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

The Car Connection's Best-Performing Cars Of 2020
The Car Connection's Best-Performing Cars Of 2020

What’s life without passion? We don’t want to know. For people like us, cars excite those passions. The thrill of acceleration, the exhilaration of a track drive, and the need for speed all set the heart aflutter. At The Car Connection, we ignite those passions in hundreds of cars every...Read More»

2020 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator Three O Five Editions
2020 Jeep Gladiator vs. 2020 Jeep Wrangler: Compare Trucks

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2020 Jeep Wrangler serve different market segments—one’s a pickup and the other’s an SUV—but they are very similar. In fact, the Gladiator amounts to a longer version of the Wrangler with a pickup bed. Both cater to buyers looking for adventure...Read More»

Bentley open-pore veneer
10 best small but thoughtful new car features

Here at The Car Connection, we review more than 250 cars every year. We write those reviews with car buyers in mind. We consider several key criteria based on the six categories in our rating system: Design, Performance, Comfort and Quality, Safety, Features, and Fuel Economy. However, beyond those...Read More»

2020 Fiat 124 Spider
Fiat 124 Spider

The Fiat 124 Spider is a two-door convertible that's related to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but slightly longer and with a turbo-4 engine. The roadster follows the 124 Sport Spider that was sold in the U.S. from 1968 until the mid-1980s. The classic model was inspiration for the ground-breaking Mazda...Read More»

2020 Fiat 500L Trekking
Fiat 500L

The Fiat 500L is a tall-riding hatchback that shapes the familiar Fiat face across an oblong body. With the 500L, Fiat has a rival for cars like the Honda Fit, the Kia Soul, and the Mini Countryman. It may share a nameplate with other Fiats, but the 500L is entirely different. It's built (in...Read More»

2020 Toyota Camry XSE AWD
First drive review: 2020 Camry AWD adds confidence but not performance

The front tires of the 2020 Toyota Camry XSE are sliding sideways in the snow. Usually, that could be dangerous, but it’s all right this time because I’m causing the slide. I’m on an autocross covered in ice and snow in a field outside of Park City, Utah, and I’m sliding the...Read More»

2020 Cadillac CT6
Cadillac CT6

The Cadillac CT6 is a mid-size luxury sedan that's full of tech and luxury features. While it's not the biggest car in the automaker's lineup, it's the thought-leader for now; no other Cadillac is equipped with its features. The CT6 is bigger than the CTS and ATS sedans, but not quite as large as...Read More»

2020 Ford Escape
EPA fuel economy ratings show 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid is the most-efficient small SUV

Ford on Tuesday revealed the EPA fuel economy ratings for its redesigned 2020 Escape Hybrid, and they show it is the most-efficient small SUV on the market. With front-wheel drive, the 2020 Escape Hybrid is EPA estimated at 44 mpg city, 37 highway, and 41 combined. That gives the Escape Hybrid a...Read More»

2020 Toyota Camry TRD
First drive review: 2020 Toyota Camry and Avalon TRD inject fun into the family sedan

It’s 102 sweltering degrees at Texas Motor Speedway and I’m driving a 2020 Toyota Camry family sedan on an autocross. Not only that, but the next car I’ll toss from sharp, chalk-outlined corner to corner is a 2020 Toyota Avalon, a car with a famously elderly audience. What world...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 first drive, Wyoming, August 2018
2019 Chevrolet Silverado

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado gets a new design this year, and drops up to 450 pounds in the process, but it’s more focused on its mission than ever. Its bed is bigger and offers more features, and its cab gets bigger, making this brawny pickup better at hauling cargo and people...Read More»

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