December 2018

How Santa's sleigh compares to a 2019 Ford Raptor

(December 19, 2018) A new comparison chart pits the 2019 Ford Raptor against Santa’s Sleigh. Although the latest iteration of Ford’s 4x4 truck is ready for 10 different driving conditions and has been known to catch air, Santa's Sleigh really has superior speed, hauling capabilities, and cargo space.

Breaking down the specs on each vehicle, the team at put together an infographic to share some holiday magic with truck enthusiasts of all ages.

Edmunds predicts new-vehicle sales will continue to decline in 2019

(December 19, 2018) SANTA MONICA, CALIF. — New vehicle sales will continue to decline in 2019, continuing a trend started in 2017, according to a new report from the car shopping experts at Edmunds. As part of the Edmunds 2019 Forecast and Trends Report, analysts forecast that 16.9 million new vehicles will be sold in 2019, compared to an expected 17.2 million vehicles in 2018.

U.S. sees cheapest December gas price average in two years

(December 18, 2018) At $2.37, the national gas price average continues to drive toward the cheapest pump prices seen during December since 2016, which is welcome news for the millions of Americans expected to begin holiday travel later this week.

“AAA expects 102 million Americans to drive to their holiday destination this year, which is a four percent increase year-over-year,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “No doubt cheaper gas prices are fueling their decision to hit the road.”

Major upgrades coming for 2020 model Mercedes-Benz GLE Class

By Paul Borden

(December 17, 2018) If you happen to have your eye on a Mercedes-Benz GLE crossover SUV for your next vehicle, you may want to wait until next spring (it’s not that far off) when the new 2020 GLE hits U.S. showrooms. The German automaker is really taking its midsize SUV, which began life over 20 years ago bearing M-Class badging, up to a new level, even offering a three-row seating as an option for those with growing families.

Original Bullitt teams with Drive Toward a Cure offering automotive history

(December 17, 2018) LOS ANGELES — When non-profit Drive Toward a Cure teamed with Sean Kiernan, family custodian for the original 1968 Bullitt Mustang, to further celebrate the iconic film and cars’ 50th anniversary, it was the start of an all-new movement — one that included nearly a one-gram size paint fragment from the famed vehicle to be placed inside a BRM Chronographes watch for charity, valued at $35,000.

And all to support the very ailment that claimed Sean’s father Robert E. Kiernan Jr.’s life – Parkinson’s Disease.

Study: Tesla Model X and Model S continue to hold values better than rivals

(December 14, 2018) Despite growing competition from its own Model 3 electric sedan, and continued news about upcoming electric vehicles from legacy automakers, Tesla’s Model S and Model X vehicles have continued to hold their resale value better than all of their gas-powered competitors, a study by has found.

Audi Q7 reflects balance between power, functionality

By Paul Borden

(December 13, 2018) Manufacturers of luxury SUVs tend to lean toward the performance side when it comes to the engineering and the design of their products, but aside from some issues with available storage space behind the third row, Audi’s Q7 hits the sweet spot between get-up-and-go and comfort/functionality.

National gas price average cheaper on the week, month and year

(December 11, 2018) The national gas price average of $2.42 is the lowest pump price of the year, a price point not seen since mid-December last year. The average sits at four cents cheaper than last week, 28-cents cheaper than last month and four cents less than last year. The last time the national average was cheaper on the week, month and year was during July 2017, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

GasBuddy finds drivers more aggressive during holidays

(December 11, 2018) BOSTON — It's no surprise that the holiday season is the most stressful time of the year. With the extra errands and traveling the holidays call for, a lot of that jingle-bell stress is transferred to the roads by the way consumers drive. In fact, GasBuddy data shows that consumers driving habits are 175 percent more “aggressive” during the holidays compared to the rest of the year.

Nisan Armada essentially an Infiniti QX80 for the price of a Nissan

By Jim Prueter

(December 10, 2018) These are boom times for big SUVs which, perhaps more than any other style of vehicle, are affected by the price of gasoline. As I write, today’s AAA national average is $2.44, with some locations around the country surprisingly less than $2 per gallon. That’s great news for those who own the latest generation Nissan Armada, a huge V-8 powered SUV that’s rated by the EPA at 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined.