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National gas price average jumps eight cents on the week

(March 26, 2019) With an eight-cent jump on the week, at $2.62, the national average continues to trend more expensive since mid-February. While today’s national average is nearly a quarter more expensive than last month, it is only two cents more expensive than last year at this time.

“Thanks to increasing demand and tightening gasoline stocks across the country, March gas prices came in like a lion and will not go out like a lamb,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Laguna Seca not just for racing — Check out the campsites

(March 25, 2019) MONTEREY, Calif. — Nestled in the hillsides of Monterey County and just minutes from downtown Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach, the Laguna Seca Recreation Area provides convenient camping or glamping sites to enjoy the evening solitude. Dotted around the legendary WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca race circuit, 380 campsites host visitors from around the world who desire an eco- and price-friendly experience.

Alfa’s super sedan — Stunning, powerful, mercilessly addicting

By Jim Prueter

(March 23, 2019) The very first things that strike you about the Italian-bred Alfa Romeo Giulia sports sedan are its stunning good looks, the way it sits on the ground, and its overall stage presence. The four-door Giulia comes in six flavors – five powered by the 280-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the Giulia Quadrifoglio tested here, powered by the monstrous 505-horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 191 mph.

Rubicon is the magic word when it comes to Wrangler's off-road capability

By Paul Borden

(March 24, 2019) MIAMI — The Jeep Wrangler may not be the only vehicle with off-roading capability — even luxury manufacturers play in this pool  — but it's hard to argue with Jeep’s claim that its Wrangler is “the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world” when it comes to off-pavement adventures.

Driving coach sees around corners to show when to give brakes a break

(March 22, 2019) BRENTWOOD, Essex, UK — Many drivers know that they can save on fuel by laying off the accelerator pedal. Now, Ford is introducing commercial vehicle-first technology that helps drivers economize further by letting them know when to slow down in good time to avoid hard braking, based on what lies ahead, and even out of sight.

Michelin ranks highest in three segments for original equipment tires

(March 21, 2019) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Overall customer satisfaction with original equipment tires affects tire brand loyalty, but also vehicle brand loyalty, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study, released today.

The annual study measures tire owner satisfaction in four key areas (in order of importance): tire wear; tire ride; tire appearance; and tire traction/handling. Rankings are included for four vehicle segments: luxury; passenger car; performance sport; and truck/utility.

Volkswagen boosts horsepower to 278 for 2019 Golf GTI hatchback

By Paul Borden

(March 20, 2019) Fuel economy may be the No. 1 reason many people shop in the compact class, but it’s not the only one. In what could be considered a “sub-grouping” in the segment, so-called “pocket rockets” — compacts and sub-compacts tuned for performance — throw a bit of spirit into the mix while still offering decent fuel economy.

GasBuddy — National gas prices up 35 cents per gallon since January

(March 20, 2019) BOSTON — GasBuddy today reports that the national average price of gasoline has risen 35 cents per gallon since January to $2.58 per gallon and now stands at its highest level since November as seasonal changes and refinery problems push prices higher. Yet as prices rise across the country, the pain has not been equal from state-to-state.

Autotrader lists top certified pre-owned deals for March

(March 19, 2019) ATLANTA — With warmer weather on the way, automakers and dealerships are gearing up in March for one of their prime selling stretches of the year. Car shoppers can make the most of dealers ready to drive sales by checking out certified pre-owned vehicles, a part of the market that's been growing in recent years.

"To kick off the spring selling season, dealers will be rolling out specials on new cars to attract customers, but car shoppers looking for a good deal should consider a certified pre-owned vehicle," said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader.

Gas prices continue to push higher, but most gas still under $2.50

(March 19, 2019) Motorists can fill up for $2.50 or less at four in five gas stations throughout the country despite more than 40 states seeing gas price averages increase on the week. At $2.39, the national gas price average is eight cents more expensive than last week and 12 cents more expensive than last month, yet remains 12 cents cheaper year-over-year.