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.
Mitsubishi is staging a comeback in the States, and is already making progress with the new Outlander, which saw an 86 percent jump in sales over last year at this time. The brand has only a small offering of vehicles, with the compact Mirage, Outlander and Outlander sport crossovers, and it’s staple sedan, the Lancer. […]
A short three months ago we were talking about how much we loved the Kia Sedona MPV, and now that we’re halfway through our long-term loan, we still think the world of this family mover and people hauler. So many adventures have occurred since our last update. We took a trip to Reno, Nevada, we […]
Sure, new cars are introduced everyday, but does anyone really care that a new electric subcompact goes on sale? Not really. But when Rolls-Royce launches a new vehicle, it’s extraordinary. Called Dawn, the new drophead is a four-seater going after the young, affluent, “social” buyer, and even the CEO of Rolls, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, calls the […]
Flying across country from Los Angeles to Detroit only to turn around and fly home again the next day may not sound like fun, but if there was ever a good reason to do it, the FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) 2016 full-line preview is it. Once a year FCA gathers all its vehicle brands at […]
What do you get when you combine a giant car show with a collector-car auction? Hot August Nights (HAN) and the Barrett-Jackson Auction, held in Reno, Nevada. This is the 29th year for HAN, and it continues to be one of the busiest events for car enthusiasts. Thousands of top vehicles and their owners flock […]
We are about four months into our year-long loan of the 2015 Kia Sedona, and we are still enjoying the honeymoon. The Kia Sedona is ready to go anywhere and do anything we ask of it, whether that’s running to Home Depot for lawn supplies, driving to a different state to attend a birthday party, […]
I have never been in a serious car crash where the vehicle’s airbags have deployed or a first responder has had to extract me from a vehicle. Nor have I ever had to answer the door to a state trooper telling me a loved one has been killed on the highway. But many people have, […]
When we reported on our first drive of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, we had no prices for you. Now we do. The base Sonata Hybrid starts at $26,000, with the Limited at $30,100. All models come with the 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Limited offers an Ultimate Package […]
The last time we reviewed the Audi allroad (Audi’s lowercase, not ours) was in 2013, and Chief Buzzard John Matras did a thorough job of trying to convince us it wasn’t a wagon. Are we going to try to do the same? Or are we going to try to tell you it’s not an SUV, […]