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.
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, […]
There’s always neat stuff at Paris, and if we had a big enough garage, these are some we’d find a place to park: Bentley Mulsanne Speed: If the Bentley Mulsanne isn’t fast enough, might we suggest the Mulsanne Speed? The Speed lives up to its name with a “reengineered” powertrain, raising the output of its 6¾-litre […]
The 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is getting all the press, and at 707 horsepower, it certainly deserves a paragraph or two. But Dodge won’t sell very many of those. More significant to the man on the street, we’ll posit, is the 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack. At only 485 horsepower, it’s much more practical. Riiiiight. […]
There’s not much to the interior of an Alfa Romeo GTA. Memory fails all but the most important details, things like highly legible gauges, the Alfa-typical dogleg shifter, the bucket seats that hold the occupant like a miser holds his ledger. There’s the should-belt-only restraint system—no lap belt—that hopefully works better than it feels. Mamma […]
According to Carl Sandburg, it was fog that comes in on little cat feet, sits on silent haunches and then moves on. According to Kia, it’s the Soul EV that comes and goes silently. And perhaps on little hamster feet. That’s silently for the 2015 Soul EV because the battery-electric vehicle is one of the […]
There’s style, and then there’s style, and that’s what the 2015 Buick Lacrosse has. A while back, we sampled the 2012 Lacrosse and found a pleasant All-American, a long-legged tourer, consummate commuter and classic day-to-day suburban sedan. For the traditionalist, it’s a superb manifestation of the American sedan. Nothing has changed. In fact, we […]