Rich Taber

Rich Taber has nearly three decades of professional writing experience, including eight years as an automotive columnist for The Standard-Times newspaper, seven years on staff at WheelsTV as a scriptwriter, production manager, and editorial vice-president, and five years as CEO of RPM News Weekly. He has written extensively for numerous regional and local publications and developed public relations products for many non-profit organizations. Having studied both engineering and liberal arts at the University of Notre Dame and worked in audio/visual services, electronic sales, graphic design, and event and entertainment production, he brings a well-balanced skill set to his automotive writing.

Posts by: Rich Taber

Hyundai Elantra vs Hyundai Sonata: Which Is Right For You?

Hyundai Elantra vs Hyundai Sonata

In comparing the Elantra with the Sonata, Hyundai begs the question, “Are you buying the car you need or the car you want?”. Both offer levels of comfort and efficiency, but after that, there are important differences that separate the popular family-friendly sedans. Will these differences actually…

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Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV vs Hyundai Tucson PHEV

Hyundai Sante Fe PHEV vs Hyundai Tucson PHEV

At first glance, you might see the Hyundai SUV lineup in a longitudinal way starting at the Venue and going across the page to the Palisade with stops along the way for the Tucson and the Santa Fe. Dig in a little deeper and you notice that there are also latitudinal differences that distinguish the…

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Hyundai IONIQ 5 vs Kia EV6: Which Electric SUV Should I Buy?

Hyundai IONIQ5 vs Kia EV6

It would be so easy to call the Hyundai INOIQ 5 and the KIA EV6 twins and leave it at that. After all, they do share the same all-electric platform, utilize the same motor and battery systems, and were released to the automotive marketplace as compact crossover SUVs at nearly the same time. But dig…

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Subaru BRZ vs Toyota GR86: What’s the Difference?

Subaru BRZ vs Toyota GR86

To say that the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GR86 are cut from the same cloth would be an understatement. A quick look at the numbers seems to indicate that there is barely any difference between them. So, where do we find any differences? Well, besides noting a few nearly insignificant cosmetic…

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Acura RDX vs Acura MDX: Which Is the Better Acura SUV?

Acura MDX vs Acura RDX

Making a purchase decision between Acura’s RDX and MDX models is as much a lifestyle choice as it is a judgment call on what it means to be practical. Each of these two vehicles exudes style and attitude while offering a competitive range of features, yet they present stark differences in performance,…

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Hyundai Kona EV vs Kia Niro EV: Which Electric Car Is the Best?

Hyundai Kona EV vs Kia Niro EV

You might be tempted to think that the 2022 Hyundai Kona EV and the 2022 Kia Niro EV are basically the same car. After all, both are small utility vehicles from South Korean automakers known to share parts and engineering, and they employ the same powertrain and battery configuration. Dig in a little deeper,…

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Ford F-150 vs Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford F-150 vs Ford F-150 Lightning

Aside from the obvious gasoline versus electric-powered differentiation, are the Ford F-150 and the Ford F-150 Lightning pickups more similar than different? That’s not as easy a comparison as you might think. I found that there are many other ways in which they are true rivals. For starters the F-150 has…

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Toyota Highlander Trim Comparison: XLE vs Limited

Toyota Highlander XLE vs Toyota Highlander Limited

Arguably, the most significant change that the Toyota Highlander has undergone since its introduction some 22 years ago has been its evolution to a lineup that wholly embraces the 4-cylinder engine, including hybrid variants. Of the available trims, the Toyota Highlander XLE is the most popular. Meanwhile,…

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Toyota 4Runner vs Toyota Highlander: Which Toyota SUV Is Best?

Toyota 4Runner vs Toyota Highlander

Comparing the Toyota 4Runner with the Toyota Highlander seems a bit like comparing someone who is very into sports and athleticism with a younger sibling who prefers classical music and fine arts. But is this how Toyota intends to segment its audience for mid-size utility vehicles? Probably not. An…

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Volkswagen Atlas vs Atlas Cross Sport: Which VW SUV Is Best?

Volkswagen Atlas vs Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

There are more similarities than differences between the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas and its fraternal twin, the Atlas Cross Sport, yet each has a unique appeal for utility vehicle buyers. Even so, it made me wonder why Volkswagen has made room for both in its 2023 lineup. Are the differences significant enough to…

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