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2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4WD — Now the best Silverado ever

By Jim Prueter

(June 14, 2022) I grew up in mid-east Michigan on a farm about 125 miles straight north of Detroit. Most families like mine were farmers or blue collar with most employment dominated by large auto factories and foundries, almost exclusively General Motors, surrounded on the outskirts by fertile farmland that mainly grew wheat, navy beans, alfalfa and sugar beets. In that part of the state pickup trucks were a hard-working tool and as much an elemental part of the landscape as grain trucks, tractors and combines.

Gas prices continue to climb hitting $5.01 a gallon

(June 14, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The cost of a barrel of oil is over $120, nearly double last August’s price, as increased oil demand outpaces the tight global supply. Meanwhile, domestic gasoline demand remains robust as the summer driving season ramps up even as the national average for a gallon of gas surged. It is 15 cents more than a week ago, 58 cents more than a month ago, and $1.94 more than a year ago. Today’s national average is $5.01—an all-time high never seen since AAA began collecting pricing data in 2000.

Senator passes high-priced gas, but at what cost in her EV?

Editor's Note: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., on Tuesday bragged about buying an expensive electric vehicle amid a global semiconductor chip shortage and being able to bypass historically high gas prices on her road trip to Washington, D.C.  MotorwayAmerica contributor Chris Sawyer's response to a question as to whether the senator did, indeed, merrily pass folks queued up at gas stations paying five dollars per gallon, or is the truth a bit more, uhm, nuanced.

By Chris Sawyer

(June 12, 2022) Okay, if Sen. Debbie Stabenow got a regular Chevrolet Bolt, the EPA range is 259 miles. It’s 247 for the Bolt EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle). Adding anything to either gets you to $40,000 before government rebate, but I’m sure Sen. Stabenow got employee pricing — or (much) better.

National average gas price hits $5 a gallon crushing previous record

(June 11, 2022) BOSTON — The national average price of gas in the U.S. surpassed $5 per gallon on June 9 for the first time ever, according to GasBuddy, a fuel savings platform. This long-anticipated milestone comes behind months of gas price increases across the country, accelerated by the rise in seasonal demand amidst supply constraints borne out of the pandemic.

New-vehicle prices flirt with record high in May

(June 10, 2022) ATLANTA — New-vehicle average transaction prices (ATPs) increased to $47,148 in May, according to new data released by Kelley Blue Book, a Cox Automotive company. Prices rose 1% ($472) month over month and remain elevated compared to one year ago, up 13.5% ($5,613) from May 2021. The average price paid for a new vehicle in the U.S. last month was the second-highest on record, behind only December 2021, when ATPs reached $47,202.

No matter what it's called, the BMW X4 M offers driving thrills

By Paul Borden

(June 9, 2022) Typically, an “X” in BMW’s branding designates an SUV in the German automaker’s luxury fleet, but not, apparently, when it comes to the new X4 M. The company refers to the 2022 BMW X4 M as a “Sports Activity Coupe,” which conflicts with the way many auto enthusiasts, even those in the reviewing business, look at the coupe.

Rising oil cost, high demand for gas keep pump prices surging

(June 7, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The cost of a barrel of oil is nearing $120, nearly double from last August, as increased oil demand outpaces the tight global supply. Meanwhile, domestic gasoline demand rose last week in the wake of a robust Memorial Day weekend of travel. As a result, the national average for a gallon of gas surged 25 cents in one week to hit $4.86, according to AAA.

Electric vehicle consideration up, but skepticism still exists, study finds

(June 6, 2022) Auto shoppers in America are more likely than ever before to consider buying a fully electric vehicle (EV), and new EV entries are responsible for much of the added consideration. These new entries, many from long-established vehicle manufacturers, are turning EV skeptics into likely EV considerers, according to the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Electric Vehicle Consideration (EVC) Study.

2022 Kia Sorento X-Line Prestige — Attractive, feature laden

By Jim Prueter

(June 3, 2022) The Sorento, that was all new last year has come a long way since it was first introduced some two decades ago as Kia’s first entry into the midsize SUV segment. The Sorento carries over for 2022 with minor changes to our tested X-Line Prestige that gains heated second-row captain’s chairs and a larger 10.25 touch screen now standard.

New model debuts for Santa Fe, but Calligraphy remains top trim

By Paul Borden

(June 1, 2022) The Santa Fe has been a staple in the Hyundai lineup for just over two decades, but this is just the second year that the Calligraphy has served as the top-of-the-line trim for non-hybrid/plugin models. Though a bit larger than the Tucson, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe offers seating for only five occupants in a spacious and upscale cabin that has a large storage area (36.4 cubic feet) behind the second row of seats.