Craig Cole

Craig Cole

Associate Editor Send a tip Born and raised in Southeastern, Michigan Craig was steeped in cars and mechanics from childhood, growing up around tractors, motorcycles and engines. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a keyboard. When he’s not providing AutoGuide with USDA prime content he’s out in the garage restoring his 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Some say he’s a changeling.

Craig's Recent Reviews

2016 Nissan Maxima Review

2016 Nissan Maxima Review
Don’t let photos or even video of the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima color your opinion of this car. Yes, its front end is controversial, and no, not everyone will love the way it looks, but this is a vehicle you have to see up close in natural sunlight to appreciate.

2015 Ford Mustang GT vs. 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO

2015 Ford Mustang GT vs. 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO
Seventy-odd years ago the United States and Japan were bitter enemies, embroiled in a titanic struggle that played out across vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean. Today, these great nations are on more-than-friendly terms, though there’s still a rivalry churning away beneath the surface. Instead of guns and incendiary bombs it involves pistons and suspension…

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Review

Maybach was the pinnacle of Daimler’s extensive portfolio until a couple years ago when the revival of this historical division fizzled out like a New Year’s resolution two weeks into February. The failure was hardly unexpected as many wealthy individuals had never heard of the brand nor could they afford its products, even with 4,800-month…

2015 Audi S6 Review

2015 Audi S6 Review
The Audi S4 is a tremendous machine. This Germanic sports sedan is fast, refined and able to please even the most jaundiced of drivers. With quattro traction, a slick manual transmission and right-sized body it could be the perfect all-around car. But have the engineering elves in Ingolstadt been able to translate this excellence to…

2015 Audi Q3 2.0T quattro Tiptronic Review

2015 Audi Q3 2.0T quattro Tiptronic Review
Americans are crossover crazy; we just can’t get enough of these glorified station wagons. Whether it’s their all-season capability, generous cargo capacity or improved fuel economy they have distinct advantages over sedans and traditional SUVs, upsides that account for much of their appeal.

2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 Review

2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 Review
Bentley builds some of the most bodacious luxury cars in the world. This British brand is synonymous with opulence and performance; its products scream “I’ve made it!” but as politely as possible.

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Review

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Review
Chrysler essentially dropped the mic when it introduced Hellcat versions of the Challenger coupe and Charger sedan. The supercharged 707-hp Hemi found under the hoods of these models sucked all the air out of the room, leaving press, enthusiasts and most importantly the competition gasping for breath.

Craig's Recent News Posts

Is J.D. Power IQS a Bunch of BS?

Is J.D. Power IQS a Bunch of BS?
J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study (IQS) is closely watched by automakers, media and the car-buying public. But does this highly influential report deserve the attention it receives?
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