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Gas prices jump for most of country

(February 20, 2019) On the week, 28 states saw gas price averages increase by at least a nickel, pushing the national gas price average up six-cents to land at $2.33. That is the largest one-week increase seen at the national level this year. Today’s gas price average is nine-cents more expensive than last month, but 19-cents cheaper than a year ago, according to AAA.

Chevy Colorado offers a comfortable way to get into pickup segment

By Paul Borden

(February 19, 2019) Crossovers and SUVs may be pushing aside sedans in the automotive world, but one traditional segment remains strong, and that is the pickup truck. In fact, the top three selling vehicles in 2018 are pickups — in order, the Ford F-Series, the Chevrolet Silverado, and the Ram pickup.

Study finds Americans spent $388 billion on gas in 2018

(February 18, 2019) BOSTON — Americans collectively spent $388 billion on gasoline in 2018, averaging to 34 million fill-ups a day. GasBuddy has issued the 2019 Consumer Sentiment on Gasoline Study that finds that the necessity, perception, and price of gasoline adversely impacts Americans across all age groups and income brackets, with a staggering 86 percent of Americans depending on gasoline for their everyday lives.

Top certified pre-owned deals for February according to Autotrader

(February 17, 2019) ATLANTA  — As the U.S. thaws from the polar vortex, car buyers can use this typically slow time of year for automotive sales to find a good deal on their perfect vehicle match. Certified pre-owned vehicles can help car buyers make the most of every dollar, and dealerships should have a great selection in February thanks to year-end trade-ins and vehicles coming off-lease.

Auto loan interest rates climb to second highest level in 10 years

(February 15, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Tightening credit conditions and rising vehicle prices continued to squeeze consumers in January, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Due in part to an evaporation of zero percent financing deals, the average annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles hit the second highest point in 10 years in January, averaging 6.19 percent.

You pick: Iconic Toyota Land Cruiser or luxurious Lexus LX

By Jim Prueter

(February 14, 2019) The iconic Land Cruiser SUV is not only Toyota’s most expensive vehicle — starting at just over $86,000 — it’s also their longest running model, dating back to 1954. The current generation driven here has been in production since 2007, with only minor changes during that time.

Avoid the lines — Friday busiest at the pump, according to GasBuddy

(February 14, 2019) BOSTON — For drivers looking to fill up their tanks before a big weekend, they may want to consider filling up earlier in the week to avoid the lines. That’s according to the annual report examining foot traffic throughout 2018 in the $600 billion convenience store and fuel retailing industry released today by GasBuddy, the only company connecting drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop.

Which states have the most Toyota 4Runners?

(February 13, 2019) OLATHE, Kan.  — There’s a new infographic showing where the Toyota 4Runner is most popular in the USA. When they were anticipating Toyota’s latest TRD Pro vehicle announcement, the team at Olathe Toyota Parts Center wondered just how popular Toyota’s 4Runner still is.

The popularity of this SUV was determined on both a total volume and per capita basis. The team looked at a one year window, Jan. 2018 through Jan. 2019, to collect the information.

Honda picks up two awards in Edmunds' 'Editor's Choice Awards'

(February 13, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds have announced the winners of the inaugural Edmunds Editors' Choice Awards. Encompassing far more than subjective opinion, these awards factor in 27 criteria in five categories to determine the vehicles that car shoppers can trust as the best in class.

"Our editorial team tests more than 300 vehicles a year ― that's more than a collective 17,000 hours behind the wheel," said Alistair Weaver, editor-in-chief at Edmunds.

Research — Icy temperatures cut electric vehicle range nearly in half

(February 13, 2019) ORLANDO, Fla. — As freezing temperatures plague much of the country, electric vehicle owners may experience a decrease in driving range, compounded by the use of the vehicle’s interior climate control. New research from AAA reveals that when the mercury dips to 20°F and the HVAC system is used to heat the inside of the vehicle, the average driving range is decreased by 41 percent.