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Gabrielle DeSantis

I am an exotic car enthusiast with a passion for sharing my love of cars and trying to get my dogs to stop barking at the wind. I spend most of my spare time in my garage or at the gym, but I can be spotted in the wild at many local car shows in Central Florida.

Hyundai Kona Hybrid compact crossover suv on display at Brussels Expo
Trucks & SUVs

Consumer Report’s List of Best Stress-Free SUVs

There are a lot of reasons to buy an SUV — in fact, SUV popularity has skyrocketed in the few years according to The New York Times. Luxury and performance brands, including Lamborghini and Aston Martin, have even joined the SUV market, but that doesn’t discourage us from all of the more affordable options. Driving …

A close-up of a silver Mercedes-Benz brake caliper
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Why Do Worn Out Brakes Make a High-Pitched Squeal?

Have you ever noticed your brakes making that dreadful, high-pitched squealing noise and wondered why it was there? For the driver that has a general understanding of car maintenance, you may know that this noise indicates that your brake pads are nearing the end of their useful life. There can actually be several reasons why …

2021 Nissan Leaf on dark highway
Hybrids & Electrics

The Awkward 2021 Nissan Leaf is Genuinely Underrated

Buying an electric vehicle sounds like a rather daunting task for some consumers. The idea of owning an electric car can be a foreign concept to drivers who have only ever known standard gasoline-powered cars, but it can also be exciting. Companies like Tesla that produce only electric vehicles seem to take center stage, but …

A look at the interior of the 2021 Kia Forte GT
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Kia UVO Link Shutdown Plagues Owners for Days

It seems these days everyone has a cellphone on hand at all times. So, it isn’t surprising that auto manufacturers have worked to find ways to integrate the technology in your car with your cellphone, and for Kia, that means the UVO Link. While the UVO link application has proved handy for many Kia owners, …

A 2022 Nissan Pathfinder hidden by a cloud of dust
Trucks & SUVs

Nissan Teases a 2022 Pathfinder Worth Waiting For

The Nissan Pathfinder is far from the most popular SUV on the road today. It seems to check plenty of boxes: affordable, low-maintenance, and a decent option for a family vehicle. In previous years, however, the Pathfinder has been relatively lack-luster for many people, and it has struggled to compete with the family SUVs from …

A silver 2021 Ford Explorer with a bag mounted on its roof rack driving down a dirt road
Trucks & SUVs

The 2021 Ford Explorer Already Has One Scary Recall

The Ford Explorer has always seemed to be an affordable and reliable option for an SUV. Whether you are looking for something family-friendly or just want the extra space, the Ford Explorer has a lot to offer. Sure, it’s not the fanciest thing on the market, but that isn’t always what we want from such …

A white 2021 Ford Explorer sits near the water with a beautiful sunrise behind
Trucks & SUVs

What’s New With the 2021 Ford Explorer Interior

The Ford Explorer is the tried-and-true SUV that pairs affordability with practicality. They are nowhere near as striking in appearances or luxurious as higher-end SUV options like the Aston Martin DBX, but the Ford Explorer has always done well to serve its purpose. With luxury car manufacturers stepping up their SUV game, it makes sense …

A female student receives a laptop donation from Ford, given to the Girls in Engineering Academy
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Ford’s Generous Donation Supports Girls in STEM

The next generation of drivers, engineers, and car buyers is only a few years away. They will be a part of one of the biggest changes in the automotive industry that we’ve ever seen, with many companies working towards producing completely electric cars and ditching the gasoline-powered engines once and for all. Perhaps that is …

A front view of the 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD
Trucks & SUVs

The 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD is Worth the Upgrade

The Nissan Rogue is one of the most affordable and notoriously reliable family-friendly SUVs on the market. It isn’t the fanciest, the most luxurious vehicle you can find, but for the price, it gives you everything you need for your daily drive, long road trips, and weekend adventures. If you’re looking for something that offers …

A bright blue Lotus Elise parked at the Parco Valentino car show
Sedans & Coupes

Is the Lotus Elise Actually a Kit Car?

I won’t be the first to admit that the Lotus Elise isn’t the most common car out there. They sit on the awkward border of cars that are affordable enough for the average driver to buy on the used car market but rare enough to still be exciting to see. Its odd size makes it …

A 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid driving down a city street
Sedans & Coupes

The Honda Accord is a Better Hybrid Than the Toyota Camry

The idea of driving a hybrid vehicle can be intimidating to owners who have always driven traditional combustion engines. The happy intermediate seems to be a particularly popular market of offering a hybrid drivetrain on already popular and well-loved vehicles. As a stepping stone into the world of hybrids and all-electric cars, there are more …

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera | Bring a Trailer
Sedans & Coupes

You Can Own This Beautiful Piece of Porsche History

Although it isn’t the widely-popular option for finding your next car, Bring a Trailer is the one website where you can find unique collector cars, one-off creations, and just about anything you could want. It’s a great place to browse if you find yourself constantly checking out weird and interesting cars, but it’s also one …

An image of the 2021 Kia K5 outdoors.
Sedans & Coupes

You’ll Know a 2021 Kia K5 When You See One

It’s not news to anyone that Kia is killing the game. While it hasn’t been the most popular option in the past, the introduction of newer models like the Kia Telluride has done wonders for the brand. In fact, Kia is doing so well that they recently announced that this January was their most successful …

2021 Kia Seltos parked by the waterfront during sunset
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Kia Continues Climbing with Record-Breaking January

The past year has been rough on many industries, and the automotive industry wasn’t spared. Some companies weren’t very fortunate, seeing late debuts to high-production cars and many factor layoffs. Kia, on the other hand, seems to be the light shining through, not only surviving but thriving. In fact, they even took the initiative for …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

BMW Takes Another Leap Forward With Solar Energy

Every year, car manufacturers work towards promoting a cleaner future. We see the trend in the introduction and popularity of electric cars and hybrid models that offer cleaner alternatives to a long tradition of gas-guzzling cars. But, fuel consumption is only a part of the footprint that the automotive industry leaves on the environment, and …

A chrome 2021 new Kia Telluride navigating in water.
Trucks & SUVs

How Expensive is a Fully Loaded 2021 Kia Telluride?

The Kia Telluride has bulldozed a new name for the brand. In fact, with some tactical imagination, the once underrated car manufacturer has skyrocketed in popularity thanks to the introduction of vehicles like the Telluride. Sliding into home base to steal the spotlight in a needy market of third-row-seat SUVs, there are so many reasons …