Justin Cupler

Automotive Editor

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

Recent Contributions by Justin

  • 3/4 Front Glamour 2021 Ford Ranger

    2021 Ford Ranger Review

    February 8, 2021

    Legit pickup stuffed into a confusing segment: There's a reason the midsize pickup segment was essentially dead for a brief period about a decade ago:…

  • 3/4 Front Glamour 2021 Lexus LS

    2021 Lexus LS Review

    February 8, 2021

    A legit alternative to segment leaders. For five generations, the Lexus LS has sat atop the brand’s sedan lineup, but never has it been as…

  • 3/4 Front Glamour 2021 Dodge Challenger

    2021 Dodge Challenger Review

    February 1, 2021

    Getting finer with age: The Dodge Challenger went through its last redesign way back in 2008. Sure, it’s seen a lot of under-the-skin changes, like…

  • 3/4 Front Glamour 2021 Lexus GX

    2021 Lexus GX Review

    January 11, 2021

    Not hiding its age, but it really should. Full-size luxury SUVs are slow to change, and buyers understand this. The 2021 Lexus GX is no…

  • 3/4 Front Glamour 2021 Mazda Mazda6

    2021 Mazda Mazda6 Review

    January 11, 2021

    Dated but still a stunner. The bones of the 2021 Mazda Mazda6 have been around since 2014, giving it one of the oldest designs in…

  • 3/4 Front Glamour 2021 Mazda CX-9

    2021 Mazda CX-9 Review

    January 11, 2021

    A three-row crossover that really isn’t. The crossover segment has logic to it. There are subcompacts and compacts for those looking for a small vehicle,…

  • 3/4 Front Glamour 2021 BMW X1

    2021 BMW X1 Review

    December 30, 2020

    Balanced tiny crossover with some base-level punch. BMW is known for squeezing every ounce of performance from even its simplest vehicles. Well, they get no…

  • 3/4 Front Glamour 2021 Mazda CX-5

    2021 Mazda CX-5 Review

    December 30, 2020

    New infotainment screen, same zippy crossover. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 gains a new standard 10.25-inch infotainment screen and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but…

  • 3/4 Front Glamour 2021 Chevrolet Corvette

    2021 Chevrolet Corvette Review

    December 30, 2020

    No dollar-for-dollar match. Last year, Chevy finally caved to the demands of the late, great Zora Arkus-Duntov, who was the first person on record to…

  • 3/4 Front Glamour 2021 Chevrolet Equinox

    2021 Chevrolet Equinox Review

    December 30, 2020

    It’s a crossover – that’s about it. The Chevrolet Equinox has long lived its life blending in with the crowd. The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is…

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