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Fireworks at the pump as gas prices jump just in time for July 4

(July 4, 2019) BOSTON — Millions of Americans have hit the road for Independence Day just as gasoline prices have risen for the first time in nearly two months, according to GasBuddy. While gas prices stand an average 15 cents lower than Memorial Day, oil prices have rebounded by $9 per barrel in recent weeks, leading the national average to begin rising again, reaching $2.75 per gallon for this weekend.

2020 Kia Telluride — The top ranked #1 midsize SUV you can buy

By Jim Prueter

(July 3, 2019) Kia has just introduced its all-new Telluride three-row midsized SUV with seating for up to eight people. The largest Kia ever offered, the 2020 Telluride, when compared to the hugely popular Sorento, is larger — much larger. The newcomer is eight inches longer and four inches wider, and a wheelbase that stretches nearly five inches farther.

2019 Nissan Kicks — Feature packed, efficient and value priced

By Jim Prueter

(July 3, 2019) Last year, we drove Nissan’s then all-new and smallest utility vehicle, Kicks, a replacement for the quirky Juke. Kicks carries strong DNA from the brand’s other utility-vehicle offerings, most noticeably Rogue Sport. This week, Nissan dropped off the 2019 Kicks in the top-level SR Trim for a week of test driving. All-new last year, Nissan hasn’t changed anything on the 2019 model.

Gas prices jump a nickel ahead of Independence Day holiday

(July 3, 2019) Following weeks of steady pump price declines, gas prices are starting to increase across the country. On the week, a gallon of regular unleaded is, on average, a nickel more expensive with nearly 25 states seeing an increase of a nickel or more since last Monday.

“For the more than 41 million motorists hitting the road this week to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, they will find gas prices cheaper than Memorial Day weekend, but more expensive than they’ve been paying the last few weeks,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Average new-car prices up 3% year-over-year for June

(July 2, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $37,285 in June. New-vehicle prices increased $1,131 (up 3.1%) from June 2018, while decreasing $67 (down 0.2%) from last month.  

C8 Corvette will arrive soon, but don't overlook 2019 Grand Sport droptop

By Paul Borden

(July 1, 2019) The next generation Chevy Corvette is on its way this summer with the reveal of C8 Corvette due for July 20. It will represent the company’s first take as a mid-engine roadster, though other details  are upcoming and somewhat on the skimpy side. If you’re one who just has to have the latest thing — and if the lines that form outside of Apple stores when a new iPhone is introduced is evidence there must be many of you — then no doubt you will want to wait to see what all the fuss is about before rushing off to a Chevy showroom.

2019 Mercedes E450 4MATIC Cabriolet — 'Here Comes the Sun'

By Jim Prueter

(June 29, 2019) Few things in life are as magical as the sun breaking out on a warm spring day after a long winter. The Beatles’ George Harrison said, “It was one of those beautiful spring mornings in April after a long hard, and dismal winter that led me to writing "Here Comes the Sun."

Automakers confront an uncertain new vehicle market in 2019

(June 27, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif.. — So far 2019 has been a year of contrasts for automakers as they struggle to find a new normal amid rising interest rates, waning demand, dramatic growth in the used market and uncertain government policies. Edmunds analysts break down these issues and the major factors influencing the new vehicle market this year in the Midyear Update of the Edmunds 2019 Automotive Trends Report.

Jeep Cherokee named 'Most American' vehicle by

(June 26, 2019) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — For the second consecutive year, Jeep Cherokee is ranked first on’s annual American-Made Index (AMI).
“The Jeep Cherokee tops’s American-Made Index for the second year in a row, taking the number-one position, thanks to high scores across the five major factors analyzed in the index,” said Kelsey Mays, senior consumer affa
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Bucking the trend, demand drives gas prices even lower

(June 26, 2019) U.S. gasoline demand hit its highest level at 9.93 million barrels a day last week, the highest level ever recorded since the Energy Information Administration (EIA) began publishing data in 1991. Counterintuitively, as motorists drive demand to new heights, pump prices pushed even cheaper across the country on the week.

This is due to the recent trend in cheaper crude pricing and because crude comprises roughly 60 percent of the costs people pay at the pump, drivers are seeing summer savings.