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 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»

2022 Audi R8
2022 Audi R8

What kind of car is the 2022 Audi R8? What does it compare to? A V-10-powered mid-engine supercar, the Audi R8 is a dying breed. Based on the Lamborghini Huracán, the R8 comes as a coupe or roadster, both of which deliver beautiful looks to go with thrilling handling and...Read More»

2020 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»

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»

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