Laura Burstein

Laura Burstein

Laura Burstein built her automotive expertise reporting and test-driving for CNET, Car and Driver,, and Forbes. In her spare time, she serves as president of the Motor Press Guild, the largest automotive media organization in North America. Laura has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University and often appears on radio and television programs as an automotive expert.

Laura’s love of driving started early in life. Her first vehicle was a pink and blue Big Wheel, which she covered with Pennzoil and STP stickers and drag-raced down the sidewalk. Her current daily driver is an e46 BMW 325Ci (manual, of course), which she spent several years running with the BMWCCA, usually at Infineon Raceway or Laguna Seca in Northern California.

Before succumbing to her passion for cars, Laura covered computers and technology on national TV and radio. She also wrote a best-selling book with a well-known personality in the tech world.

As the daughter of a cosmetologist, Laura loves the salon just as much as the garage, and is often torn between buying car parts and the latest beauty products. Music is also an important influence in Laura’s life. She’s been singing and studying piano since age five, and performs whenever she has the opportunity.

Reviews by Laura Burstein

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    2015 Nissan Murano

    Completely redesigned for 2015, Nissan Murano gets a futuristic update inside out, from sheet metal to seats, resulting in bolder looks and a more upscale cabin. When exterior designers at Nissan’s...

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    2015 Chevrolet Impala

    The Chevrolet Impala is a full-size sedan in the same class as the Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus, and Hyundai Azera. Redesigned and enlarged for 2014, Impala has attractive styling and a...

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    2015 Ford Fusion

    Ford Fusion is a five-passenger, four-door midsize sedan. Its wide grille and sleek lines make Fusion appealing to the eye, and its wide range of available powertrains, including gas, hybrid, and...

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    2016 Mazda CX-3

    Amid of a boom in the newly forged compact crossover segment, Mazda throws its hat into the ring with the all-new 2016 CX-3, a good-looking sport utility with all the versatility...

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    2016 Mazda CX-5

    The 2016 Mazda CX-5 will have a freshened face, upscale interior materials and new safety features when it goes on sale spring 2015. Making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto...

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    2015 BMW X6 M

    BMW has rolled out its most powerful crossover coupe yet in the form of the BMW X6 M, which made its public debut just ahead of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto...

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    2015 BMW X5 M

    The 2015 BMW X5 M will be the most powerful version of BMW’s popular midsize crossover when it goes on sale this spring. Unveiled to the public at the November 2014...

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    2016 Mazda 6

    Mazda6 is being refreshed for the 2016 model year. The sporty five-passenger, four-door midsize sedan debuted at the November 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and goes on sale in the first...

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    2016 Cadillac ATS-V

    The much-anticipated Cadillac ATS-V sedan and coupe were unveiled to the public ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show, putting to bed rumors of exactly how fast Cadillac’s next high-performance car...

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    2016 Acura ILX

    Acura hopes to breathe some much-needed life into its entry-level luxury sedan with the refreshed 2016 ILX, revealed at the November 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Launched only two years ago...

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    2015 Ford Mustang

    This is not your father’s Mustang. The wild pony has grown into a refined, capable thoroughbred, updated with the latest engineering and technological advancements. But not to worry, the iconic muscle...

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    2014 Ford Fusion

    When the five-passenger Ford Fusion debuted for 2013, many hailed it as the best-looking car in its class. Its wide grille and sleek lines make the Fusion appealing to the eye,...

  • 2014 Cadillac SRX

    2014 Cadillac SRX

    One of the top-selling luxury crossovers in the U.S., the Cadillac SRX boasts unique styling, luxurious cabin appointments, a powerful engine, and a ride that's smooth and able. Cadillac launched its...

  • 2014 Kia Optima

    2014 Kia Optima

    A standout in the crowded midsize sedan segment, the 2014 Kia Optima touts a surprisingly sophisticated design, a smooth, quiet ride and able driving dynamics. It's the best-selling Kia in the...

  • 2015 BMW 4 Series

    2015 BMW 4 Series

    A new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe body style joins the BMW 4 Series for 2015, which comprises a beautiful lineup of two-door coupes and convertibles. The BMW 4 Series was...

  • 2015 BMW X6

    2015 BMW X6

    Before BMW started filling every possible gap between cars and SUVs, before nearly every model had spinoffs in the form of Gran Coupes and Gran Turismos and Active Tourers, there was...

  • 2015 Cadillac ATS

    2015 Cadillac ATS

    The Cadillac ATS sedan gave the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class a run for the money when it came on the scene a couple of years back with distinctive design,...

  • 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport

    2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport

    An all-new compact SUV from Land Rover, the Discovery Sport replaces the outgoing Land Rover LR-2, and is the first in an entire family of vehicles forthcoming with the Discovery name....

  • 2015 Lexus RC

    2015 Lexus RC

    The Lexus RC is a sleek new sport coupe with eye-catching styling. Only available as a two-door, RC is based on a new rear-wheel-drive platform but is available with all-wheel drive....

  • 2014 Infiniti Q50

    2014 Infiniti Q50

    Sporting a fresh design, new technology and a new name, the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 is a rear-wheel-drive compact luxury four-door that replaces the Infiniti G37 sedan. The new nomenclature is...

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