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.
Raindrops glint and quiver on the carefully waxed hood like liquid cobblestones, the inside of the 2016 Dodge Viper rumbles like a thunderstorm convention, and I’m wedged in tighter than a plug into a 240 volt socket. It’s raining, more like a heavy mist, not hard enough for an umbrella but more than sufficient to […]
Is this the Miata Coupe everyone says they want? Or is it a bigger car, a replacement for the Mazda RX-8 of the 1990s—or a RX-8 redux? It’s hard to tell from the teaser provided by Mazda, and it’s only a concept—not a production model—that will be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show. It’s not […]
Does Lincoln know about this? Do the folks at Ford’s Lincoln Division know what the kids at Ford have been up to, how the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum takes the aboriginal sport-utility into luxury vehicle territory? Luxury from Ford? Take this for proof: The Explorer Platinum has leather upholstery…but not just on the seats. […]
There’s nothing more tiring—pun intended—than noisy tires on a long drive. Well, maybe that thing in gym where you had to hold your arms out until they just ached. But road noise in a car interferes with conversation, impedes enjoyment of that expensive high end audio, and is just plain annoying. And car makers spend […]
A mid-cycle refresh gives the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck a pretty new face, or at least one that will be easy to differentiate from the 2015 model, with new headlights and dramatic and extensive use of LED accent lights to take on Ford’s all-new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup. And yeah, a rationalization for hyping “time-tested […]
You won’t be able to get one for a year, but Ford went to the Texas State Fair in Dallas to reveal the next generation Ford Super Duty pickup line, and although for other than a hardcore pickup lover there’s anything but a lovely face on one, whatever it has the new Ford Super Duty—which […]
The Scion iA fits. Scion’s modus operandi has been, with a couple of exceptions, borrowing from others and making it Scion’s own. For example, the Scion xA and xD were import versions of Toyota’s home market Toyota ist, the Scion xB was sold as the Toyota xB on the home market, and the Scion iQ […]
We’re in a quandary about what to call the 2016 Honda Pilot. No, really. It sounds like a cliché, to debate whether the Pilot would better be defined as a crossover or an SUV. It’s predecessor was clearly an SUV, boxy and square, and even lacking the dual-range transfer case for all-wheel drive versions, it […]
A rant in Jalopnik, Here’s Why TV Car Shows Suck If You’re Really a Car Lover, berated the formulaic structure Fast N Loud, a car show of which I’ll admit I’ve seen, oh, minutes. Not only is repeated week after week, it’s, well, it’s a reality show. And everyone knows is that reality shows have […]
Bentley is jumping into the deep end with the new Bentley Bentayga, which it is billing as the “fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world.” They’re definitely taking a shot at you-know-who, another Brit SUV maker that has been the off-road transportation for the Queen. Backing up Bentley’s most powerful […]