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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2015 Hyundai Santa FE Sport 2.0T road test: Classy and capable

2015 Hyundai Santa FE Sport 2.0T road test: Classy and capable

If you happen to be looking for a small to mid-size crossover vehicle for the family, I have two words for you: Good luck! The continued proliferation of these vehicles, many of them very similar, keeps making the choice more difficult. Nevertheless, let me make a case for the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T. […]

February 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Nissan Pathfinder SV road test: Think of it as a 21st Century station wagon

2015 Nissan Pathfinder SV road test: Think of it as a 21st Century station wagon

There I was, cruising along comfortably in a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder, and it occurred to me once again that the American family car has pretty much come full circle. Time travel with me back to the 60s and you will recall that a growing family could fit six people into the two rows of a […]

February 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Nissan Rogue road test: More mild-mannered  than the name suggests

2015 Nissan Rogue road test: More mild-mannered than the name suggests

It seems as if the automotive planners sometimes get carried away when naming their new vehicles. Really, now, was there anything haughty about the hapless Chevy Cavalier? Does bullish come to mind when you are cruising along in a Ford Taurus? And what about the 2015 Nissan Rogue? Spend only a short time behind the […]

February 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
2014 Ford C-Max Energi road test: Surprisingly fun to drive, inexpensive to operate

2014 Ford C-Max Energi road test: Surprisingly fun to drive, inexpensive to operate

  You say you’re not familiar with the car that Ford calls the C-Max Energi? Can’t blame you. I haven’t seen more than a handful myself. But, to simplify matters let’s just agree that the C-Max Energi is Ford’s alternative to Toyota’s plug-in hybrid. Surely, you know what a Prius looks like. Anyway, none of […]

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Lexus IS 350 C convertible road test: A fair (and foul) weather friend

Lexus IS 350 C convertible road test: A fair (and foul) weather friend

So what if you live in a place where the winds often howl, the temperatures plummet, the rains pound or the snows stick. Whenever the sun shines and the mercury climbs, all it takes is the push of a button and 20 seconds later you and your 2014 Lexus IS 350 C  Convertible are cruising […]

January 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ford Fusion road test: New turbo engine increases fuel mileage

Ford Fusion road test: New turbo engine increases fuel mileage

With nearly 20 models for sale in the affordable mid-size sedan segment of the automotive marketplace, it’s not an easy task for a manufacturer to build one that stands out in the crowd. But Ford has pulled it off with the latest version of its 5-passenger Fusion, now beginning its third model year. The Fusion […]

December 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Ford Fiesta ST, Take 3: Aimed at the young, fun for everyone

2014 Ford Fiesta ST, Take 3: Aimed at the young, fun for everyone

When you are invited to try out a car with a paint job described as Molten Orange Metallic you pretty much know in advance that it’s not going to be some kind of slothful sedan. And, sure enough, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST turns out to be a rowdy little hatchback that is as ready […]

November 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lexus IS F road test: A hot rod and a lot more

Lexus IS F road test: A hot rod and a lot more

It’s not very often — if ever — that you see the words “Lexus” and “hot rod” in the same sentence. Yet, the terms pair well in any discussion of the 2014 Lexus IS F. To bring you up to date, The IS F sedan was introduced in 2007 as an addition to the Lexus […]

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Toyota FJ Cruiser road test: Rugged all-terrain vehicle nearing retirement

Toyota FJ Cruiser road test: Rugged all-terrain vehicle nearing retirement

It is almost time to say good bye to the Toyota FJ Cruiser  When the last of its  2014-model off-road vehicles has been sold, the Cruiser will officially be put out to pasture, so to speak.. This undoubtedly does not come as good news to  many of the faithful, who have recently bestowed upon it […]

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lexus RC coupe preview: Sporty, sexy,  high-tech and high-performance

Lexus RC coupe preview: Sporty, sexy, high-tech and high-performance

The winds of change have been wafting over Lexus over the past seven years and a fresh gust will soon arrive.  Ready for its debut are the RC sports coupes, and they will be available in two levels of excitement, the hot RC 350  and the scalding, track-ready RC F. The mission for these coupes […]

September 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
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