Nicole Wakelin's passion for cars started on the day she went for a ride in a bright red Ferrari as a teenager. She writes reviews and covers everything cars for CarGurus, The Boston Globe, BestRide, AAA, Autobytel, and numerous other outlets.

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2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Preview
The Kia Optima Hybrid was overhauled last year, so there are few changes for the 2018 model year. Updated color, trim, and package options are available. The Premium trim has a starting price of $2
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2018 Kia Niro Preview
The hybrid Kia Niro was all new for 2017, so this model year doesn’t see major changes. The LX now has lane keep assist in the Advanced Technology Package, and the EX gets a standard auto-dimming rear...
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2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid Preview
The Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) is all-new for the 2018 model year. This model expands the Niro lineup, which launched last year with the Niro hybrid. The Niro PHEV combines the utility of a crosso...
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2018 Kia Cadenza Preview
The Kia Cadenza received a mild refresh for 2017, so this year’s model is mostly a carryover. The only change to the lineup is the addition of a panoramic sunroof and interior LED lighting to the V6 L...
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2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Preview
The Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) came out last year, so this model year is mostly a carryover with no significant changes. This fuel-efficient sedan is offered in a single trim level with only one...
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2018 Lincoln MKT Preview
The Lincoln MKT is a luxury SUV with room for up to seven passengers. It sits between the smaller MKX and the full-size Navigator. The MKT combines the luxury of the Lincoln brand with a spacious inte...
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2018 Chrysler 300 Preview
The Chrysler 300 is a handsome sedan with ample room for five passengers and two powerful engine choices. There are no major changes for the 2018 model year; instead, there’s a shuffle to the trim li...
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2018 Kia Sedona Preview
Updates for the 2018 Kia Sedona are limited. The minivan seats up to eight passengers and comes in five trim levels, each incorporating additional comfort and convenience features. Power for the
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2018 Ford Focus Electric Preview
The 2018 Ford Focus Electric, a limited production version of the Focus, remains unchanged from the prior model year. The hatchback-only model is available in the following states: California, Conn...
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2018 Ford Taurus Preview
The 2018 Ford Taurus is a carryover from last year’s model with no major changes. This full-size sedan has ample room for five people and a spacious 20.1-cubic foot trunk. The four different trim leve...
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2018 Dodge Challenger Preview
The existing Dodge Challenger lineup gets minor updates for the 2018 model-year. The big news is the addition of a new trim—the SRT Demon—which is the world’s first factory-production drag car. A Wide...
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2017 Ford Edge Test Drive Review
The Ford Edge is the just-right crossover sandwiched between the smaller Ford Escape and larger Explorer and Flex. The 2017 version offers seating for five passengers with ample cargo room and storage...
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2018 Porsche 911 Preview
The Porsche 911 has been around for seven generations. Over the years, it has seen plenty of changes, including a continually evolving model lineup that ensures there’s a flavor of 911 perfect for eve...
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2018 Audi TT RS Preview
The Audi TT RS is making a comeback for 2018 as the latest car to join the Audi Sport Model lineup. It features an all-new turbocharged 5-cylinder engine, upstaging its TT sibling as the most powerful...
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2018 Audi RS 3 Preview
With the introduction of the all-new 2018 RS 3, Audi finally graces U.S markets with a compact performance sedan. The RS badge denotes Audi’s most performance-oriented vehicles, and the RS 3 stands as...
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2018 Kia Rio Preview
The Kia Rio is all-new for 2018 with a sportier design, a more comfortable and spacious interior, and upscale technologies to keep you connected on the road. With even more standard safety features, K...
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2018 Volvo S90 Preview
The Volvo S90 debuted as an all-new model for 2017. Usually this would be followed by a model year with nothing other than a few minor changes, but the S90 bucks that trend. Not only does it grow by 4...
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2017 Chrysler 300 Test Drive Review
The Chrysler 300 is available in four trim levels—Limited, 300S, 300C, and 300C Platinum—with a choice of either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive across the lineup. Engine choices include a 3.6-liter V6 ...
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2017 Rolls-Royce Wraith Preview
Some cars do nothing more than get the job done—they take you where you need to go but aren’t much more than boxes of metal with a steering wheel and four tires. Then there are the cars that are an ex...
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2017 Rolls-Royce Ghost Preview
First launched in 2009, the Rolls-Royce Ghost was designed to appeal to a younger generation of society’s rich and powerful elite, with bold exterior styling and high-tech luxury features. It was rede...
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2018 Volvo V90 Preview
The Volvo V90 was introduced for 2017 as a brand-new model, although it made a two-year appearance in the Volvo lineup back in 1997. That’s a twenty-year gap, and the current V90 is a considerably dif...
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2017 Kia Soul EV Preview
The all-electric Kia Soul EV was first introduced in 2015, following the regular Soul’s 2014 redesign. This quirky 5-door, 5-passenger car combines all the versatility of a small wagon with the eco-fr...
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2017 Kia Optima Preview
The Kia Optima received a redesign for 2016, so it carries over into 2017 with only a few minor changes. This 5-passenger midsize sedan continues to come in five trims with three engine options, two o...
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2018 Audi S5 Sportback Preview
The Audi S5 Sportback debuts for 2018, finally bringing a 5-door 5-passenger hatchback to the A5 family. It benefits from the A5 and S5 redesign with updated styling, premium features, and advanced te...
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2018 Audi S5 Preview
The Audi S5—the A5’s sportier, more powerful sibling—gets a total makeover for 2018, with a new exterior design, an updated interior, a new powertrain, and even more driver-assistance technologies. Th...
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2018 Audi A5 Preview
The Audi A5 is all-new for 2018, with completely redesigned interior and exterior styling, a new powertrain, and updated driver-assistance technologies. The 2-door 4-passenger A5 comes in two body sty...
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2017 Dodge Durango Test Drive Review
The 2017 Durango offers a range of trims that take the interior from basic to beautiful. Even in its highest trim levels, however, it doesn’t scream luxury in a refined, fancy way. There’s a ruggednes...
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2017 Volvo V60 Preview
The V60 is Volvo’s smallest wagon—and it’s nothing like the boxy ones of old. Today’s V60 more closely resembles the attractive S60 sedan and comes in a variety of styles and trims, including the perf...
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2017 Honda Odyssey Preview
Honda’s popular Odyssey minivan, now in its fourth generation, will likely disappear next year to be replaced by a new model—but for now, it remains a solid choice for families. The Odyssey cruises in...
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2017 Kia Rio5 Preview
Much like its 4-door sibling, the 5-door 2017 Kia Rio5 is a carryover from last year. The only notable changes for this model year are paint colors—Kia has discontinued Digital Yellow and added Signal...
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2017 Kia Rio Preview
The 2017 Kia Rio carries over from last year with only minor changes. The LX trim is now available in Signal Red and Aurora Black, while the Digital Yellow paint color and SX trim have been discontinu...
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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Preview
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers all the luxury and capability of the larger Range Rover in a smaller package, making it ideal for city drivers or those who want a compact SUV. It provides comf...
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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Preview
Over its 46-year history, the Land Rover Range Rover earned a reputation as a capable and luxurious full-size SUV packed with advanced driving technologies. New for 2017 is the Range Rover SVAutobiogr...
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2017 Mazda MAZDA3 Test Drive Review
Mazda is known for making stylish cars with beautiful interiors, and the Mazda3 is no exception. Whether you’re looking at the sporty little MX-5 Miata or the full-size CX-9 crossover, Mazda interiors...
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2017 Lexus GS Hybrid Preview
The Lexus GS 450h got refreshed just last year, so there are no major changes in store for the 2017 model of this sporty luxury sedan. Apart from a new Smokey Granite Mica paint color replacing Nebula...
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2017 Lexus GS 350 Preview
The Lexus GS 350 was just refreshed for 2016, so not much has changed for the 2017 model of this sporty luxury sedan. A new Smokey Granite Mica paint color replaces Nebula Gray Pearl, but the more imp...
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2017 Honda HR-V Preview
The Honda HR-V was new for 2016, so this year's model is a carryover. It sees only the addition of Luna Silver metallic paint to replace the discontinued Alabaster Silver. The HR-V might be the new ki...
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2017 Lexus RX Hybrid Preview
The Lexus RX was all-new for 2016 with a complete redesign, so 2017 sees a continuation of that model. The RX 450h is the hybrid version of the RX crossover, with a 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 gasoli...
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2017 Ford Escape Test Drive Review
Crossovers are the "it" car these days, so there’s a lot of competition for a car like the Escape. This didn’t go unnoticed by Ford, so it gave the Escape a significant mid-cycle refresh.
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2017 BMW i3 Preview
You can usually identify a BMW at a glance based on its kidney-shaped grille and overall styling. That all changed when the German automaker came out with its electric i3 and i8 models. These two stan...
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2017 Hyundai Tucson Preview
The Hyundai Tucson was all-new for 2016, with updated styling, more interior room, and new powertrains, so there aren’t any big changes for 2017. Instead, the popular and affordable crossover gets min...
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2016 Nissan Sentra Test Drive Review
It’s been a busy year for Nissan with the introduction of the new Maxima and a redesigned Altima. The Sentra, however, was not forgotten and has gotten its own refresh. Updates include an exterior des...
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2016 Volvo XC90 Test Drive Review
Volvo's new XC90 flagship offers both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options as well as two gas engine choices and a hybrid to suit a variety of customers. A luxury interior with seating option...
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2016 Honda Odyssey Test Drive Review
Sure, it’s not the stylish sports car you wanted back in the day, but it does the job of ferrying the family and all their stuff with loads of features to keep everyone happy. It also has impressive s...
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2016 Jaguar F-TYPE Test Drive Review
There’s nothing subtle here, no effort to be practical. It’s a sports car with two seats, a small trunk that will fit only a day’s worth of groceries, and a high price tag. It is worth every single pe...
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2015 Ford Expedition Test Drive Review
Cosmetic changes are minimal this year to the point that you won’t notice until someone shows them to you, but there’s big news under the hood, as Ford does away with the V8 engine in favor of a more ...
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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Test Drive Review
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado returns after a 3-year hiatus, and it arrives in grand style, nabbing Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year award in spite of some tough competition. The days of bigger is b...
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2016 Kia Sorento Test Drive Review
The 2016 Kia Sorento is all new this year with changes everywhere you look. It’s grown up with a more upscale appearance, a refined interior, and a new turbocharged engine option.
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2015 Volkswagen Beetle Test Drive Review
The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI keeps its retro styling, but loses some of the cute this year, making it a little more guy-friendly than in years past. It does not lose any of the fun with ...
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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Test Drive Review
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee keeps its hold as a perennial favorite by offering a capable and comfortable SUV with a wide range of trims and engines to appeal to every buyer. This also makes it appeal...
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2015 Volkswagen Jetta Test Drive Review
The Jetta is designed to be a daily driver for a wide range of people whose needs change from moment to moment. It has to manage breezing down the highway to the office, being bogged down in rush-hour...
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