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 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.

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster Review

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster Review
If you want an open-air Aston Martin you have a few choices. There’s a drop-top version of their DB9, you could opt for the brand’s Vanquish Volante, a convertible variant of their ultimate grand-touring car, and then there’s the Vantage Roadster.

2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT Coupe Review

2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT Coupe Review
The Vantage serves as Aston Martin’s entry-level model, if something with a six-figure price tag could ever be described as basic. This lustily styled two-door is offered as either a coupe or an open-air roadster, though both models are sweeter than confectioner’s sugar.

2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe Review

2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe Review
Aston Martin’s Vanquish is low, long and lusciously shaped. This ultra-luxury automobile sits at the top of this company’s rarified lineup serving as the ultimate grand-touring automobile, their flagship sports car. And this model certainly plays that role to the letter, looking, acting and even sounding every bit like the superstar it is.

2015 Aston Martin Rapide S Review

2015 Aston Martin Rapide S Review
Chances are you’re familiar with the duck test. This little saying goes as follows: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck then it’s probably a duck. Likewise if a car has four doors, comes with a back seat and offers a separate storage compartment then it’s probably…

2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum Review

2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum Review
“When it drives down the road you’re going to see this thing,” said Al Gardner during his opening remarks at the media drive of the new 2015 300. The Chrysler brand’s president and CEO isn’t kidding; this sedan’s grille is roughly a third larger than the outgoing version’s.

2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Review

2015 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Review
Maybe you’ve noticed the updated Volkswagen Touareg. Scratch that, it’s a safer bet you haven’t seen one of these premium crossovers. Enhanced for 2015 the vehicle gains a variety of features that are sure to please drivers, even if they have a hard time seeing them.

Craig's Recent News Posts

Should I Use Fuel Injector Cleaner?

Should I Use Fuel Injector Cleaner?
You’re walking down the aisle of your local auto-parts store and you happen to notice the shelf full of fuel-system cleaners. They might be nestled between oil additives and those bottles of goo designed to quiet noisy engines. The packaging looks nice and the price is usually right, but is this stuff a necessary maintenance…

NHTSA May Reopen Investigation into Jeep Fires

NHTSA May Reopen Investigation into Jeep Fires
Nearly 3 million older Jeeps may be coming under NHTSA’s microscope once again. The federal agency could reopen an investigation into these vehicles because there have been dozens of gas-tank fires following rear-end crashes.

Self-Driving Hyundais Could be here by 2020

Self-Driving Hyundais Could be here by 2020
While Toyota and Nissan are both scrambling to introduce lower-cost safety systems in mainstream models, Hyundai is pushing advanced assistance systems and aims to have a new autonomous driving feature ready by the year 2020.

How GM Engineered a Lighter Chevy Malibu

How GM Engineered a Lighter Chevy Malibu
The Chevrolet Malibu is all new for 2016 and it certainly looks the part, but more importantly than design is just how much weight this midsize sedan has lost. Engineers have trimmed it down by around 300 pounds. That’s like dropping the equivalent of a professional wrestler!

March 2015 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers

March 2015 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers
With another March in the history books so is winter, arguably the most deplorable season of all, especially if you live in an area that receives all manner of weather. Luckily for the car business unpredictable conditions didn’t keep new-vehicle shoppers at bay, quite the contrary actually.