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.

Craig’s Suggested Reading

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?

Craig’s Recent News Posts View all News

Infographic: Jaguar F-Type Coupe Aluminum Structure

Infographic: Jaguar F-Type Coupe Aluminum Structure
Jaguar’s sultry new F-Type Coupe is the real deal. This sports car offers jaw-dropping performance, beautiful coachwork and a luxurious interior. But there’s so much more to it than a pretty face. The F-Type has wowed jaded critics, including the humble editors of AutoGuide.com.  The car is equipped with some seriously powerful engines including a...

Abalta WebLink Makes Smartphone Integration Affordable

Abalta WebLink Makes Smartphone Integration Affordable
After a good decade and a half in-vehicle infotainment is still something of a mess. Practically every automaker has taken its own approach to implementing advanced connectivity technology. And just like freshly fallen snowflakes no two solutions are alike. OEMs, suppliers and third-party companies are battling for consumer mindshare as well as the precious real...

Top 10 Production Cars With Outrageous Spoilers

Top 10 Production Cars With Outrageous Spoilers
Performance is more than racing stripes, chin splitters or gigantic exhaust tips. Speed is not something you can simply apply with sticky film or push clips; it takes careful engineering and attention to detail. Accordingly many new vehicles are dressed up with spoilers for an athletic look and ostensibly more down force at speed. Some...

Why Rear-Drive Cars Struggle in Small Overlap Test

Why Rear-Drive Cars Struggle in Small Overlap Test
The Insurance Institute for Highway’s Safety’s (IIHS) small-overlap test is one of the hardest crash evaluations for a vehicle to pass, and interestingly, rear-wheel-drive models have a much more difficult time doing well for several reasons. What makes this test so tough is that vehicles are run at 40 mph into a five-foot-tall rigid barrier,...

2015 Ford Mustang Weight-to-Power Ratios Explored

2015 Ford Mustang Weight-to-Power Ratios Explored
The 2015 Ford Mustang promises to be a better car in just about every measurable way compared to the outgoing model. It’s got extra power, a much more advanced chassis and loads of advanced technology. But how will it perform? Let’s explore this car’s weight-to-power ratio. WEIGHT, WEIGHT… DO TELL ME! Much to the relief...

Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Non-Hybrid Family Sedans

Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Non-Hybrid Family Sedans
  Midsize sedans are a big deal; this segment is one of the most important in the automotive industry. Corporate fortunes are won or lost on the backs of these versatile, hard-working cars. With gasoline around $4.00 per gallon in many markets, drivers are feeling the summertime squeeze. To combat budget-busting fill-ups here’s a list...

2015 Ford Mustang Ride Along

2015 Ford Mustang Ride Along
Ford is hard at work putting the finishing touches on its hotly anticipated 2015 Mustang, which is expected to go on sale this fall. Regrettably we haven’t been offered any time in the driver’s seat but we did get the next best thing: a chance to ride shotgun for a few hot laps. Ok, being...

Supplier Testing Cylinder Deactivation on 3-Cylinder Engines

Supplier Testing Cylinder Deactivation on 3-Cylinder Engines
Fuel economy is a top concern these days as automakers, suppliers and consumers alike strive to stretch every drop of petroleum as far as possible. Cylinder deactivation is a key way of bolstering the large-print numbers on a vehicle’s window sticker. Today this technology is primarily used on large-displacement engines. GM’s LS V8 family as...

Chrysler 300S vs. Chevrolet SS vs. BMW 335i

Chrysler 300S vs. Chevrolet SS vs. BMW 335i
Ask AutoGuide, the internet’s premiere vehicular-advice column is back in business. But like a long-running Broadway musical you’d better act fast because this is strictly a limited-time engagement. In contrast to productions like Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera or Cats this performance won’t drag on for hours so hopefully you don’t fall asleep...

Top 10 Sexiest Cars

Top 10 Sexiest Cars
Aphrodisiacs are substances that supposedly increase sexual desire. These items can range from the benign like ginseng or honey to the straight-up bizarre. Obviously many (most?) of these folk remedies fall squarely in the realm of pseudoscience. But if you really need to get fired up, automobiles bring the heat better than a platter of...

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
One of the most anxiously anticipated vehicles of the past few years is Alfa Romeo’s sultry new 4C sports car. Since the first concept version bowed in 2011 this product has seemingly whipped all of automotive journalism into a froth that’s stiffer than the peaks of a baked meringue. This much-hyped and oft-delayed product is...

Visiting the Petersen Automotive Museum: Mega Gallery

Visiting the Petersen Automotive Museum: Mega Gallery
The Petersen Automotive Museum is one of the best car-themed attractions in the United States. Located west of downtown Los Angeles this motoring Mecca is a must-see for vehicular enthusiasts. Along with places like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum and The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., the Petersen is an absolute treat. If you’re a...
View more from Craig