Here's the Thing

Look out — It's an SUV! No, coupe! No, it's an AMG GLE 53 SUV Coupe!

By Paul Borden

(July 17, 2020) You would think that any person fairly cognizant of the automotive world would have no problem distinguishing a coupe from an SUV. After all, an SUV is a somewhat boxy vehicle with four doors and a big storage area in the back often coming with three rows of seats while a coupe is a smaller version (usually) of a sedan but with only two doors, right?

Subaru ranks highest for brand loyalty according to J.D. Power study

(July 16, 2020) Subaru ranked highest among mass market brands and highest overall in the automotive industry for a second consecutive year in the 2020 U.S. Automotive Brand Loyalty study by J.D. Power with a loyalty rate of 60.5%. Lexus ranked highest among luxury brands for the second consecutive year with a 48% loyalty rate.

Gas prices play big role in millennials ability to spend money on other goods

(July 14, 2020) BOSTON — GasBuddy reveals that a staggering 73% of millennials living in the United States say gas prices impact their ability to spend money on other goods and services in GasBuddy’s 2020 Consumer Sentiment on Gasoline Study released today.

The annual study examines the relationship consumers have with gas prices. Since those born between 1981 and 1996 make up much of the working class in America, this year’s study focuses more closely on this generation.

Gasoline demand surges to highest level since March

(July 14, 2020) Gasoline demand increased on the week to the highest level (8.7 million b/d) since March as stocks decreased, but the combination wasn’t enough to significantly impact gas price averages across the country. On the week, the national gas price average only increased one penny to land at $2.19. That is nine cents more than last month and nearly 60 cents less than a year ago.

2020 Ford Expedition — The go to vehicle for big families towing big toys

By Jim Prueter

(July 13, 2020) Ford makes numerous SUVs, and the biggest of the bunch is the Expedition. It’s perfect if you’re hauling a large family, along with a boat, camper or trailer of some sort, at the same time. Expedition is offered in both a standard length and a long-wheelbase body style called the Max.

2020 Toyota Yaris XLE Hatchback — Subcompact Yaris is actually a Mazda

By Jim Prueter

(July 10, 2020) If you’ve always liked the Mazda2 or Scion iA and wanted one you’re out of luck — sort of. Both of these vehicles have been discontinued and are no longer available unless you move to Mexico where the Mazda2 is still sold. However, after Toyota said Scionara to Scion and through the magic of badge engineering and a partnership with Mazda you can still have your choice of either as a sedan or a just introduced hatchback branded as a Yaris. You see, the Scion iA which is really a Mazda2 became the Toyota Yaris. Confusing enough?

Autotrader names its 10 Best Used Cars of 2020

(July 10, 2020) ATLANTA — Finding yourself in the market for a new car during a pandemic might have you asking if now is even the right time to buy or how you can get a good deal on your next purchase. The all-new version of any given car will likely offer safety and technology improvements over the previous version, but if getting a "new to you" car at the lowest price is your goal, you might want to look at a lightly used car.

2019 Mazda CX-9 — An engaging driving experience

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(July 8, 2020) It's possible to sum up the 2020 Mazda CX-9 in a single paragraph. Here goes: There is nearly nothing about the CX-9 that will disappoint the typical SUV buyer beyond the stingy third-row seat and less-than-generous cargo area. There is plenty to like, though, including outstanding driving dynamics, smaller-SUV-like mileage, luxury-sedan-worthy interior and loads of standard safety/driver-assist technology. Plus, impressive connectivity and infotainment features reflected in either a 7- or 9-inch touchscreen. Basically, it checks almost every box any owner of a larger SUV would want. That's it. That pretty much covers it.

Edmunds experts say car shoppers turning to used car market

(July 8, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Unique market conditions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could be driving more consumers out of the new market and into used vehicles, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Edmunds analysts note that June used vehicle finance figures and Edmunds website data indicate shifts in shopping behavior that are not usual for the used vehicle market and could point to more typical new car shoppers entering the fray:

Low volatility at the pump as gas prices push up a penny

(July 7, 2020) The national gas price average increased just one cent to $2.18 on the week despite a dip in U.S. demand for gasoline and gasoline stocks increasing by 1 million barrels. The slight drop in demand — 47,000 barrels a day — amid the increase in stocks comes as many states report increases in COVID-19 cases, potentially causing Americans to reconsider outings. However, for motorists who hit the road for the Independence Day holiday, gas prices were a welcome sight.