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AAA finds gas prices trending cheaper

(October 1, 2019) Two weeks after attacks on major Saudi Arabian oil facilities, the majority of Americans are starting to see signs of gas prices trending cheaper. While the national average may have only decreased by a penny on the week, 10 states saw pump prices decline by a nickel or more.

“Crude oil prices have dropped close to where they were right before the drone attacks on the Saudi oil facilities,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Kelley Blue Book launches all-new Auto Repair Guide

(September 30, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Kelley Blue Book has announced its new Auto Repair Guide, addressing both consumer and automotive industry needs for a principal source of trustworthy recommendations related to servicing and maintaining a vehicle. The all-new experience on guides consumers through three primary service categories: Recalls, Maintenance, and Repairs. is also including the ability to allow consumers to schedule service online through the Featured Auto Repair Center, a pilot with its sister company, Xtime.

Survey finds consumers split sharply along party lines in EPA-versus-California

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(September 27, 2019) As the Trump Administration digs into its battle with California and various states over who can set emissions standards, consumers’ attitudes about the issue depend on which political party they’re registered with, according to a new poll by

2019 VW Tiguan — About everything you want in a compact crossover

By Paul Borden

(September 26, 2019) Volkswagen gave its Tiguan compact SUV a much-needed makeover for 2018, and apparently designers/engineers got things the way they wanted because about the only updates for 2019 involve some shuffling of equipment.

GasBuddy names top-rated gas station coffee brand in every state

(September 26, 2019) BOSTON — Whether it’s iced or piping hot, Americans are fueled by caffeine, with 64 percent drinking at least one cup of coffee a day.  In honor of National Coffee Day on Sept 29, GasBuddy reveals which gas station brands have the highest-rated coffee in each state, making them the best bet when you need a pick-me-up while on the road.

For the third consecutive year, Texas-based Buc-ee’s leads the overall rankings with the highest rated gas station java in the nation.

Seeing is believing: Eye-tracking technology could help make driving safer

(September 25, 2019) COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Keep your eyes on the road.” With the recent advances in vehicle-assisted safety technology and in-car displays, this old adage has a new meaning, thanks to two new applications of eye-tracking technology developed by researchers at the University of Missouri.

Observing how someone’s eyes change — specifically the pupil — while they respond to an alert given by a vehicle collision avoidance warning could one day help scientists design safer systems.

Lexus UX 250h — Luxury and fuel economy for urban-focused drivers

By Jim Prueter

(September 24, 2019) The sub-compact luxury crossover utility vehicle market is extremely popular right now, and extremely competitive, with numerous choices for consumers. But a lot of these vehicles – like offerings from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and others – are very much alike, so styling becomes an imperative market differentiator.

National gas price average jumps by a dime in one week

(September 24, 2019) Last week was the first time since early June that the national gas price average jumped more than a nickel in under a few days. On the week, it’s a dime more expensive at $2.66 with half of states seeing prices increase by 10 cents or more. However, even with the significant increase, the national average is still cheaper compared to last month (-6 cents) and last year (-19 cents), according to AAA.

Rhode Island, Oklahoma top worst road infrastructure list

(September 24, 2019) SEATTLE — On top of taxpayer dollars, it's estimated that driving on roads in need of repair costs motorists $120 billion in vehicle repairs and operating costs — $533 per driver, according to a recent report by QuoteWizard.

QuoteWizard, a LendingTree company, released its report on States with the Worst Road Infrastructure finding that 61% of highways nationwide are in fair to poor condition. Transportation for America estimates a cost of $231 billion a year to keep our existing road network in acceptable repair.

2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo an excellent grand touring machine

By Casey Williams

(September 23, 2019) INDIANAPOLIS — I doubt the cornfields in Jefferson County, Ind., have ever heard the high wail of a Ferrari V8.  My daughter and I are clipping corners and leveling hills as we blitz to Clifty Falls State Park in the Maserati Levante Trofeo.  I barely slow down as we pass a Methodist Church, in which worshippers surely think I’m bringing The Second Coming when I press the “Corsa” button and exhaust cracks in thunderous rapture.  The big crossover surges forward.