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

  • 2016-jetta

    2016 Volkswagen Jetta

    The Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan, built in Mexico, is Volkswagen’s best seller. For a good price, it offers German quality, the most interior space in the compact class, refinement, responsive performance,...

  • 2016-sierra

    2016 GMC Sierra

    The GMC Sierra 1500 line of full-size pickups has been updated for 2016 with the latest technology and revised styling. Distinctive grilles and other visual cues better distinguish the 2016 Sierra...

  • 2016-azera

    2016 Hyundai Azera

    Hyundai Azera offers dramatic styling and full-size comfort to distinguish it from the typical family car. Azera comes surprisingly close in terms of features and refinement to premium sedans like the...

  • 2016-c-class

    2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    Anchored by the C300, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was redesigned for 2015. For 2016, a new C450 AMG Sport replaces the C400. The C-Class is more lovely, more charming than ever. With...

  • 17-ioniq

    2017 Hyundai Ioniq

    The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is a range of new subcompact hatchbacks offering a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric powertrains. The 2017 Ioniq lineup is expected to go on sale...

  • 2016-titanxd-1

    2016 Nissan Titan XD

    The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is a new semi-heavy-duty pickup powered by a diesel engine and built on a totally new heavy-duty chassis. Equipped with a 5.0-liter Cummins that punches out...

  • 2016-silverado

    2016 Chevrolet Silverado

    The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the smoothest-riding, most carlike of the full-size, light-duty pickups, and it boasts a wide range of configurations, powertrains and trim. The current-generation Silverado was introduced as...

  • 2016-camaro

    2016 Chevrolet Camaro

    The all-new sixth generation 2016 Chevrolet Camaro makes a mere 455 horsepower in its hottest version, way less than the 526-horsepower Ford Shelby GT350 or 707-horsepower Dodge Hellcat, but we’re not going...

  • 2016-accent

    2016 Hyundai Accent

    The Hyundai Accent is an attractive, value-oriented subcompact that comes in two body styles. Of the two body styles, the five-door hatchback offers the best utility and looks, but the two...

  • 2016-ram

    2016 Ram 1500

    Ram 1500 pickups have roomy cabs with excellent ergonomics, cubby storage galore, and giant touchscreens that are easy to operate. Ram Box bed storage, an adjustable suspension that kneels for easier...

  • 2016-tacoma

    2016 Toyota Tacoma

    Overview Heralded by fresh styling, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma boasts a new cabin structure, a new V6 engine, new transmissions, retuned suspensions, improved noise insulation, and an improved feature set. The...

  • 2016-mazda-miata

    2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

    Overview The all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata represents a return to its roots. Though completely redesigned and reengineered, this fourth-generation Miata is more like the first-generation 1990 roadster than any of...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ

    2016 Chevrolet Impala

    When Chevrolet reworked its Impala full-size sedan for 2014, the transformation was stunning. Instead of a bland, dowdy four-door like the previous Impala, the reworked version could truly be called beautiful,...

  • 2016-acura-rdx

    2016 Acura RDX

    The Acura RDX is a smooth and sophisticated compact crossover with the latest technology. It comes with a smooth 3.5-liter V6 that makes 279-hp and 252 lb-ft of torque, coupled to a...

  • 16-mdx-1

    2016 Acura MDX

    The Acura MDX has been further refined for 2016 following a complete redesign for the 2014 model year. The 2016 Acura MDX gets a new nine-speed automatic transmission with a push-button...

  • 15-lx570-1

    2015 Lexus LX 570

    The Lexus LX 570 is a full-size luxury sport-utility vehicle that’s relaxing to drive on long trips as it glides down the highway with style and ease. It can transport up...

  • 15-tacoma

    2015 Toyota Tacoma

    An all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma goes on sale fall 2015. Until then, the 2015 Toyota Tacoma is available, a second-generation product launched as a 2005 model. Tacoma is unchanged for 2015,...

  • 15-ct200-1

    2015 Lexus CT 200h

    The Lexus CT 200h is a five-door hatchback powered by a hybrid gas-electric powertrain based on the Toyota Prius. The CT 200h is 6 inches shorter than the Prius, or about...

  • 15-yukonxl-denali-1

    2015 GMC Yukon XL

    The GMC Yukon XL is for the active group who wants full-size utility: adult-passenger room in three rows of seats, generous cargo capacity, towing ability. Four-wheel drive is available for rugged...

  • 2013 Dodge Viper

    2013 Dodge Viper

    An all-new 2013 SRT Viper coupe goes on sale this fall. The 2013 Viper was revealed at the New York International Auto Show. Once known as the Dodge Viper, the Chrysler...