Kirk Bell

Kirk Bell

Kirk Bell is a seasoned auto scribe with more than 20 years of experience writing about cars. He spent 12 years editing Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine, five years at Consumer Guide Automotive, and has been a prolific freelancer since 2007. Bell’s knowledge of cars includes both the old and the new. He has edited several books on automotive history, winning gold and silver International Automotive Media Awards for Hot Rod & Custom Chronicle and NASCAR Chronicle, respectively. Kirk grew up around Pontiacs. His father drag raced them and his mother’s daily driver was a 1969 GTO Ram Air IV. Bell now spends his time fiddling with a 1968 Pontiac Firebird.

Reviews by Kirk Bell

  • 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring

    2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring

    When Hyundai redesigned its compact Elantra for the 2007 model year, the company dropped the hatchback body style, keeping only a four-door sedan. At the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai announced...

  • 2008 Chrysler Town & Country

    2008 Chrysler Town & Country

    Chrysler has redesigned the Town & Country minivan for 2008. In addition to the popular Stow 'n Go seating arrangement, the new Town & Country offers Swivel 'n Go, which includes...

  • 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line 2 Mode

    2009 Saturn Vue Green Line 2 Mode

    The Saturn Vue is getting greener every year, and a new 2009 model to be introduced in the fall of 2008 will feature a two-mode system designed to 50-percent improvement in...

  • 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

    2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

    The project hasn't exactly been a mystery. Chevrolet has been working on a high-end Corvette to slot above the Z06 as GM's hottest sports car for some time. The car has...

  • 2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid

    2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid

    The 2009 Dodge Durango will offer a two-mode hybrid powertrain designed to boost fuel economy and reduce emissions. The 2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid will share its two-mode hybrid system with the...

  • 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid

    2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid

    A 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid model goes on sale summer 2008 featuring a two-mode hybrid gas-electric system designed to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. The heart of the system will...

  • 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5

    2009 Chevrolet Aveo5

    Chevrolet added the Aveo subcompact in 2004 as its lowest-priced car. Offered as a four-door sedan or four-door hatchback, the Aveo was based on a design by the defunct Korean automaker...

  • 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

    2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

    Chevrolet offered a hybrid version of its Silverado full-size pickup for the 2005-2007 model years, but the hybrid system did little to impress. It didn't aid propulsion and only conserved fuel...

  • 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

    2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

    Sporting a new two-mode hybrid powertrain, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid promises to offer a 50-percent increase in fuel economy around town and at least a 25-percent increase overall. The Escalade...

  • 2008 Smart Fortwo

    2008 Smart Fortwo

    The Smart Fortwo is an all-new entry in the U.S. car market. At less than nine feet long, it is the smallest car sold in the United States. As its name...

  • 2008 Ford Focus

    2008 Ford Focus

    Ford has reworked the Focus for 2008, giving it new styling inside and out but maintaining the same platform and basic size. The new design shares a family look with Ford's...

  • 2008 Jeep Liberty

    2008 Jeep Liberty

    The Jeep Liberty is all-new for 2008. It's slightly bigger and has a smoother ride, but it maintains the ruggedness of the previous version. The 2008 Liberty is quite capable off...

  • 2008 Nissan Rogue

    2008 Nissan Rogue

    The Nissan Rogue is a compact SUV in the crossover style, much like the Honda CR-V. Despite the recent trend toward seven-passenger seating, the Rogue seats five. And while other compact...

  • 2008 Volvo C30

    2008 Volvo C30

    A halo car is an automaker's most desirable model. It's meant to bring new customers into dealerships with the hope that they'll buy another car in the lineup. It's often a...

  • 2008 Toyota Highlander

    2008 Toyota Highlander

    The Toyota Highlander is completely new for 2008. After seven successful model years, the Toyota Highlander has been redesigned and re-engineered to enhance its strengths. The new version is bigger and...

  • 2008 Audi TT

    2008 Audi TT

    Audi has redesigned the TT for the 2008 model year. Audi's goal in the redesign was to make a bigger sports car with better handling characteristics. We think they succeeded. The...

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