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

  • Drivers Waste $2.1 Billion Per Year on Unnecessary Premium Fuel

    Sep 28, 2016

    It's a common misconception that premium gas—usually 91 octane or higher—is better for engines that are designed to run on regular gas. In fact, if an owner's manual doesn't specify

  • Volkswagen and Bosch Fighting Public Request for Dieselgate Information

    Sep 28, 2016

    Another day, another Volkswagen dieselgate update. This time, however, it is Volkswagen—and supplier, Bosch—that's fighting back. According to a Reuters report, the two companies are battling a request for documents

  • Autonomous Cars One Step Closer to Becoming Legal in Michigan

    Sep 26, 2016

    Earlier this month, we passed on the news that Michigan’s Senate approved a bill that would make autonomous cars virtually 100 percent legal on roads in the state. Recently, those

  • Our Take: 2017 MINI Cooper Hardtop

    Sep 26, 2016

    The MINI Cooper made its return to the U.S. in 2002 under the BMW umbrella. This small and nimble people hauler became an immediate cult classic, drawing in buyers

  • Our Take: 2017 Honda Ridgeline

    Sep 26, 2016

    The Ridgeline was a staple in Honda’s lineup from 2006 through 2014, but sales and demand tapered off through the 2010s. This led to the model going on a

  • Audi A4 vs. Lexus IS 300

    Sep 22, 2016

    Ever since Audi’s compact sedan appeared in 1996, the elegantly upscale A4 has closely rivaled the BMW 3 Series. Both are refined German-brand vehicles, but BMW has held the lead—though

  • Audi A4 vs. Lexus IS 200t

    Sep 22, 2016

    Audi’s elegantly upscale compact sedan has competed against BMW’s 3 Series and other premium family sedans for a long time. Although the A4 approaches BMW-level refinement, it doesn’t quite reach

  • Cadillac ATS vs. Audi A4

    Sep 22, 2016

    The Cadillac ATS and Audi A4 have both recently undergone big changes. The ATS sees the elimination of its wheezy base engine in favor of its turbocharged four-cylinder. The A4,

  • Audi A4 vs. Lincoln MKZ

    Sep 22, 2016

    For many years, Lincoln has been the black sheep of the luxury car segment. This has mostly been due to its lack of creativity as it badge-engineered existing Ford vehicles.

  • Audi A4 vs. Mercedes-Benz C300

    Sep 22, 2016

    The compact luxury sedan market has been a hotly contested segment for many years, with models that attract buyers on a budget who want the prestige of a luxury car.