Author Archive: BJ Killeen

BJ, one of the first female automotive journalists in the country, has been testing and writing about automobiles for almost three decades. A former Road Test Editor for Motor Trend magazine. BJ now freelances for numerous automotive titles and websites. She is the Road Test Editor and co-host of “Driver’s Talk” Radio, a simultaneous vodcast/broadcast that is heard in over a dozen markets across the country as well as on the internet and Stitcher.

BJ is a multiple winner of the prestigious IAMC awards, including the “Best of Radio,” and has served as a judge on numerous automotive competitions, including Concept Vehicle of the Year.

A big racing fan, her love of automobiles started early, having been exposed to the field through her father, who owned an assortment of collector classics, such as a ’61 Austin-Healey 3000, a ’641⁄2 Mustang, and other vehicles. BJ, a native Southern Californian, is married to automotive photographer Scott Killeen, and is a two-year past president of the Motor Press Guild, the organization that represents almost 900 automotive journalists and industry representatives across the country.

BJ and Scott (Team Killeen), are publishers of the BUILD BOOK, a serial publication that follows the build of one custom vehicle from start to finish.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport…what’s that all about?

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport…what’s that all about?

If you read our review of the Hyundai Elantra, you know we really like this smart compact sedan. However, when potential buyers start to do their research, the max performance you’ll get from the Elantra trim levels is 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque from the SE and Limited, and 128/156 from the Eco […]

February 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Breaking News: Scion is Dead

Breaking News: Scion is Dead

Word on the street is that tomorrow morning, the Scion division of Toyota will cease to exist. At a top-secret meeting this afternoon, employees were told that the division, which started with the xA and xB in 2002 as 2003 models, wouldn’t see it’s 14th anniversary. Those who were laid off were told they would […]

February 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
2017 Hyundai Elantra First Drive Review: 30 years in the making

2017 Hyundai Elantra First Drive Review: 30 years in the making

It’s hard to believe that Hyundai is celebrating its 30th anniversary in America, and even harder to believe that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra sedan is a sixth-generation vehicle. A lot has happened to Hyundai and the Elantra during those decades, and the majority of it has been good. Hyundai had the best sales year in […]

February 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica: The minivan metamorphosis

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica: The minivan metamorphosis

We consider ourselves van experts. We’ve been spending the last year with our long-term Kia Sedona, and we’ve driven every van know to exist, including all the citified work vans like the Ram ProMaster City and monster mega vans like the Ford Transit. So when FCA introduced the new Pacifica at the 2016 North American […]

January 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
2015 Kia Sedona Long-Term Review Update: Miles to go before we sleep

2015 Kia Sedona Long-Term Review Update: Miles to go before we sleep

It’s been two months since we gave an update on our long-term Kia Sedona, and the love affair continues. Maybe now more than ever, since it remains an important member of this family as we move ourselves eastward. We’ve doubled our miles since the last time, and are hovering close to the 15,000 mark. We […]

November 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Transit 350 High Roof Van Road Test: Cargo moves into the beast mode

2015 Ford Transit 350 High Roof Van Road Test: Cargo moves into the beast mode

While there’s a lot to be said for the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of this world, when it comes to being practical, you just can’t beat a van. Whether it’s a great minivan like our long-term Kia Sedona, a van to use for city deliveries like the Ram ProMaster City, or our latest test vehicle, the […]

November 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Ram ProMaster City Tradesman SLT Cargo Van follow-up review: A true workhorse

2015 Ram ProMaster City Tradesman SLT Cargo Van follow-up review: A true workhorse

While this may be the third road test of the Ram ProMaster City cargo van on CarBuzzard.com (see John’s review here, and Nick’s review here), this is the only one that actually used the cargo space to its maximum capability. Team Killeen is on the move to a new location, and we had two choices: […]

November 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Volvo’s 60th: A celebration of style, safety, and success

Volvo’s 60th: A celebration of style, safety, and success

While 60 years is a drop in the bucket to the likes of Chevrolet and Ford, for Volvo it’s a big deal. This is their 60th year for Volvo Cars North America, having first appeared on the scene in 1955 with the PV444 in Los Angeles. The PV444 was modified for the U.S. market, and […]

October 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
2016 Kia Optima First Drive: It’s all uphill from here

2016 Kia Optima First Drive: It’s all uphill from here

Up until now, Kia’s had it relatively easy climbing the ladder and picking off manufacturers one by one on its rise to the top. Now that’s it’s the eighth largest automotive brand by volume, it’s going to be all uphill from here. Keep in mind we’re not saying that Kia hasn’t put in a monumental […]

October 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
With custom Chevy Spark, Domino’s delivers in style

With custom Chevy Spark, Domino’s delivers in style

  Pizza, pizza, daddy-o. Remember that song from childhood? It really had nothing to do with pizza, but it’s a catchy phrase that stays with you throughout adulthood. Domino’s Pizza is trying to make sure its memory stays with you as well, long after the heartburn is gone. How? By creating this DXP pizza delivery […]

October 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
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