Kirk Bell, Senior Editor

The Senior Editor in charge of Motor Authority, Kirk has oil in his blood. He grew up in the automotive culture, helping his father drag race a pair of Pontiacs, rather unsuccessfully, at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wisconsin. Kirk has been reviewing cars and writing about the automotive industry since 2001, when he joined Consumer Guide Automotive. At Consumer Guide, Kirk wrote and edited several books, including the award-winning Hot Rod & Custom Chronicle and NASCAR Chronicle. Most recently, he spent eight years as a freelance journalist, with such clients as the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News, and MSN Autos. In 2014, Kirk was named to the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the year jury. Prior to his time in the automotive industry, Kirk was editor of Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine, the leading magazine about the model car hobby. In his spare time, Kirk imagines the Midwest has better roads on which to drive his 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Articles

2021 Toyota Venza
2021 Toyota Venza

What kind of car is the 2021 Toyota Venza? What does it compare to? The 2021 Toyota Venza is a hybrid crossover SUV that seats up to five, and is largely based on the RAV4. Smaller than the three-row Highlander, the Venza revives an older Toyota nameplate that was previously applied to...Read More»

2020 Genesis G90
Genesis G90

The Genesis G90 is a full-size luxury sedan and the automaker's largest offering. The G90 is roughly similar in size to the Hyundai Equus, although the two are unrelated. With the G90, Genesis competes in the big leagues against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Jaguar XJ, and...Read More»

2021 Cadillac Escalade
2021 Cadillac Escalade

What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Cadillac Escalade? What does it compare to? The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is the luxury automaker’s full-size, three-row SUV and its most expensive model. The Escalade is mechanically related to the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, as well as the...Read More»

2021 Nissan GT-R Nismo
2021 Nissan GT-R

What kind of car is the 2021 Nissan GT-R? What does it compare to? The 2021 Nissan GT-R is a high-performance sports car that competes with the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, Audi R8, and Acura NSX. It debuted in the U.S. in 2009 and has been updated several times since...Read More»

2021 Acura TLX
2021 Acura TLX

What kind of car is the 2021 Acura TLX? What does it compare to? The 2021 Acura TLX is a mid-size premium sport sedan that offers front-wheel drive and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. It seats five in comfort and exists in a middle space between mainstream sedans and a luxury market...Read More»

2021 Chevrolet Spark
2021 Chevrolet Spark

What kind of car is the 2021 Chevrolet Spark? What does it compare to? The 2021 Chevrolet Spark is a small five-door hatchback. It’s tiny and inexpensive, characteristics that appeal in times of high gas prices. It compares to small economy cars like the Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet Spark

The Chevrolet Spark is a subcompact hatchback that's also the smallest car available from General Motors. With the Spark, Chevy has a city car to rival vehicles like the Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris. It sets itself apart by its ability to hold four adults, sitting comfortably...Read More»

Trofeo versions of Maserati Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante
Maserati extends sporty Trofeo treatment to entire 2021 lineup

Maserati introduced a top-of-the-line performance-oriented Levante Trofeo for the 2019 model year. Now, the rest of the 2021 lineup gets the Trofeo treatment, and that means all three vehicles boast a Ferrari-sourced twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 making 580 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of...Read More»

2021 Toyota Venza Limited
First drive: 2021 Toyota Venza boasts a Lexus feel and hybrid efficiency

Walk up to the 2021 Toyota Venza and it looks familiar. The fast roofline and the way the window line resolves at the rear are clearly influenced by the last-generation Lexus RX from Toyota’s luxury brand. The chrome exterior trim and wheels give the same impression. Jump inside, spot the...Read More»

2020 Cadillac CT5-V
2020 Cadillac CT5

Cadillac has a long history with sedans—although sometimes it helps to have a short memory. The 2020 Cadillac CT5 is a mid-size sedan that’s slightly smaller than its predecessor. Will the new look and the slightly smaller size appeal to buyers? That remains to be seen. The...Read More»

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