Justin Cupler

Automotive Editor

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

Recent Contributions by Justin

  • Our Take: 2016 Jeep Compass

    The Jeep Compass debuted as an ungainly box back in 2007, but received a pleasant redesign in 2011 that drew a lot of inspiration from the Grand Cherokee. Now,

  • Our Take: 2016 Jeep Cherokee

    Jeep revived the Cherokee in 2014 to mixed reviews, as its new look was a love-it-or-hate-it proposition. It still has looks that polarize Jeep fans, but its capabilities have

  • Our Take: 2016 Buick Verano

    Buick has continuously worked on its image over the past decade, as it tries to shed the reputation as the car of choice for retirees. Sure, selling cars to

  • Our Take: 2016 Jeep Patriot

    In its earlier days, Jeep focused on creating SUVs that made up for their lack of style with great off-road abilities. The 2016 Patriot harks back to these days

  • Our Take: 2016 Volvo XC60

    Volvo has long been a brand that focused on functionality and safety first, then worried about styling. In recent years, however, the looks of Volvo’s vehicles has finally caught

  • Audi Q5 vs. Porsche Macan

    Sep 30, 2015

    The compact crossover segment has been one of the fastest growing automotive classes lately. In fact, it has been growing so quickly, even Porsche has gotten into the fun with

  • MINI Countryman vs. FIAT 500X

    Sep 30, 2015

    MINI and FIAT are typically known for creating tiny cars that are built to handle maneuvering and parking in crowded cities. Over the years, both brands have grown in size,

  • Kia K900 vs. Hyundai Equus

    Sep 30, 2015

    The luxury sedan segment has recently been infiltrated by two sister brands that are traditionally thought of as budget automakers. Kia and Hyundai have released their two high-end sedans, which

  • Mazda CX-3 vs. Chevrolet Trax

    Sep 30, 2015

    The subcompact crossover segment is still relatively new, but don’t start thinking that the competition isn’t fierce. In fact, automakers are creating new vehicles that fit this niche in droves,

  • Kia Cadenza vs. Toyota Avalon

    Sep 30, 2015

    For many years, some automakers have launched vehicles in what has been informally called the "sub-luxury" market. These are cars that are not quite full-blown luxury rigs, but have the