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 Kia Telluride vs 2021 Ford Explorer: Compare SUVs
2021 Kia Telluride vs 2021 Ford Explorer: Compare SUVs

The three-row family crossover is the next best thing to the minivan without the soccer mom stigma. Several automakers do a good job of providing space and utility in their three-row crossovers, Ford and Kia among them. The 2021 Ford Explorer and 2021 Kia Telluride take a different approach to the...Read More»

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is an ultra-luxury sedan, coupe, or convertible that's the figurative flagship for the automaker. Along with its traditional four-door sedan body style, the S-Class has absorbed the former CL-Class coupes, and offers convertibles called Cabriolets, as well as the revived...Read More»

2022 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»

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

What kind of car is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class? What does it compare to? The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class flagship is a sedan, coupe, and convertible that combine to set the industry standard for luxury and sophistication. It’s a powerful, tech-rich, and endlessly comfortable...Read More»

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

What kind of car is the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L? What does it compare to? The Grand Cherokee is a mid-size SUV offered in two- and three-row body styles, the latter designated L. The L model is new for 2021, while the standard version continues with a design that dates back to 2010...Read More»

2021 Toyota Sequoia Nightshade Special Edition
Review update: 2021 Toyota Sequoia falls behind as it soldiers on

Toyota developed a good, sturdy full-size SUV for the 2008 model year. Based on the body-on-frame platform from the Tundra pickup, the Sequoia got that truck’s robust structure and driveline components, including its muscular 5.7-liter V-8. But that’s about as much engineering as Toyota...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 Jaguar XF
2021 Jaguar XF

What kind of car is the 2021 Jaguar XF? What does it compare to? A mid-size luxury sedan, the 2021 Jaguar XF competes with mostly European rivals such as the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Volvo S90. It lacks high-performance and hybrid versions like many of those...Read More»

2020 Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar F-Pace

The Jaguar F-Pace is the British luxury automaker's mid-size crossover SUV. It was the first Jag SUV but was quickly joined by the smaller E-Pace and all-electric I-Pace. The F-Pace is distantly related to the XF sedan, and shares a powertrain. It's the opposite of corporate-sibling Land Rover's...Read More»

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR
2021 Jaguar F-Pace

What kind of car is the 2021 Jaguar F-Pace? What does it compare to? The 2021 Jaguar F-Pace is a compact luxury SUV that combines two of Jaguar’s traditions: sleek styling and agile moves. It competes against luxury rivals such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3/X4, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class...Read More»

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