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

  • 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe YMM Overview

    May 29, 2014

    In a market where many buyers looking for the size and comfort of a full-size SUV have gone over to the crossover segment, there is still a place for

  • 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

  • 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

  • BMW X1 vs Volvo XC60

    Apr 29, 2015

    In the battle of the compact crossover SUVs, the European contestants are less recognized than some of their leading American and Asian rivals. The BMW X1 entered the arena in

  • Honda Ridgeline vs. Nissan Frontier

    Apr 29, 2015

    These two trucks are at opposite ends of the pickup spectrum. The Honda Ridgeline functions like a car with a pickup bed, while the Nissan Frontier is designed for work

  • Kia Rio vs. Hyundai Accent

    Apr 29, 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

  • Audi A8 vs. BMW 740

    Apr 29, 2015

    The Audi A8 and the BMW 7 Series compete in the full-size luxury sedan segment of the automotive world. Similarities abound between these two sedan lineups -- including prices --

  • BMW Z4 vs. Nissan 370Z

    Apr 29, 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

  • Lexus IS 250 vs. Mercedes-Benz C250

    Apr 29, 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

  • Toyota RAV4 vs. Mazda CX-5

    Apr 29, 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