Rich Taber

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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.

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Tesla Model Y: Top Alternatives for 2022/2023

Tesla Model Y Competitors

The mid-size Tesla Model Y SUV is the best-selling electric vehicle by a long shot, commanding 33 percent of the EV market. For now, the 2023 model carries over, but expect updates to roll out through the year in typical Tesla fashion. The Model Y’s closest non-Tesla competitor is the Ford Mustang Mach-E.…

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Tesla Model X: Top Alternatives for 2022/23

Tesla Model X Alternatives

The Tesla Model X established a high benchmark for all-electric luxury SUVs when it was introduced in the fall of 2015, despite there being little-to-no direct competition at the time. Since then, the high-end EV utility vehicle market space has become increasingly crowded as automakers have begun more…

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Tesla Model 3: Top Alternatives for 2022/2023

Tesla Model 3 Alternatives

Sales of the Tesla Model 3 have consistently topped 15,000 units each month since April of 2022 and ended the year with a tally of around 200,000. It clearly holds a commanding lead among its under-$50,000 mid-size sedan and hatchback EV competitors, which have been few until recently. Consequently, it has…

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Best 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQ Models

Best Mercedes EQ Models

Mercedes-Benz has come on strong in its progress toward an electrified vehicle lineup with the recent introduction of fully electric versions of the S, E, and B-Class models via the brand’s EQ division. Dubbed EQS, EQE, and EQB, these models collectively offer a slew of premium choices for buyers scouring…

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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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Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV vs Hyundai Tucson PHEV

Hyundai Sante Fe PHEV vs Hyundai Tucson PHEV

At first glance, one 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 one notices that there are also latitudinal differences that distinguish the…

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

Hyundai Kona EV vs Kia Niro EV

One 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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Toyota RAV4: Top Alternatives for 2022/23

Toyota RAV4 Alternatives

Competing with the Toyota RAV4 can prove challenging, given the depth of its lineup. So, where do rivals such as the Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, and Ford Escape aim their efforts to disrupt the dominance of this class leader that has been an American best-seller for the past four years? Is it…

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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 one might think. For starters the F-150 has an astounding 44 variants when adding up all the bodystyle, trim and…

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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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