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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.

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 …

front of a green 2021 Lexus UX
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 …

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
Tips, Tricks & Trends

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 …

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
Sedans & Coupes

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.
Crossover & Midsize

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
Sedans & Coupes

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.
Sedans & Coupes

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 …

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 …

2020 Ford Ecosport Titanium
Tips, Tricks & Trends

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 …

Jeep FC Concept
Trucks & SUVs

Bring Back the Cabover Pickup Truck … to Save the Children?

Considering the reputation they have for getting poor fuel economy, it makes sense that pickup truck owners have to worry about new laws and taxes eventually making them impossible to own. Forget gas prices. If states started taxing drivers based on road wear, your super-heavy truck just got much, much more expensive to keep on …

2020 Volvo XC90
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Why Did Volvo Patent a Sliding Steering Wheel?

We’d like to think that we do a solid job of staying on top of all the most important automotive news. At least if it has consumer value or will probably interest even casual car enthusiasts. After all, we love reviewing cars and giving buying advice, but it’s also important to make sure our readers …

An image of a Titan towing an Airstream RV.
Trucks & SUVs

The Pickup Trucks That Hold Their Value the Worst in 2020

Typically, people think of pickup trucks as a solid buy. Like all motor vehicles outside of the occasional ultra-collectible exotic, trucks lose value over time. But compared to a lot of those vehicles, pickup trucks have a history of holding their value pretty well. If you buy a Toyota Tacoma, that advice holds true. Over …

A white 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e on a snowy mountain
Crossover & Midsize

SUVs That Have the Worst Resale Value in 2020

There are several SUVs you can buy that hold their value incredibly well. Even the Honda CR-V, the lowest SUV on the list, retains about 55% of its value after five years. The best? That would be the four-door Jeep Wrangler, which somewhat surprisingly holds its value even better than the two-door Wrangler. It’ll only …

A head-in view of a 2021 Maserati Ghibli in a dimly lit room.
Sedans & Coupes

These Cars Have the Worst Depreciation in 2020

If you’re on the hunt for a great deal on a used car, it can almost make sense on paper to buy something that’s been hit hard by depreciation. At least until you get stuck with the first repair bill. If you plan to buy new, though, that depreciation comes right out of your pocket …

popular Jeep Wrangler off-road SUV driving at night with its lights on
Trucks & SUVs

These SUVs Hold Their Value the Best in 2020

Much like pickup trucks, some SUVs depreciate faster than others. If you buy one that holds its value, you’re less likely to end up upside down on your loan, and you’ll get more money back when you sell it. That may sound a little obvious to some, but buyers who don’t pay attention to resale …

Trucks & SUVs

These Trucks Have the Best Resale Value in 2020

In part, because new cars are incredibly expensive these days, it can come as a shock when you go to sell your car and realize it’s worse less than you thought it would be. Especially if it’s actually worth way, way less. In the past, you could generally expect a new car to be worth …

The front of a CarMax dealership
Tips, Tricks & Trends

How Does CarMax Work When Buying a Car?

OK, so let’s say you’ve decided to buy a new car. Well, new to you at least. Used car dealers have a reputation for being shady that’s often well-earned, too, so we understand why a lot of customers find used car shopping so stressful. That’s why it also makes sense why people find the idea …

A photo of the 2020 Ford Bronco outdoors.
Trucks & SUVs

A Loaded 2021 Ford Bronco Should Be More Expensive

It’s hard to overstate just how big a deal the 2021 Ford Bronco is. Chevrolet recently brought back the Blazer nameplate as a somewhat-sporty crossover, but it’s far from the legendary off-roader fans were hoping for. The Bronco, meanwhile, is arguably the only actual competitor for the Jeep Wrangler. Oh, and it looks ridiculously cool. …

A blue 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR speeding down on a dessert highway.
Crossover & Midsize

5 Affordable Range Rover Alternatives

Range Rovers aren’t exactly known for their reliability, but that still doesn’t change the fact that they’re undeniably cool. Even a previous-generation Range Rover Supercharged still looks and sounds great when it drives by. And while the owner of that used SUV may be only moments away from Range Rover-induced financial ruin, people who buy …

The front of a CarMax dealership
Tips, Tricks & Trends

How Does CarMax Work When Selling a Car?

When you watch the commercials on your TV, you get the impression that CarMax is a friendly, professional car dealer. The actors are all dressed cleanly, and they’ve got big smiles on their faces. Oh, and unlike local car dealers, the commercials actually look like they were shot by a professional. And while it may …

a pair of riders mounted on 2020 Honda Gold Wing touring bikes
2 Wheels

How to Determine the Towing Capacity of Your Motorcycle

Even with saddlebags, a tank bag, and a backpack, it’s hard to carry much cargo on a motorcycle. So when you see someone ride by pulling a trailer, of course, it’s going to look tempting. Hooking up a trailer to your motorcycle for your next road trip would be so convenient. But is it safe? …

A red 2021 Ram 1500 TRX slides through the desert in a big dust cloud
Trucks & SUVs

The Worst Things About the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX

No one needs the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. In fact, there aren’t many people who actually need a full-size pickup truck. Or a pickup truck at all. But you know what? Who cares? People buy things they don’t necessarily need all the time, and in a world where people only drive what they need the …

2021 Ram 1500 TRX racing through sand
Trucks & SUVs

How Fast Is the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX in Real Life? Crazy Fast

For years, Fiat-Chrysler (now called Stellantis after its merger with PSA) has played a game we can only assume enrages other domestic automakers. Outside of the popular Pacifica minivan, which rides on a new platform, its general approach to new models has been to stuff a bigger engine into a car it already sells. For …

2020 Kia Telluride driving down a dirt road
Crossover & Midsize

The 2021 Kia Telluride Missed 1 Big Opportunity

It’s hard to overstate just how big of a hit the Telluride has been for Kia. Since it was introduced for the 2020 model year, the Telluride was not only named MotorTrend’s SUV of the Year, but it also won the 2019 NACTOY Utility Vehicle of the Year award and made Car and Driver’s 10Best …

Several red car batteries
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Sneaky Reasons Your Car Battery Is Dying

If you don’t drive your car for several years, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise when you try to turn it on, and it won’t start. It’s normal for car batteries to lose their charge over time. But sadly, driving your car regularly still doesn’t guarantee your battery won’t ever die. So if your …

2021 Ram 1500 TRX racing through sand
Trucks & SUVs

How to Save Money on Your Next Pickup Truck

So far, we have yet to see a pickup truck offered with an MSRP above $100,000 (although a loaded Ram 1500 TRX comes close), but there’s no denying that trucks are expensive these days. That’s partly due to inflation, but all the latest safety, driver-assist, and luxury features also help jack up the price of …

2020 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali
Trucks & SUVs

2020 GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD Review

One of the most challenging parts of reviewing cars is finding a way to put yourself in the mindset of a potential buyer. As a 30-year-old enthusiast living in a crowded city, it’s clear that cars such as the Hyundai Veloster N and Honda Civic Si are aimed at people like me. But what about …

2020 GMC Sierra AT4
Trucks & SUVs

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel Drives Like a Normal Truck

Recently, we learned that the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 diesel had earned an EPA rating of 23/30/26 mpg (city/highway/combined). Granted, that figure drops a bit if you choose the 4×4 version, but still. It seems like only yesterday that we were cheering midsize pickup trucks for finally cresting 30 mpg highway. The fact that a …

A red 2020 Chevy Corvette rounds a scenic turn.

2020 Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Officially Revealed

It’s here. It’s finally here. The mid-engine Corvette is finally here. After decades of rumors, the eighth-generation Corvette has finally dropped its front-mid-engine layout in favor of a true rear-mid-engine design. And we have to say, we like the results.  Design Since Chevrolet already showed off a camouflaged prototype, the overall design isn’t much of …

2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel
Trucks & SUVs

Chevrolet Silverado Diesel Aims to Be the Most Fuel Efficient Truck Ever

When the Environmental Protection Agency releases its ratings soon, Automotive News reports that General Motors is optimistic that the diesel version of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado will post some seriously impressive numbers. The new Silverado, equipped with a new 3.0-liter inline-six diesel engine can allegedly achieve 30 to 40 miles per gallon while traveling in a …

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cost $70,300

Is there a limit to how much people will pay for a Ford Mustang? From the sound of it, we’re about to find out. That’s because what appears to be a full pricing list for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has leaked, revealing the cost of not just the car but its options, as …