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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2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid first drive review: Plugging into the future

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid first drive review: Plugging into the future

It’s amazing how quickly people forget. Sometimes that’s good, like when you forgive and forget. Sometimes that’s bad, like when you forget that although gas prices might be at a low now, they always rise again, and usually to a higher price than ever before. The minute we see the numbers go down at the […]

May 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Heels & Wheels: knowing what women want

2015 Heels & Wheels: knowing what women want

No matter where you get your research from, the consensus is that the purchasing power of women is incredibly strong. Whether it’s automobiles or groceries, women are the primary decision makers. We do research, we ask the opinion of others, and we rely on more than emotions before we sign the contract. Understanding the female […]

May 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Kia Sedona long-term review: 365 days of adventure

2015 Kia Sedona long-term review: 365 days of adventure

We all know that the glory days of the minivan are in the past. Sales that were once over a million annually have been cut in half, mostly because of the growth of crossovers, and the undeserved reputation of the minivan as the preferred ride of soccer moms. For those of us who have either […]

May 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fabulous Fords Forever: celebrating the bold and the beautiful

Fabulous Fords Forever: celebrating the bold and the beautiful

  The Fabulous Fords Forever (FFF) event held at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, is celebrating its 30th year. It’s one of the largest gatherings of Ford and Ford-related products in the country, and is the place to go to see Mustangs, one-off customs, trucks, and Lincoln Mercury vehicles. For 2015, FFF celebrates 50 […]

April 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fiat 500X first drive review: good things come in big packages, too

Fiat 500X first drive review: good things come in big packages, too

There’s a phenomenon that occurs when you test drive different cars on a regular basis. I don’t think there’s a formal name for it, but it happens all the time. No matter what vehicle you’re driving, you tend to notice (or notice a lack of) the same exact vehicle on the road; a type of […]

April 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio: A special edition of a special edition

Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio: A special edition of a special edition

The Fiat 500 1957 Edition is a good way to celebrate the anniversary of the 500. Now there’s a special edition of the special edition: the Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio. If one is good, two must be better. At least that’s what the Fiat brand is thinking. The limited-production model features a premium dual-layer […]

April 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Rewriting the Screen Play: Are tablet screens ruining the dashboard?

Rewriting the Screen Play: Are tablet screens ruining the dashboard?

The necessity for technology and connectivity in vehicles today has led automakers and designers down a frustrating path of interior packaging. Buttons and knobs took up real estate for decades on the dash. Then along came the touchscreen, and the buttons and knobs vanished, only to return hastily once complaining began from customers who just […]

April 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen first drive review: Jetta then, Golf now

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen first drive review: Jetta then, Golf now

A lot of car manufacturers agonize over changing the name of an established vehicle. Most of the time, it’s a bad decision. Take the Ford Taurus for example. First it was a Taurus, then the 500, then Taurus again. And if that wasn’t confusing enough, Ford made a Taurus X, which really threw everyone for […]

March 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Kia Soul EV Review: Making a solid case for electric vehicles

2015 Kia Soul EV Review: Making a solid case for electric vehicles

Electric vehicles are polarizing (no pun intended). People either love them or hate them. We love them because they make us less dependent on fossil fuel, but hate them because we need to rely on electricity instead. We love them because we can use the HOV lanes on the highway in rush-hour traffic, but hate […]

March 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 NHRA Winternationals: Let’s set the record straight

2015 NHRA Winternationals: Let’s set the record straight

A long time ago, my dad took me and my three siblings to the NHRA drag races in Pomona. I must have been eight years old, and all I remember is the smell of rubber for days, and my mom combing chunks of burned tire out of my hair. I think that was the last […]

February 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
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