Tony Swan

Tony Swan

With well over three decades of experience, Tony Swan is one of America’s senior automotive journalists. His resume includes staff positions with a number of wheels-related publications: AutoWeek, Cycle World, Car and Driver, and Motor Trend, where he was editor-in-chief during the early 1980s. Swan has also served as automotive editor for Popular Mechanics and Better Homes and Gardens, as well as a five-year stint as Auto Critic for the Detroit Free Press. In addition, he has accumulated a long list of freelance credits, including Road & Track, GQ, Popular Science, New Car Test Drive, and the New York Times.

He is a winner of the Ken Purdy award, regarded as America’s highest honor for automotive journalism, and a four-time winner in the annual International Wheel Awards, sponsored by the Detroit Press Foundation.

Wheels are also central to Swan’s recreational activities. He has been active in sports car racing at amateur and semi-professional levels since 1980, and continues to hold a Sports Car Club of America National Competition license. His on-track achievements include three SCCA Divisional championships, five appearances in the annual SCCA National Championship Runoffs, and participation in 35 24-hour races.

Born in Minneapolis, Swan attended the University of Minnesota, and began his journalistic career as a sports writer with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He is a founding member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury, and is headquartered in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Reviews by Tony Swan

  • 2015 Toyota Camry

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s a treasured piece of American folk wisdom that makes all kinds of sense in terms of home maintenance. And no sense at all...

  • 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

    The Chevrolet Suburban holds title as America’s oldest continuously sustained nameplate, a legacy that dates to 1935, suggesting that the basic idea, a big family hauler capable of seating eight or...

  • 2014 Infiniti QX60

    The 2014 Infiniti QX60 is largely unchanged from 2013 with the exception of its name: What was previously the 2013 Infiniti JX carried over to become the 2014 Infiniti QX60. The...

  • 2015 Subaru Outback

    The Subaru Outback is all-new for 2015. The 2015 Subaru Outback isn’t much bigger than its predecessor, just over a half-inch longer and wider, on a wheelbase that’s been stretched less...

  • 2015 Dodge Challenger

    2015 Dodge Challenger

    It was a minor player in the dawn of the pony car era, but as Dodge rolls into its second century, the 2015 Challenger looms as a powerful presence, upstaging Ford’s...

  • 2015 Honda Fit

    2015 Honda Fit

    If there’s one single area where Honda shows the rest of the industry how it should be done, it’s packaging, and the Fit is Honda’s packaging poster child. Introduced for the...

  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata

    2015 Hyundai Sonata

    Like the perennial mid-size sedan sales leaders it seeks to upstage, the Sonata is a musical theme whose title persists through regular rewrites. This is the seventh revision, and, carrying the...

  • 2014 BMW X1

    2014 BMW X1

    Popular in Europe after going on sale four years ago, the BMW X1 subcompact SUV arrived in the U.S. as a 2013 model. Based on the BMW 1 Series hatchback (which...

  • 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

    2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

    Alfa Romeo has been AWOL from the U.S. market for almost two decades, an absence that has produced anticipation and angst in equal measure among the Alfisti. With the arrival of...

  • 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT

    2015 Dodge Challenger SRT

    It's unusual for a carmaker to upstage its newest hot rods, but that's precisely what Dodge is doing with its 2015 Challenger lineup. Just one month after unveiling its updated Challengers...

  • 2014 Lincoln MKZ

    2014 Lincoln MKZ

    Lincoln is Ford’s luxury brand, with a distinguished history during the stewardship of Edsel Ford, and a bumpy record after Mr. Ford’s death during World War II. Although there have been...

  • 2015 Lexus RC F

    2015 Lexus RC F

    The sporty Lexus RC coupe was introduced at the 2013 Tokyo Show, and the upcoming RC F is its torrid sequel. Since 2008 an F suffix for any Lexus vehicle designation...

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV

    2015 Kia Soul EV

    Pure electric cars still account for a tiny percentage of U.S. auto sales, but increasingly tough EPA fuel economy standards are pushing more and more carmakers to offer EVs, and Kia...

  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06

    2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06

    Fresh from winning the 2014 North American Car of the Year award, Chevrolet plans to add even more pace to its star-spangled sports car with a new edition of the Corvette...

  • 2015 Subaru Legacy

    2015 Subaru Legacy

    A redesigned Subaru Legacy goes on sale this summer as a 2015 model. The 2015 Legacy is slightly larger than before, with sleeker styling and upgraded technology. Introduced as all-new at...

  • 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR

    2015 Nissan Versa Note SR

    Like a clever chef who keeps creating new versions of the same basic dish, Nissan has been adding variations to its Versa Note subcompact five-door hatchback, and the 2015 Nissan Versa...

  • 2014 Mazda 3

    2014 Mazda 3

    Redesigned for 2014, Mazda3 is Mazda’s entry in the overflowing compact class, offered in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles. The Mazda 3 is the company’s perennial bestseller, and the...

  • 2014 Acura RLX

    2014 Acura RLX

    The Acura RLX is the brand's new top-of-the-line sedan, replacing the discontinued RL and conceived to give Honda's luxury division increased traction in the heart of the luxury segment. It's a...

  • 2013 BMW X1

    2013 BMW X1

    Popular in Europe after going on sale there three years ago, the BMW X1 subcompact SUV is now available in the U.S. Based on the BMW 1 Series sedan, the X1...

  • 2013 Mini Paceman

    2013 Mini Paceman

    Mini has become one of autodom's foremost illusionists, using essentially the same silk handkerchief and top hat to conjure up new tricks, each a variation on its predecessor, each a surprise....

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