Joel Patel

Joel Patel

Joel Patel is a Northern Virginia native that fell in love with cars at a young age when he began helping his dad fix them. Watching Top Gear reruns and asking the question "They're getting paid to do this?" led Joel to a degree in journalism. His work has been featured on Autoweek, Digital Trends, Autoblog, CarsDirect, U.S. News & World Report, and Right Foot Down. Outside of cars, Joel enjoys finding restaurants off the beaten path, trying new bourbons, and taking his pit bull on an adventure. You can find more of his work on his website, Man, Adventure, Wheels.

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Chasing the Potomac River in a Toyota GR Supra

Move over #NotMySupra folks.
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Why Volvo’s 112 mph Speed Limiter Isn’t a Huge Deal

Last March, Volvo announced that all of its vehicles — from sedans to — would be limited to 112 mph from 2020 onward. At the time of the announcement, Volvo claimed the decision was made as a part of its Vision 2020 plan. That…
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The 10 Best Father’s Day Gifts for the Auto Enthusiast

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Toyota Avalon TRD and Nissan Maxima SR Keep Large Sports Sedans Alive

It may be strange to see Nissan and Toyota as being the front runners in this segment, but that’s where we are in 2020.
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Even Mundane Chores Are Fun with the Mazda CX-5

This ain't your daddy's compact SUV.
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10 Cars That Define Automakers

These vehicles all play, or played, a large role in how automakers do things now.