Ted West

Ted West

Ted West has been writing about cars for 40 years. He has been Feature Editor at Sports Car Graphic, Articles Editor at Car And Driver, and Senior Editor at Outdoor Life reporting on trucks and SUVs. He is currently a Contributing Editor at Car And Driver. West has written about automobiles for Road & Track, The New York Times, Sports Car International, Excellence, Bimmer, Hot Rod, AutoWeek, Christophorus, The Motor (London), and Reader’s Digest. In the 40-year history of the Ken W. Purdy Award, West is the only three-time winner, earning what is considered the most prestigious award in automotive journalism once for an article in Car and Driver and twice for articles in Road & Track. West wrote a novel about world-championship auto racing based on his European coverage for Road & Track. He loves cars as much as he ever has, and he is amazed at how greatly they have improved, especially in the past 10 years.

Reviews by Ted West

  • 2011 Kia Sorento

    2011 Kia Sorento

    The 2011 Kia Sorento is an all-new crossover utility vehicle, completely redesigned from the ground up with a totally new structure. The 2011 Sorento is much more like a car than...

  • 2011 BMW 5 Series

    2011 BMW 5 Series

    The BMW 5 Series is all-new for 2011. Virtually no hardware was carried over directly to the 2011 BMW 5 Series from the previous models. The all-new 2011 5 Series lineup...

  • 2010 Lincoln MKS

    2010 Lincoln MKS

    We were moderately impressed with the Lincoln MKS when it debuted in 2009. It had traditional Lincoln presence and advanced cyber-connectivity, which we liked, but as an over-the-road automobile, we found...

  • 2010 Lincoln MKT

    2010 Lincoln MKT

    One glance at the huge, toothy shark smile on the grille of the all-new 2010 MKT tells you Lincoln wants your attention. And no wonder; this sporty, crisp-handling new crossover SUV...

  • 2010 Hyundai Tucson

    2010 Hyundai Tucson

    The all-new 2010 Hyundai Tucson is the strongest evidence yet that this ambitious company, once a fledgling Korean maker of cheap econoboxes, has become a bona fide international manufacturer of first-quality...

  • 2010 Mercury Milan

    2010 Mercury Milan

    Like every Mercury, the newly designed 2010 Mercury Milan intends to be a more refined, up-market restatement of its Ford sister car, in this case, the Ford Fusion. Where base models...

  • 2010 Ford Taurus

    2010 Ford Taurus

    The Ford Taurus is all-new for 2010. The 2010 Taurus is impressive, well-equipped and extremely competent, a charismatic full-size sedan that could establish Ford as America's premier auto manufacturer. The 2010...

  • 2010 Ford Fusion

    2010 Ford Fusion

    Save America; buy an American car. If you feel even the slightest inclination in that direction, your time may have come. The 2010 Ford Fusion, and in particular, the 2010 Ford...

  • 2009 Lincoln MKS

    2009 Lincoln MKS

    The all-new 2009 Lincoln MKS is something different for this proud luxury marquee: a full-size sedan with its sights set on the young (by Lincoln standards). As such, the MKS is...

  • 2004 Ford Taurus

    2004 Ford Taurus

    The Ford Taurus just keeps on ticking. The Taurus was last redesigned and re-engineered for 2000, but Ford has been continuously improving this solid sedan. The Taurus offers excellent drivetrains, good...

  • 2003 Nissan Pathfinder

    2003 Nissan Pathfinder

    Nissan Pathfinder is a powerful, quick performer. It feels surprisingly light and agile and offers wonderfully quick throttle response. The current design has been with us for awhile now, but the...

  • 2003 Mercury Sable

    2003 Mercury Sable

    The Mercury Sable provides a pleasant blend of family-car safety and mid-market value. It combines the virtues of high quality, five-star crash protection and comfortable accommodations (and those accommodations are even...

  • 2003 Ford Taurus

    2003 Ford Taurus

    The Ford Taurus is more than practical family transportation. It is a genuinely exciting mid-size sedan. The Taurus offers good mid-market value with excellent drivetrains, good looks, plenty of creature comforts,...

  • 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante

    2002 Mitsubishi Diamante

    The Mitsubishi Diamante is a rare gem, a comfortable, gracious sedan that delivers more than its price promises. With its sleek styling, roomy, first-class cabin and powerful V6 engine, the Diamante...

  • 2002 Cadillac Eldorado

    2002 Cadillac Eldorado

    Cadillac’s Eldorado is brilliantly fast, lavishly comfortable, and positively abuzz with gee-whiz electronic technology. It’s also a two-door coupe, giving it all the personal style that the word implies. In fact,...

  • 2002 Mazda Millenia

    2002 Mazda Millenia

    If Mazda sold a premium brand, like Honda’s Acura or Toyota’s Lexus, or Nissan’s Infiniti, then the Millenia would be its flagship. The Mazda Millenia offers value among luxury sedans. With...

  • 2002 Mitsubishi Montero

    2002 Mitsubishi Montero

    Mitsubishi Montero continues to provide the tailored comfort, convenience and gracious toughness that its buyers seek in their sport-utility vehicles. The Montero is one of the most versatile trucks in its...

  • 2002 Nissan Pathfinder

    2002 Nissan Pathfinder

    Nissan’s Pathfinder is a powerful, quick performer. Its demeanor is more carlike than other SUVs. The Pathfinder has become more of a premium SUV as the Xterra has filled the value...

  • 2002 Mercury Sable

    2002 Mercury Sable

    Once a styling leader, Mercury’s Sable has retreated to a more conservative look, quietly handsome while avoiding the industrial blandness of its import competition. The Sable provides safety, comfort, and practicality....

  • 2002 Ford Taurus

    2002 Ford Taurus

    Taurus is the popular mid-size sedan without the boredom factor. It’s a bowl of chocolate-chip mint in a sea of plain vanilla. While most sedans in its class seem designed to...

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