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Motorists will see East Coast gas prices spike as hurricane approaches

(September 11, 2018) On the week, the national gas price average jumped a penny to land at $2.85. Prices remain relatively stable across the country as gasoline demand dipped slightly and gasoline inventories incrementally built according to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports. With the switchover to winter-blend gasoline fast approaching (Sept. 15), gas prices are expected to decline this month.

2018 Audi Q7 — The Armani of expertly crafted utility vehicles

By Jim Prueter

(September 11, 2018) Last year, for 2017, Audi completely redesigned its Q7 luxury flagship SUV. This is its first redo since being introduced for 2007. As we would expect, the 2018 Q7 is a carryover from that redesign and remains virtually unchanged, other than a few upgrades. These include Audi’s proximity-sensing Advance Key with passive entry, memory features, and push-button start, now standard on all Q7 trim levels.

J.D. Power 2018 vehicle ratings guage ownership experience

(September 10, 2018) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Visitors to car-shopping site can quickly gauge the ownership experience of any current model by accessing the vehicle's rating on the site's 100-Point Score.

Given that the scores are based on depreciation and verified data from real owners in the areas of quality, dependability, performance, reviews, awards and dealership ratings, what are the site's highest-rated vehicles?

Charting the performance of the GTI in America

(September 7, 2018) A new infographic illustrates the ever increasing performance of each generation of Volkswagen's GTI. The graphic focuses on the GTI's American history, celebrating its evolution with an overview of the car's performance. Charting horsepower, the graphic reveals how the hot hatch has improved from the MkI through today's MkVII.

Black Label — Opulent 2018 Lincoln Navigator is first in its class

By Jim Prueter

(September 6, 2018) Earlier this year we drove and reviewed the all-new, completely redesigned Lincoln Navigator and came away with rave reviews and enthusiastic plaudits to the designers and engineers at Lincoln. It is an outstanding vehicle that we placed at the top in its competitor segment.

Edmunds says zero percent finance deals are going away

(September 6, 2018) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Zero percent finance deals were more elusive than expected for car shoppers in August, according to the experts at Edmunds. The percentage of sales with zero percent finance deals has been cut in half in the last two years — dropping from 14.6 percent of transactions in August 2016 to only 7.4 percent this August.

Gas prices remain steady despite high demand

(September 5, 2018) At $2.83, the national gas price average is trending toward lower gas prices that motorists haven’t seen since early May. Today’s national gas price average is one-cent less on the week, four-cents cheaper than last month, but 19-cents more than a year ago, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

Motorists took advantage of these stable and lower prices by driving gasoline demand to its highest level ever on record at 9.899 barrels for the week ending Aug. 24, according to the Energy Information Administration. But that spike is not expected to continue.

Small SUV transaction prices weaken despite sales growth

(September 4, 2018) IRVINE, Calif. —The analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $35,541 in August. New-vehicle prices increased by $643 (up 1.8 percent) from August 2017, while remaining flat (up 0.1 percent) from last month.

"Average transaction prices are up for the industry, as most manufacturers reported gains from the sales mix continuing to shift from cars to SUVs," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

2018 Nissan Rogue gets ProPilot technology for top trim models

By Paul Borden

(September 3, 2018) Nissan followed up its redesign of its popular Rogue crossover with several midyear enhancements for 2017, and the updates keep coming for 2018 with added technology that represents a step — albeit a baby one — to self-driving capability.

The system, dubbed ProPilot, is available on the top trim Rogue SL model as part of a $790 Platinum Package suite of features that also includes 19-inch wheels (replacing standard 18-inchers) and an electronic parking brake.

Subaru offers tips on how to keep national parks clean over Labor Day

(August 31, 2018) Last year, more than 330 million people visited the national parks and with Labor Day weekend around the corner, parks across the country are likely to see a surge of visitor traffic. While everyone is encouraged to visit a national park in their area, with more visitors comes more waste that the National Park Service (NPS) must manage. Each year, NPS manages nearly 100 million pounds of visitor waste nationally, much of which is brought in from outside the parks.