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2020 Mercedes GLE 450 — A technology tour de force

By Jim Prueter

(April 30, 2019) For 2020, Mercedes introduces its fourth-generation, mid-sized GLE with five trim levels: GLE 350, GLE 450, and the performance AMG GLE 43, GLE 63 and GLE 63 S. At this time, Mercedes has not indicated if a plug-in hybrid or diesel variant will come later. The new GLE is unquestionably the most technologically complex vehicle we’ve ever driven and tested.

Gas pricea have increased 63 cents since the beginning of the year

(April 30, 2019) One week after the U.S. State Department announced the end of waivers for countries to import oil from Iran, increasing crude oil prices and pump prices show no signs of slowing down. With a four-cent jump on the week, today’s national gas price average sets a new high for the year at $2.88, according to weekly statistics from AAA.

Autotrader names its Best New Cars for 2019 award winners

(April 29, 2019) ATLANTA — Finding your perfect automobile match can be difficult, and everyone is searching for that one vehicle that checks all the boxes. With more than 300 vehicle models available, this becomes a daunting task that leaves consumers with more questions than answers. The options are endless, examining vehicle technology, safety features, driving condition options, style, make, model and trim level.

2019 Cadillac XT4 — All-new small SUV is a sweetheart

By Jim Prueter

(April 28, 2019) There’s no disagreement that one of the fastest growing automotive segments is the compact luxury utility vehicle. It’s a field that’s growing more crowded by the day, which brings us to one of the latest additions, the compact Cadillac XT4 driven here.

Edmunds: Truck sales to prop up new-vehicle market in April

(April 26, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds forecast that 1,357,024 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in April for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 16.8 million. This reflects a 16.2% decrease in sales from March but a 0.3% increase from April 2018. Despite this month-over-month dip, Edmunds experts note that pickup sales were a bright spot. According to Edmunds data, market share for pickup trucks is expected to reach 17%, the highest April level since 2005.

2019 Lexus GX 460 — Old school SUV

By Jim Prueter

(April 25, 2019) The 2019 Lexus GX 460 is part of a generation of mid-size SUVs that time has long since passed by. In a flood of lighter, car-based unibody crossover utility vehicles with independent suspensions and luxury sedan-like driving characteristics, the traditional truck-based body-on-frame GX looks, drives, and feels old school when compared to all-new editions of competitors like the Mercedes GLE, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and even its popular stablemate Lexus RX 350.

The Final Edition — VW Beetle leaving the market in 2019

By Casey Williams

(April 25, 2019) It’s a sad day.  This is likely my last review of a Volkswagen Beetle — mainly because the Volkswagen Beetle will be discontinued after 2019.  It’s an especially sad day because I have very fond memories of the car.  I’ve of course driven many over the years, but I remember riding in the back of my uncle’s orange Beetle in the ‘70s.  I was at the unveiling of the New Beetle in 1998 and owned a 2005 edition for six years.  But, the car we have here may be my favorite of the bunch.

Death of brand loyalty: 80 percent of drivers unfaithful at the pump

(April 24, 2019) BOSTON — While consumers are passionate about their favorite coffee brand, they have no preference for the brand of gas that’s pumped into their vehicle. GasBuddy finds that gas station loyalty has declined in the past three years, with 5% fewer customers citing brand loyalty as a reason to choose a gas station.

In fact, data from GasBuddy’s Pay with GasBuddy program shows that more than 80% of consumers who fill up four times per month or more do so at multiple fuel and convenience brands in any given month.

Gas prices level off; smallest increase in eight weeks

(April 23, 2019) With only a penny increase on the week, the national gas price average saw the smallest one-week jump since mid-February. For the last eight weeks, weekly jumps ranged anywhere between a nickel and a nearly a quarter.

“On the week, 30 states saw pump price increases or decreases of three cents or less which helped keep the national average relatively steady, but motorists shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Autotrader lists its top certified pre-owned deals for April

(April 22, 2019) ATLANTA — With extra money in the pockets of car shoppers from tax refunds, April typically kicks off one of the strongest selling months of the season. Many Americans are eager to use their refunds toward a vehicle they have been eyeing. Looking to get the most bang for their buck, consumers should look at a certified pre-owned vehicle.