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2022 Lucid Air — A remarkable all-new electric vehicle

By Jim Prueter

(May 20, 2022) PHOENIX — A year ago, if I mentioned the name “Lucid Air” it may have you thinking of a '70s rock band rather than a luxurious all-new all-electric vehicle built in a sparkling new factory here in Arizona. Lucid Motors is a multi-billion-dollar startup with its sites set as a legitimate alternative to the only true electric vehicle success, Tesla.

NHTSA: Traffic fatalities reach 16-year high in 2021

(May 18, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its early estimate of traffic fatalities for 2021. NHTSA projects that an estimated 42,915 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year, a 10.5% increase from the 38,824 fatalities in 2020. The projection is the highest number of fatalities since 2005 and the largest annual percentage increase in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System’s history.

Expensive milestone — Nearly every state above $4 per gallon

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(May 17, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — With the national average cost for regular gas steadily climbing, three states — Georgia, Kansas, and Oklahoma — are still holdouts for crossing the $4 per gallon mark. The national average for a gallon of gasoline is now $4.48. The increase is primarily due to the high cost of crude oil, which is hovering near $110 a barrel.

Hybrid drivetrains coming to Kia Sorento SUV at right time

By Paul Borden

(May 16, 2022) Talk about good timing. With gas prices hitting record levels, Kia is bringing the plug-in version of the Sorento to showrooms this year after introducing the standard gas-electric hybrid drivetrain on the Sorento last year. The two hybrid models round out the portfolio for the company’s SUV that slots in between the smaller Sportage and slightly larger Telluride in the South Korean’s stable. Even though a bit more compact than the Telluride, the Sorento still offers 3-row seating.

2022 Lexus ES350 Ultra Luxury — Delivering the Lexus promise

By Jim Prueter

(May 15, 2022) The ES is the midsize level luxury sedan from Lexus and has long been the top-selling sedan in the brand’s lineup. The ES first launched in the U.S. back in 1989 and has maintained its reputation of keeping stylish, luxurious, quiet, well built with an attractive starting price along with outstanding reliability and resale values.

AMG GT 53 4-Door Coupe — Coupe profile, sports car performance

By Paul Borden

(May 14, 2022) If you’re looking for a vehicle that offers sports car-like performance and still has a practical side — and budget is not a factor — Mercedes-Benz may have the answer for you in the 2022 AMG GT 53. Called a 4-door coupe, the 2022 AMG GT 53 has room for two in the back and gives them easy access without having to contort themselves as you often must do in a two-door coupe when entering through the front doors.

Chevy Equinox RS, GMC Terrain AT4 — Identical but different

By Casey Williams - MyCarData

(May 13, 2022) Peel off the skin to find the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox RS and GMC Terrain AT4 are virtually identical — same platform, engines, and basic driving characteristics.  But, look even deeper and you’ll find the siblings have very different personalities and attitudes. See which you prefer.

New-vehicle transaction prices continue to increase

(May 12, 2022) ATLANTA — New-vehicle average transaction prices (ATPs) increased to $46,526 in April, according to new data released by Kelley Blue Book, a Cox Automotive company. Prices rose 0.7% ($304) month over month and remain elevated compared to one year ago, up 13.0% ($5,354) from April 2021.

Hitting the gas — Pump prices surge as oil gets more expensive

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(May 10, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Drivers are paying more at the pump — a lot more — as the cost of gasoline moves steadily higher. In the past two weeks, the national average for a gallon of gasoline has risen 20 cents to $4.32, a penny less than the record high set on March 11. The increase is primarily due to the high cost of crude oil, which was hovering near $100 a barrel last week and is now closing in on $110.

Choose the Hybrid if you’re buying a 2022 Toyota Highlander

By Jim Prueter

(May 9, 2022) Suburban America has a love affair with the mid-sized Toyota Highlander. It seems to be the sensible choice for those who value practicality, reliability, safety features, attractive styling but nothing that will turn heads or have people stopping to snap a photo of it.