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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Nissan Juke NISMO: All you need is a barrel and some monkeys

Nissan Juke NISMO: All you need is a barrel and some monkeys

The Juke has been around for a few years, and while many consider it the Steve Buscemi of the compact SUV segment, after a while it grows on you. Those bug eyes and awkward stance have scared off some buyers, but those who are willing to take a chance will be rewarded with a fun […]

July 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Last Lap: James Garner Dies at 86

The Last Lap: James Garner Dies at 86

By David Boldt (posted by BJ Killeen) I first knew him as Bret Maverick in the series of the same name. And while that series constituted a nice respite (long before knowing what a respite was) from the Gunsmokes and Bonanzas of the day, it was James Garner’s role in John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix that […]

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Hyundai Sonata first drive review: It’s not just a car; it’s a community

2015 Hyundai Sonata first drive review: It’s not just a car; it’s a community

It’s hard to believe that the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) plant has been around for nearly a decade. HMMA is Hyundai’s first U.S.  manufacturing facility, and it is a testament to what a company and people can do, not only when it comes to building cars, but also when it comes to building a […]

July 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ford C-MAX Solar Energi: A glimpse into the possible future of vehicle propulsion

Ford C-MAX Solar Energi: A glimpse into the possible future of vehicle propulsion

No one can predict the future. Especially the automotive industry when it comes to propulsion. We know fossil fuels are finite, and that there truly is no such thing as a totally clean vehicle because all types of power generation cause some emissions somewhere, even if it’s not coming from the tailpipe. Which means manufacturers […]

May 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Volkswagen e-Golf first drive review: No gas, no diesel, no engine

Volkswagen e-Golf first drive review: No gas, no diesel, no engine

While other manufacturers have dabbled in the electric-vehicle arena, this is the first all-electric car for the U.S. market from Volkswagen. It features a large 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, is powered by a 115-horsepoer electric motor, and can go 70 to 90 miles of normal range, with up to 115 miles in Eco+ mode on […]

May 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Volkswagen Golf: 40 years of fun

2015 Volkswagen Golf: 40 years of fun

While many are heralding 2015 as the year of the Mustang due to its 50th anniversary, there are many other vehicles celebrating milestones. One of them is the Volkswagen Golf, a staple of the American automotive scene for 40 years. And while Mustang brags about nine million sold, the Golf’s number of over 30 million […]

May 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The New Bentley SUV: No one likes to be excluded from the sandbox

The New Bentley SUV: No one likes to be excluded from the sandbox

Everyone scoffed at Porsche when it announced it was entering the SUV market. Well, with the Cayenne having a record-setting 2013, plus the introduction of the new Macan, and Jaguar, Lamborghini, and others luxury marques throwing their hats into the ring, Bentley wants a piece of the action. Although we don’t have photos yet, Bentley […]

May 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Volvo XC90: The wait is over…almost

Volvo XC90: The wait is over…almost

I don’t want to say we’ve been waiting a long time for the new Volvo XC90, but the Olsen twins are grandmothers now. Okay, not quite, but it has been over a decade since we’ve seen a new body style. We do believe, however, that the new XC90 will be worth the wait. The XC90 […]

May 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250: A sheep in wolves’ clothing

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250: A sheep in wolves’ clothing

When one purchases a vehicle with the three-pointed star on the hood and the signature of Carl Benz in the lower right corner of the windshield, there are expectations. Those expectations include luxury, unique features, and lots of style. For the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, the expectations fall short. We understand that Mercedes is trying […]

May 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Cadillac Escalade driving impression: Seeing the light

2015 Cadillac Escalade driving impression: Seeing the light

Cadillac will be the first to admit that its flagship Escalade SUV is not setting record sales numbers right now, but neither is any full-size luxury SUV. A long time ago, in a land where gas was cheap, these oversized rides roamed the highways of America like great buffalo herds. But, as we all know […]

April 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
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