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

2015 Ford Expedition Review

2015 Ford Expedition Review
You’re never supposed to judge a book by its cover, but whoever came up with that adage obviously never saw a bound version of the U.S. tax code. The 2015 Ford Expedition looks almost exactly like the model it’s replacing but is there more to this story than meets the eye?

2015 Honda CR-V Review

2015 Honda CR-V Review
Honda honed its popular CR-V compact crossover to a razor-sharp edge for 2015, giving it more power, a stronger structure and an extra helping of advanced technology. What’s not to like? The answer just might surprise you.

2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4 Limited Review

2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4 Limited Review
Hyundai has lobbed a thoroughly refreshed version of its popular Sonata into the heart of the midsize-sedan market. But does this updated model have what it takes to compete with segment heavyweights?

2015 Lexus RC F Review

The LFA supercar may be a rapidly fading memory but the folks at Lexus have been hard at work on a new high-performance coupe. The RC F promises a riotously fun driving experience, but can it stack up to the vaunted vehicles it’s supposed to compete with?

2014 Audi S4 Review

2014 Audi S4 Review
Audi’s aging S4 proves that getting old isn’t always a bad thing. This sports sedan offers an intoxicating blend of style, features and performance that can still wow even the most jaundiced driver.

2014 Audi SQ5 Review

2014 Audi SQ5 Review
Audi’s SQ5 luxury crossover delivers sports-car performance with enough utility for the whole family. But has the company struck an appropriate balance between fun and function?

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz is introducing a brand-new C-Class this year. The car brings advanced technology, exciting new engines and a more spacious cabin to market. On paper it has everything necessary to top its rivals but how does it perform in the real world?

Craig's Recent News Posts

Golf R Variant is a Station by Another Name

Golf R Variant is a Station by Another Name
Proving that station wagons don’t have to be boring the “Volks” at VW revealed their Golf R Variant at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This European estate marries family-friendly versatility with tire-smoking performance, well, not exactly.

Scion iM Concept Production-Bound Next Year

Scion iM Concept Production-Bound Next Year
It may seem like Toyota’s Scion brand is trapped in the automotive doldrums but three new models are set to blow into showrooms over the next few years. One of these cars is a production version of this blue concept.

BMW ‘eMpowers’ Crossovers with 2015 X5 M and X6 M

BMW ‘eMpowers’ Crossovers with 2015 X5 M and X6 M
Where better to reveal a pair of high-performance, luxury crossovers than Los Angeles? This is a market rife with Hollywood moguls, plastic surgeons and investment bankers. Customers like these often demand bodacious styling, bonkers acceleration and boatloads of creature comforts. Fortunately for the elite that call this town home both the 2015 BMW X5 M…

2016 Mazda6 Gains Fresh Features and Design

2016 Mazda6 Gains Fresh Features and Design
The Mazda6 is a leader in the sedan segment but the company is not about to let this mainstay model go stale. They’ve given it a nice refresh for the 2016 model year, which made its world debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Mazda CX-5 Gets Updated for 2016 Model Year

Mazda CX-5 Gets Updated for 2016 Model Year
Mazda’s product blitz is in full swing at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Along with the all-new CX-3 crossover and a reworked Mazda6 sedan this independent Japanese automaker has also revealed an updated version of its CX-5.

10 Older Vehicles We’re NOT in Love With

10 Older Vehicles We’re NOT in Love With
A few weeks ago we published a Top 10 list focusing on some of our favorite in-production vehicles that are getting on in years. In spite of their geriatric status these cars and trucks are aging gracefully, still capable of plastering a big ol’ grin across the lower portion of your face.

Ford Teases Mustang GT350, Again

Ford Teases Mustang GT350, Again
Ford has released the second teaser video of five highlighting a mysterious performance vehicle. We think they’re spearheading the introduction of their much-rumored Mustang GT350.