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

2018 Audi A5
2018 Audi A5

The 2018 Audi A5 family grew this year. In addition to the coupe and convertible, the A5 now includes a devastatingly good looking Sportback that takes the two-door's silhouette and adds two more doors. It's the sedan-based-on-a-coupe-based-on-a-sedan trope that's popular with German...Read More»

2018 Audi TT RS
2018 Audi TT

The 2018 Audi TT is a sporty coupe or convertible that is relatively honest. It doesn't have wild style or wild road manners in base configurations, and higher-performance TTS and TT RS versions take a more serious approach to driving. They're more than adequate, but somewhat lack the...Read More»

2018 Audi Q3
2018 Audi Q3

The 2018 Audi Q3 doesn't have time for labels. The small crossover SUV is simultaneously a tall-riding hatchback, the most affordable Audi crossover, a luxury car, and a urban runabout. The Q3 adheres to a simple model strategy, offering one powertrain, front- or all-wheel drive, and...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz S450
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the full-size flagship of the brand and the car against which other luxury vehicles are measured. This generation made its debut for the 2014 model year and for 2018 it gets an update that includes 6,500 new parts, not including three new engines. It...Read More»

2018 Honda Odyssey Elite
2018 Honda Odyssey

The 2018 Honda Odyssey features more plugs, more packaging, and more conveniences than a rolling circus—including sticky cotton candy everywhere. Just when we thought that every possible family-oriented convenience had been plugged into the world of minivans, Honda has delivered a...Read More»

2018 Honda Ridgeline
2018 Honda Ridgeline

Among trucks, the choice is often: big, bigger, or biggest. That leaves many mid-size and compact shoppers in limbo for the Goldilocks zone: right-sized, enough capability, and can fit in normal garage. The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is the lone pickup that is built on a car- or...Read More»

2018 Acura NSX
2018 Acura NSX

The new 2018 Acura NSX supercar eschews the formula that put the last version on bedroom walls. In the 1990s, the NSX was all mechanical, with 270 horsepower coming from its V-6 planted midships, and comfortable seating for two. This new NSX skips all that. It's a high-tech wonder of...Read More»

2018 BMW 5-Series
2018 BMW M5

The 2018 BMW M5 sedan makes up for some of the sins of the previous generation while it commits a few of its own. The new F90-generation M5 turns up the fun factor versus the outgoing F10 and provides more feedback, but it’s still heavy and it no longer offers a manual...Read More»

2018 BMW i3s
2018 BMW i3

The BMW i3 is an oddball. With carbon-fiber-intensive construction and an electric motor, it is the most environmentally forward-thinking car to come from BMW. Its design is polarizing, and it’s even unique among electric cars, as it offers an engine as an optional range extender...Read More»

2019 Jeep Cherokee
2019 Jeep Cherokee first drive: more conventional, more power, still rugged

Jeep didn't get it right with the Cherokee when it revived the revered name in 2014. The six-eyed styling bugged us—mainly, it looked like an insect. The base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine was gutless, and the 3.2-liter V-6 was a neutered version of the strong 3.6-liter V-6 found elsewhere...Read More»

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