Cynthia Gast

Automotive Editor

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Cynthia Gast is an automotive writer with a lifelong interest in how things work, including cars. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading the works of other writers, visiting historic sites, quilting, going to the drag races, and, of course, figuring out how things work.

Recent Contributions by Cynthia

  • Lexus ES 350 vs. Infiniti G37

    Dec 1, 2015

    The midsize luxury sedan segment caters to a wide range of driver ages and styles. Choices range from cars that focus on luxurious comfort, like the Lexus ES 350, to

  • Lexus IS 250 vs. Mercedes-Benz C250

    Mar 30, 2015

    The Lexus IS 250 and the Mercedes-Benz C250 are both the base models in their manufacturer’s lineup of entry luxury sedans. As such, while higher levels within their lines may

  • Kia Rio vs. Hyundai Accent

    Jan 27, 2015

    Although the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Accent share many of their components, such as their 1.6-liter engine, they are not the same car sharing two badges. The Accent is

  • Toyota RAV4 vs. Mazda CX-5

    Jan 21, 2015

    We could call this comparison “An Oldie but Goodie Meets the New Kid on the Block.” Toyota’s RAV4 dates back to 1996, making it one of the first compact SUVs

  • Chevrolet Equinox vs. Mazda CX-5

    Jan 21, 2015

    The Chevrolet Equinox and the Mazda CX-5 are both relative newcomers in the compact SUV segment. The Equinox debuted in 2005 and went into its second generation in 2010, while

  • BMW Z4 vs. Nissan 370Z

    Jan 20, 2015

    On paper, the BMW Z4 and the Nissan 370Z show some differences in equipment and features, but they don’t look radically different from each other. They both had redesigns within

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf YMM Overview

    Nov 11, 2014

    The Nissan Leaf has been hailed as the car that took the concept of an all-electric vehicle from a car-show attraction to a functional everyday driver. That was in

  • 2015 Ford Escape YMM Overview

    Oct 30, 2014

    Since the Ford Escape’s extensive redesign in 2013, this compact crossover SUV has remained essentially unchanged. Sales continue to climb, keeping this popular vehicle among the top SUVs. What's

  • 2015 Kia Cadenza YMM Overview

    Oct 10, 2014

    In its first year, the Kia Cadenza was noticed for its sporty appearance and the fact that although it is a full-size luxury sedan, it doesn’t drive like a

  • 2015 Buick Verano YMM Overview

    Oct 1, 2014

    The Verano, now in its fourth year of production, is a small luxury sedan that seats four comfortably and five in a pinch. It features up-to-date electronics, with several