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Toyota, Lexus named Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own award winners

(March 17, 2022) ATLANTA — In the midst of a time when car prices repeatedly make headlines for reaching record highs, it's understandable that shoppers would place a lot of emphasis on the up-front expense of purchasing a new car. But beyond the sticker price, wise car shoppers also take into account the long view and consider the total cost of ownership.

Updated Hyundai Kona Electric has a lower price, new tech features

By Jim Prueter

(March 17, 2022) Hyundai first joined the electric car offering since 2019 sharing everything we love about the non-electric funky, practicable subcompact SUV we first tested back when introduced for the 2018 model year. Based on the standard gasoline version the electric Kona is instead powered by a 201-horsepower electric motor delivered via the 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with liquid cooling with an EPA-rated driving range of 258 miles.

Falling oil price halts daily surge in pump prices

(March 15, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — After cresting above $123 per barrel shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the price of crude oil has gradually fallen below $110. If this trend holds, it may remove some of the extreme upward price pressure consumers have found at the pump, but not all. The national average price of a gallon of gas hit $4.33 on Friday before falling a penny and holding throughout the weekend and Monday at $4.32.

AAA: Survey finds $4 gas the tipping point for most Americans

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(March 15, 2022) ORLANDO, Fla. — New survey data from AAA finds that two-thirds of Americans felt gas prices were too expensive just a few weeks ago at $3.53 per gallon. Now with the national average at an all-time high of over $4, Americans may have reached a tipping point. Over half (59%) said they would make changes to their driving habits or lifestyle if the cost of gas rose to $4 per gallon. If gas were to reach $5.00, which it has in the Western part of the country, three-quarters said they would need to adjust their lifestyle to offset the spike at the pump.

Autotrader picks 'Best Interiors Under $50,000' for 2022

(March 13, 2022) A new car doesn’t just come with a unique smell; it also comes with a spiffy new interior. Even though the average new car sells for close to $50,000 these days, some very comfortable, functional, and attractive automotive interiors come with affordable cars wrapped around them.

Honda, Tesla top 2022 Kelley Blue Book brand image awards

(March 10, 2022) ATLANTA — Automakers worldwide spend millions and dedicate untold hours of effort into developing their individual brands along with their products, understanding the phrase 'perception is reality' breathes truth when it comes to their customers and how it can impact the bottom line. The way consumers perceive automotive brands has a direct effect on their consideration of the products as they decide which vehicles to research, test drive and ultimately, buy.

2022 Mercedes GLB — Small family luxury SUV is smooth, quiet, roomy

By Jim Prueter

(March 9, 2022) It’s been two model years since we last drove and tested Mercedes compact luxury SUV when it was first introduced for the 2020 model year. The 2022 GLB tested here is nearly identical to the 2020 and 2021 model since its debut adding standard blind spot monitoring for 2021 and both SiriusXM satellite radio and a 115-volt power outlet added to the optional Premium package for 2022.

Pain at the pump — Average gas price surges over $4 a gallon

(March 8, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues, crude prices are soaring, leading to higher pump prices in the U.S. The national average for a gallon of gas is $4.06, a staggering 45 cents more than a week ago, 62 cents more than a month ago and $1.30 more than a year ago. The national average has not been this high since July 2008.

Interest in electric vehicles declines in the UK over price premium

(March 8, 2022) LONDON — An unexpected decline in interest in electric vehicles on the United Kingdom Auto Trader marketplace could spell trouble for the Government’s green transport plans. Pure electric vehicles accounted for 11.6% of new car sales in 2021, up from 6.6% in 2020, but the headline figures tell a misleading story. Auto Trader, the UK’s leading online automotive marketplace, has long been warning that the sky-high price of EVs could derail efforts to wean motorists off petrol and diesel vehicles.

Hyundai gets into truck market with Santa Cruz pickup

By Paul Borden

(March 7, 2022) The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is the South Korean automaker’s first venture in the pickup segment, though with its sleeker styling and compact box it likely is going to appeal to a different audience from the traditional truck shopper. Hyundai does’t even call it a truck, preferring to label it a “Sports Activity Vehicle.”