Chris O'Neill

Chris O'Neill

Chris O'Neill grew up in the Rust Belt and has worked in the auto industry, helping Germans design cars for Americans. After relocating to downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, his foray into journalism started with an Instagram project highlighting the rare and unique vehicles encountered throughout the western United States. He now writes extensively about cars, primarily for He enjoys trail running, biking, camping and exploring the Mountain West in an old Toyota Land Cruiser with his fiance, Carolyn, and their two dogs, Timber and Lola.


The 4 Ways to Get Your Vehicle Unstuck

Whether it’s an off-camber obstacle that’s left a tire or two spinning uselessly in the air or a childlike gravitation toward whatever sloppy, muddy terrain you can find, physics and the limitations...

Chris O'Neill
Jun 18, 2019

How to Pack Your Pickup for Camping

Loading gear into a pickup demands some unique considerations as, unlike an SUV or a wagon, the cargo area is open to the elements.

Chris O'Neill
Mar 16, 2019

Affordable Upgrades to Get Your SUV Off-Road Ready

I visualized doing an aggressive overland-style build for my Land Cruiser, though it quickly became clear to me that I’d never be able to justify the ridiculously high costs of the modifications.

Chris O'Neill
Mar 9, 2019

The Best New Adventure Vehicles of 2019

From an all-new version of the legendary Jeep Wrangler to Toyota's line of desert-running TRD Pro trucks and SUVs, automakers are finding new and creative ways to satisfy demand for vehicles that...

Chris O'Neill
Feb 22, 2019