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 2022 Audi A3...Read More»

2022 Audi A3
2022 Audi A3

What kind of car is the 2022 Audi A3? What does it compare to? A subcompact sedan from a luxury automaker, the A3 reaches toward the mainstream like the BMW 2-Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class and CLA-Class. Is the 2022 Audi A3 a good car? The A3 is a fun little sedan with good looks...Read More»

2022 Lexus NX
First drive: 2022 Lexus NX goes greener, techier

Driving the redesigned 2022 Lexus NX 450h+ F Sport on a 40-mile loop into the Arizona desert quickly reveals what’s new about the brand’s compact crossover. For starters, I’m in the new NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid model—the brand’s first—that shares its powertrain...Read More»

2022 Lexus NX
2022 Lexus NX

What kind of car is the 2022 Lexus NX? What does it compare to? The 2022 Lexus NX is a five-seat crossover SUV that’s been revamped for the new model year with a dramatic shape, a plug-in hybrid model, and a massive touchscreen-driven infotainment system. It’s a competitor...Read More»

2022 Subaru BRZ
2022 Subaru BRZ

What kind of car is the 2022 Subaru BRZ? What does it compare to? A small two-door sports coupe that’s low on power but high on fun, the Subaru BRZ competes against the Toyota 86, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and Hyundai Veloster N, as well as larger American iron like the Chevrolet Camaro...Read More»

2022 Subaru BRZ
Subaru BRZ

The Subaru BRZ is a small, nimble two-door sports car that is mechanically related to the Toyota 86. The BRZ is a competitor for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but even Porsche's Cayman follows the same lightweight, razor-sharp formula. It is one of the best economical sports cars on the market, and it's...Read More»

2022 Toyota 86
Toyota GR86

The Toyota 86—or GR86 in the automaker's latest branding—is a small two-seat sports car that proves high horsepower and higher price tags aren't directly proportional to fun. The 86 is a collaboration with Subaru that produced the Toyota version and the Subaru BRZ. The 86 began life as...Read More»

2022 Jeep Wagoneer
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»

2022 Toyota Supra A91-CF Edition
2022 Toyota Supra

What kind of car is the 2022 Toyota Supra? What does it compare to? The 2022 Toyota Supra is a two-seat sports coupe. It’s the more powerful of Toyota’s two sports cars. Rivals include the related BMW Z4, Porsche 718, Jaguar F-Type, Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ duo, and even the...Read More»

2021 Kia Telluride
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»

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