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 BMW 2 Series

    A new convertible model joins the BMW 2 Series lineup for 2015. Also new for 2015 is the availability of all-wheel drive. The BMW 2 Series was introduced as all-new small...

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    2016 Acura ILX

    The Acura ILX gets a significant makeover for 2016. One of a handful of compact sedans in the growing entry-level luxury segment, the 2016 ILX benefits from a new high-performance engine,...

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    2015 Infiniti Q50

    Infiniti Q50 is a luxury four-door sedan that competes with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The Q50 was launched as an all-new model...

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    2016 Audi Q3

    An updated version of the Audi Q3 compact crossover debuted at the North American International auto show in Detroit, with refreshed styling and more power. The 2016 Audi Q3 goes on...

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    2016 Cadillac CTS-V

    Cadillac is stepping up its game against luxury rivals with the introduction of the 2016 CTS-V, the uber-performance midsize sedan that takes its place as Cadillac’s fastest production car in history....

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    2016 Audi Q7

    With the introduction of the 2016 Audi Q7 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Audi not only reveals to the world the latest version of its full-size crossover...

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    2015 Mini JCW Hardtop

    The high-performance Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, making it the fastest and most powerful version of the newest-generation Mini. The...

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    2016 BMW M6

    BMW’s sleek, high-powered M6 gets a facelift for 2016, making its first appearance just ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with refreshed styling and updated features. As with...

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    2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

    An new Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe goes on sale late this summer. An automotive Frankenstein of sorts with the footprint of a midsize crossover and the sleek roofline of a coupe, the...

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    2016 BMW 6 Series

    A subtly refreshed version of the sleek BMW 6 Series goes on sale late this spring. Revealed ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2016 BMW 6...

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    2015 Chrysler 300

    The Chrysler 300 offers the boldest styling in the segment, and for 2015 it gets even bolder. Chrysler’s full-size flagship sedan has been redesigned front and rear and features a larger,...

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    2016 Fiat 500X

    Responding to the ever-growing demand for small urban crossovers, Fiat hopes to snag a piece of the pie with its newest model, the 2016 Fiat 500X. Considerably larger than the standard...

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    2015 Kia Soul

    Fresh from a complete redesign for 2014, Kia Soul continues as one of the best boxy compacts on the market with its unique design, comfortable ride and roomy interior. The 2015...

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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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