head airbags
Head Airbags

Because some manufacturers are adding head protection to the side airbags for front-seat passengers, there is a possible danger for children. While side-impact airbags protect adults, preliminary tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and its Canadian...Read More»

Side and head airbags
Head-Protection Airbags

Head injuries are a leading cause of death in side impacts, but until now, only the noggins of the wealthy got any extra protection. Although not required by law, automakers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been developing airbags designed specifically to protect people's heads in side-impact...Read More»

2000 Honda Insight

Whizzing along the Washington, D.C., Beltway in our ultra-aerodynamic 2000 Honda Insight two-seater, we are surrounded by sport-utilities that guzzle fuel in 15-miles-per-gallon gulps. Meanwhile, we are smug in the knowledge that our Insight is easily covering almost 60 miles for each gallon of...Read More»

2000 volvo s40
2000 Volvo S40 and V40

If you’re in the targeted 25-to-35-year-old group, you may not have paid much attention to Volvos, figuring it would be years before you could afford one – or years before you were old enough to drive one. The S40 sedan is laden with standard equipment, including anti-lock brakes and a potent...Read More»

2006 BMW X5-Series 3.0i
BMW X5 review

BMW's first sport-utility vehicle, the X5, goes on sale late in 1999. In the fall, the new M5 sports sedan arrives with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine rated at 400 horsepower (hp) and a six-speed manual transmission. And if that isn't enough for driving enthusiasts, BMW will build a new roadster based on...Read More»

1999 Buick LeSabre Limited
2000 Buick LeSabre Review

Having completely redesigned the rest of its line in the last several years, Buick is gearing up to introduce the 2000 LeSabre. The next-generation LeSabre arrives in showrooms as a 2000-year model in the first quarter of this year. With a 1.4-inch-longer wheelbase and a stiffer body, it offers a...Read More»

1999 Acura 3.2TL
Acura TL review

The big news for Acura this year is its all-new TL performance luxury sedan. Having been completely redesigned, Acura engineers say the new TL offers new levels of performance, refinement, handling and comfort. It is now offered exclusively with a new 3.2-liter 24-valve VTEC V-6 engine and...Read More»

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