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 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
Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro review: The go-anywhere adventurer

Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro review: The go-anywhere adventurer

Take one look at those big knobby tires, or stare head-on at the menacing front end and you know right away that the 2015 Toyota 4Runner 4X4 TRD Pro is a no-nonsense, all-terrain conqueror. Say you are headed for that favorite fishing stream deep in the wilderness? No problem. Planning an excursion through the desert […]

December 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited road test: Handsome, roomy and frugal

2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited road test: Handsome, roomy and frugal

Spacious luxury sedans generally put the emphasis on effortless power, roominess, comfort and high-tech features, with only a secondary regard to fuel efficiency. The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited is a major exception to that rule. The gasoline/electric powered Avalon recently was my traveling companion on a 1,500-mile journey and it returned an excellent 40.1 […]

November 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Black Label Lincoln MKC review: The emphasis is on luxury

2015 Black Label Lincoln MKC review: The emphasis is on luxury

Let me introduce you to the 2015 Black Label Lincoln MKC, the ultimate expression of what many might mistakenly believe is simply a gussied-up Ford Escape. Heck, the $57,500 price tag alone should be enough to tell you that Lincoln Motor Company is so serious about re-establishing its luxury credentials that it has created a […]

October 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost road test: Neither wild horse nor old gray mare

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost road test: Neither wild horse nor old gray mare

By now, most enthusiasts have probably read everything they need to know about the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. The bulk of their interest, no doubt, has centered on the exciting coupes and convertibles with powerful V-8 engines that will be taking on arch-enemies Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger. But there is one model that takes […]

October 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Ram ProMaster City road test: Small enough for urban traffic, big enough for many businesses

2015 Ram ProMaster City road test: Small enough for urban traffic, big enough for many businesses

The name alone — 2015 Ram ProMaster City SLT Cargo — probably won’t sell this vehicle, but if you are a florist, an appliance repairman, an interior decorator or member of a rock band it might just be exactly what you are looking for. Heck, outfitted with rear seating for three, it might be just […]

July 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chrysler 300 Limited road test: Comfortable, capable and luxurious

2015 Chrysler 300 Limited road test: Comfortable, capable and luxurious

When the 10th generation Chrysler 300 was unveiled in 2004, it hit the asphalt with tires spinning, drawing raves from many corners. A decade later, the 2015 Chrysler 300 has undergone many updates and improvements, but it retains its original swagger, its distinctive design and, more importantly, some of the same mechanical underpinnings.. And that […]

June 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Hyundai Azera road test: New features abound in mid-life upgrade

2015 Hyundai Azera road test: New features abound in mid-life upgrade

The 2015 Hyundai Azera Limited has a lot of new features, but you might not notice any of them if one should cross your path. Unless you are an owner, an employee of the South Korean manufacturer or a hard-core fan, you likely will not lock onto the redesigned grille, the new front and rear […]

June 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Audi A3 road test: Small, frugal and luxurious

Audi A3 road test: Small, frugal and luxurious

Of course size matters but, when it comes to cars, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Consider the 2015 Audi A3 sedan, a new, small entry from the German manufacturer of highly regarded automobiles. With the introduction of the newest A3 models, Audi joins a growing list of carmakers who seek to increase sales by going down […]

May 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chevrolet Trax road test: Just right for the big-city folks

2015 Chevrolet Trax road test: Just right for the big-city folks

To be honest, it took a while to wrap my brain around the 2015 Chevrolet Trax LT that I recently put through its paces. The problem is terminology. The Trax is referred to by many as a subcompact sport-utility vehicle. Isn’t that kind of like an oxymoron? You know, giant shrimp, tallest midget, etc. I […]

May 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
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