Author Archive: Nick Yost
Nick has been an avid observer of all things automotive almost since birth and has been writing professionally about cars, trucks and the industry for more than 30 years.
He is the author of The Essential Hybrid Car Handbook and was the long-time automotive editor for the Reading (Pa.) Eagle and Times. His articles have appeared in a variety of magazines, including The Robb Report and Men’s Health, and he has written for a variety of auto industry-related Web sites.
He is also a member and former director of the International Motor Press Assn., a New York-based organization of more than 500 automotive journalists and auto industry executives.
You say you would like a sporty new mid-size sedan that speaks with a German accent but your wallet screams “Nein!” every time you check the prices of the three premier brands from across the Atlantic. Well, then, how about a Buick? No, I’m not kidding. I am referring specifically to the all-wheel-drive 2014 Buick […]
Don’t mess with success! One has to guess that, in essence, was the order from General Motors headquarters as designers and engineers went to work in developing the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and its close relatives from GMC and Cadillac. After all, GM pretty much has a lock on the traditional full-size, truck-based sport-utility vehicle, so […]
If you want all the luxury of an expensive sedan, but actually need a full-size pickup truck, you may want to take a hard look at the 2014 GMC Sierra Denali. The all-new model is more comfortable, more capable, more sophisticated and more high-tech than the model it replaces. It has the capability of a […]
Quick question: What is the major difference between a 2014 Infiniti QX70 3.7 and a 2013 Infiniti FX37? Quick answer: One year. For reasons not exactly clear to me, but apparently quite obvious to the Japanese manufacturer’s marketing mavens, Infiniti has decided to rename its line of luxury vehicles to start with the letter “Q.” […]
Unless you own a business you probably won’t be planning to buy the 2014 Nissan NV200 compact cargo van, but I recently spent a week piloting the little truck around town and through the suburbs and developed a real appreciation for just how useful one can be. The NV200 is easy to maneuver, priced right, […]
In an effort to attract a wider pool of buyers to the redesigned Hyundai Azera, the South Korean manufacturer has divided its 2014 model pricing schedule into two tiers. Base price of a new entry-level Azera has dropped $1,250 to $31,000. The higher content Hyundai Azera Limited has a starting price of $34,750. Asked what […]
Take one all-wheel-drive Subaru Impreza, jack the compact hatchback up 3 inches to create 8.7 inches of ground clearance, toughen it up a bit and you’ve got the Subaru XV Crosstrek crossover vehicle.. Then, a couple of years later, offer an alternative gasoline/electric powerplant and, voila, you’ve got the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Welcome […]
A recent week with the exciting, third-generation 2014 Porsche Cayman S brought forth a nagging question from the dusty recesses of my mind, a question which might have branded me as a know-nothing heretic only a short time ago. Do you really need or want the more expensive and more often coveted Porsche 911? To […]
NEW YORK — With flashy, high-tech presentations and upbeat sales pitches, 32 automobile manufacturers introduced some 60 vehicles to automotive journalists at Press Days previewing the 2014 New York International Automobile Show. The vehicles — some world debuts, some just new to the United State public — range from new megabuck cruisers by […]
No doubt about it, the refreshed 2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate is a full-size, full-bore luxury sedan with more than 50 special comfort, convenience and safety features. But, as I cruised around the urban and rural roads of southern South Carolina, I couldn’t help thinking there was one more important feature that I could have really […]