Ted West

Ted West

Ted West has been writing about cars for 40 years. He has been Feature Editor at Sports Car Graphic, Articles Editor at Car And Driver, and Senior Editor at Outdoor Life reporting on trucks and SUVs. He is currently a Contributing Editor at Car And Driver. West has written about automobiles for Road & Track, The New York Times, Sports Car International, Excellence, Bimmer, Hot Rod, AutoWeek, Christophorus, The Motor (London), and Reader’s Digest. In the 40-year history of the Ken W. Purdy Award, West is the only three-time winner, earning what is considered the most prestigious award in automotive journalism once for an article in Car and Driver and twice for articles in Road & Track. West wrote a novel about world-championship auto racing based on his European coverage for Road & Track. He loves cars as much as he ever has, and he is amazed at how greatly they have improved, especially in the past 10 years.

Reviews by Ted West

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    2014 Buick Regal

    Buick sales have been booming, and one of the sportiest, feistiest Buicks is the midsize Regal. Offered in two model lines, Regal and Regal GS, the top-line Regal GS, available with...

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    2014 Buick Encore

    Buick Encore is an entry-luxury, compact crossover utility vehicle. Encore is a small vehicle, significantly shorter in overall length than the Ford Escape and just slightly longer than the Mini Countryman....

  • 2015 Infiniti Q70

    2015 Infiniti Q70

    The 2015 Infiniti Q70 includes nine different models of the luxury brand's flagship sedans, including a hybrid, all-wheel-drive variants, and a brand-new Q70L long-wheelbase configuration, with impressively increased rear seating room....

  • 2014 Nissan Altima

    2014 Nissan Altima

    First introduced as a 1993 model, the Nissan Altima was billed as all-new for 2013. With a combination of innovative mechanical components, carefully tuned ride and handling, advanced cockpit connectivity features...

  • 2015 Chrysler 200

    2015 Chrysler 200

    Chrysler 200 is all-new for the 2015 model year. Distantly derived from an excellent Alfa Romeo sedan chassis, this all-new second-generation Chrysler 200 is going toe-to-toe with the best-selling mid-size sedans....

  • 2014 Toyota Corolla

    2014 Toyota Corolla

    Americans love winners, and Toyota Corolla is undeniably one of these, having been the world's most popular compact for a very long time. Starting out in 1966 as a go-kart-sized compact,...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    2013 Chevrolet Spark

    While ranchers are ranging their pickup trucks all around the county and den mothers are hurrying the family SUV up and down the suburbs, urban-nauts, those stressed-out dwellers deep in the...

  • 2013 Jaguar XJ

    2013 Jaguar XJ

    The Jaguar XJ arrives in style everywhere it goes. Its sleek design presents a statement of true luxury. Underway, it coddles passengers yet provides thrilling performance for the driver. We found...

  • 2013 Jaguar XF

    2013 Jaguar XF

    The Jaguar XF is a solid, stylish sports sedan about the size of a BMW 5 Series. The Jaguar has elegant, flowing lines, more interesting than those of the BMW, and...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

    2013 Chevrolet Malibu

    The Chevrolet Malibu is completely redesigned and re-engineered for the 2013 model year and the 2013 Malibu is a winner, delivering a smooth ride, responsive handling, cabin comfort and ease of...

  • 2013 Buick Enclave

    2013 Buick Enclave

    Buick Enclave is battling big-name competition; Acura, Volvo, Audi, Lincoln, and Mercedes-Benz all want the lead in the prestigious three-row luxury crossover segment. Yet the handsome, comfortable and efficient Buick Enclave...

  • 2013 Buick Encore

    2013 Buick Encore

    The 2013 Buick Encore is a new entry-luxury crossover utility vehicle. At first exposure, the Encore is a bit confusing. Viewed from the outside, it is a very compact package that...

  • 2013 Nissan Altima

    2013 Nissan Altima

    The Nissan Altima is all-new for 2013. With a combination of innovative mechanical components, carefully tuned ride and handling, advanced cockpit connectivity features and sleekly contemporary styling that belies its price...

  • 2012 Dodge Charger

    2012 Dodge Charger

    It's as if nobody told Dodge about American cars: that they are cheap, flimsy, incompetent. To the contrary, the Dodge Charger is a proudly American muscle sedan, pumped, powerful, and full...

  • 2012 BMW 5 Series

    2012 BMW 5 Series

    For 2011, BMW debuted an all-new, winsome range of BMW 5 Series luxury mid-size sedans. Not surprisingly, 2012 sees the continuation of two of these offerings in reasonably unchanged form, with...

  • 2012 Subaru Impreza

    2012 Subaru Impreza

    The more things change, the more they stay the same; that adage has applied to Subaru for decades. These concise, tough, traditionally plain cars have an exceptionally devoted following in the...

  • 2012 Acura TL

    2012 Acura TL

    The Acura TL is freshened for 2012 with styling revisions and a new 6-speed automatic that improves fuel economy. The 2012 Acura TL, styled in Acura's Design Studio, in Torrance, California,...

  • 2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC

    2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC

    Maserati North America offers two new models this fall with the introduction of the 2012 Maserati GranTurismo MC and GranTurismo Convertible Sport. Essentially, elevated-performance versions of the GranTurismo S coupe and...

  • 2011 Kia Optima

    2011 Kia Optima

    Somebody please tell the Koreans to slow down! Not that it would help. As other world carmakers stroll along at their customary dignified pace, Kia and Hyundai continue to lunge forward...

  • 2011 Ford Taurus

    2011 Ford Taurus

    The Ford Taurus was all-new for 2010 and continues into 2011 with no substantive changes. 2011 is the year of the Taurus for those who believe the best time to buy...

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