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

  • 2014 Lexus IS

    2014 Lexus IS

    When you’re a luxury car brand trying to make it in the ultra-competitive sport compact segment, you can’t afford to rest on your laurels. Especially if you aren’t German. Nobody knows...

  • 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo

    2014 Porsche 911 Turbo

    On the 40th anniversary of the first 911 Turbo, Porsche rolled out its newest incarnation of the line-topping sportscar, complete with larger dimensions, more power, new performance features and more. The...

  • 2014 Porsche 911 GT3

    2014 Porsche 911 GT3

    A completely redeveloped fifth-generation Porsche 911 GT3 goes on sale near the end of the year, as Porsche celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 911. The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 is...

  • 2013 Cadillac SRX

    2013 Cadillac SRX

    One of the top-selling luxury crossovers in the U.S., the Cadillac SRX boasts unique styling, luxurious cabin appointments, a powerful engine, and a ride that's smooth and able. The 2013 Cadillac...

  • 2013 BMW 3 Series

    2013 BMW 3 Series

    The BMW 3 Series continues to be a staple of the BMW model lineup. The compact luxury car now has more variants than ever, and with its combination of new and...

  • 2014 BMW 328d

    2014 BMW 328d

    The diesel Bimmer is back. A new wave of diesel BMW 3 Series models is invading the U.S., beginning with the 2014 BMW 328d, the sister version of the entry-level 3...

  • 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

    2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

    The second vehicle to debut with Infiniti's new Q naming scheme, the midsize crossover previously known as the JX made its first appearance in hybrid form March 2013 at the New...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Impala

    2014 Chevrolet Impala

    Forget what you know about the Chevrolet Impala. Originally launched as a 1958 model, the Impala name boasts a long, storied history. Though of late it was often dismissed as a...

  • 2014 Jaguar XJR

    2014 Jaguar XJR

    The full-size 2014 Jaguar XJ lineup gets a high-performance upgrade with two new XJR models, boasting wind-tunnel-defying aerodynamics, Nurburgring-tested handling and a whole lot of power. Revealed at the March 2013...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

    2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

    The uber-performance version of the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA debuted at the New York International Auto Show, a few months behind the introduction of the CLA250 at the Detroit auto show. Like...

  • 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

    2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

    After months of rumors and delays, Fiat unveiled the rear-wheel-drive Alfa Romeo 4C at the March 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C will go on sale at U.S....

  • 2014 Chevrolet SS

    2014 Chevrolet SS

    Fans of rear-wheel-drive compact sportscars will no doubt salivate over the all-new Chevrolet SS performance sedan, unveiled at the Daytona International Speedway as the pace car for the NASCAR season opener....

  • 2013 Nissan Sentra

    2013 Nissan Sentra

    The Nissan Sentra is fully redesigned for 2013. Like many new vehicles in the compact sedan segment, the latest Sentra is lighter and more fuel-efficient than ever before, thanks in part...

  • 2014 BMW 320i

    2014 BMW 320i

    Entry-level luxury is all the rage right now, and BMW is jumping on the bandwagon with its announcement at the January 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that it...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

    2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

    Chevrolet is the first American car company to bet on diesel in the U.S. with the debut of the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel at the Chicago Auto Show. Classified as a compact...

  • 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

    2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

    The four-door coupe just won't go away. While another German carmaker may have coined the term, BMW is continuing the trend with yet another variant of its own: The BMW M6...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

    2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

    An all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes on sale this fall. The 2014 Stingray Coupe will start at $51,000, while the 2014 Stingray Convertible will retail for $56,000, according to Chevrolet....

  • 2014 BMW Z4

    2014 BMW Z4

    The BMW Z4, BMW's sporty roadster, gets a refresh and a new variant just in time for spring convertible weather. For 2014, the front end gets revised headlights with new LED...

  • 2014 Honda Accord PHEV

    2014 Honda Accord PHEV

    One of the world's most mainstream cars gets a decidedly non-mainstream powertrain in the form of the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid. In the works for years but finally confirmed earlier this...

  • 2013 Fiat 500e

    2013 Fiat 500e

    Add Fiat to the list of automakers jumping on the electric vehicle bandwagon. The electrified retro subcompact was revealed at the November 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show, but Fiat is...

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