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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]