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Still favor a sedan? Need AWD for wintery weather? Toyota has answers

(December 12, 2022) When it comes to navigating snowy roads, drivers sometimes depend on all-wheel-drive (AWD) vehicles to help navigate their journeys safely. And AWD conjures up thoughts of crossover SUVs. But what if your proclivities favor a sedan over a hatchback crossover? For Toyota drivers, options are in abundance and in fact, the company’s expanded all-wheel-drive lineup for the 2023 model year includes some legendary Toyota sedans — Camry, Crown and Prius.

There's a supercar hiding within Volvo C40 Recharge EV

By Casey Williams

(December 11, 2022) Take a look at the Volvo C40 Recharge.  It’s extra handsome with its substantial crossover coupe styling, but there’s a world-class supercar hiding within.  “Recharge” means its all-electric, and while it won’t outrun the fastest Teslas or even the quickest gas-powered Corvette, it would have 30 years ago.  That’s how far we’ve come and how impressive is this super safe Volvo.

Four major EV trends to watch in 2023

Hyundai Ioniq 5

By Jessica Caldwell

(December 9, 2022) As the auto industry continues to forge its path toward an electrified and autonomous future, the stakes are higher than ever. But an interesting upside has emerged: Early data shows that EVs are giving automakers the opportunity to redefine their brands in the eyes of consumers, which ordinarily would require a hefty investment over years, if not decades. Here's how three legacy automakers are capitalizing on this once-in-a-lifetime moment.

To create a safe transportation system, we need to target speed

By David Harkey

President, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Highway Loss Data Institute

(December 8, 2022) The most recent annual tally of carnage on our roads is sobering: an estimated 43,000 people killed in 2021. That’s more than the year before, which was more than the year before that.

Survey finds young people view their vehicle as 'third space'

(December 7, 2022) SAN JOSE, Calif. — DTS, Inc., a global leader in next-generation audio, imaging and sensing technology, has released a new report, “The Vehicle as a Third Space.” The report discusses the increasing importance of the vehicle as a third space, as well as uncovers drivers' preferred in-cabin features and functionality.

Will OPEC’s oil production cut affect decline in gas prices?

AAA photo

(December 6, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The recent steep plunge in domestic gas prices may be affected by the results of Sunday’s meeting of OPEC+, a group of 23 oil-producing nations, including Saudi Arabia and Russia. Domestic gasoline prices have dropped 26 cents nationally in the past two weeks. But OPEC+ decided to maintain output cuts of 2 million barrels per day, about 2% of world demand, according to AAA's weekly gasoline report.

When size matters, Chevy Tahoe stands out among large SUVs

By Paul Borden

(November 30, 2022) If you’re in the market for a large SUV, sooner or later — probably sooner — you’re going to find yourself in a Chevrolet showroom looking at a new Tahoe and/or Suburban. Likely it will be the Tahoe, which through the third quarter of this year had more than doubled its older stablemate in sales.

Gas prices keep sliding lower

(November 29, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. —The national average pump price for a gallon of gas dropped 12 cents in the past week. It is the steepest weekly decline since early August — nearly four months ago. Meanwhile, the cost of oil edged lower on fears of economic slowdowns elsewhere around the globe. Because of these factors, the national average for a gallon of gas fell to $3.54.

2022 RAM’s special BackCountry Edition — No roads necessary

By Jim Prueter

(November 27, 2022) No automaker continues to roll out new special edition models one after the other for their vehicle product lineup than Stellantis whose brands include Alpha Romeo, Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM trucks and more. Not only do special additions extend the design, they fine-tune the product offerings and tailors them to meet the specific needs and desires of buyers. Recent RAM truck special editions have included 10h Anniversary Edition, Red Edition, Chris Stapleton “Traveller” Edition, and Night Edition to name but a few.

Lexus, Honda top J.D. Power 2023 U.S. ALG residual value awards

(November 23, 2022) TROY, Mich. — The resale value a vehicle carries is consistently cited as one of the most important elements vehicle shoppers consider when purchasing a new vehicle. The J.D. Power 2023 ALG Residual Value Awards, released this week, have increased importance in today’s market for both automakers and consumers, given the recent increases in the cost of new and used vehicles.