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.
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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]