Mitch McCullough

editor-in-chief
Mitch McCullough

As editor of New Car Test Drive, Mitch McCullough coordinates assignments with NCTD correspondents and edits and publishes all the reviews.

In 1987, McCullough quit his job as a newspaper reporter in Virginia to work for the Jim Russell racing school. He raced Formula Russells for two years at Riverside International Raceway before turning to the dark side, managing public relations for three different car companies before returning to journalism.

For more than 20 years McCullough has written articles for national automotive magazines and major metropolitan newspapers. He covered Winston Cup and professional sportscar racing for AutoWeek magazine and reviewed trucks for Field & Stream magazine. He served as president of the Washington Automotive Press Association and president of the Motor Press Guild in Los Angeles. He currently serves as a juror for the North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year awards.

Suffering from a lifelong interest in driving, McCullough races historic Lotuses and rallies vintage cars. Along with co-driver Scott Webb, McCullough won the 1993 California Rally Series championship in his four-wheel-drive Mazda 323 GTX and was named CRS Rookie of the Year, and the two won the 1994 SCCA Southern Pacific Division Pro Rally championship. McCullough raced showroom stock cars in SCCA Club Racing, Motorola Cup and Neon Challenge. He has completed courses at most of the major professional racing schools.

McCullough is an avid fly fisherman. Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, he was graduated from Washington State University with a degree in journalism. He has worked in Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, and is now based in the New York metro area.

Reviews by Mitch McCullough

  • 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

    Known for value, Santa Fe is the biggest SUV in the Hyundai lineup, 8.5 inches longer than the Santa Fe Sport. All models have three rows of seating, although it’s not...

  • 2018 Honda Accord

    A completely redesigned 2018 Honda Accord goes on sale this fall, the 10th generation of the popular sedan. A coupe version will not be available this time, the company said. The...

  • 2019 Audi A8

    An all-new version of the Audi A8 luxury sedan goes on sale late spring 2018 as a 2019 model holding out the promise of more self-driving capability. From the outside, the...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

    The Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV whose roots run deeper than any SUV on the planet. We’re talking like 60 years. It can do all the things an SUV should,...

  • 2017 Ford Super Duty

    The Ford F-Series Super Duty lineup has been completely redesigned for 2017, and there has never been a better time to tow or haul with an F-250 or F-350 or, for...

  • 2017 Acura RLX

    The Acura RLX midsize luxury sedan offers excellent engineering in an invisible car. Built on a high-tech chassis, the RLX Sport Hybrid offers the latest in sports hybrid powerplants. But it...

  • 2017 Kia Niro

    The 2017 Kia Niro is a totally new subcompact wagon with a hybrid gas-electric powertrain. Niro shares its platform with the Hyundai Ioniq hatchback. Kia Niro uses a 0.6-liter four-cylinder Atkinson...

  • 2017 Kia Soul

    Last redesigned for 2014, the 2017 Kia Soul gets a new engine added to the lineup, a turbo four that brings more power. The compact hatchback has great packaging inside its...

  • 2017 Toyota Tundra

    The Toyota Tundra is a capable pickup. Introduced for 2007, then revised for 2014, it’s the oldest design of the full-size pickups. The 2017 Tundra adds new colors to the palette...

  • 2017 Nissan Titan XD

    The Nissan Titan XD splits the difference between a light-duty and a heavy-duty pickup. Titan XD is smoother than the heavy-duty Ford F-250, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 (and Sierra 2500), or Ram...

  • 2017 Nissan Titan

    The 2017 Nissan Titan is all-new. This second generation of Nissan’s full-size pickup followed the launch of the Titan XD heavy-duty model, but Titan and Titan XD actually share little in...

  • 2017 GMC Sierra

    The GMC Sierra offers handsome looks, a comfortable cab with a smooth ride, and all the capability of the Chevy Silverado. Sierra uses the same chassis and other hardware as the...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Silverado

    The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is smooth and comfortable, with crisp looks and squared off shoulders. Like its competitors, Silverado is available in a choice of body styles, powertrains and models....

  • 2017 Ram 1500

    The 2017 Ram 1500 is the last model year for the current generation, and an all-new version is expected for model year 2018. 2017 Ram 1500 pickups feature roomy cabs with...

  • 2017 Ford F-150

    The 2017 Ford F-150 is the most innovative of the full-size pickups. The 2017 F-150 lineup offers a completely new powertrain option in the form of a redesigned 3.5-liter V6 engine...

  • 2017 Honda Pilot

    The Honda Pilot was redesigned for 2016, making it the third-generation of this crossover SUV. It carries over to 2017 unchanged. The Honda Pilot was one of the first big crossovers,...

  • 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

    The Nissan Pathfinder midsize crossover SUV, last redesigned for 2014, gets refreshed for 2017. There’s new front and rear fascia on the 2017 Pathfinder, a better engine, firmer suspension, new infotainment...

  • 2017 Ford Fiesta

    The Ford Fiesta subcompact is fun to drive, having impressive steering and handling, with a nimble and maneuverable feel. Its design is bold and spunky, at least in the popular five-door...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Golf

    The 2016 Volkswagen Golf serves as the designated adult of the compact hatchback class. It’s sensibly styled inside and out, refined to a degree, and utterly composed on the road. From...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

    Redesigned for 2016, Chevrolet Cruze is a compact sedan that glides down the road with surprising levels of refinement for the class. Attractively trimmed inside, the 2016 Cruze offers easy everyday...

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