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Champions of the road — Edmunds crowns its top rated vehicles of 2022

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(December 16, 2021) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds have announced the winners of the Edmunds Top Rated Awards 2022. These awards are determined by a combination of proprietary data and insights from Edmunds' extensive new vehicle testing and rating process, and the winners represent the best vehicles available today.

November new-vehicle prices up 13% from November 2020

(December 15, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — New-vehicle prices increased further into record territory in November, including a modest increase from the month prior. According to new data released today by Kelley Blue Book, average transaction prices (ATPs) are sharply elevated from last year, up more than 13% from November 2020. New-vehicle inventory levels remain tight, and with sufficient consumer demand, dealers have been able to hold prices at or above the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).

Great timing — Mustang droptop arrives at peak convertible season

By Paul Borden

(December 15, 2021) MIAMI — Back last September I had the opportunity to drive the Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s first all-electric vehicle. I gave it good marks for its range of up to 270 miles on a full charge and its overall performance. But I didn’t really consider it a Mustang.

Study reveals cities with the 'Scroogiest' holiday drivers in 2021

(December 14, 2021) Drivers in 2021 are facing the highest holiday gas prices in seven years, and it’s no wonder the added stress of paying for gas on top of holiday travel gets transferred to the road. With the national average price of gas now around $3.34 a gallon, over $1 more than last year, consumers’ driving habits in some cities are over 30% more aggressive during the holidays compared to the rest of the year according to GasBuddy

Consumers catch a break as gas prices drift lower

(December 14, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pump prices continue their slow seasonal descent, despite a slight rebound in oil prices due to waning fears of a global slowdown caused by the COVID-19 omicron variant. The national average for a gallon of gas fell two cents on the week to $3.33. But a gallon of gas is still $1.17 higher than at this time a year ago.

Infiniti creates sportier, sleeker crossover with 2022 QX55

By Paul Borden

(December 12, 2021) The 2022 Infiniti QX55 is a new crossover SUV that, as the name suggests, is based on the Japanese automaker’s best-selling QX50 compact SUV. It shares the same underpinnings and engine as the QX50 and the interior is similar, but the QX55 has a sportier look with a slopping roofline and other exterior design touches. It comes with standard all-wheel drive.

Gas prices retreat on fears of COVID-19 resurgence

(December 7, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pump prices continue to tumble as fears of a possible COVID-19 global economic slowdown pushed oil prices into the mid $60s per barrel—a price not seen since August. Also helping to ease upward pricing pressure was the decision by OPEC and its oil-producing allies not to cut production. The national average for a gallon of gas dipped 4 cents on the week to $3.35. For consumers, gasoline prices were last this low on Oc.T20.

Here’s why VW’s ID.4 AWD Pro S is a better choice than Tesla’s Model Y

By Jim Prueter

(December 7, 2021) Previously we reviewed the all-new and all electric 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 powered by an 82kWh battery, producing 201-horsepower to a rear-wheel drive configuration with an EPA   estimated 250 miles of driving range. We came away overall impressed with the ID.4 that has a starting price of $39,995 for the base model with our tested price coming in at $45,190 for our upgraded Pro S model.

Ford introduces a pickup for non-truck people with new Maverick

By Paul Borden

(December 5, 2021) The 2022 Ford Maverick revives an old Ford nameplate but is a new — and very much different — vehicle from its predecessor. The 1970s’ Maverick was a compact sedan designed to challenge the imports beginning to arrive from Japan. The 2022 Ford Maverick is a compact pickup truck that essentially is a truck for people who never really gave serious consideration to buying a pickup but always had the thought in the back of their mind

Expert advice on getting car battery ready for winter

(December 3, 2021) CHICAGO — With colder weather just around the corner, now's the time to get cars ready for the winter − including making sure car batteries are in tip-top condition according to vehicle charging specialists CTEK.