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 Chevrolet Camaro
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 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»

2021 Lexus ES
2021 Acura TLX vs. 2021 Lexus ES: Compare Cars

Mid-size sedans aren’t the mainstay of American driveways that they used to be, but they still offer practicality and value. We count them among some of the best vehicles on the market, especially in the premium and luxury segments. The 2021 Acura TLX and 2021 Lexus ES both exist in that...Read More»

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

What kind of car is the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia? What does it compare to? The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia is a sport sedan with sexy Italian styling. Offered with a turbo-4 or a twin-turbo V-6, it’s fun in its base form and thrilling in its top trim. Rivals include the Audi A4, BMW...Read More»

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Alfa Romeo Giulia

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a compact luxury sedan that takes on established rivals from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Cadillac. Giulia is an old name for Alfa Romeo, reaching all the way back into the 1960s. The current model is a four-door sedan and the first meaningful step for the automaker to...Read More»

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

What kind of car is the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio? What does it compare to? The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a rear- or all-wheel-drive crossover SUV with a sporty flair. The Stelvio takes on accomplished rivals like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, and Porsche Macan. Is the 2021...Read More»

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a luxury crossover SUV that prioritizes sportiness. It's loosely based on the Giulia sedan and slots in as the third Alfa Romeo vehicle on sale in the U.S. since the brand returned a few years ago. With the Stelvio, Alfa brings a serious dose of style and passion into the...Read More»

2021 Porsche 718 GTS 4.0
2021 Porsche 718

What kind of car is the 2021 Porsche 718? What does it compare to? The Porsche 718 is a rear-wheel-drive, two-seat sports car offered in Cayman coupe and Boxster roadster body styles. The 718 competes against rivals like the Chevrolet Corvette, Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra cousins...Read More»

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