Laura Burstein

Laura Burstein

Laura Burstein built her automotive expertise reporting and test-driving for CNET, Car and Driver,, and Forbes. In her spare time, she serves as president of the Motor Press Guild, the largest automotive media organization in North America. Laura has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University and often appears on radio and television programs as an automotive expert.

Laura’s love of driving started early in life. Her first vehicle was a pink and blue Big Wheel, which she covered with Pennzoil and STP stickers and drag-raced down the sidewalk. Her current daily driver is an e46 BMW 325Ci (manual, of course), which she spent several years running with the BMWCCA, usually at Infineon Raceway or Laguna Seca in Northern California.

Before succumbing to her passion for cars, Laura covered computers and technology on national TV and radio. She also wrote a best-selling book with a well-known personality in the tech world.

As the daughter of a cosmetologist, Laura loves the salon just as much as the garage, and is often torn between buying car parts and the latest beauty products. Music is also an important influence in Laura’s life. She’s been singing and studying piano since age five, and performs whenever she has the opportunity.

Reviews by Laura Burstein

  • 2015 Lexus RC

    2015 Lexus RC

    The Lexus RC is a sleek new sport coupe with eye-catching styling. Only available as a two-door, RC is based on a new rear-wheel-drive platform but is available with all-wheel drive....

  • 2014 Infiniti Q50

    2014 Infiniti Q50

    Sporting a fresh design, new technology and a new name, the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 is a rear-wheel-drive compact luxury four-door that replaces the Infiniti G37 sedan. The new nomenclature is...

  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

    2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

    Only a few short months after the Z06 coupe's debut, the drop-top version of Chevrolet's most powerful Corvette joins the lineup after being unveiled ahead of the New York International Auto...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf

    All-new the 2015 Volkswagen Golf lineup comes in three- and five-door body styles plus a new wagon, with a wide choice of powertrains that use gasoline, diesel or electricity for propulsion....

  • 2015 Porsche Macan

    2015 Porsche Macan

    When Porsche product planners set out to fill the gap in the ever-growing small SUV segment, they knew they couldn't compromise. Enter the 2015 Porsche Macan (pronounced with soft vowels: mah-kahn),...

  • 2015 BMW M3

    2015 BMW M3

    Beloved by enthusiasts for its track-worthy performance and daily drivability, the BMW M3 is all-new for 2015. This marks a triumphant return for the high-performance four-door, which has been on hiatus...

  • 2015 BMW M4

    2015 BMW M4

    The high-performance BMW M4 is all-new for 2015, a sleek, powerful coupe that takes its place alongside the venerated M3 sedan in BMW’s track-ready M lineup. Based on the 4 Series,...

  • 2015 BMW i8

    2015 BMW i8

    When car geeks encounter a rare automobile, they say they’ve seen a unicorn. The BMW i8, however, is a different animal. With its otherworldly design, wing-like doors and cutting-edge technology, we’d...

  • 2014 Cadillac ATS

    2014 Cadillac ATS

    The Cadillac ATS sedan competes with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class and while it may not rule the roost it is definitely in the game, featuring lightweight...

  • 2015 Audi A3

    2015 Audi A3

    The Audi A3 is all-new for 2015. The 2015 Audi A3 begins its third generation in the U.S. as a four-door sedan, the first time for this body style in the...

  • 2015 Hyundai Genesis

    2015 Hyundai Genesis

    If the badge were missing, one might easily mistake the 2015 Hyundai Genesis for a European luxury sedan. All-new for the 2015 model year, the Genesis, already impressive in its previous...

  • 2014 BMW i3

    2014 BMW i3

    The quirky-looking BMW i3 hatchback is BMW’s first foray into the electric car market. With a price tag that rivals upper-end 3 Series sedans, the BMW i3 can go 80-100 miles...

  • 2014 Mini Cooper

    2014 Mini Cooper

    It’s a coming of age for the 2014 Mini Cooper. The original hardtop is all-new for 2014, bigger and more refined, while still retaining its classic looks and lively handling. Now...

  • 2014 BMW 2 Series

    2014 BMW 2 Series

    The BMW 2 Series coupe is the all-new gateway to the BMW lineup. The smallest and most affordable two-door Bimmer, the 2014 BMW 2 Series replaces the currently defunct 1 Series...

  • 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

    2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

    Now in its fifth year on the market, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe offers sporty rear-wheel drive and strong power from its four-cylinder and V6 engines. Launched as a 2010 model, the...

  • 2015 Ford Focus

    2015 Ford Focus

    The latest version of the top-selling Ford Focus compact sedan made its North American debut at April's New York International Auto Show. The 2015 Ford Focus sedan is restyled with a...

  • 2015 BMW Alpina B6

    2015 BMW Alpina B6

    Once in a blue moon, the Bavarian performance manufacturer Alpina works with BMW to produce fast, rare and low-volume powerhouses. Its latest creation: The 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe....

  • 2015 BMW X4

    2015 BMW X4

    The recent onslaught of new BMW products continues with the introduction of the 2015 BMW X4, officially revealed for the first time at the April 2014 New York International Auto Show....

  • 2014 Nissan Rogue

    2014 Nissan Rogue

    The 2014 Nissan Rogue marks the debut of the second generation of this compact crossover that seats five (or seven with an optional third row). Based on a car platform, the...

  • 2015 BMW M4 Convertible

    2015 BMW M4 Convertible

    A convertible version of the high-powered BMW M4 goes on sale this summer. Revealed at April's New York International Auto Show, the 2015 BMW M4 Convertible joins BMW's expanding lineup that...

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