Here's the Thing

Cadillac jumps into compact luxury crossover pool with 2019 XT4

By Paul Borden

(January 21, 2019) MIAMI — Cadillac enters the fast growing compact luxury SUV segment with the 2019 XT4, its third SUV/Crossover model, joining the midsize XT5 and behemoth Escalade. A fourth, the XT6, will be added for 2020.

Pulling back the curtain on auto body repair process

(January 21, 2019)  BUELLTON, Calif. — A new infographic breaks down why it often takes so long for body shops to complete a job. The team at Jim Vreeland Ford Parts created this chart to offer a behind-the-curtain peek at the players involved, the process, the potential bottlenecks, and some insights into improving the wait time from the damage incident to the complete repair.

AMG GLS63 4Matic — Too much of a good thing is sensational

By Jim Prueter

(January 21, 2019) As it is, midwinters are pretty easy in Arizona, with balmy temperatures and roads free of snow, ice and salt. Making it even sweeter is spending a week test driving the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 flagship SUV, with a massive masterpiece of a handcrafted 5.5-liter bi-turbo direct-injection engine producing 577 horsepower and 561 lb-ft torque of V-8 performance under the hood.

2019 Lexus LC 500 — Sensuous good looks, grand touring performance

By Jim Prueter

(January 19, 2019) First introduced last year, the LC 500 sports coupe is a new product for Lexus and, in some ways, a new line of business. One could dispute that by citing the now defunct, high-performance 553-horsepower V-10 powered Lexus LFA coupe that debuted back in 2012 with a price starting at $375,875. But since only 500 LFAs were produced, all as a 2012 model, I’m betting most have never heard of the growling, pulsating, tire-ripping LFA and it would be unfair to compare it to the new LC 500.

Auto industry leaders debate an electric vehicle future

(January 18, 2019) Soft demand for electric vehicles and an unclear regulatory future were among the challenges facing the automotive industry debated during a variety of panel discussions at AutoMobili-D on Thursday at the North American International Auto Show.

On one hand, automakers and suppliers are busy reinventing the future with the multi-billion dollar investments in hybrid, electric and self-driving vehicles. At the same time, the industry — along with regulators and municipalities — continue to debate the most effective ways to fit all of the new forms of emerging transportation together in a way that is both profitable and benefits consumers.

GasBuddy reveals America’s 2018 top-rated gas station brands

(January 18, 2019) BOSTON — The words "gas station" may bring up thoughts of dimly lit gas pumps, and mysterious meat rotating in a display, but with gas station convenience stores being one of the only growing retail sectors in America with more than 140,000 locations, today’s top brands are reinventing the gas station experience at a rapid pace.

Autotrader lists some interesting certified pre-owned January deals

(January 15, 2019) ATLANTA — Automakers finish each year with a flurry of ads and deals, but for car shoppers who delayed their purchase, January can be a good time to take advantage of a typically slow month for dealership sales. In particular, certified pre-owned vehicles are worth checking out with most dealerships likely seeing an influx of trade-ins from the close out of the previous year.

"January can be a good time to shop for a car without all the busyness of the holiday season," said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader.

National gas price average inches up for first time in three months

(January 15, 2019) At a penny more expensive on the week, the national gas price average ($2.25) increased for the first time since October. Despite the increase, today’s average is still cheaper month-over-month (-14 cents) and year-over-year (-28 cents), according to AAA.

“The price of crude oil has been slowly, but steadily increasing since the beginning of the year, which is starting to push up pump prices,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “The price per barrel (WTI) increased $3 from last Monday to close on Friday to settle at $51 per barrel.”

Genesis G70, Ram 1500 and Hyundai Kona win North American awards

(January 14, 2019) DETROIT — Hyundai Motor Group won two of the three categories in the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year competition announced this morning at the opening of the 2019 North American International Auto Show.

The South Korean automotive company won Car of the Year with the Genesis G70 and the Utility of the Year with the Hyundai Kona. The all-new Ram 1500 continued to amass awards winning the Truck of the Year category.

We spend a week with the 2019 2.0-liter Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

By Jim Prueter

(January 13, 2019) It was just over a year ago that we first drove the significantly updated and refined Jeep Wrangler at its media introduction in Tucson, Arizona. Rumors of this “new” Wrangler had been the subject of speculation for years, with loyalists cautiously optimistic that the iconic off-roader would at the very least maintain its heritage.