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.
We’ve put 10,000 miles on our long-term Kia Sedona since our last update here at Carbuzzard.com. It hasn’t been that long between write ups; we just really, really, really love driving this multi-purpose (don’t call it a mini) van. During that period, we’ve completed its 22,000-mile service (next one due at 30,000), replaced a […]
The automotive industry is a lot like the fashion world; to quote Heidi Klum, “one day you’re in, the next day you’re out.” The Volvo XC60 is a lot like the designer who got kicked off Project Runway, not because he wasn’t good, but because he wasn’t as good or better than the others. […]
Not that long ago, we spent a few really cold days in Tahoe, California, driving around in the new Kia Sorento. And while initial impressions are good, we like to get the vehicle back for an extended drive to see if what we liked the first time around holds up when we actually use for […]
How do you top the popularity of the Toyota Prius? By creating the Prius Prime, the most technologically advanced Prius in the vehicle’s history, according to Toyota. At an estimated 120 MPGe, the Prius Prime now tops all other PHEVs on the market today. The Prius Prime even beats the previous Prius PHEV for […]
It appears that the Acura brand has had a major infusion of life recently, fueled by the all-new NSX supercar. To prove that Acura is all about precision performance, the NSX GT3 racecar made its official debut at the New York International Auto Show this week. For those not familiar with racing outside of NASCAR, […]
It’s hard to believe that Acura, the luxury division of Honda, came into existence 30 years ago. We remember the Acura Legend, and back then questioned the logic behind this. Would people really pay more for a tarted-up Honda? The answer was yes, and Acura is responsible for all the second-channel divisions from the Japanese […]
If Kia were superstitious, it would be gathering four leaf clovers, rabbits’ feet, and as many lucky charms as it could right now. Everything is going well for this brand; almost a little too well. As they say, what goes up must come down. However, Kia doesn’t seem worried the descent will happen any […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]