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Edmunds — GM, Ford sacrifice loyal buyers by abandoning small cars

(November 15, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — Now that more than a year has passed since Ford and GM announced the strategic decision to end production of several popular small car models, the automotive experts at Edmunds have released a new report detailing how car shoppers are reacting. The analysis revealed that instead of jumping on the SUV bandwagon, 42% of Cruze and Focus owners are choosing to stay in the passenger car segment.

Japanese, Korean vehicles top Consumer Reports reliability survey

(November 15, 2019) YONKERS, N.Y. — Tesla, Dodge, Mazda, Porsche and Infiniti all made gains in the latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports (CR). On the other hand, Acura, Volkswagen and Audi are among the brands that saw sharp drops, following the introduction of troublesome redesigned vehicles.

Redesigned 2019 Audi Q3 rates among best luxury compact crossovers

By Paul Borden

(November 11, 2019) If you’re looking for a reason for the rise in popularity of SUVs/crossovers and the corresponding slumps in sedan sales, you need look no further than the 2019 Audi Q3, a compact SUV that drives and rides like a traditional car while offering the roominess and hauling capacity that today’s buyers appreciate in an SUV.

Gas demand looking more seasonal, national average goes up a penny

(November 12, 2019) The latest Energy Information Administration gasoline demand reading reflected the most fall-like numbers (9.1 million barrels a day) since the end of September. Despite lower demand, stocks drew by a significant 2.8 million barrels in part due to high exports. On the week, the national average increased one cent to $2.61.

“While most states are seeing more expensive gas prices on the week, the good news is that the majority of increases were nominal at a few pennies. In fact, only five states saw jumps of a nickel or more,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Addressing changes in driving comfort can keep older drivers safer

(November 11, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Older adults with discomfort or low confidence while driving are adjusting their driving patterns to avoid driving at night, on the freeway, in afternoon rush hour traffic, or in unfamiliar areas, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Some of the self-regulated changes older drivers make can be unnecessary and do not always improve safety. In order to extend their mobility and reduce risk on the road, AAA recommends older drivers consult a healthcare professional when feelings of driving discomfort arise.

2020 Hyundai Sonata delivers styling, advanced technology

By Marlon Hanson

(November 10, 2019) MIAMI — You might not recognize the 2020 Hyundai Sonata. The new model has undergone a significant makeover, inside and out. Hyundai made the new Sonata the star of the Miami International Auto Show, and journalists in attendance benefited. We were among the first to drive Hyundai’s stylish new mid-size offering.

Hyundai Tucson does everything well and won’t break the bank

By Jim Prueter

(November 10, 2019) Last year, for 2019, Hyundai completed a much-needed refresh of its compact Tucson crossover utility vehicle. It received a wide range of updates, including an exterior facelift with a more modern look, a new dash design, extensive changes under the hood, new options and features list, and additional active safety technology. The Tucson slots above the subcompact Kona and the midsize Santa Fe.

States with most dangerous teen drivers revealed


(November 9, 2019) Driving a car means freedom, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility and risk. For some teenagers, it can be difficult to fully appreciate that risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teenage drivers are more likely than older drivers to make critical errors that result in serious crashes.

2020 Palisade SUV looks line a winner for Hyundai

By Paul Borden

(November 7, 2019) The good reception that Hyundai’s earlier ventures into the three-row SUV segment (Santa Fe XL, Veracruz) received never really translated into much of the way of overall success in the market, but that may be changing, and soon. There's no guarantee of that, of course, but the 2020 Hyundai Palisade’s combination of good looks and functionality will even appeal to those who customarily browse luxury showrooms. It’s a high-class vehicle!

GasBuddy Introduces sponsored search for fuel and convenience brands

(November 6, 2019) BOSTON — More than 15 million people a month use GasBuddy to decide where to stop for fuel. Today, GasBuddy is giving fuel and convenience brands the best way to be easily discovered by these drivers. The new “Sponsored Search” advertising unit bumps a retailer’s closest location to the top position on the list with a paid inclusion, akin to Google’s sponsored search results.