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 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

    2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

    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...

  • 2014 Kia Soul

    2014 Kia Soul

    Just when it seemed boxy cars were going away, the new 2014 Kia Soul not only carries on, but is redesigned and better than ever. Riding on an all-new platform, the...

  • 2015 Subaru WRX STI

    2015 Subaru WRX STI

    An all-new version of Subaru's fastest sport compact debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Completely redesigned, the new WRX STI four-door sedan gets a longer...

  • 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

    2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

    A two-door version of the Cadillac ATS comes two years after the debut of the award-winning four-door compact luxury sedan. Revealed at January's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the...

  • 2014 BMW i8

    2014 BMW i8

    The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar was officially unveiled in production form in North America at the November 2013 LA Auto Show. Sporting a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum body,...

  • 2014 Honda Civic Coupe

    2014 Honda Civic Coupe

    Enthusiasts caught their first glimpse of the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe, the two-door version of the brand's top-selling compact car, in Las Vegas at the 2013 SEMA Show. It comes nearly...

  • 2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible

    2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible

    A drop-top joins the BMW 4 Series lineup, the recently launched two-door model that replaces the outgoing 3 Series coupe and convertible. The 2014 BMW 4 Series convertible shares the same...

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta

    2014 Ford Fiesta

    For 2014, Ford Fiesta gets a freshened look, along with two new thrifty engines, upgraded in-car technology and a revised interior. Boasting the title of best-selling subcompact across the globe, the...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

    2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA

    The Mercedes-Benz CLA is a brand-new line of premium compact sedans that abandon the brand’s classic rear-wheel drive for less expensive front-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive is generally considered superior for sporty...

  • 2014 BMW 4 Series

    2014 BMW 4 Series

    It’s the dawn of a new era. Previously part of the venerable 3 Series lineup, BMW’s compact sports coupe has been spun off as the 4 Series, an all-new two door...

  • 2014 Cadillac CTS

    2014 Cadillac CTS

    Chalk up another home run for Cadillac. On the heels of its award-winning compact sedan, the third-generation midsize Cadillac CTS sedan debuts larger, leaner and ready to take on longstanding leaders...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Corvette

    2014 Chevrolet Corvette

    There's no doubt the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will ruffle feathers. All-new for 2014, the completely redesigned sportscar infuses a healthy dose of European flair into classic American muscle. While some die-hard...

  • 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

    2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

    Aston Martin's fastest Vantage was unveiled in Monterey, California, during the week of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is outfitted with a revised 6.0-liter...

  • 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

    2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

    The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, the drop-top companion to the Vanquish Coupe made its North American debut in Monterey, California, during the festivities preceding the August 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance....

  • 2013 Ford C-MAX

    2013 Ford C-MAX

    The Ford C-MAX is a five-door hatchback originally built for the European market and new to the U.S. for the 2013 model year. The 2013 Ford C-MAX comes in hybrid and...

  • 2014 Fiat 500L

    2014 Fiat 500L

    There's no doubt the all-new 2014 Fiat 500L will turn heads. The second model to debut since Fiat re-launched in North America, the five-seat 500L boasts stylish Euro design at an...

  • 2014 Nissan Versa Note

    2014 Nissan Versa Note

    The 2014 Nissan Versa Note is an all-new model that replaces the outgoing Versa hatchback. A five-door hatch that seats five, the Versa Note is a roomy, practical subcompact that offers...

  • 2014 Kia Cadenza

    2014 Kia Cadenza

    The new 2014 Kia Cadenza is the first full-size flagship for the Korean automaker. Cadenza seats five comfortably and looks like an Audi. The Kia Cadenza is front-wheel drive and shares...

  • 2013 Scion iQ

    2013 Scion iQ

    The Scion iQ is a pint-sized microcar perfect for city dwellers seeking easy maneuverability and admirable fuel economy. Unlike other tiny subcompacts, the iQ seats four (or at least three people...

  • 2014 Mazda 6

    2014 Mazda 6

    With a stunning new design, a retooled powertrain and more standard features, the 2014 Mazda6 is a great alternative in a sea of boring family sedans. Combined with Mazda’s famously sporty...

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