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.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The name alone – 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport – telegraphs a broad hint as to what this new member of parent Toyota’s luxury division is all about. Still, if the nomenclature alone doesn’t get the idea across, one look at the car certainly will. Rear spoiler. Snarly twin exhaust pipes. Angry spindle grille [...]
If your idea of automotive luxury is a sedan with whisper-quiet comfort and lots of high-end amenities, you need not look any further than the all-new 2013 Lexus ES 300h. But that’s not the whole story with the sixth generation of Lexus’ popular entry-level vehicle. Let’s not forget that little “h,” one of several subtle [...]
The 2013 Jeep Patriot is something of a mixed bag, disappointing in some ways and worthy of respect in others. The reason could simply be that the compact Patriot was born in 2007, a time when parent Chrysler was in a big financial hole and digging itself deeper all the time. Penny pinching was apparently [...]