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2019 Ford F-150 Limited — High-performance luxury with a pickup bed

By Jim Prueter

(May 27, 2019) The current generation Ford F-150 dates back to 2015, when America’s best-selling vehicle switched to an all-aluminum body, resulting in significant weight savings. Tinkering with success was a huge gamble for Ford, which faced immediate backlash with the stigma that F-150s were now going to be made out of aluminum beer cans.

Auto safety expert questions car safety as millions hit road for holiday

(May 24, 2019) PHOENIX — Millions of Americans will kick off summer road trips this weekend. But an auto safety expert from The Auto Professor says many top-rated cars are not as safe as people think they are.

That's because the 5-star system used by the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) falls short on one important laboratory test. It does not test what happens when a car collides head-on with a larger vehicle, like an SUV.

Nearly 43 million will kick off season this weekend with Memorial Day trip

(May 23, 2019) ORLANDO, Fla. — Nearly 43 million Americans will start their summers on a high note with a Memorial Day weekend getaway. This long holiday weekend, marking the unofficial start of summer vacation season, will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005.

This may be the weekend to get a great car deal, Edmunds says

(May 23, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Shoppers in the market for a new car could be in store for significant savings this Memorial Day weekend as dealers aim to move mounting inventory off their lots, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. New vehicle inventory hit 4.06 million units in April, marking the third month in a row this year that the industry saw inventory levels above 4 million.

Additionally, the average days to turn (DTT) for new vehicles increased to 75 days for the industry in April, a 6% jump compared to last year.

Nissan-commissioned study finds young buyers love sedans

(May 23, 2019) NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  Recent research reveals that the youngest generations of car buyers – millennials and Generation Z – may have their sights set on sedans. According to a survey of American car owners commissioned by Nissan, desire for sedans remains strong.

Among overall respondents who don't currently own a sedan, 78% would consider buying one, and younger respondents reported an even higher affinity for the body style.

2019 Mazda CX-5 — Leader of the pack

By Jim Prueter

(May 22, 2019) Just two years ago Mazda completely redesigned the CX-5 compact SUV, its best-selling model. Mazda said they made over 250 improvements for the second-generation CX-5, none more obvious than the updated exterior styling Mazda designers call “refined toughness.” For the record, the 2019 CX-5 tested here has remained almost mostly unchanged since that time.

Study finds teen drivers with ADHD more likely to have crashes

(May 21, 2019) PHILADELPHIA — Teen drivers diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to crash, be issued traffic and moving violations, and engage in risky driving behaviors than their peers without ADHD, according to a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) study published today in the journal Pediatrics.

Gas prices continue to decline despite ongoing refinery maintenance

(May 21, 2019) Gas prices are as much as six cents cheaper in some states across the country on the week, which has pushed the national gas price average cheaper by a penny to $2.85 today. That average could have been even lower had a handful of Midwest states not seen prices increase by more than a nickel due to ongoing refinery maintenance, according to analysis by AAA.

“Gas prices are getting cheaper for the majority of motorists despite the fact that U.S. gasoline stocks sit at a 7 million barrel deficit year-over-year.

Study reveals convenience store food service becoming more popular

(May 20, 2019) BOSTON — Fast food restaurants have been the go-to for a quick bite for decades. And as Americans get busier, gas station convenience stores have stepped up to provide exceptional, speedy food service, creating new competition in the market to contend with long-time restaurateurs.

Food service now makes up nearly 23% of sales at convenience stores nationwide, growing three percent in the past 5 years. GasBuddy examines how, why and where convenience store food service is gaining on quick service restaurants (QSRs).

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Limited — A hybrid you can live with

By Paul Borden

(May 20, 2019) While hybrid drivetrains are offered in many so-called mainstream vehicles these days, Hyundai created the Ioniq hatchback as a conventional gas-electric hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and electric powertrain, but with no gasoline-only engine option and without some of the quirks that often come with the hybrid segment.