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BMW X4 more about appearance than practicality of typical SUV


Photos by Paul Borden

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 28, 2022) MIAMI — Three years into its second generation, the BMW X4 is a sexier version of the  boxier BMW X3 compact SUV introduced back in 2004, though the X4’s sportier coupe-like profile does come with quirks that impede on the mission of your usual Sports Utility Vehicle.

2023 Rivian R1S — Electrified futuristic SUV



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 24, 2022) PHOENIX — There’s a very strong likelihood you’re unfamiliar with the new electric vehicle startup Rivian — the first to bring an EV pickup to the market. You’re even less likely to have seen one on the road let alone it’s new second vehicle, the three-row R1S SUV tested here.

Read the road — Sign struggles and dangerous distractions



By Myvision.org


(August 23, 2022) There is so much to figure out when you start learning how to drive. Do you know where the mirrors are around your car? How about the rules of the road? Can you identify all those road signs? A lot of it seems like common sense, but after initially learning and passing driver’s education courses, drivers don’t always get tested regularly.

Drivers find relief at the pump in the short term



(August 23,2022) WASHINGTON, D.C.  —Stable global oil prices and modest domestic demand for gasoline led pump prices to fall a nickel in the past week to $3.90. AAA finds that drivers are making significant changes to cope with high pump prices. In a recent survey, almost two-thirds of U.S. adults say they have changed their driving habits or lifestyle since March. Drivers’ top two changes to offset high gas prices are driving less and combining errands.

2023 Kia Sportage gets distinctive new looks and gains a hybrid powertrain



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 21, 2022) With a presence of over 20 years, the Sportage is Kia’s longest running nameplate in the U.S. and for 2023 it’s been completely redesigned inside and out. In addition to a distinct new design and built on Kia’s 7-inch longer N3 platform, the same used by the larger Kia Sorento, making for an overall larger Sportage. For the first time it’s being offered as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants alongside the gas-only Sportage.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 Wins Car and Driver's 2022 EV of the Year Award



(August 19, 2022) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 has received Car and Driver’s EV of the Year Award, adding another honor to its trophy case. The publication put 20 top-rated EVs through rigorous testing over a three-week period. IONIQ 5 took the No. 1 spot.

EV sales threatened by inconsistent public charging experience



(August 18, 2022) TROY, Mich.  — The growth of electric vehicle (EV) sales during the past year has been remarkable, but has added stress to an already beleaguered public vehicle charging infrastructure. In this growth spurt, owners in high EV volume markets like California, Texas and Washington, for instance, are finding the charging infrastructure inadequate and plagued with non-functioning stations. These are among the key findings in the second annual J.D. Power U.S. Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Public Charging Study, released this week.

Chevy plays 'keep up' with mid-cycle Silverado refreshening



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 17, 2022) Though Chevrolet has a history with pickup trucks that goes back over a century, its most popular vehicle, the Silverado, dates back only a little over two decades. It debuted as a 1999 model replacing the long-running Chevrolet C/K pickup. Even though it moved into its fourth generation with the redesign of 2019, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado gets significant updates both inside and out as it battles Ram for the No. 2 spot in full-size pickup sales behind perennial segment leader Ford F-150.

Gas price limbo — How low will it go?



(August 16, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of regular gas fell 10 cents in the past week to $3.95, due primarily to stable oil prices and fewer drivers than usual fueling up. AAA finds that drivers are making significant changes to cope with high pump prices. In a recent survey, almost two-thirds of U.S. adults have changed their driving habits or lifestyle since March. Drivers’ top two changes to offset high gas prices are driving less and combining errands.

2022 Lexus LC 500h — Luxuriously posh, visually stunning, now with a hybrid



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 14, 2022) First introduced for the 2018 model year, the LC 500 is offered as a sports coupe, a a gorgeous grand touring 2+2 power-retractable soft top convertible was added last year and there’s also a hybridized LC 500h tested here, the world’s first vehicle with Multi Stage hybrid capability.