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 prices released

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid prices released

  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 […]

June 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 Review:  Brightest star in the system

2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 Review: Brightest star in the system

Living in Los Angeles makes one blasé about things that would work others into a tizzy. Especially in the area where this author calls home. We live in the San Fernando Valley — more specifically, Sherman Oaks/Studio City, a place that was built and designed for those who work in “the industry.” Mack Sennett built […]

June 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Audi allroad 2.0T quattro Tiptronic Review: Still not a wagon?

2015 Audi allroad 2.0T quattro Tiptronic Review: Still not a wagon?

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, […]

June 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander first-drive review: A journey of 1,000 miles begins with 100 steps

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander first-drive review: A journey of 1,000 miles begins with 100 steps

Currently, there are 37 vehicle brands on the market, and over 300 different models. Whereas Chevrolet offers 21 different models on the high end, Mitsubishi has five. In the first five months of 2015, Chevrolet has sold almost 900,000 units; Mitsubishi is at about 41,000. As a conglomerate, Mitsubishi’s parent company dwarfs Chevrolet’s General Motors, […]

June 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
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
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