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Excellent new Mazda CX-50 makes strong case for class leader

By Jim Prueter

(July 29, 2022) The CX-50 tested here is an all-new model for the 2023 Mazda brand in the hotly contested and crowded compact crossover utility vehicle segment. Competitors include such rivals as the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Rogue and others. The CX-50 is based on same platform as the smaller subcompact CX-30 and Mazda3. It’s also longer and wider than the CX-5 with more ground clearance yet a lower roof height and profile.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum — Nothing short of outstanding

By Jim Prueter

(July 27, 2022) With a dated lineup of utility vehicles that are well past their freshness date, Nissan has been rejuvenating its SUVs and the Pathfinder is the latest to receive a comprehensive and complete redesign for the 2022 model year. The previous Pathfinder was well out of its league and at the bottom of the segment against exceptionally good competitors like the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Lower demand for gas equals steadily falling pump prices

(July 26, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 25, 2022)—Lackluster demand for gas and lower oil prices led to pump prices falling again, down 17 cents since last week to $4.35. The steady decline is due to low domestic demand for gasoline and oil prices that remain in the mid-$90s per barrel. The price of gas has now fallen every day since hitting a record $5.01 on June 14.

IIHS urges quick adoption of speed limiter requirement for trucks

(July 26, 2022) The federal government should expedite plans to require speed limiters on large trucks and extend the requirement to medium-duty trucks, IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) urged in a recent regulatory comment earlier this month.

Hyundai Kona EV has substantial driving range

By Paul Borden

(July 25, 2022) Hyundai introduced the gas-powered Kona for 2018 and quickly followed with an all-electric version of the subcompact SUV for the next year. With a 201-horsepower electric motor replacing the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that serves as the base engine for gas-powered Konas, the 2022 Kona Electric offers up to 258 miles of all-electric driving range though at a significant increase in initial cost.

UK motorists spent over a billion pounds extra on fuel in last 12 months

(July 25, 2022) It seems all drivers in every part of the world are paying more for gas in 2022. For example, United Kingdom motorists have forked out an additional £1.13 billion pounds during the last 12 months because of the rising cost of gas and diesel. Used car platform CarGurus has looked at the average monthly cost of diesel and gas prices from June 2021 to June 2022 based on the average monthly mileage and average mpg of petrol and diesel cars in the UK.

Refreshed Chevy Equinox gets new sportier RS trim for 2022

By Paul Borden

(July 23, 2022) After being fully redesigned a few years back, the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox gets a mid-cycle refreshing this year that includes new headlights, a new grille, updated bumpers and the addition of a new RS model that has some distinctive style features of its own.

Popular pickups fail IIHS seat belt reminder test

(July 21, 2022) Pickups are falling short when it comes to effective seat belt reminders, according to IIHS. Out of 10 recently evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, only one — the Toyota Tundra crew cab — earns a good rating, while five are rated poor.

Ford previews F-150 Lightning EV to South Florida media

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By Paul Borden

(July 18, 2022) MIAMI — Ford was on hand last week to give a handful of automotive media members an overview and brief look at its new all-electric version of its popular F-150 pickup truck. With the latest in technology and powertrain the company promotes it as the “smartest, most innovative F-150 that Ford has ever built,” and the 30-plus media members would have to agree after a brief spin on Miami’s Rickenbacker Causeway.

Lower demand, lower oil prices yield lower prices at pump

(July 19, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas fell 15 cents since last week to $4.52. The steady decline is due to lower domestic demand for gasoline at the pump and a much lower global price for oil. The cost of a barrel of oil is in the mid-$90s, down from around $110 two weeks ago.