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. He is constantly re-evaluating vehicles and updating reviews to add depth.

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

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    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...

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    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,...

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    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...

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    2016 Kia Optima

    An all-new 2016 Kia Optima goes on sale fall 2015, a slightly larger car than the previous version with a sweeping new design. The chassis is lighter and more rigid than...

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    2016 Hyundai Tucson

    The 2016 Tucson is completely redesigned from the ground up. New styling makes it easily distinguishable from the 2015 model with a sculpted body that looks like an artist went over...

  • 16s-outlander

    2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

    Mitsubishi Outlander is thoroughly updated for 2016, following a complete redesign for 2014. The 2016 Outlander updates are intended to smooth the ride and reduce noise in the cabin. When it...

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    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...

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    2016 Buick Cascada

    When it goes on sale in early 2016, Buick Cascada will be the first Buick convertible offered in the U.S. in 25 years. The Buick Cascada was designed from the ground...

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    2016 Ford Explorer

    The Ford Explorer is being completely revamped for the 2016 model year. Revealed at the November 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2016 Explorer goes on sale summer 2015 with updated...

  • 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...