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Gas prices keep dropping as summer driving season ends

(September 13, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average price for a gallon of gas fell seven cents in the past week to reach $3.71, a level not seen since the beginning of March. The primary reason for this decline is the recent lower cost for oil.

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Trail Edition — Mild updating for 2022

(September 12, 2022) The Toyota Tacoma — affectionately known as the Taco by its copious fans — has been the best-selling mid-sized pickup for 17 years running, outselling its nearest two competitors by more than two-to-one last year. Tacoma is available in numerous configurations and various models to satisfy the needs of a multitude of truck buyers. Last year, Toyota introduced two limited production models: the Nightshade Edition and Trail Edition model tested here. Otherwise, there are no major differences between the 2020 thru 2022 Tacoma models.

Gas prices keep easing as fall approaches

(September 7, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lower oil prices, modest domestic gasoline demand, and a quiet hurricane season are combining to drive pump prices lower. The national average for a gallon of gas fell seven cents in the past week to $3.77.

New N model adds fun factor for Hyundai's subcompact SUV Kona

By Paul Borden

(September 7, 2022) The Hyundai Kona has been around only a handful of years but even in that short time the South Korean automaker has made a couple of additions that make the Kona a compelling competitor in the subcompact SUV segment.

Lexus LX 600 Ultra Luxury — SUV all-new for 2022

By Jim Prueter

(September 5, 2022) All-new and totally redesigned from the ground-up inside and out Lexus has launched its fourth generation LX 600 that replaces the outgoing LX 570 that was first introduced back in 1995. It’s worth noting that Toyota has discontinued the Land Cruiser for 2022 after a 65-year continuous run, from which the LX is derived. Toyota is hoping Land Cruiser loyalists will step up to the Lexus LX.

2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country B6 AWD — From the suburbs to the exurbs

By David Boldt

(September 4, 2022) Autowriters, whose proliferation — largely through social media — is matched only by the growth of the anti-vax cartel, are known largely by their affection for both the manual transmission and station wagon. On the manual front that affection is on the cusp of being little more than a historical footnote; manuals now represent but a small fraction of sales across any automotive category. The wagon, however, is another story, as a few OEMs have dug in, even if ride height has been adjusted so you, the customer, can dig out.

Gas prices on decline going into Labor Day

(September 2, 2022) BOSTON — After a seemingly never ending spring of price-hikes at the pump, gas prices gas prices have declined every week of the summer and are expected to be the lowest on Labor Day weekend since March 3 and 20% lower than on July 4, at $3.79 per gallon. According to GasBuddy, the leading fuel savings platform saving American drivers the most money on gas, prices this Labor Day weekend will continue to fall slightly from summer highs, though remain over 60¢ per gallon more expensive than last year.

Means streets — Urban traffic fatalities now exceed those on rural roads

(August 31, 2022) According to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more people are now killed on the nation’s city streets than on rural roads, with speed playing a critical factor. Between 2010 and 2019, fatalities in urban areas surged 34%, while those in rural areas fell 10%. Urban fatalities surpassed those in rural areas in 2016; by 2019, 19,595 people were killed in urban locations compared to 16,340 in the countryside.

Few vehicles excel in new nighttime test of pedestrian autobrake

(August 31, 2022) The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is introducing a nighttime test of pedestrian automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems to address the high percentage of pedestrian crashes that occur on dark roads. Four of the first 23 midsize cars, midsize SUVs and small pickups tested earn the highest rating of superior, but more than half earn a basic score or no credit.

J.D. Power: Inventory shortages, high prices constrain August sales

(August 30, 2022) New-vehicle retail sales for August are expected to decline when compared with August 2021, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Retail sales of new vehicles this month are expected to reach 980,400 units, a 2.6% decrease compared with August 2021 when adjusted for selling days. August 2022 has one additional selling day compared with August 2021. Comparing the same sales volume without adjusting for the number of selling days translates to an increase of 1.3% from 2021.