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.

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New York Auto Show, Part 1: Flashiness, fanfare and 60 new vehicles

New York Auto Show, Part 1: Flashiness, fanfare and 60 new vehicles

    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 […]

April 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Hyundai Equus road test:  ‘Home, Jeeves’

2014 Hyundai Equus road test: ‘Home, Jeeves’

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 […]

April 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Dodge Durango Rallye: Why you might want to consider a rear-wheel-drive SUV

2014 Dodge Durango Rallye: Why you might want to consider a rear-wheel-drive SUV

Considering the miserable weather that has afflicted millions of motorists across much of the country this winter, now might not be the most opportune time to be discussing the merits of the rear-wheel-drive 2014 Dodge Durango. But, for those of you whose lives have not been plagued by the relentless winter storms, let’s take a […]

March 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster: More — and less — than it could be

2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster: More — and less — than it could be

A week with a 2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster was more than enough to make this enthusiast wonder — once again — why Japanese manufacturer Nissan ever allowed the newest Z car to stray so far from the formula of its progenitor, the Datsun 240Z sports coupe. The original Z car, which made its debut about […]

November 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
2014 Nissan Versa Note road test: Bigger than it looks and frugal, too

2014 Nissan Versa Note road test: Bigger than it looks and frugal, too

Pull the diminutive 2014 Nissan Versa Note into a parking space next to the smallest Honda and you can’t help but notice that it is an almost exact Fit  — at least on the outside. A more detailed examination of the Nissan Versa Note and the Honda Fit will, of course, reveal some significant differences, […]

September 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
2013 Hyundai Azera road test: For those who value full-size sedan comfort

2013 Hyundai Azera road test: For those who value full-size sedan comfort

Out on the road it doesn’t always seem that way, but there are lots of people who don’t prefer to be hauled around in cars on stilts (aka SUV/crossovers). Instead, they like the old-fashioned comfort of a luxurious, full-size sedan. That’s where the 2013 Hyundai Azera comes in. After a short hiatus out of the […]

September 5, 2013 | By | Reply More
2014 Kia Sorento SX AWD test drive: A smooth and comfortable option for family transportation

2014 Kia Sorento SX AWD test drive: A smooth and comfortable option for family transportation

A week with the 2014 Kia Sorento SX served as a reminder that three-row, mid-size crossover vehicles (aka family transporters) involve an important compromise. You can haul up to seven people (small kids only in the third row, please) and have almost no space for luggage, and maybe not even enough for a week’s worth […]

August 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
2013 Honda Accord Touring road test: Luxurious, comfortable, spacious

2013 Honda Accord Touring road test: Luxurious, comfortable, spacious

The  2013 Honda Accord Touring, top-of-the line entry in the Japanese manufacturer’s thoroughly upgraded mid-sized sedan lineup,  got me to thinking about what really constitutes a luxury car. Now, I’m not trying to put the ninth generation Accord on the same pedestal with world-class heavyweights like the Mercedes-Benz S550 and its handful of competitors. But, […]

August 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL road test: A lot more than just a pretty new face

2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL road test: A lot more than just a pretty new face

As I was cruising around for a week in the all-new, fifth generation 2013 Nissan Altima, I couldn’t help but notice that it attracted more than the usual amount of attention expected from a mid-size family sedan. No wonder. The sleeker, more modern shape is a welcome change from a design that had begun to […]

August 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
2013 Toyota Highlander Limited road test: Family friendly, capable and comfortable

2013 Toyota Highlander Limited road test: Family friendly, capable and comfortable

Searching for a vehicle with comfort, utility, a dose of luxury and a place to put those 2.3 kids and all their associated paraphernalia? The 2013 Toyota Highlander might be just what you are looking for. But don’t tell the salesman you want a new car. And don’t even think of  calling your choice a […]

July 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
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