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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2016 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X road test: Still truckin’ after all these years

2016 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X road test: Still truckin’ after all these years

In the first four months of 2016, Japanese manufacturer Nissan had sold 28,904 Frontier mid-size pickup trucks in the United States, an increase of 15.9 percent over the January-April period in 2015. Considering the renewed interest in mid-size pickup trucks since the recent introduction of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and a major makeover […]

May 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Jeep Renegade Sport review: More enjoyable than you might expect

2016 Jeep Renegade Sport review: More enjoyable than you might expect

At first glance the 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport that arrived for my inspection seemed shockingly primitive —- no 4-wheel-drive, no automatic transmission, no navigation, no satellite radio, not even a rear-view camera. Oh, there were a couple of comfort and convenience features —- air conditioning, cruise control, power heated outside mirror —- but they were […]

May 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Chrysler 200C review: A competitive mid-size sedan that got lost in the crowd

2016 Chrysler 200C review: A competitive mid-size sedan that got lost in the crowd

Let me put it this way: If the boss assigned you a 2016 Chrysler 200C as a company car you would probably be very happy with it. The mid-size family sedan is good looking, comfortable, quiet, powerful enough, and fuel efficient, It handles satisfactorily and, depending on options, is filled with technologically modern comfort and […]

May 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 GMC Terrain road test: 7 years later, it’s still going strong

2016 GMC Terrain road test: 7 years later, it’s still going strong

There have been updates, some of them significant, but the 2016 GMC Terrain is pretty much the same vehicle that first appeared in showrooms as a 2010 model. How do I know this? That’s because I first spent time in one of those 2010 compact crossover vehicles and recently put a few hundred miles on […]

May 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Infiniti Q70L road test: A luxury sedan wrapped around serious muscle

2016 Infiniti Q70L road test: A luxury sedan wrapped around serious muscle

After spending a week with the 2016 Q70L, Infiniti’s top-of-the-line sedan, I must say the experience came across as somewhat of a guilty pleasure. The guilt, or at least a trace of it, came from traveling a couple hundred miles to nowhere in a mid-size rear-wheel-drive sedan that returned an average of less than 19 […]

April 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Infiniti QX80 road test: Big, bold, luxurious and expensive

2016 Infiniti QX80 road test: Big, bold, luxurious and expensive

It’s called the 2016 Infiniti QX80, but you might recall it better as simply the QX or maybe even the QX56. Yes, name changes can be confusing, and I frankly am at a loss as to why so many manufacturers choose to confound us. But, no matter the moniker, we are talking about the Japanese […]

April 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Triple play: Hyundai bringing new hybrids, electric car to the U.S.

Triple play: Hyundai bringing new hybrids, electric car to the U.S.

Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai  is preparing fuel efficient and environmentally friendly fraternal triplets, all named Ioniq, to take on the Toyota Prius and similar competitors in the United States. Introduced at the New York International Automobile Show, the three vehicles are nearly identical in exterior design, but each carries its own fuel-efficient powertrain. The standard […]

March 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T review: Comfortable, sporty, luxurious, but . . .

2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T review: Comfortable, sporty, luxurious, but . . .

It’s not often I come across a car that has me shaking my head. But I must confess that the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T has me a bit baffled. No, there’s nothing inherently wrong with this front-wheel-drive sedan. Like all Hyundais, it’s value oriented. It is also quite roomy for a mid-size automobile, feels […]

March 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Nissan Altima SL road test: Practical transportation for a family of four

2016 Nissan Altima SL road test: Practical transportation for a family of four

Three years after a complete redesign of the Nissan Altima, the Japanese manufacturer is calling enhancements to the 2016 model “one of the most extensive mid-cycle makeovers in Nissan history.” That may be technically true, but the hype is really to let potential customers know that Nissan is working hard to keep up with the […]

March 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Dodge Charger SRT 392 road test: Muscle meets modern with a rush of nostalgia

2016 Dodge Charger SRT 392 road test: Muscle meets modern with a rush of nostalgia

You hear the unmistakable rumble of a powerful V-8 half a block away and automatically you sense there is a serious muscle car in the neighborhood. Sure enough, it rounds the corner and before your eyes appears a Red-line Red Tri-Coat Pearl 2016 Dodge Charger SRT 392. Yes, the Dodge Boys are still at it.Traditional […]

February 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Infiniti QX50: The utility vehicle that thinks it’s a car

2016 Infiniti QX50: The utility vehicle that thinks it’s a car

Unless you dig into its past, you may think of the 2016 Infiniti QX50 as an all-new crossover utility vehicle from the upscale division of Japanese manufacturer Nissan. However, a little research will tell you that it is actually the latest upgrade to the luxury compact CUV that was introduced as the Infiniti EX35 for […]

February 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Nissan Maxima SR road test: Lots of luxury with a side of sporty

2016 Nissan Maxima SR road test: Lots of luxury with a side of sporty

A recent week with the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima SR served again to remind me that the traditional definition of a luxury car no longer really applies. Back in the day —- ok, way back in the day —- luxury might have meant an automatic transmission, or air conditioning, or power steering and power brakes, […]

February 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
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