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Joel Patel


Joel Patel is a freelance auto writer for U.S. News & World Report. Taking a consumer-first approach to covering the auto industry, he enjoys focusing on ways consumers can save money on their next purchase. From finding the best lease deals to helping you choose a car that excels at commuting, he’s constantly looking for ways to help shoppers searching for a car.

Joel’s work has appeared in numerous automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Autoblog, Digital Trends, and CarsDirect

You can see which car Joel’s currently reviewing on Instagram, follow his car antics on Twitter, and connect with him on LinkedIn.

12 Cheapest SUV Lease Deals in January

With 2020 in full swing and winter still going strong, January is a good time to get into a new SUV. Automakers want to... Read More »

Joel Patel Jan. 13, 2020

12 Best SUV Leases Under $300 This January

With the start of a new year, automakers are offering excellent lease incentives on SUVs of all sizes to ensure sales... Read More »

Joel Patel Jan. 9, 2020

The Best Luxury SUVs You Can Buy Right Now

Luxury vehicles come in all shapes and sizes these days. While true luxury motoring was once confined to large sedans... Read More »

Joel Patel Dec. 19, 2019

15 Cheapest Luxury Cars and SUVs Right Now

In the past, luxury cars were often the largest cars on the road. Nowadays, high-end vehicles are available in all... Read More »

Joel Patel Dec. 16, 2019

11 Best End of Year Truck Deals in 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, automakers are offering excellent deals on brand-new pickup trucks as dealers make some room... Read More »

Joel Patel Dec. 9, 2019

2019 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Ford Focus: Head to Head

Take a look at modern compact vehicles and things look drastically different from 10 years ago. Modern compacts are... Read More »

Joel Patel Dec. 2, 2019

2019 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Worth the Upgrade

Hyundai, like a lot of other automakers, offers a plethora of SUVs for consumers to choose from. If you’re in the... Read More »

Joel Patel Nov. 22, 2019

10 Most Expensive SUVs: Photos and Details

SUVs are more popular than ever, allowing automakers to release more luxurious and more powerful models than ever... Read More »

Joel Patel Nov. 21, 2019

20 Most Fuel-Efficient Luxury SUVs

Modern luxury SUVs are do-it-all machines. They have spacious cabins that are loaded with tons of convenience features... Read More »

Joel Patel Oct. 31, 2019

25 Safest Luxury Cars of 2019

Safety plays a major role in every automotive purchase, as it very well should. With some luxury vehicles on this list... Read More »

Joel Patel Oct. 1, 2019

11 Best Midsize Sedans Right Now: Photos and Details

Midsize sedans aren’t as popular as they once were, but the body style still has a lot to offer consumers. Whether... Read More »

Joel Patel Sep. 20, 2019

20 Most Reliable 3-Row SUVs (and the Least)

These days, SUVs in all shapes and sizes have become the go-to options for families. Gone are the days when minivans... Read More »

Joel Patel Aug. 2, 2019

13 Most Reliable 3-Row Luxury SUVs in 2019

Modern luxury SUVs are pushing boundaries for opulence, safety, and performance. As automakers continue to pile on the... Read More »

Joel Patel Aug. 2, 2019

15 Smallest Cars on the Market

For urbanites and drivers that prefer to have vehicles that are easy to drive, small cars are some of the best options... Read More »

Joel Patel Jul. 9, 2019

25 Best Commuter Cars

As commutes get longer, getting into an excellent commuter car can transform how you get to and from work every day... Read More »

Joel Patel Jun. 28, 2019

All-New 2020 Lincoln Corsair: What You Need to Know

Unveiled at the 2019 New York Auto Show , the 2020 Lincoln Corsair is a replacement for the MKC , Lincoln’s compact... Read More »

Joel Patel May. 23, 2019

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