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

Honda Odyssey
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»

2021 Hyundai Elantra
2021 Honda Civic vs. 2021 Hyundai Elantra: Compare Cars

The compact sedan is a great first car, an efficient means of transportation, and a wise choice for the budget-minded. The Honda Civic has been the benchmark in the compact-car segment for years, but the redesigned 2021 Hyundai Elantra aims to take a bite out of the Civic’s turf before the...Read More»

2020 Lincoln Nautilus
Lincoln Nautilus

The Lincoln Nautilus is the luxury automaker's two-row, mid-size crossover that was new for 2019. Although it's a new name for Lincoln, the Nautilus is a refresh of the automaker's old MKX crossover that was updated in 2016. The Nautilus is refreshed for 2021 with a revised dashboard design, the...Read More»

2021 Lincoln Nautilus
2021 Lincoln Nautilus

What kind of car is the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus? What does it compare to? The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV that shares its platform with the Ford Edge. It competes with luxury SUVs from around the world, including the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac XT5, Lexus RX...Read More»

2022 Jeep Wagoneer
2022 Jeep Wagoneer preview

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»

2021 Chevrolet Camaro LS and LT
2021 Chevrolet Camaro

What kind of car is the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro? What does it compare to? The 2021 Chevrolet Camaro is a performance coupe and convertible that has moved beyond its pony-car roots to compete with European sports cars. Rivals include the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, BMW 4-Series, 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 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 Audi R8 V10 RWD Spyder
2021 Audi R8

What kind of car is the 2021 Audi R8? What does it compare to? The 2021 Audi R8 is a V-10-powered mid-engine supercar related to the Lamborghini Huracán. Offered as a coupe or roadster, it’s a visual stunner with thrilling acceleration and track-ready handling. Rivals...Read More»

2021 Audi TTS
2021 Audi TT

What kind of car is the 2021 Audi TT? What does it compare to? The Audi TT is an all-wheel-drive coupe and roadster with pedestrian hatchback roots cloaked in style and thrills. It competes with the Porsche 718, BMW Z4, Toyota Supra, Jaguar F-Type, and Mazda MX-5 Miata. Is the 2021 Audi...Read More»

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