Here's the Thing

The magic of AMG takes C-Class Cabriolet to highest luxury level

By Paul Borden

(August 19, 2019) MIAMI — The C-Class has served as a introductory model for Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts since its debut as a “baby Benz” sedan in the early 1990s. It has grown up considerably since then, however, and there is nothing “baby” about the AMG C43 Cabriolet I recently had the pleasure of driving for a week, from the performance, to the luxury, and yes, to the price tag.

Chevy brings back a different kind of Blazer

By Jim Prueter

(August 16, 2019) For 2019, Chevrolet has brought back the Blazer nameplate, affixing it to an all-new, two-row, five-passenger crossover utility vehicle targeting Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. It shares a platform with the three-row GMC Acadia and the compact Cadillac XT5. The Blazer slots between the smaller Equinox and the larger three-row Traverse.

GasBuddy study reveals Americans prefer debit to credit cards at pump

(August 16, 2019) BOSTON — Fuel purchases in the United States are among the biggest opportunities for banks and credit card companies to win the battle for the consumer’s wallet, with Americans collectively spending close to $1 billion on gasoline per day. And yet, despite 81% of Americans having at least one credit card, more than half of Americans use debit cards instead as their primary method at the pumps, according to GasBuddy’s Fuel Payments study issued today.

Ram, Navigator named top vehicles in AutoPacific satisfaction awards

(August 14, 2019) NORTH TUSTIN, Calif. — AutoPacific has announced the 2019 Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) winners. The Ram 1500 was the top vehicle among popular brands and the Lincoln Navigator was named top luxury vehicle. For the third straight year, Nissan claimed the most wins with six.

Domestic gas stocks soar, push down gas prices

(August 13, 2019) The national gas price average, $2.64, represents a seven-cent drop on the week as domestic gasoline stocks built by a surprising 4.4 million barrels, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest data. Contributing to the build was at least 1.2 million barrels per day of imports at U.S. ports. With the large bump, stocks now sit 235 million barrels — a U.S. stock level not seen in nearly five months since the end of March.

Study finds most prefer their beverage purchase at gas station stores

(August 12, 2019) BOSTON — Americans love their liquids, and they want them sooner than later. Packaged beverages are the third largest in-store category at convenience stores with 15.3% share of sales. And according to GasBuddy’s 2019 C-Store Beverage Study issued last week, 51% surveyed said they purchase a beverage at a gas station c-store at least once a week, 20% of which doing so daily.

Hyundai packs a lot of features in its 2019 Kona subcompact crossover

By Paul Borden

(August 11, 2019) Still a relative newcomer in the subcompact SUV segment, Hyundai’s Kona crossover quickly has established itself as one of the best in its class. Last January the Hyundai Kona and its electric version Kona EV was selected by a panel of 54 judges at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year over the Jaguar I-Pace and Acura RDX

Autotrader names its 10 Hottest Used Cars for the summer

(August 9, 2019) ATLANTA — Cannonballs into pools won't be the only thing making a splash this summer. Thanks to Autotrader, car shoppers can spend more time soaking up the sun instead of endlessly surfing the web for the perfect used vehicle. Autotrader's experts have made it easy for people to quickly find the 10 Hottest Used Cars for Summer 2019, which were selected based on the most-searched vehicles on

If you're a believer in the saying "there's safety in numbers," you'll want to check out this list.

Kelley Blue Book names 10 best back-to-school cars of 2019

(August 7, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — The 2019-2020 school year is right around the corner, and many parents and students are thinking about their transportation needs to campus and activities. With another semester about to kick-off, the editors at Kelley Blue Book have named the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2019.

"While parents and young drivers may not always agree on the ideal car for going to school, there are some great choices out there that can serve as common ground," said Matt DeLorenzo, senior managing editor for Kelley Blue Book.

Auto loan interest rates at lowest level of the year, Edmunds reports

(August 6, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — The average interest rate for a new-vehicle loan dropped for the third month in a row in July, hitting its lowest level of 2019. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, the annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles averaged 5.8% in July, compared to 6% in June. Edmunds data reveals that 35% of shoppers who financed their vehicle purchases in July got an interest rate below 4%, compared to 31% of those who financed purchases in June.