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Three minivans come up short on seat belt reminders; Sienna stands out

(February 2, 2023) When it comes to seat belt reminders, the 2023 Toyota Sienna sets a high bar for the family-oriented minivan segment. Among the four minivans tested, the Sienna is the only vehicle to earn a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s seat belt reminder evaluation. Three other 2023 minivans, the Kia Carnival, Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey, earn acceptable, marginal and poor ratings, respectively.

Steady gasoline price hikes slow as week begins

(January 31, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. —The recent run of daily one- to four-cent price increases slowed heading into the weekend, with prices now dipping slightly to start the week. However, increased demand and higher global oil prices pushed the national average for a gallon of gas up eight cents since last week to $3.50, according to AAA in its weekly assessment.

Edmunds — Tesla consideration spikes in response to price cuts

(January 30, 2023) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — More American car shoppers are researching Tesla vehicles in response to the automaker's price cut announcement on Jan. 13, according to the experts at Edmunds, an online car shopping resource that generates more than 20 million visits every month. 

With the end near, Dodge Challenger SRT raises bar with 807 HP

By Paul Borden

(January 29, 2023) With electric cars the wave of the future, it comes as no surprise that the Muscle Car era that hit its peak in the 1960s and early 1970s and was revived in the early 2000s seems to be coming to a close. Dodge last August announced production of its gas-powered Challenger coupes and Charger sedans will cease after the 2023 models and though there has been few other formal announcements, other manufacturers are likely to begin following suit. GM, of course, already has pledged to be all-electric by 2035.

The Washington Auto Show — Rusting in place

By David Boldt

(January 27, 2023) It’s been eight years since first walking into the Washington, DC Auto Show. Prior to 2015 I hadn’t seen the show, but had always assumed it was, you know, an auto show; no ifs, ands or buts about that. However, the organizers of the show, the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, insist it’s more than an auto show — it’s the Public Policy Show. With that positioning the association believes it to be more than an auto show, while I’d argue it’s notably less.

Ford F-150 Lightning named Edmunds top rated Best of the Best for 2023

(January 27, 2023) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds have announced the Ford F-150 Lightning as the winner of an all-new, and ultimate, award in the Edmunds Top Rated lineup: the Edmunds Top Rated Best of the Best 2023. The award recognizes the standout vehicle among Edmunds Top Rated 2023 winners, with consideration given to the vehicle's impact, innovation and relevance to car shoppers.

Study — Gas engine fueling costs fall below EV charging

(January 26, 2023) The cost to drive an internal combustion engine vehicle 100 miles in the U.S. fell below the cost to charge a comparable electric vehicle for the first time in 18 months, a new report from a Michigan think tank says. An analysis of late-2022 fueling costs by the Anderson Economic Group says mid-priced ICE drivers are paying about $11.29 for 100 miles of driving, an average of 31 cents less than mid-priced EV drivers who charge at home, Automotive News reported.

2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum

Plenty to offer, but falls
behind leaders in its class

By Jim Prueter

(January 25, 2023) In the automotive world of suburban America, the mid-sized Toyota Highlander is omnipresent, a vehicle that seems to appeal to countless American households. And why not? It’s practical, family-friendly, easy to drive with styling that doesn’t offend, comes in a wide variety of configurations with a generous number of standard features and driver-assistance niceties. 

Harley–Davidson CEO plans to phase out gas-powered bikes

By Ben Sellers
Headline USA

(January 25, 2023) Farewell, Hell’s Angel’s. Hello, Heck’s Snowflakes. The CEO of Harley–Davidson said the company plans to go full electric in the foreseeable future, according to a recent interview with British design magazine Dezeen. “At some point in time, Harley Davidson will be all-electric,” said Jochen Zeit, the German-born top executive of the quintessentially American motorbike brand. “But that’s a long-term transition that needs to happen,” he reassured bikers. “It’s not something you do overnight.”

Pump prices surge as gasoline demand rises

(January 24, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Drivers appear to be taking advantage of the recent milder weather in much of the nation by fueling up and hitting the road. The increase in gasoline demand and slightly more expensive oil pushed the national average for a gallon of gas higher by 12 cents since last week to $3.42.