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

Audi A3
Audi A3

The Audi A3 is a subcompact sedan that represents the entry point for the Audi brand. Those looking for more zip should go for the S3 or the track-ready RS 3. The A3 lineup is redesigned for 2022 with a new look, more power, and additional interior and safety technology. MORE: Read our 2023 Audi A3...Read More»

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2023 Toyota Crown preview

What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Toyota Crown? What does it compare to? Toyota is sunsetting one premium full-size sedan only to introduce another, this one with crossover influences and a pair of hybrid powertrains. It competes with the likes of the Subaru Legacy, Nissan Maxima, Dodge...Read More»

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Rivian R1S

Startup American electric car maker Rivian's second vehicle is the R1S, an SUV based on the same platform and using the same powertrain as the R1T pickup. Like the R1T, the R1S is an adventure vehicle with immense power, incredible off-road ability, and cool features for use on the trail or at the...Read More»

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2023 Rivian R1S

What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Rivian R1S? What does it compare to? A three-row electric SUV, the Rivian R1S is a look at the future of the family vehicle. It sports mid-size proportions and comes outfitted as an all-wheel-drive adventure vehicle along the lines of the Jeep Grand...Read More»

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Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is a minivan that does family duty like chores on a Sunday. For the latest Odyssey, Honda has thoroughly reworked its van inside and out for a fresh appearance and improved performance and safety. The Odyssey takes on minivans such as the Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Sedona, and Toyota...Read More»

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2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV

What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV? What does it compare to? What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV? What does it compare to? An electric hatchback offered in smaller and larger body styles, the Chevrolet Bolt EV competes against EVs such as the Ford Mustang...Read More»

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Acura Integra

The Acura Integra was there at the beginning. It dates back to 1986 when Acura launched as a brand. While it gave way to the RSX in 2002 and the ILX in 2013, it returns for 2023 as a five-door compact hatchback that acts as the entry to the brand. Based on a platform shared with the Honda Civic...Read More»

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2022 Jeep Wagoneer

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer? What does it compare to? For 2022, Jeep revives its full-size, body-on-frame SUV as the mainstream Wagoneer and the luxurious Grand Wagoneer. The Wagoneer debuted in 1963 and was last sold in the U.S. in 1991. It competes with vehicles...Read More»

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2022 GMC Sierra 1500

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500? What does it compare to? The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size truck climbs upscale to distinguish itself from the related Chevy Silverado. GM’s twins square off against the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra, and Nissan Titan. Is...Read More»

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2023 Acura Integra

What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Acura Integra? What does it compare to? Dusting off a nameplate last used in the early 2000s, Acura resurrects the Integra as a five-door hatchback. It shares many mechanicals with the Honda Civic Si, but rivals range from the Volkswagen GTI to the BMW...Read More»

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