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Collin Woodard

Raised in Georgia and currently living in Los Angeles, I’ve had the privilege of writing for both Road & Track and MotorTrend.

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A photo of the Bentley Bentayga on the road.
Hybrids & Electrics

Bentley Wants to Attract Women with EVs

Last month, Bentley announced plans to go fully electric by 2030. By 2026, it plans to offer a lineup that is exclusively plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. And four years after that, the PHEV versions will be completely phased out. That means if you want a non-hybrid Bentley, you need to buy before 2026. Beyond …
The front of a green 2021 Lexus UX on the road. Many drivers opt to buy a new Lexus because of its luxurious interior.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Avoid Buying a Car at Christmas

Sometimes, you don’t get to choose when you buy a new car. Maybe you get a new job offer, and your current car isn’t up to the task. Sometimes you get rear-ended at a traffic light and end up with a totaled car. Heck, occasionally, your engine just decides to stop working anymore, and replacing …
2019 Audi e-tron
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No, California’s EVs Won’t Cause Statewide Blackouts

Recently, California announced plans to ban gas-powered cars starting in 2035. More specifically, the plan is to ban the sale of new cars powered by gasoline engines, so it’s not going to impact cars that are already on the road. And while some coverage has made it out to be a done deal, the executive …
2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel
Trucks & SUVs

Modified Trucks Cause a Truly Shocking Amount of Pollution

It’s not terribly hard to understand why trucks have traditionally gotten terrible gas mileage. They’re big, heavy, and use big engines to make the kind of power needed for towing. Compared to a more aerodynamic sedan with a smaller engine, the typical truck is at a huge disadvantage for fuel economy. Then again, most people …
A red 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E drives next to a lake
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Ford to Industry: It’s Time to Back California on Emissions

A few days before Thanksgiving, General Motors announced that it would withdraw its support from the Trump administration’s attempt to stop California from setting its own emissions standards. “We believe the ambitious electrification goals of the President-elect, California, and General Motors are aligned to address climate change by drastically reducing automobile emissions,” GM’s CEO Mary …
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Best Used Cars to Buy on Black Friday 2020

Black Friday, otherwise known as the day after Thanksgiving is a huge day for sales and discounts. It’s also an incredibly popular weekend to buy a car. But while most of the ads you see will probably focus on new cars, you can also find deals on used cars, as well. According to a recent …
Mini Cooper driving over a crosswalk
Tips, Tricks & Trends

No, Seriously, Don’t Ever Run Someone Over For Any Reason

You’d think that at least, generally speaking, almost everyone in society could agree that it’s wrong to kill people. If someone happens to do that with a car, that doesn’t make it any less wrong. They just used a less conventional method. And yet, it’s also a minor miracle that more people aren’t killed in …
orange Fiat 500e in front of a lit suspension bridge late at night in the city.
Hybrids & Electrics

A Used Fiat 500e Offers Incredible Bang for Your Buck

It’s not really fair to compare used cars to new ones. We get it. For every mostly-sensible, “Should I buy a three-year-old Lexus ES or a new Toyota Camry?” comparison, there are at least 1,000 examples that sound like, “Why would anyone buy a minivan when a 20-year-old sports car is so much cheaper?” (OK, …
BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe: Pros and Cons

We get it. The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe has four doors. It’s what most people would call a sedan even though BMW says it’s a coupe. And yes, it’s also the four-door version of a two-door car that’s supposedly more prestigious than the 7 Series. Except it’s also basically a replacement for the BMW …
A photo of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line outdoors.

2021 Hyundai Sonata: Pros and Cons

We don’t blame anyone for not liking the look of the new Hyundai Sonata. We really don’t. It’s a bold design, and not everyone is going to like that. Then again, we’d also ask you what you thought about the last-generation Sonata. If it was anything approaching neutral, that does technically prove Hyundai’s point. Basically, …
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA: Pros and Cons

The Mercedes-Benz CLA didn’t exactly get off to a great start. It was billed as a Mercedes that you could buy for less than $30,000. But as many reviewers pointed out, it really wasn’t a great $30,000 car, much less something you’d consider a true Mercedes. As for the AMG version, well, let’s just say …
A photo of a 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class outdoors.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Pros and Cons

Yes, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has just won MotorTrend‘s prestigious Car of the Year award. It was already a great luxury sedan before the 2021 redesign, but apparently, it’s gotten even better following its mid-cycle refresh. So much better, in fact, that it beat out some serious competitors such as the Porsche Taycan and the …
2020 Red Nissan Sentra landscape image

How the Nissan Sentra Did in MotorTrend’s 2021 Car of the Year Competition

Last week, we learned the recently redesigned Nissan Sentra was among the six finalists in MotorTrend’s 2021 Car of the Year competition. It’s up against the Hyundai Sonata and Mercedes-Benz CLA, two cars that are at least similar to the Sentra in some ways. The rest of the competition, though? Let’s just say those cars …
2019 Porsche Taycan Turbo S
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How the 2020 Porsche Taycan Did in MotorTrend’s Car of the Year Competition

Late last week, MotorTrend announced which cars are finalists in its 2021 Car of the Year competition. We still don’t know which one is the winner, but we do know it will be one of these six: the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe, Hyundai Sonata, Mercedes-Benz CLA, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Nissan Sentra, or Porsche Taycan. Talk …
A silver 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line parked on display
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The 2021 MotorTrend Car of the Year Will Be One of These Finalists

It’s almost time for MotorTrend to announce which vehicle won its 2021 Car of the Year award. And yes, it’s still happening in spite of the pandemic that’s disrupted the auto industry all year. We won’t go so far as to call it a return to normalcy, but it’s nice to see normal car things …
2021 Ram 1500 TRX water fording
Tips, Tricks & Trends

How to Stop Trucks and SUVs from Killing So Many People

It’s not something a lot of car enthusiasts want to talk about, but pedestrian safety is a serious issue in this country. As Car and Driver has reported, pedestrian deaths have been increasing year-over-year since 2009. Drivers also killed more than 6,500 people, making it the most dangerous year for pedestrians in 30 years. And …
A photo of the 2021 Honda Odyssey outdoors.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Used Minivans Look Like a Great Deal in 2020

Recently, we’ve written a good bit about the rising cost of used cars. To be fair, there are a few that have lost value over the last year. But in general, expect to pay almost 10% more for a used car. Unless you buy a used BMW 5 Series, that is. The 5 Series is …
2020 Ford Ecosport Titanium
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Not All Used Cars Are More Expensive in 2020

As we previously reported, a recent iSeeCars report confirmed what used car buyers have been seeing for months. Prices have been going up, and you can now expect to pay almost 10% more for a used car than you would have in October 2019. That’s partly because there’s more demand for used cars but also …
2018 BMW M5 Competition
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It’s Not Your Imagination: Used Cars Are More Expensive

Every now and then, you run into someone who has no idea what their used car is worth. Typically, that’s because they think their car is special and should sell for way more than any sane person would pay. “No lowballers! I know what I have!” they shout, usually in all caps. As if a …
A silver Ram 1500 on a dirt road climbs over the peak of a hill.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

These Used Cars Actually Gained Value in 2020

We talk a lot about the fact that most new cars lose value pretty quickly. In fact, we recently published an article on the cars that depreciate the fastest, and the worst performer was the BMW 7 Series. Buy one of those, and you can expect it to lose more than 70% of its value …