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 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
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
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