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Subaru, Lexus rank highest for third straight year in J.D. Power loyalty study

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

(July 15, 2021) Vehicle owners remain vastly loyal to their specific brands, in part due to the effects of pandemic lockdowns, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Automotive Brand Loyalty Study, released today. With many vehicle shoppers hesitant to venture out to showrooms, they often relied on their relationship with their current dealer.

Vehicles with more than 100,000 miles commanding high prices

(July 15, 2021) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Car owners with older, higher-mileage vehicles sitting in their driveway might be a bit shocked to see how much their vehicle is worth right now. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, the average transaction price (ATP) for all vehicles sold at dealerships with mileage between 100,000-109,999 miles climbed to $16,489 in June, compared to $12,626 last year, which is a 31% year-over-year increase and the highest ATP that Edmunds has on record for those vehicles.

Gasoline demand reaches record, prices continue to rise

(July 13, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — At 10 million barrels a day, gasoline demand reached a new Energy Information Administration (EIA) record last week, and that number only partially reflects Independence Day holiday weekend travel. The nearly 1 million barrel a day jump in demand drove down gasoline supplies by 6.1 million barrels to 235,000 million barrels and consequently pushed the national average pump price up to $3.14.

Corsair stands out from imports among compact luxury crossovers

By Paul Borden

(July 12, 2021) If you are in the market for a compact luxury crossover SUV and are in a “buy American” mood, you’re going to find your choices somewhat limited. Imports from Germany and Japan pretty much have taken over the segment. Fortunately, however, one of the best — a couple of sources even rate it No. 1 — choices among the compact luxury crossover SUVs is as American as complaining about election results. It also carries a well-known American name.

Kelley Blue Book offers service and repair tips for your car

(July 8, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — With prices for both new and used vehicles hitting all-time highs, it can be daunting to think about trading in your car for a new set of wheels in the current marketplace. On the one hand you could get more for your trade-in, but on the other hand you would have to pay more for its replacement. The best scenario may be to just hold on to the vehicle you have and use this time wisely to maximize its value in the long run.

Edmunds says used vehicle prices expected to climb to record highs

(July 7, 2021) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Consumers seeking relief from new car prices in the used car market might be a bit dismayed by used car prices as well, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Edmunds data reveals that the average transaction price (ATP) for used vehicles climbed to $25,410 in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $22,977 in the first quarter and $20,942 in the second quarter of 2020, marking the highest quarterly used ATP Edmunds has on record.

Crude oil prices to hit seven-year high this week

(July 7, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national gas price average has increased 40% since the start of the year, from $2.25 on Jan. 1 to $3.13 today. Moreover, it is not stopping there. Motorists can expect gas prices to increase another 10–20 cents through the end of August, bringing the national average well over $3.25 this summer.

Power, plushness put Lincoln Navigator among best large SUVs

By Paul Borden

(July 5, 2021) If you are in the market for a luxury large SUV and don’t have the Lincoln Navigator on your list, you might be regretting it later, and not just because actor Matthew McConaughey has nice things to say about it and other Lincoln products in the automaker’s popular low-key TV ad campaign.

NHTSA launches interactive, searchable recall dashboard

(July 3, 2021) WASHINGTON – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has unveiled a new cloud-based recall dashboard to make searching for auto safety recall data easy and efficient. The dashboard offers user-friendly and transparent ways to sort, filter, visualize and export recall data.

2021 Infiniti Q60 — Wins the beauty contest, but not the athletic medal

By Jim Prueter

(July 1, 2021) It’s been five years since we last drove and tested Infiniti’s luxury sport coupe the Q60. Since that time little has changed. Oh, there has been tweaks a few nips and tucks here and there like an updated infotainment system last year, new wheel options and exterior color changes along the way and a new trim level structure that now consists of three choices: Pure, Luxe and Red Sport 400.