March 2019

Can you spot the Subaru model that is truly a station wagon?

(March 13, 2019) BOSTON, Mass. — A new graphic asks viewers to identify the Subaru wagon. While this may sound easy, the EPA has parameters around which vehicles they classify as wagons and which ones they classify as SUVs. The team at was surprised to learn how many Subaru models do not meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s criteria to be labeled a wagon. So, they thought they’d put the challenge of spotting the Subaru wagon to the public.

Gas demand increases for second week and national average jumps nickel

(March 12, 2019) On the week, the national gas price average and that of 26 states jumped a nickel or more. The national gas price average has been steadily increasing for the last three weeks. During that time, gasoline stocks have gradually decreased while demand has started to increase and crude oil prices have been fluctuating. Combined, these factors are driving up gas prices across the country, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

Survey finds Americans spend 70 billion hours a year behind the wheel

(March 12, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans spend an additional 20 minutes driving each week compared to 2014, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Over the course of the year, Americans collectively spent 70 billion hours behind the wheel — an eight percent increase since 2014.

New graphic reveals differences between trucks in Texas and Colorado

(March 11, 2019) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A new graphic compares the unique characteristics of trucks driven in Colorado versus trucks driven in Texas. The team at took a look at the Silverado, Colorado, and Avalanche trucks driven by pickup enthusiasts in these two states to create the graphic. While this isn’t a complete list, it does touch on specific truck features preferred by drivers in each state.

2019 Audi SQ5 offers everything you expect in a German luxury vehicle

By Paul Borden

(March 11, 2019) MIAMI — Three things you can count on in a German luxury car. The latest in technology will be available and it will be fussy, and sometimes frustrating to operate. The cabin will live up to the highest standards of luxury while giving you the feel of a high-class English gentleman’s club. It will go like a bat out of hell.

Bertha Benz: The journey that changed everything (watch the film)

(March 9, 2019) STUTTGART, Germany — The Mercedes star is now shone on the woman without whom the company would perhaps never have existed in this form: Bertha Benz. To mark her 170th birthday on May 3, Mercedes-Benz relates Bertha's historic long-distance journey in cinema quality, thus encouraging men and women throughout the world to make their visions come true with courage and self-confidence.

Record number of people with car leases ending in 2019 face sticker shock

(March 7, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The record 4.3 million Americans who will be turning in leased vehicles this year will be in for sticker shock when they return to the dealership, according to new analysis from the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Consumers who are leasing some of the most popular vehicles and want to lease the same vehicle again will find themselves paying as much as 26 percent more than they did in 2016, and more than $1,600 over the life of the lease on average.

Autotrader picks its 10 Best Car Interiors under $50,000 for 2019

(March 6, 2019) ATLANTA — American drivers spend on average more than 290 hours behind the wheel each year, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey data. With so much time spent in their vehicles, consumers deserve an interior that factors in style, comfort, design and the latest technology.

Helping car buyers look beyond outward appearances to find vehicles that also the best of the best on the inside, Autotrader editors selected the 10 Best Car Interiors Under $50,000 for 2019.

National gas price average nearly 20-cents higher than two months ago

(March 5, 2019) The national gas price average has increased nearly 20-cents since the beginning of the year, which is the largest jump during the January-February timeframe since 2015, according to weekly statistics compiled by AAA. 

Pump prices rose steadily across the country in February, a month that saw a number of refineries undergoing planned and unplanned maintenance, and an increase in crude oil prices.

Chevrolet offers drowsy driving do's and don'ts

(March 4, 2019) For most states, daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 10. Because many Americans feel like they’ve lost an hour of sleep during the time change, Chevrolet is helping bring awareness to the dangerous effects of being tired while driving.

Maureen Short, Chevy Safety engineer and drowsy driving expert, has provided some helpful do’s and don’ts along with signs that you could be driving drowsy.