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 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.

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.

Craig's Recent News Posts

Ford Performance is Key to Better Mainstream Models

Ford Performance is Key to Better Mainstream Models
Mirroring its One Ford corporate strategy the blue oval has brought all of its global racing and motorsports divisions under one roof. The company’s SVT, Team RS and Ford Racing subsidiaries now operate under the unified banner of Ford Performance.

Apple’s Market Cap Eclipses Automakers

Apple’s Market Cap Eclipses Automakers
Apple is a giant among monsters. This California-based tech firm sells millions upon millions of iDevices and Macintosh computers every year, products that have made them prosperous beyond belief. But could the company have its eye on the automotive industry?

Top 10 Automotive Design Terms

Top 10 Automotive Design Terms
What is it that sells cars? What gets drivers to come through a dealership’s front door and sign their lives away for the next five years or better? Is it reliability ratings? Could it be customer service? What about features, performance or fuel economy? Truthfully it’s a mix of all these attributes and more.

What is Diesel Exhaust Fluid?

What is Diesel Exhaust Fluid?
Diesel engines are something of a mystery to many drivers, especially in North America where gasoline is the king of motoring fuels. Of course compression-ignition has a host of benefits compared to spark plug-equipped powerplants, not the least of which is dramatically better efficiency.

Dodge Reintroduces Challenger Shaker Models

Dodge Reintroduces Challenger Shaker Models
Looking for a Dodge Challenger with even more visual appeal? Well the folks in Auburn Hills have reintroduced their “Shaker” model for 2015. These cars feature a functional hood scoop that rams fresh air into their Hemi V8 engines.

Top 10 Things to See At The Chicago Auto Show

Top 10 Things to See At The Chicago Auto Show
Chicago Auto Show is a big deal. Each year, more people pass through  its displays than any other show on the American  circuit. Perhaps most impressively, it does so without the help of any major new car debut and this year is no exception. But that doesn’t mean you should write it off. Quite to…