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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.

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 …

In this photo illustration a GPS logo seen displayed on a smartphone for potential use on a boat
Marine & RVs

Save Money on a Boat GPS and Download This Handy App Instead

When a boat comes equipped with navigation equipment and GPS, expensive bells and whistles often come to mind. But today’s innovation carries through to the boating industry, making boating easier and more convenient year after year. And in a world where the world is stored in your phone, that includes the water. The next time …

The BMW M235i Racing Cup of Stephen Gu, Li Fei,Stefan Beyer and Christopher Hewer drives during qualifying for the Hankook 24 Hours Dubai Race
Sedans & Coupes

The 2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe Is a Big Disappointment

The 2020 M235i xDrive Gran Coupe is BMW’s high-performance version of the four-door, 2 Series Gran Coupe (228i xDrive). As one of BMW’s most-recent debuts, the sports car world and BMW fans alike waited with anticipation. But the confusing BMW M235i xDrive may be getting more attention in the way of raised eyebrows than impressed …

2020 Ram ProMaster on the highway with trees
Trucks & SUVs

Does the Ram ProMaster Make a Reliable Camper Van?

Although van life has been popular for several years now, recently, camping has exploded as more people move away from cities and work remotely. Some people choose RVs and trailers already built for camping, but those who don’t want to feel tied to RV parks tend to convert a van. You’re more likely to see camper vans in the wilderness or a …

Cadillac XT6 front grille shot
Trucks & SUVs

What Makes Cadillac’s Super Cruise Technology Special?

Technology has grown exponentially in the automobile world in recent years, and every brand on the market is looking for its piece of the action. Brands must develop and produce significant technology that brings in consumers and keeps it a pace above the rest. And with the introduction of Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology, innovation is more …

A Mastercraft X30 boat is displayed at the Sydney International Boat Show
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What Is the Best Time To Buy a Boat?

Shopping for a boat is an exciting time, with the anticipation of adventure on the open water overwhelming many people in the market. Everything in today’s world comes better at a bargain and finding the best deal on your future boat helps make life on the water that much sweeter. But when is the best …

The immediate predecessor of the 2021 Telluride SUV is introduced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
Crossover & Midsize

The 2021 Kia Telluride Is Still Edmunds’ Favorite SUV

The Kia Telluride debuted for the 2020 model year and hit the SUV segment with a bang. Automatically garnering popularity and top ratings from experts, the Telluride excelled all expectations. But with a new model year rolling around, can the 2021 Kia Telluride keep up the momentum? According to experts, the newest Telluride is here …

The all new Mazda3 during the L.A. Auto Show
Sedans & Coupes

Is the 2021 Mazda3 Worth the Upgrade Over 2020?

The Mazda3 is one of the most popular small cars on the road today. Boasting space, fuel-efficiency, and a spunky attitude, the zippy Mazda3 is one of the brand’s best-selling cars. The new 2021 Mazda3 will be hitting dealerships with some new changes, but with the 2020 Mazda3 already wowing experts, will it be worth …

New 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Limited Black in the desert with a colorful sunset sky
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is Diesel Practical for an Everyday Vehicle?

Powerful diesel engines have powered our most potent vehicles like trucks and SUVs for more than a century. Like the gasoline engine’s bigger and more-muscular brother, the diesel engine has long-been associated with capability, not practicality. But while the diesel and gas engine differ in various ways, can the diesel engine share its gas sibling’s ability for practical, daily …