Aaron Turpen

Aaron Turpen is an automotive writer and reviewer living in Wyoming, USA. A life-long off-road and mechanical enthusiast, Aaron has had a varied career in vehicles. Aaron grew up with home mechanics and maintenance on tractors, trucks, and cars as well as small engines and devices. At any one time, he's worked as an automotive disassembler (aka "junk yard parts puller"), shade tree mechanic, over-the-road truck driver, and more. Aaron's interests include family-oriented vehicles, off-roading, and anything fun involving tires and steering. With most of his life having been in rural America, Aaron understands pickup trucks and SUVs, winter weather hazards, and what life is like where phrases like "Just down the road" mean "within 100 miles." Aaron's automotive writing career has included outlets such as Carfax, CarTalk, NewAtlas.com, and many others. He's appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, on various YouTube channels, and on several podcasts.

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Honda CR-V: Top Alternatives for 2023/23

Honda CR-V Alternatives

The Honda CR-V has long enjoyed the top sales position in compact crossovers. The CR-V was one of the founders of its segment and has usually been the benchmark for the market since. Compact crossovers are noted for their small size, versatility, and accommodating interiors. And while the CR-V has remained a…

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Subaru WRX vs STI: Which Is Right For You?

Subaru WRX vs STI

The legendary status of these cars has meant there is a fair amount of misinformation and consumer confusion when it comes to which is a better fit for one’s needs. The sticker price between the two can be significantly different, but so are performance and daily drive metrics. I tested both vehicles and…

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Ford Edge vs Ford Escape: Which Is Right For You?

Ford Edge vs Ford Escape

In the sport-utility market, most of the focus is on size and capability. The Ford Edge is a midsize offering with a roomy interior and lots of storage and cargo space. The Escape is a compact option with high fuel economy and good day-to-day metrics. Choosing which is right for you will rest on what…

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Toyota Highlander: Top Competitors & Alternatives for 2023

Toyota Highlander Alternatives

The Highlander was redesigned for the 2020 model year, but retained its popular mixture of midsize capability and comfort. The Highlander has a long list of standard features and good fuel economy for the segment. Much of the popularity in the 2022 Highlander’s high sales are thanks to the Toyota nameplate…

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Honda Pilot: Top Alternatives for 2023

Honda Pilot Alternatives

The Honda Pilot is a popular three-row SUV known for its robust nature and thoughtful interior. It resides in a segment that is full of top-shelf rivals with excellent merits of their own. Yet it continues to sell well against newer rivals. Its roomy interior, versatile nature, and good fuel economy are all…

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Subaru Outback: Top Alternatives for 2023

Subaru Outback Alternatives

The Subaru Outback is known primarily for its station wagon design, ample interior space, go-anywhere attitude, and upscale feel. Considered the flagship for the Subaru lineup for many consumers, the Outback fits a niche that others have tried to copy and rarely match. But that’s changing as automakers up…

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Ford Explorer: Top Alternatives for 2023/2023

Ford Explorer Alternatives

The Ford Explorer is a popular midsize, three-row sport utility with a long history on the market. As times have changed, so has the Explorer, always keeping with consumer trends and remaining popular. The current-generation Ford Explorer debuted in 2021 to mark the sixth generation for the SUV. Known for…

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Jeep Cherokee vs Grand Cherokee: Which Jeep Is Right for You?

Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

In the Jeep family of sport utilities, the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee are often seen side-by-side as options for buyers looking for rugged family vehicles. The two share a name and some commonality in design and parts but are very different in other regards. Most notably in size, performance, and price…

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Nissan Rogue vs Hyundai Tucson: Which Redesign Is Better?

Nissan Rogue vs Hyundai Tucson

The Nissan Rogue and the Hyundai Tucson are direct competitors in one of the most contentious markets in the automotive industry. The small-but-not-quite-compact sport-utility market is outsized, and when it comes to crossover sales, this segment is where it’s happening fastest. The Tucson and Rogue…

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Best Luxury Commuter Cars

Best Luxury Commuter Car

What matters most to a commuter is fuel economy and comfort. For maximum comfort, performance, and quality of life, we look to luxury vehicles. This list comprises the best luxury vehicles for commuting and includes some sedans, SUVs, and one or two sporty options for those who like excitement as well.…

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