Author Archive: John Matras
John is a veteran auto writer, first published in Custom Rodder magazine in 1980. Since then, he has been published in all the big car magazines, including Car and Driver, Road & Track, Motor Trend, Auto Week, Automobile, plus a variety of others, including but certainly not limited to Automobile Quarterly, Collectible Automobile, and Special Interest Automobiles. John’s work has also been featured in a number of consumer and general interest magazines such as Consumers Digest, Popular Science and others.
John has written four books, including a history of the Mazda RX-7 (selling for more out-of-print than it did new), buyers’ guides for Mazda, Datsun/Nissan and Volvo cars, and is co-author of 365 Cars You Must Drive with Motor Trend editor Matt Stone, and his work has been translated into Italian, Estonian, Portuguese, Russian, and Bulgarian. John is recipient of the prestigious Ken Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism, awarded by the International Motor Press Association, and the Golden Quill from the Washington Automotive Press Association.
John has three adult daughters and has been married for more that four decades to Mary Ann, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.
If we wanted to, we could have counted the great thumping exhaust pulses from our test 2014 Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax. That’s not so much because of it being a Toyota V-8, though that’s where they start. Instead it’s the TRD dual exhaust system. At idle and low revs, the exhaust comes out in lumps […]
Boozy bicyclists are an increasing problem, according to one highway safety group. The number of intoxicated bicycle rider fatalities is “trending upwards,” says the Governors Highway Safety Association. While overall motor vehicle fatalities increased just one percent between 2010 and 2012, the number of bicycle riders is up a whopping 16 percent. According to a […]
Not everybody loves hatchbacks. We can understand that. Even if it makes more sense for a one-car apartmenthold—those who have a household are more likely to have just one car—to have the versatility a hatch, some just prefer a sedan. In that case, we’ll de-note the Nissan Versa Note and present the 2015 Nissan Versa […]
There’s evidence that talking on a hands-free mobile phone while driving is just as dangerous as driving while holding a mobile phone and, aside from the obvious problem of not having enough hands for both driving and phone holding, it seems somewhat counterintuitive. After all, the first is just talking. But talking with someone in […]
This year should have had a mild facelift of the Toyota Camry. The current generation debuted in 2012, so for 2015—three years later—the Camry should be up for a for a new front and rear cap, perhaps a new dash and a few other running changes. But not this. The 2015 has a new body, […]
The Toyota Sienna is one of a decreasing number of minivans that has stayed true to the original concept. It seats up to eight in relative comfort, doubles as a stuff hauler, and can fit most garages. And even Mom can drive it. (That’s a joke, folks, based on the popular designation of the minivan […]
It may appear to be carrying coals to Newcastle, but Ford is traveling the country pitching the 2015 Ford Mustang to the Mustang faithful. The “Mustang Bucket List Tour” is hitting seven cities around the U.S., enticing Mustang club members to attend with a test drive the 2015 Mustang even before it hits dealer showrooms. […]
CarBuzzard is celebrating its one-thousandth article. Thanks to the combined efforts of Buzzardette BJ Killeen, Just-a-Buzzard Dave Boldt, Just-a-Buzzard Nick Yost, Just-a-Buzzard Ron Moorhead and Buzzard-in-Chief John Matras, we’ve rolled over the odometer with new car reviews, news and our views, old car stuff, tech and how to stuff, places to go, and the occasional […]
Can we please drop the “e”? We know that Dodge is hyping its heritage with the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger, and that heritage dating to the Sixties includes the cloying use of the “European”—or is it that the Olde English—way to spell “rally.” But no, it really isn’t. So can’t we, while keeping the […]
It’s important from the start to understand exactly what the Volkswagen CC is…and isn’t. It isn’t a Passat. It isn’t a Jetta either. Although a four-door, the VW CC isn’t a straightforward sedan like the Passat or Jetta, the two models that make up the overwhelming percentage of Volkswagens sold in the U.S. It is, […]