November 2017

Honda, Mercedes lead Edmunds Most Wanted Awards

(November 18, 2017) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Edmunds has announced the winners of its 2018 Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted Awards. This recognition honors the most in-demand vehicles in 17 segments, based on sales, days-to-turn and shopper interest data on Edmunds.

"The vehicles recognized as Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted are doing everything right when it comes to attracting the attention of car shoppers," Edmunds Executive Director of Industry Analysis Jessica Caldwell said.

Nearly 51 million to travel this Thanksgiving, highest volume since 2005

(November 18, 2017) ORLANDO, Fla. — AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year.

AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip.

2018 Honda Accord named Kelley Blue Book's best buy of the year

(November 17, 2017) IRVINE, Calif. — After kicking the tires and running the numbers on 2018 model-year cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs, Kelley Blue Book's expert editors have named the Honda Accord the overall best overall buy in the 2018 Best Buy Awards. Kelley Blue Book's Best Buy Awards honor the top vehicles in 12 major vehicle categories.

Looking at the Blue Ridge Parkway fall colors in a GT350 Shelby Cobra

By Jim Meachen editor

(November 15, 2017) We needed a car for a road trip to the North Carolina mountains to join the hordes of visitors on the Blue Ridge Parkway and other high-altitude locales to view the colors of fall. There were several choices available, but in the end we decided on the monstrous 2017 Mustang GT350 Shelby Cobra.

Survey: What stresses American parents most on family road trip?

(November 15, 2017) DETROIT — As millions of Americans prepare to hit the road for Thanksgiving holiday travel, a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Chevrolet reveals that keeping the kids entertained and hearing the ever-present “Are we there yet?” ranked lower than traffic, packing and cost when it comes to the top family road trip stressors.

The Harris Poll surveyed 1,063 U.S. parents of children under 18 to explore the state of the American family road trip.

National gas price average jumps nine cents since Nov. 1

(November 14, 2017) At $2.56, the national gas price average has increased nine cents inside of 13 days. Strong fall consumer gasoline demand has continued into November and is chipping away at national gasoline inventory. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports total gasoline inventories dropped by 3.3 million barrels in their latest report, according to the weekly report by AAA.

Electronics report: Blind spot monitors critical for large vehicles

(November 15, 2017) PORTLAND, Ind. — Safety experts are calling for companies to reassess their safety equipment for large vehicles after recent research carried out in the U.S. proved that blind spot warning systems significantly decrease the chance of accidents or injury-related crashes by up to 21 percent.

Edmunds' report shows a 100,000-mile car has gained in value

(November 14, 2017) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — It's been a long-held belief among car buyers and sellers that once a vehicle passes the 100,000-mile mark, its value begins to decline dramatically and its best days are behind it. However, the Q3 Edmunds Used Vehicle Market Report reveals that's now largely a myth.

2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T R-Line — A winner in a shrinking segment

By Paul Borden

(November 13, 2017) One can never be sure — there are always grammar nazis around ready to jump on you for the slightest misuse of a term — but I think I have this right. One of the ironies in the automotive world today is that the better manufacturers are making sedans, the fewer the public seems to be interested in buying.

J.D. Power study finds performance gap in digital auto loan applications

(November 13, 2017) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Digital auto loan applications have the power to increase customer satisfaction, but wide variance in the execution of the digital application process has created a significant performance gap between top and bottom performing lenders, according to the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Consumer Financing Satisfaction Study, released today.