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2022 Toyota Sienna Limited — Hybrid-only minivan sheds negative stigma

By Jim Prueter

(November 10, 2022) Forget about frumpy minivan styling and any negative thoughts you’ve had about minivans that’s scared the hell out of you because the freshly restyled, redesigned Sienna sheds all the stigmas and stress you’ve braced yourself for with ownership and leaves you with nothing short of amazement.

Average price for new vehicle remains above $48,000 in October

(November 10, 2022) ATLANTA — The average price paid for a new vehicle in the United States in October was up from September and remains above the $48,000 mark, according to data released today by Kelley Blue Book. The Kelley Blue Book new-vehicle average transaction price (ATP) increased to $48,281 in October, slightly lower than the revised all-time high of $48,301 set in August. October prices rose 0.2% ($187) month over month from September and were up 3.8% ($1,775) year over year from October 2021.

Smartphone apps drive gig workers, parents to distraction

(November 9, 2022) Gig-economy workers are four times as likely as other drivers to use smartphone apps regularly while driving, a new survey from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows. “The explosion of smartphone features and services has not only created new forms of driver distraction, but also a new group of ride share and delivery drivers whose jobs require them to interact with their phones while they’re on the road,” IIHS President David Harkey said.

Shifting into reverse? Gas prices edge higher

(November 8, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite fewer U.S. drivers fueling up, the national average pump price rose four cents over the past week to hit $3.80. Rising oil prices fueled by worries over Russian oil production cuts have renewed concerns about global supplies. But the rise could be short-lived as reports of new Covid-19 restrictions in China signal a potential economic slowdown for the world’s top oil-consuming nation.

Toyota GR86 sports car a fun and affordable head turner

By Casey Williams

(November 7, 2022) As Toyota confronts the end of the gasoline era, it goes all-in with Subaru to produce the second generation of two nearly identical sports cars that revel in their classic heritage.  Think of the GR86 as a front-engine MR2 or scaled down Supra, crisp to the touch and pleasing to the eye.  Toyota will not build another sports car like this, so take a few minutes to learn about this one…and place an order while you still can.

Ioniq 5 hatchback at heart of Hyundai's 'electrified' lineup

By Paul Borden

(November 4, 2022) MIAMI — Hyundai has embarked on an ambitious program with a goal of selling a million “electrified” models worldwide as soon as the year 2025 to fulfill the public’s growing demand for more eco-friendly vehicles. Loren Wong, Assistant Manager for Product Planning for Hyundai North America, made that point last month in a visit Miami last month to talk about the South Korean automaker’s plans.

Gas prices drifting down

(November 1, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. —The national average pump price continued its recent trend by dipping three cents over the past week to hit $3.76. Tepid domestic gas demand and waffling global oil prices are the main reasons, although much lower West Coast gas prices are playing a part too.

Who drove the most during the pandemic?

(October 29, 2022) Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s latest American Driving Survey offers insightful information on how much Americans drove during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.  According to survey responses, drivers returned to the road in a big way in 2021, after a dramatic decrease in travel in 2020.

2022 Audi A3 — Audi’s entry-level sedan gets complete makeover

By Jim Prueter

(October 25, 2022) After skipping the 2021 model year, Audi introduced its fourth generation A3 in America for 2022. The A3 is the entry-level vehicle for the brand and while somewhat popular in Europe only sells about 10,000 a year here in America. Part of that reason is sedans are deeply out of fashion for the U.S. car buyer favoring trucks and utility vehicles.

As Halloween approaches, gas prices look less scary

(October 25, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. —The national average pump price fell nine cents over the past week to hit $3.79. It has dropped daily since October 11, primarily due to lower oil prices and fewer drivers than usual fueling up.