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It's the season to be thankful — For cheaper gas prices

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(November 20, 2018) Motorists can add cheaper gas prices to their list of ‘things for which to be thankful’ this Thanksgiving holiday. Today’s national gas price average is $2.62, which is seven-cents less than a week ago and the largest one-week decline in pump price this year. In fact, the large drop brings the year-over-year differential in gas prices to only seven cents — that is the lowest yearly change seen July 2017.

2019 Lexus UX



SEATTLE — Small is now big in the ever-growing crossover game and that's just fine with us. We have always been drawn to small, maneuverable vehicles — tossable little guys, if you will — and so its not surprising we were attracted on first drive to Lexus' new sub-compact entry into the luxury crossover segment — the UX. UX standing for "urban crossover" according to Lexus.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe



PARK CITY, Utah — There was a time not all that long ago when Hyundai’s product lineup, while generally good, was unremarkable and easily blended in with the wallpaper. To be sure, their design was on the weird side – case in point, the Santa Fe compact crossover utility vehicle that debuted in 2000 as a 2001 model.
But over the years Hyundai has evolved nicely, with significant improvements in reliability, gas mileage, and its game-changing 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

2019 Toyota Avalon



SAN DIEGO — There’s a pretty good chance that if you’re not wearing reading glasses to read this review, don’t read newspapers or have the slightest clue what the letters AARP stand for, then you probably have no idea what a Toyota Avalon is — let alone have exciting thoughts about trading your current ride for one.
That’s because average age of a current Toyota Avalon buyer starts with the number six. But that isn’t stopping the folks at Toyota who aim to knock a decade or so off the median age of the owner by introducing the fifth-generation 2019 Avalon sedan.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Infiniti QX50 — Competitive in popular segment



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Infiniti has done a credible job redesigning its compact QX50 crossover for the 2019 model year, returning to the popular luxury segment — after a one-year hiatus.
The new QX50 goes into the selling wars with a lot of weapons including the world’s first variable compression ratio turbocharged engine, a more spacious interior that includes a more roomy second-row, more cargo space than most of its competitors, and a lot of driver assistance technology. That's in addition to very compelling styling both inside and out.

Here's the Thing

The best place to hide holiday gifts? Buick says your vehicle

(November 19, 2018) DETROIT — Nothing ruins a holiday surprise like a compromised hiding spot. In a new survey from Buick, 60 percent of the U.S. parents polled had a holiday surprise ruined because a child or significant other discovered where they’d hid the gift. And many of those parents would consider using their cars to help avoid future gift-giving disappointment.

Honda R&D engineer reflects on the power of mobility

(November 19, 2018) RAYMOND, Ohio — Lara Harrington learned the transformative power of mobility at a young age. Growing up outside of Dayton, Ohio, the chief engineer at Honda R&D Americas learned from her parents how the simple ability to move safely from one point to another could have a profound impact on someone's life.

Honda leads 2019 Edmunds' 'Buyers Most Wanted' awards

(November 19, 2018) SANTA MONICA, Calif — Edmunds, the car shopping experts, today announced the 2019 Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted Awards, its annual list of shoppers' favorite vehicles. The awards recognize the most in-demand vehicles in 17 segments, based on sales, days-to-turn and shopper interest data on Edmunds.

Inside the Industry

Nissan sets starting price of 2019 Kicks at $19,535

(November 19, 2018) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nissan today announced pricing for the 2019 Kicks, which is on sale now at Nissan dealerships nationwide. Nissan's newest entry in the fast-growing affordable compact crossover market was introduced last spring and has become the brand's fastest selling model. For 2019, Kicks has a starting price of $19,535 for the well-equipped Kicks S model.

The new Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price.

12th-generation 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan unveiled in California

(November 17, 2018) CARMEL-by-the-SEA, Calif. — With more than 46 million Toyota Corollas sold globally since its introduction in 1966, it would be difficult to find a driver who did not recognize the name. Everyone, it seems, has a Corolla story. Many, though are going to be doing double takes when they see the re-imagined and reconfigured 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan. And that’s exactly the point.

Groundbreaking held for joint Toyota, Mazda plant in Huntsville, Ala.

(November 17, 2018) HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The first shovel of dirt was turned this week on what will become a jointly owned-and-operated automotive production plant that will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles a year, beginning in 2021. Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc. (MTMUS) is expected to create 4,000 jobs, with a $1.6 billion investment split by the two companies.

The plant will build Toyota’s Corolla, whose all-new 2020 model was unveiled on Wednesday in California, and Mazda’s yet-to-be revealed crossover model.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Texas truck survivor



This 1939 Chevrolet work truck was found standing proudly in retirement on the side of a road in the hill country of Texas stripped of its lights and bumper. 1939 was one of the last model years Chevy trucks and medium-duty vehicles shared an appearance with Chevrolet passenger coupes and sedans.
(Photo by Peter Hubbard)