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 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

What kind of car is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class? What does it compare to? The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is the original four-door “coupe.” While it’s actually a sedan, the coupe-like roofline makes it one of the better looking cars on the road. With its combination...Read More»

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 43 4-Door Coupe
2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

What kind of car is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door Coupe? What does it compare to? It’s a hatchback that Mercedes treats like a sedan and calls a coupe. Developed by Mercedes’ AMG performance arm, it’s also engineered for greater performance than the related...Read More»

2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo
2021 Mazda 3

What kind of car is the 2021 Mazda 3? What does it compare to? The Mazda 3 is a compact sedan and hatchback that competes with mainstream cars but has upscale aspirations. Its price range fits that narrative as it starts in the low $20,000s and ranges up to the mid-$30,000s. Rivals...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 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 XJ, and...Read More»

2021 Nissan GT-R Nismo
2021 Nissan GT-R

What kind of car is the 2021 Nissan GT-R? What does it compare to? The 2021 Nissan GT-R is a high-performance sports car that competes with the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, Audi R8, and Acura NSX. It debuted in the U.S. in 2009 and has been updated several times since...Read More»

2021 Chevrolet Spark
2021 Chevrolet Spark

What kind of car is the 2021 Chevrolet Spark? What does it compare to? The 2021 Chevrolet Spark is a small five-door hatchback. It’s tiny and inexpensive, characteristics that appeal in times of high gas prices. It compares to small economy cars like the Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan...Read More»

Trofeo versions of Maserati Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante
Maserati extends sporty Trofeo treatment to entire 2021 lineup

Maserati introduced a top-of-the-line performance-oriented Levante Trofeo for the 2019 model year. Now, the rest of the 2021 lineup gets the Trofeo treatment, and that means all three vehicles boast a Ferrari-sourced twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 making 580 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of...Read More»

2021 Toyota Venza Limited
First drive: 2021 Toyota Venza boasts a Lexus feel and hybrid efficiency

Walk up to the 2021 Toyota Venza and it looks familiar. The fast roofline and the way the window line resolves at the rear are clearly influenced by the last-generation Lexus RX from Toyota’s luxury brand. The chrome exterior trim and wheels give the same impression. Jump inside, spot the...Read More»

2020 Cadillac CT5-V
2020 Cadillac CT5

Cadillac has a long history with sedans—although sometimes it helps to have a short memory. The 2020 Cadillac CT5 is a mid-size sedan that’s slightly smaller than its predecessor. Will the new look and the slightly smaller size appeal to buyers? That remains to be seen. The...Read More»

2020 Genesis G80
2020 Genesis G80

The 2020 Genesis G80 is a luxury sedan that offers a little bit of everything: strong power, a luxurious interior, tasteful styling, exemplary safety, and a touch of performance. Its biggest strength is its value compared to far more expensive European rivals. The G80’s appeal is...Read More»

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