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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 GMC Canyon road test: a pickup truck without the jiggles and joggles

2015 GMC Canyon road test: a pickup truck without the jiggles and joggles

An acquaintance who spent time driving the all-new 2015 GMC Canyon summed up what he liked best about the mid-size pickup truck in one simple sentence: “It doesn’t ride like a truck.” To me, that is a particularly important distinction between the Canyon and some competitors, including full-size pickups that capture the bulk of the […]

April 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Audi Q3 road test: Luxury and practicality in a pint-size crossover

2015 Audi Q3 road test: Luxury and practicality in a pint-size crossover

Small crossover utility vehicles are popping up like crocuses in Spring so it’s no surprise that the German manufacturer has joined the fray with the 2015 Audi Q3. And, as one would expect, the crossover is handsome on the outside, luxurious on the inside, easy to drive, well equipped, reasonably fuel-efficient —- and relatively expensive. […]

April 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Volvo V60 T5 AWD Cross Country road test: Part wagon, part SUV

2015 Volvo V60 T5 AWD Cross Country road test: Part wagon, part SUV

The good news for legions of long-time Volvo lovers is that the Swedish manufacturer has returned the station wagon to the United States in the form of the handsome 2015 V60 entry-level luxury hatchback. Available with 4-, 5- and 6-cylinder engines and the option of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, depending on model chosen, the […]

March 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco road test: A lot more than just frugal

2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco road test: A lot more than just frugal

With the addition of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco to the lineup of the South Korean automaker’s 7th generation mid-size family sedan, the hard-charging company has made a buyer’s decision more difficult. What the Eco brings to the Sonata showroom is a slightly more efficient powertrain than the two initial offerings and pricing that is […]

March 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Dodge Charger SE road test: No Hellcat, but no pussycat, either

2015 Dodge Charger SE road test: No Hellcat, but no pussycat, either

To many of us of a certain age, the extensively reworked 2015 Dodge Charger takes us rushing down memory lane to the days when Detroit iron held sway all across America. After all, there are precious few, relatively affordable full-size sedans in production that can send power to the road through the rear wheels. And, […]

March 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
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
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