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Hyundai Veloster N gets 8-speed dual-clutch automatic for 2021

By Paul Borden

(February 23, 2021) Though the three-door configuration gets a lot of the attention, it is not the only thing that makes the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N a worthy competitor to any compact hatchback coming from its Asian rivals from Japan. With its turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine pumping out 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels, the Veloster N compares very well with much-heralded rivals like Honda’s Civic Type-R when it comes to performance and fun-to-drive quotient.

Severe winter weather sends gas prices soaring

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(February 23, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Motorists are filling-up to some of the most expensive gas prices seen in over a year. With the forced shutdown of Gulf Coast and some Midwest refineries due to last week’s winter weather, gasoline stocks have tightened and gas prices have skyrocketed. On the week, 66% of state averages spiked by double digits (10–22 cents), driving the national average up by 13 cents to $2.63. That is the most expensive national average since October 2019, according to AAA.

Lexus on top, Porsche and Kia next, in J.D. Power dependability study

(February 21, 2021) Vehicle dependability is at an all-time high, with the overall level of problems cited by owners declining 10% from a year ago, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), released Friday.

Kelley Blue Book names coolest affordable new vehicles of 2021

(February 19, 2021) IRVINE, Calif., — With the average transaction price for a new car hovering around $40,000, most shoppers want to feel excited about their vehicle choice rather than spending hard-earned money on a boring car that simply gets them from point A to point B. With that in mind, today Kelley Blue Book names the 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 for 2021 and the 10 Coolest Cars Under $30,000 for 2021 based on Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Prices.

2021 Cadillac Escalade offers first-class family travel

By Casey Williams

(February 19, 2021) My family has spent way too much time in our house during the last few months — because of COVID, winter temps, and admittedly, general laziness.  We needed to get away, to have a retreat.  With the completely redesigned 2021 Cadillac Escalade in the driveway and just two and a half hours between us in Indianapolis and the Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park, we loaded up to go.

GasBuddy predicts extreme cold will heat up gas prices

(February 18, 2021) BOSTON — Motorists should brace themselves for even higher gas prices in the days ahead, enhanced by the extreme cold weather hitting much of the country. According to GasBuddy, the travel and navigation app,  the national average price of gasoline may jump 10-20 cents per gallon from its current price of $2.54 per gallon over the next two weeks as millions of barrels of refining capacity has gone offline due to the extreme cold in the South, with little relief on the horizon as overall gasoline demand continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 Kia Telluride — Perhaps the best, affordable mid-sized SUV you can buy

By Jim Prueter

(February 17, 2021) Last year, Kia introduced its all-new Telluride three-row midsized SUV to rave reviews, multiple “best of” awards and consumers lining up with cash in hand to purchase. Motor Trend named Telluride its 2020 SUV of the Year. Perhaps even more prestigious, it took top honors as the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year.

Crude and national gas price average soon to top 2020’s highest

(February 17, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Crude oil and pump prices will soon be more expensive than the highest price of 2020 despite low demand. At the end of last week, crude was priced at $59.4 a barrel. That’s just under $4 per barrel less than last year’s most expensive price of $63.27 a barrel (seen on Jan. 6, 2020). Since the end of November, we’ve seen the price of crude increase as much as $5 a barrel a week, meaning we could see 2021 crude oil prices top 2020 as early as this week.

Challenge accepted — Mustang Mach-E takes on gravity, lightning, DNA

(February 15, 2021) DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford has debuted the Mustang Mach-E v. Everything campaign, a series of five short films that highlight the strengths of the all-electric Mustang Mach-E in impressive and visually captivating ways. Why? To help shatter every misconception customers might have about electric vehicles by pitting the all-new Mustang Mach-E against the forces of gravity, lightning, a racing pit crew, DNA and even a rocket.

Company leasing exotic cars says business was good in pandemic year

(February 13, 2021) WOODBURY, Conn. — Premier Financial Services (PFS) — a leading finance company providing specialty leases for new and previously owned Ferraris, Porsches, McLarens, Lamborghinis and other exotic, vintage and luxury automobiles — has noted that overall demand for those vehicles remained strong in 2020, in the face of unprecedented business challenges.