Joel Patel

Joel Patel

Joel is a dog lover, a foodie, and an automotive junkie. He’s usually tinkering away on one of his latest Craigslist finds or trying to find a new food spot on the weekends. His love for all things with an engine emerged at a young age, as he watched his father work on cars and has been obsessively chasing after them ever since. When not near a car or writing about one, he’s gaming, attending a baseball game, traveling, or watching a movie.

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Mazda's sporty CX-3 is a riot to drive -- as long as you don't do it every day

With good looks and an athletic chassis, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is one of the better looking and handling crossovers. Mazda’s baby CUV struggles as a daily driver, lacking the interior space, usability, and comfortable ride of its…
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta offers German refinement and tech at an affordable price

With enough tech to make villains jealous, the Volkswagen Jetta punches above its class as a forward-thinking sedan. Spacious, comfortable, and efficient, the Jetta is a refined offering. German refinement comes with a serious attitude.
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Tech updates and bold styling make the Toyota Camry even more alluring

The Toyota Camry offers space for people and gear and it cruises effortlessly. These attributes once made sedans the king of the car market, but it's no longer enough. The tech matters, too. Luckily, the Camry has tricks up its sleeve.
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Toyota’s 2019 Yaris XLE may be small in stature, but it’s big on value

Offering tons of value, the Yaris combines an excellent chassis, a handsome interior, and a fuel-efficient engine, all courtesy of Mazda, at a price that’s reminiscent of a Scion.
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Gas or electric? The 2019 Chevy Volt finally delivers the best of both

The Chevrolet Volt is a car that offers you the best of both worlds without compromise. Tricks learned from the Bolt EV allow you to regain some electric range while driving – a novel skill that comes in handy.
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The 2018 Kia Forte5 SX is one step short of a hot hatch

It’s not a true hot hatch, but the Forte5 SX comes awfully close to being one. And with loads of standard features at a reasonable price, you’ll be too busy enjoy your heated seats and Apple CarPlay to mind the missing power or sloppy…