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»

2020 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator Three O Five Editions
2020 Jeep Gladiator vs. 2020 Jeep Wrangler: Compare Trucks

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2020 Jeep Wrangler serve different market segments—one’s a pickup and the other’s an SUV—but they are very similar. In fact, the Gladiator amounts to a longer version of the Wrangler with a pickup bed. Both cater to buyers looking for adventure...Read More»

Bentley open-pore veneer
10 best small but thoughtful new car features

Here at The Car Connection, we review more than 250 cars every year. We write those reviews with car buyers in mind. We consider several key criteria based on the six categories in our rating system: Design, Performance, Comfort and Quality, Safety, Features, and Fuel Economy. However, beyond those...Read More»

2020 Porsche 718 Boxster T
Porsche 718

The Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman are a mid-engined, two-seat convertible or coupe. The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman were renamed in 2017 to more closely align with the mid-engine 718 from the 1950s and early 1960s. The 718 adopted a turbocharged flat-4 in 2017 that replaced a flat-6. Ranging in...Read More»

2020 Fiat 124 Spider
Fiat 124 Spider

The Fiat 124 Spider is a two-door convertible that's related to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but slightly longer and with a turbo-4 engine. The roadster follows the 124 Sport Spider that was sold in the U.S. from 1968 until the mid-1980s. The classic model was inspiration for the ground-breaking Mazda...Read More»

2020 Fiat 500L Trekking
Fiat 500L

The Fiat 500L is a tall-riding hatchback that shapes the familiar Fiat face across an oblong body. With the 500L, Fiat has a rival for cars like the Honda Fit, the Kia Soul, and the Mini Countryman. It may share a nameplate with other Fiats, but the 500L is entirely different. It's built (in...Read More»

2020 BMW X5
BMW X5

The BMW X5 is a luxury mid-size SUV that paved the way for many others like it. It's a rival for vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz GLE Class, Range Rover Sport, and Porsche Cayenne. MORE: Read our 2020 BMW X5 review The newest X5 made its debut for the 2019 model year with more creature comforts...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
2020 Chevrolet Corvette

The father of the Chevrolet Corvette, engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, had the idea in 1957. Some 63 years later it’s become a reality: The Corvette is now a mid-engine car. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the so-called C8 generation, has switched to a mid-engine design in a...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 outgoing 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...Read More»

2020 Toyota Camry XSE AWD
First drive review: 2020 Camry AWD adds confidence but not performance

The front tires of the 2020 Toyota Camry XSE are sliding sideways in the snow. Usually, that could be dangerous, but it’s all right this time because I’m causing the slide. I’m on an autocross covered in ice and snow in a field outside of Park City, Utah, and I’m sliding the...Read More»

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