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Marci Houghtlen

Marci is a mom, wife, and passionate writer from the great state of Ohio! Marci loves reading and prides herself on her organization skills and quick researching tactics.

Tesla vehicles electric chargers in the parking lot of HD - Duecitania Design Hote
Hybrids & Electrics

How Much Does a Tesla Home Charger Cost?

Tesla cars are incredible electric vehicles that have impressive ranges and performance specs. But one thing Tesla has not seemed to manage yet is the convenient charge, with owners required to either charge at a Tesla station or wait hours on end to charge their Tesla through a standard outlet at home. This all changed …

A yellow 2016 Porsche Boxster S
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What Your Car’s Color Says About You

Ever notice you’re drawn to certain car colors but not others? Popularity, trends, and availability can influence your choice of car features. But your preference for car color can also reveal a great deal about your personal experiences and personality. Does your car match your personality? And do your tastes fit with the biggest and …

Rear view of a gold 2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid on a city street at night
Hybrids & Electrics

Bentley’s Reputation for Luxury Could Change When Its Gas Guzzlers Die

When it comes to luxury and extravagance, no brand quite competes with the iconic British automaker Bentley. Known for performance and opulence, Bentley’s lineup touts powerful, luxurious vehicles. But as the world evolves and consumers’ interests change, the brand is doing what it takes to stay relevant. Knowing the luxury segment can’t ignore its environmental …

Some Mercedes-Benz models, such as this 2012 SL, have Mars Red body paint
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Got a Red Mercedes-Benz? You Should Know About This Class-Action Lawsuit Settlement

In the automotive world, the color red is often associated with speed and fun. And although many Mercedes-Benz owners believed their choice of paint color helped make their vehicles sporty standouts, some are now seeing red. In fact, after a class-action lawsuit, the color is spelling disaster for the luxury automaker. Mercedes-Benz’s trouble with Mars …

2021 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 shown in Sand Yellow and White Diamond
Sedans & Coupes

The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage Breaks the $15K Barrier

The Mitsubishi Mirage has spent the past near-decade as one of the most affordable vehicles on the market. And this subcompact offers minimal features that reflect its can’t-beat price. The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage is finally ready for the road, and for the first time, its MSRP exceeds $15,000. But is this little car worth the …

General view of atmosphere at Oscar Mayer Wienermoblie 75th birthday celebration at West 75th Street on July 18, 2011, in New York City
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Wienermobile’s Kitschy Cruise Across Majestic America

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is a household name that’s become an important part of American culture. Most know the Oscar Mayer brand thanks to its familiar colors, jingle, and hard-to-miss vehicle. One hundred years on, the hot-dog-shaped Wienermobile is still cruising America and capturing hearts. Here’s a look at where it began and where it’s headed …

Mother putting her 4-week-old baby into a car seat
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Do Car Seats Really Expire?

Car seats are one of the best safety innovations of recent decades. They seem to get more advanced and safer by the year. And every parent probably agrees they’re necessary pieces of car safety equipment for every child. But one thing many parents might believe to be a myth is indeed true. And knowing the …

2019 Lincoln Nautilus is on display at the 111th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place
Crossover & Midsize

Most of the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus Remains Unchanged

The Lincoln Nautilus took over the MKX’s name and position in the lineup as the brand’s namesake midsize SUV. And while the midsize SUV has gone through many changes throughout the years, the latest 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is directly in the middle of the current generation. So what’s updated on the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus, what’s …

Audi Q3 compact luxury SUV on display at Brussels Expo
Crossover & Midsize

Why a Used 2019 Audi Q3 Is Good Enough

The Audi Q3 is a luxury subcompact SUV that may be one of the newest competitors in the segment, but it’s easily one of the best. The 2019 model year, in particular, saw a complete redesign that brought the Q3 to the forefront of luxury SUV rankings. In fact, the nearly new 2019 Audi Q3 …

2020 Kia Sportage is on display at the 111th Annual Chicago Auto Show
Crossover & Midsize

The Best Small SUVs for Teenage Drivers You Can’t Ignore

These days SUVs are much more than cargo haulers, they’re family haulers. Today’s SUVs are smaller and more efficient than ever before, but also safer and more technologically advanced. And if you’re looking for an SUV for your teen driver, safety may be the largest deciding factor in your purchase.  Lucky for today’s parents, the …