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Cadillac CT5 Blackwing takes V-Series tradition to new heights

By Paul Borden

(May 27, 2022) One sentence you rarely, if ever, used to come across while reading a Cadillac review: “This is a fun car to drive.” Luxurious? Yes. Comfortable?  That, too. Prestigious? Natch. Even “gold standard of domestic luxury” fit big, precocious Cadillac vehicles of the past like the DeVille,  Fleetwood, and Eldorado. But fun to drive?

Good Lord! Land Rover's Defender 90 V8

By David Boldt

(May 25, 2022) In the years immediately after World War II, Great Britain was doing less than great. Given its loss of human life, the rubble left by German bombers and rockets, and — not incidentally — the psychological havoc wrought by six years of war, getting back to work was as much emotional salvation as putting food on the table.

BMW, Toyota back on top as most-shopped vehicle brands

(May 24, 2022) ATLANTA — BMW and Toyota returned to their long-held spots as America's most-shopped vehicle brands in their respective segments, after being upended late last year, according to the first quarter 2022 Kelley Blue Book Brand Watch reports.

Gas prices maintain steady climb — National average now $4.59 a gallon

(May 24, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas has not fallen for nearly a month. Gasoline has either remained flat or risen every day since April 24 and has set a new record daily since May 10. That was the day gas eclipsed the previous record high of $4.33, set earlier this year on March 11. The national average for a gallon of gasoline is now $4.59 and all 50 states are above $4 per gallon.

Study finds 70% say summer travel plans affected by high gas prices

(May 23, 2022) BOSTON — GasBuddy has released the results of its annual summer travel survey revealing that even with record high gasoline prices, 58% of Americans intend to road trip this summer, a rise from last summer, when gas prices were nearly $1.50 per gallon lower. While the high prices may not stand in the way of Americans summer travel plans, nearly two-thirds have yet to confirm their plans, with 38% saying that high inflation is leading to difficulty in planning summer trips.

Mercedes dives into EV market in a big way with EQS sedan

By Paul Borden

(May 22, 2022) Mercedes may be late to the party, but it makes a grand entrance to the all-electric vehicle market with the 2022 EQS 580 4MATIC sedan. Spectacular is a word that just doesn’t do it justice. It’s not just a luxurious electric vehicle, it is luxurious vehicle period with a prominent profile and opulent interior. You can even get pillows for the  headrests!

2022 Lucid Air — A remarkable all-new electric vehicle

By Jim Prueter

(May 20, 2022) PHOENIX — A year ago, if I mentioned the name “Lucid Air” it may have you thinking of a '70s rock band rather than a luxurious all-new all-electric vehicle built in a sparkling new factory here in Arizona. Lucid Motors is a multi-billion-dollar startup with its sites set as a legitimate alternative to the only true electric vehicle success, Tesla.

NHTSA: Traffic fatalities reach 16-year high in 2021

(May 18, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its early estimate of traffic fatalities for 2021. NHTSA projects that an estimated 42,915 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year, a 10.5% increase from the 38,824 fatalities in 2020. The projection is the highest number of fatalities since 2005 and the largest annual percentage increase in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System’s history.

Expensive milestone — Nearly every state above $4 per gallon

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(May 17, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — With the national average cost for regular gas steadily climbing, three states — Georgia, Kansas, and Oklahoma — are still holdouts for crossing the $4 per gallon mark. The national average for a gallon of gasoline is now $4.48. The increase is primarily due to the high cost of crude oil, which is hovering near $110 a barrel.

Hybrid drivetrains coming to Kia Sorento SUV at right time

By Paul Borden

(May 16, 2022) Talk about good timing. With gas prices hitting record levels, Kia is bringing the plug-in version of the Sorento to showrooms this year after introducing the standard gas-electric hybrid drivetrain on the Sorento last year. The two hybrid models round out the portfolio for the company’s SUV that slots in between the smaller Sportage and slightly larger Telluride in the South Korean’s stable. Even though a bit more compact than the Telluride, the Sorento still offers 3-row seating.