Craig Cole
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.

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Top 10 Trucks for Urban Cowboys

Top 10 Trucks for Urban Cowboys

Once upon a time trucks were built for work. They had manual door locks, crank windows and AM radios, if they had any sound system at all. Leather seats, air conditioning and voice-activated distractions were out of the question. Like a framing hammer, pickups were simple and effective. For decades they were purpose-made for hard-working...
Ask AutoGuide No. 3 – Dad’s Dilemma

Ask AutoGuide No. 3 – Dad’s Dilemma

Like veteran 911 operators AutoGuide’s expertly trained staff is here to help at anytime, day or night… as long as they can respond via e-mail and at their convenience. Ask AutoGuide is our newest weekly feature and it’s off like a prom dress. Literally tens of people have written in asking for assistance in purchasing...
2013 Lincoln MKZ Review

2013 Lincoln MKZ Review

With a flurry of new Lincoln product on the way, the 2013 MKZ is the first of this new breed. Can it get the brand back on the road to prosperity or is Lincoln a lost cause?

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Mazda Reveals Skyactiv Chassis for Upcoming Miata

Mazda Reveals Skyactiv Chassis for Upcoming Miata
Despite its dainty proportions the Mazda Miata is always a big deal, especially when there’s a new one on the way. To help celebrate this iconic roadster’s 25th anniversary the company brought in a throng of historic models and put ‘em on display here at the New York Auto Show. Heritage is important, especially with...

Land Rovers Discovery Vision Concept is an SUV of the Future

Land Rovers Discovery Vision Concept is an SUV of the Future
Land Rover is synonymous with off roading the way McDonalds is to fast food or the airline industry is to terrible service. This rough-and-tumble British brand revealed its cutting-edge Discovery Vision concept right here in the urban jungle of Manhattan. Aside from all of the advanced technology this puppy is loaded with, it also indicates...

New 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Bows in NYC

New 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Bows in NYC
Volkswagen’s updated 2015 Jetta just took a bow in Manhattan. But what’s actally new about this car? It looks practically the same as the one that’s on the market right now. Honestly, it’s hard to tell them apart. As automotive refreshes go this one has got to be about as minor as they get, from...

Take it All Off! BMW Reveals Drop-Top 2015 M4 Convertible

Take it All Off! BMW Reveals Drop-Top 2015 M4 Convertible
BMW is adding another dimension to its ultra-high-performance family of M vehicles. The new M3 sedan and M4 coupe will soon be joined by a drop-top model. Predictably, the 2015 M4 Convertible is basically a standard M4 with a retractable metal roof. Hopefully engineers did more than just attack the coupe with a can opener...

2015 Ford Focus On Display in the Big Apple

2015 Ford Focus On Display in the Big Apple
In a push to retain strong global sales momentum Ford has restyled its popular Focus compact car for the 2015 model year. It’s on display for all to see at the New York International Auto Show. Chances are the first thing you’ll notice is this vehicle’s front end; it’s got a restyled grille that makes...

2015 X4 is BMWs Latest Sports Activity Coupe

2015 X4 is BMWs Latest Sports Activity Coupe
Like an angry chef armed with a Ginsu BMW is slicin’ and dicin’ the automotive market. It seems like there’s no niche too small, no white space worth leaving alone. In the interest of filling every possible product category, the German automaker revealed their new X4 Sports Activity Coupe in New York. You can think...

Porsche 919 Hybrid Racecar States its Case in New York

Porsche 919 Hybrid Racecar States its Case in New York
Naturally racecars are about maximum performance, neck-snapping acceleration, organ-bruising lateral grip and of course enough stopping power to rip the skin off your forehead. The Porsche 919 Hybrid is one such machine, but that’s not all. Racecars are also about the future. Automakers use them to test and prove advanced technologies that eventually find their...

Audi A3 Sportback Returns to America as Diesel-Only

Audi A3 Sportback Returns to America as Diesel-Only
When it comes to cars, pretty much all automotive journalists lust after diesel-powered, rear-wheel-drive station wagons with manual transmissions. Believe it or not, Audi is happy to answer the call… sort of. Well, one out of those four criteria isn’t bad; the new A3 TDI Sportback is diesel powered. The folks in Ingolstadt are set...

Chrysler 300 vs. Chevrolet SS vs. Cadillac CTS

Chrysler 300 vs. Chevrolet SS vs. Cadillac CTS
The large, rear-wheel-drive sedan is a uniquely American phenomenon. Like bison, they used to roam free across the continent in an enormous herd that couldn’t be numbered, not even with an industrial-size abacus. But just like their furry, hoofed counterparts these cars have all but disappeared, victims of that relentless and unstoppable force called progress....

GM Asks Employees to Speak Up on Safety Issues

GM Asks Employees to Speak Up on Safety Issues
GM’s ongoing ignition switch scandal has left it with more than a bit of egg on the face; try an entire omelet. As the investigation continues, two engineers have been placed on paid leave because of their connection to the recall, but that’s not all the company’s doing to address safety. CEO Mary Barra said...

2014 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards Announced

2014 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards Announced
The folks at Kelley Blue Book have released their annual Brand Image Awards. The study, now in its seventh year, honors automakers for excelling in certain areas. Categories include things like best performance brand, most refined brand and most trusted brand. Overall there are 13 winners and the results may surprise or even appall you....

Used Vehicle Prices Hit All-Time High

Used Vehicle Prices Hit All-Time High
Considering a pre-owned vehicle instead of a brand-new model? Going used is generally a good idea but you may want to think twice about the decision because prices are creeping upward. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the wholesale cost of second-hand cars and trucks up to eight years old increased by 3.7...
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