Mitch McCullough

editor-in-chief
Mitch McCullough

As editor of New Car Test Drive, Mitch McCullough coordinates assignments with NCTD correspondents and edits and publishes all the reviews.

In 1987, McCullough quit his job as a newspaper reporter in Virginia to work for the Jim Russell racing school. He raced Formula Russells for two years at Riverside International Raceway before turning to the dark side, managing public relations for three different car companies before returning to journalism.

For more than 20 years McCullough has written articles for national automotive magazines and major metropolitan newspapers. He covered Winston Cup and professional sportscar racing for AutoWeek magazine and reviewed trucks for Field & Stream magazine. He served as president of the Washington Automotive Press Association and president of the Motor Press Guild in Los Angeles. He currently serves as a juror for the North American Car of the Year and North American Truck of the Year awards.

Suffering from a lifelong interest in driving, McCullough races historic Lotuses and rallies vintage cars. Along with co-driver Scott Webb, McCullough won the 1993 California Rally Series championship in his four-wheel-drive Mazda 323 GTX and was named CRS Rookie of the Year, and the two won the 1994 SCCA Southern Pacific Division Pro Rally championship. McCullough raced showroom stock cars in SCCA Club Racing, Motorola Cup and Neon Challenge. He has completed courses at most of the major professional racing schools.

McCullough is an avid fly fisherman. Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, he was graduated from Washington State University with a degree in journalism. He has worked in Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, and is now based in the New York metro area.

Reviews by Mitch McCullough

  • 2018 Porsche Boxster

    The Porsche Boxster was lightly redesigned and renamed the 718 Boxster last year, with a new four-cylinder turbo engine replacing the normally aspirated flat-six, wider wheels with bigger brakes, and styling...

  • 2018 Mazda MX-5

    The Mazda MX-5 Miata has an unbroken winning streak of successful redesigns since 1990. 2018 is the third model year for this fourth-generation version, referred to internally and by enthusiasts as...

  • 2018 Kia K900

    Introduced as a 2015 model, Kia’s large rear-drive sedan has changed little since its debut. That steadiness continues into the 2018 model year, with little change evident. Two powertrains are available....

  • 2018 Buick Regal

    For 2018, Buick Regal benefitted from a thorough makeover. What was previously an impressive midsize sedan is now an elegant hatchback that looks more like a fastback. Buick calls it the...

  • 2018 Ram Heavy Duty

    Promoted for its power and strength, the Ram HD heavy-duty pickups balance style, comfort, and towing and hauling capability. Essentially a toughened-up offshoot of the Ram 1500, the Ram 2500 and...

  • 2018 Ford Super Duty

    The Ford Super Duty pickups were redesigned for the 2017 model year. Therefore, there are only minor changes for the 2018 model year including a rearview camera standard on all models. Trim...

  • 2018 GMC Sierra HD

    GMC Sierra HD heavy-duty pickups are closely related to the Chevrolet Silverado HD and are available with more luxurious cabins and features. Most models sold are four-door Crew Cabs with ample...

  • 2018 Nissan Titan XD

    The Nissan Titan XD is a semi-heavy-duty pickup, heavier-duty than a 1500-class half-ton truck, but lighter-duty than a 2500 three-quarter-ton. Titan XD shares little of the hardware of the regular Titan,...

  • 2018 Nissan Titan

    The Nissan Titan was redesigned and launched as an all-new truck for 2017, the beginning of its second generation, so for 2018 it was unchanged. There’s a new Midnight Appearance package...

  • 2018 Acura NSX

    The Acura NSX is one of the most complex cars ever made, a masterful blending of electric motors, batteries, turbos, servos, clutches, gears, and last but not least, an internal combustion...

  • 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C

    The Alfa Romeo 4C can be seen as a fabulous value when compared to a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Like those exotics, it looks sensational, with performance obviously being the top priority....

  • 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

    For six decades, the Land Cruiser has served as Toyota’s traditional, full-size SUV. Supremely capable off-road, powered by a big V8, the SUV is built on a truck foundation, with a...

  • 2018 Kia Sportage

    The Kia Sportage compact crossover exudes a sporty character, led by its distinctive design but augmented by sharp handling and a turbocharger option. Redesigned for the 2017 model year, the Sportage...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

    An all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 goes on sale this fall with substantial changes that should make it an excellent choice among full-size pickup trucks in a strong segment that will...

  • 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

    Known for value, Santa Fe is the biggest SUV in the Hyundai lineup, 8.5 inches longer than the Santa Fe Sport. All models have three rows of seating, although it’s not...

  • 2019 Audi A8

    An all-new version of the Audi A8 luxury sedan goes on sale late spring 2018 as a 2019 model holding out the promise of more self-driving capability. From the outside, the...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

    The Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV whose roots run deeper than any SUV on the planet. We’re talking like 60 years. It can do all the things an SUV should,...

  • 2017 Ford Super Duty

    The Ford F-Series Super Duty lineup has been completely redesigned for 2017, and there has never been a better time to tow or haul with an F-250 or F-350 or, for...

  • 2017 Acura RLX

    The Acura RLX midsize luxury sedan offers excellent engineering in an invisible car. Built on a high-tech chassis, the RLX Sport Hybrid offers the latest in sports hybrid powerplants. But it...

  • 2017 Kia Niro

    The 2017 Kia Niro is a totally new subcompact wagon with a hybrid gas-electric powertrain. Niro shares its platform with the Hyundai Ioniq hatchback. Kia Niro uses a 0.6-liter four-cylinder Atkinson...

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