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About Sue Mead

Sue Mead
Sue Mead is an automotive journalist and author, as well as an off-road adventurer and racer. She travels the globe test driving cars and trucks, working for magazines, newspapers, television, radio and the Internet to provide vehicle reviews, as well as adventure stories about racing and automotive expeditions throughout the world. Mead began her automotive career as a part-time freelance evaluator for Four Wheeler Magazine in 1988, on the first team that included women as test drivers. She specializes in 4WD, has been a 4WD editor for CNN/fn television and has accumulated enough off-road miles to have circumnavigated the world. Mead’s adventures have taken her to 70 countries. She has participated in three record-setting adventures drives: The ’95 Arctic20Circle Challenge; The ’96 Tip-to-Tip Challenge; and the ’97 TransAmerica Challenge, which broke the previous TransAmerica Guinness Book of Records drive. She has competed in the Baja 1000 six times; was a co-driver on the famed Paris-Dakar rally in 2000; and joined the LONGITUDE Around-the-World drive team to help raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s Disease. Mead has been featured in the documentary “Into the Dust” and in the movie “From Dust to Glory”. Mead was inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007 and was the Driver of Record, winning the Open Production Class in the 2011 Dakar Rally.

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2014 Nissan Versa Note: Nissan Says it’s Your ‘Door to More’!

What is it?  With three names and three trim lines, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note seems like a lot of car, at least on paper. But call it, simply, ‘the Note’, as they do in non-U.S. automotive markets… (more)
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2014 Jeep Compass: The Compass Points to Good Value

Compass is a rough-road ready compact SUV with some appealing new features, updated powertrain and notable off-road credentials. If compact SUVs are the new station wagon, Compass is certainly competing in a fiercely contested race to set the new standard… (more)
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The 2014 Ford Fiesta: Updated Ford Fiesta Brings More to the Party

Already a comeback darling of the automotive world, the 2014 Fiesta has been re-thought and re-drawn for this model year, with a new, performance-oriented ST trim level, more standard features, and the availability of updated MyFordTouch electronics/telematics system.  From… (more)
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Sisters on the Fly: Cowgirls Have Fun!

Imagine an eye-popping caravan of brand-named trailers ablaze in western motifs like sassy cowgirls in spirited tops, boots and hats that are busy twirling ropes, straddling horses on steep mountainsides, or fly-fishing.  Across America, few vintage trailers and caravans… (more)
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Vikings in a Volvo

We are modern-day Vikings and our ship is a Volvo XC70 T6 All-Wheel-Drive crossover vehicle. At least, that’s what my friend Laurie and I imagine: we are Vikings, but the ‘ship’ is for real! I have Swedish ancestry… (more)
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Heels and Wheels

What’s driving women in the car market today? It’s not simply that for the first time in history there are more women licensed to drive than men, but women also control more than $13 trillion in personal wealth today, as… (more)
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The 2014 GMC Sierra: Same but Different-WWJD and WWSOD?

 El Capitan Canyon Campground, California: On a rural road near my New England home town, a barn has the acronym WWJD painted on the side. It took me a few drive-bys to get it. What Would Jesus Do? is… (more)
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How to Satisfy Your Inner Racer: For You or the “Father” in Your Life

Are you one of those people? You know the kind I mean: Revving you vehicle’s engine at stop lights; TiVo-ing Formula One races from Europe; spending more time than is really healthy reading car mags, aftermarket catalogues and… (more)
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2014 Kia Cadenza: Smart is the New Rich

Kia’s all-new 2014 Cadenza is the latest in a quickly-growing segment that you might call the ‘have-it-all sedan’: great technology, beautiful styling and a modest price point. This not-quite luxury category is giving traditional high-end carmakers a run for their… (more)
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The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado: Five New Things Worth the Wait!

 We’ve been awaiting the first drive of the all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado and just found it was worth the wait! Climbing into the saddle of GM’s updated light-duty trucks at the Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas, we discovered… (more)