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Electrified vehicle sales hit record, according to Kelley Blue Book

(October 25, 2022) ATLANTA — Sales of electrified vehicles hit a record in the third quarter, as one of the hottest segments in the U.S. automotive market continues to make waves throughout the industry, according to Kelley Blue Book. More than 200,000 electrified vehicles were sold in the three-month span of Q3 – a first – with the segment far outpacing the rest of the industry in terms of sales volumes and share growth.

2023 Infiniti QX55 gets more features as standard equipment

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By Paul Borden

(October 24, 2022) Just in its second model year, the 2023 Infiniti QX55 comes with more features as standard, which makes it an underrated, but attractive alternative for shoppers in the compact luxury SUV segment. It retains a more rakish profile than its stablemate QX50 with the sleeker styling giving it a coupe-like image.

2023 Acura Integra A-Spec — A dressed-up Honda Civic

By Jim Prueter

(October 23, 2022) Yet another auto manufacturer is resurrecting a bygone nameplate to capitalize on nostalgia like Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Bronco and Ranger, Jeep Gladiator and Grand Wagoneer, Toyota Supra and others. And now it’s Acura’s turn with the remake of the Integra that recalls some of the best driving Honda and Acura cars from 1986 to 2001. Acura made a few Type Rs and since that time the Integra has garnered a much-loved cult following that’s still a living, breathing thing.

Kelley Blue Book's 2022 'Best Cars for Teens'

(October 19, 2022) ATLANTA — Parents of teens are faced with a significant milestone decision when they consider which car to buy for their young driver. At some point most teens need their own vehicle, whether it is for driving to school, work, extracurricular activities, or even heading off to college. When the time comes, many parents feel overwhelmed with the choices available and the many factors they need to consider, not to mention the current vehicle inventory and market challenges.

Gas demand declines over recession fears

(October 18, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fears of a global economic recession led to a major drop in the price of crude, down $7, which helped to minimize pump price increases last week. Meanwhile, domestic gasoline demand decreased as fewer drivers fueled up in the first half of October. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand decreased nationally from 9.47 million barrels a day to 8.28 million barrels a day, and total domestic gasoline stocks increased by 2 million barrels to 209.5 million barrels, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

AAA study — Automatic emergency braking absent when needed most

(October 17, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Touted as lifesaving, crash-preventing tech, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) is standard equipment in most new cars sold in the United States. Over the years, AEB has successfully stemmed rear-end crashes, which often result in injuries, property damage, and even fatalities. But AAA wanted to know if the latest generation of AEB can handle higher speeds and detect moving vehicles in its path at intersections. It struggled with the former and failed with the latter.

Refreshed Navigator leads way for 2022 in Lincoln's all-SUV lineup

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By Paul Borden

(October 16, 2022) With updated exterior features, a plush roomy interior filled with user-friendly tech features, and a muscular, twin-turbocharged V6 to propel its hefty weight, the refreshed Lincoln Navigator sits at the top of the company’s all-SUV portfolio for 2022. Available in three trim levels and in short or long wheelbase form, the 2022 Lincoln Navigator offers buyers an appealing choice for those shopping in the full-size luxury SUV segment.

More people than ever committing to $1,000+ car payment

(October 14, 2022) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A growing share of Americans are committing to monthly new car payments topping $1,000 as interest rates and prices continue to rise, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. As reported in Edmunds' Q3 finance trends release, 14.3% of consumers who financed a new vehicle purchase in Q3 2022 committed to a monthly payment of $1,000 or more — the highest level that Edmunds has on record — compared to 12.2% in Q2 2022 and 8.3% in Q3 2021.

Ford looking to future with all-electric F-150 Lightning

By Paul Borden

(October 13, 2022) Ford has had the top-selling pickup on the market for over four decades with its F-Series, and now it has taken a big step to ensure it is in position to keep that title with the introduction of its all-electric Lightning F150. Not the first EV truck on the market — that honor would go to the R1T from Rivian, a startup company founded in 2009 and headquartered in California — the 2022 Ford Lightning has the power of the F-150 reputation behind it and comes with a more appealing price tag than the handful of its present competitors.

Survey finds drivers using partial automation treat it as full automation

(October 12, 2022) ARLINGTON, Va. — Drivers who use partial automation on a regular basis often treat their vehicles as fully self-driving despite widespread warnings and numerous high-profile crash reports, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.