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2018 Ford F-150 named Truck of Texas by TAWA

(October 19, 2017) AUSTIN, Texas — The 2018 Ford F150 was named the 2018 Truck of Texas by The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) following the Texas Truck Rodeo in Dripping Springs, Texas, where 75 journalists evaluated and voted on the best in class vehicles in 21 categories.

Sixty-four vehicles, with a combined value of nearly $4 million were test driven and compared over a two-day period at Longhorn River Ranch just outside of Austin.

AAA finds nearly one-third of new vehicles are missing spare tire

(October 19, 2017) ORLANDO, Fla. — In an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy, automakers continue to eliminate spare tires from new vehicles. According to new research from AAA, nearly one‐third (28 percent) of 2017 model year vehicles do not come with a spare tire as standard equipment, creating an unnecessary hassle and expense for drivers. Last year alone, AAA came to the rescue to more than 450,000 members faced with a flat tire whose cars did not have a spare tire.

Biggest threat to teens — the family car

(October 18, 2017) ITASCA, Ill. — The biggest threat to teens' safety is the vehicle sitting in their parents' driveways. Yet, many parents remain under-educated about the risks new drivers face. In observance of National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 15-21, the National Safety Council compiled a list of statistics and facts many parents do not – but should – know about teen driver safety.

New decision tree for Miata owners — Know when to say no

(October 17, 2017) A new decision tree from helps Mazda MX-5 Miata owners make an educated decision about whether or not to loan their car to a friend. Whether a long-term office buddy has finally scored a date with his crush on the first floor or a best girlfriend is asking to arrive at a beach party weekend in a convertible, a Miata owner may face the stress-inducing ‘can I borrow your car?’ question.

The step-by-step chart below guides Miata owners through the important questions that must be asked before handing over the keys.

States east of Mississippi see steady declines in gas prices

(October 17, 2017) As the national gas price average drops just two cents on the week to $2.47, states east of the Mississippi are paying as much as eight cents less at the start of this week. While gas prices are more expensive than a year ago, the past five weeks of sustained weekly declines indicate that demand may be leveling out alongside refineries and pipelines returning to pre-hurricane operations, according to AAA.

It wasn't the first, but Ford Explorer set the bar for SUVs to come

By Paul Borden

(October 16, 2017) The Ford Explorer wasn’t the first SUV, which dates back to the 1930s with the wagon-like Chevrolet Carryall Suburban, nor was it the first of the modern version inspired by the post-World War II Land Rover and Jeep.

Edmunds: Trucks make comeback as SUV alternative for families

(October 15, 2017) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Large trucks are becoming just as common in the school drop-off line as they are at the job site, according to new data from Edmunds. Full-size trucks are on pace to become the second-best selling vehicle segment in the U.S. in 2017 and achieve the segment's highest market share since 2007.

Kelley lists10 best new-car deals for October

(October 14, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — As automakers begin introducing new 2018 models, you can snag a great deal on their 2017 counterparts. The expert editors at Kelley Blue Book have compiled a list of their top 10 lease, financing and cash back deals for new models available through October 2017, with at least half of the spots devoted to leases under $200 per month and several cash back offers exceeding $4,000.

Canadian study finds fewer young men are driving cars

(October 12, 2017) MONTREAL — Whether they're environmentally conscious, fans of the collaborative economy, prefer to take public transit or want to spend their money on other things, regardless of the reasons, 16-24 year-olds have little interest in owning a car. This is reflected in the 14% drop in insured vehicles among young men in this age group over the past five years.

The trend is strongest, however, among younger men, those between 16 and 20 years of age, with a 20% drop in the number of insured vehicles in Quebec, Canada.

It's a truck! A crossover! A truck! No, it's the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

By Paul Borden

(October 11, 2017) A few years back I had a friend who said the reason she had bought her Pathfinder was because she had decided that if she was going to buy an SUV, she wanted a real, truck-based SUV with body-on-frame construction, not one of the new unibody crossovers that were just coming onto the market.