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Rear passenger protection falls short in most midsize SUVs

(March 14, 2023) Most midsize SUVs offer inadequate front crash protection for passengers seated in the rear, the latest crash test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show. “All these vehicles provide excellent protection for the driver,” said IIHS President David Harkey, “but only a handful extend that level of safety to the back seat.”

Study reveals 74% of Americans have become more conscious of gas prices

(March 13, 2023) DALLAS — Average gas prices in the U.S. reached a new record of over $5 per gallon last year, and it’s no wonder that drivers have become more price-conscious at the pump. According to GasBuddy’s annul Pump Habits study, 74% of Americans have become more price-conscious at the pump during the last year. However, most drivers are still making crucial mistakes, which can cost them hundreds of dollars per year.

Distinctive looks, abundant power set Alfa Romeo Stelvio apart

Photos by Paul Borden

By Paul Borden

(March 12, 2023) With its distinctive Italian styling and lively performance, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers an attractive alternative for those shopping in the compact luxury SUV market. It is especially appealing to those who want to get away from the “cookie-cutter” design that prevails in the very competitive segment dominated in 2022 by Tesla’s Model Y and imports from Germany.

Current gas price hike may be short lived

(March 10, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline increased nearly a dime since last week to $3.46. However, this price pop could be short-lived, as demand and the global cost of oil have fallen recently.

As heavy EVs proliferate, their weight may be a drag on safety

IIHS discovers some new EVs
may be so heavy they create safety
risk for other vehicles on the road

By Raul Arbelaez 

Vice President
Vehicle Research Center, IIHS

(March 10, 2023) How safe are electric vehicles? It’s a question that keeps coming up in different ways in my role overseeing our vehicle crashworthiness evaluations. When we first started testing electric vehicles in 2011, the question referred to fire risk. When damaged, lithium-ion batteries can ignite, and the fires can be extremely hard to put out. As a result, we have special procedures for EV testing, including monitoring the battery’s voltage and temperature and asking our local fire department to be on site

New-vehicle prices trend downward as incentives rise

(March 9, 2023) ATLANTA — The average transaction price (ATPs) of a new vehicle in the United States declined in February to $48,763, a decrease of 1.4% ($705) from an upwardly revised January reading of $49,468. Transaction prices last month were up 5.3% ($2,466) from year-ago levels, according to data released today by Kelley Blue Book. Meanwhile, incentive spend rose to 3.0%, averaging $1,474, a level not seen since March 2022.

Michigan businesswoman drives Mitsubishi Outlander to amazing new lengths

(March 7, 2023) Mitsubishi constantly draws inspiration from the stories of its loyal customers. Recently, a story was published in The Lasco Press, featuring Amanda Coe of Waterford, Mich., who has logged nearly a half-million miles in her 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander, building a successful courier service business in Southeastern Michigan.

Kelley Blue Book announces 2023 Best Resale Value Award winners

Toyota, Lexus take top brand honors;
Toyota Tundra top resale nameplate

(March 6, 2023) ATLANTA — While most car buyers understand their vehicle will depreciate — many have heard the old adage, "a vehicle loses value the moment you drive it off the lot!" — the average person may not be fully aware to what extent and how much this amount can vary from one model to the next. Understanding a car's resale value can make the difference of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the long run.

Hyundai Tucson's 2022 redesign adds XRT trim

By Paul Borden

(March 5, 2023) Introduced as a 2005 model giving buyers a smaller option in their SUV shopping than the rapidly growing older brother Santa Fe, the Hyundai Tucson was fully redesigned for 2022 with a new sportier-looking XRT trim making its debut.

AAA: Fear of self-driving cars on the rise

Drivers are increasingly anxious as
autonomous technology advances

(March 4, 2023) ORLANDO, Fla.  — The results of AAA’s annual automated vehicle survey show that while there is still a high level of interest in partially-automated vehicle technology, attitudes toward fully self-driving vehicles have become increasingly apprehensive. This year there was a major increase in drivers who are afraid, rising to 68% as compared to 55% in 2022. This is a 13% jump from last year’s survey and the biggest increase since 2020.