2019 Mazda CX-5 — Leader of the pack

By Jim Prueter

(May 22, 2019) Just two years ago Mazda completely redesigned the CX-5 compact SUV, its best-selling model. Mazda said they made over 250 improvements for the second-generation CX-5, none more obvious than the updated exterior styling Mazda designers call “refined toughness.” For the record, the 2019 CX-5 tested here has remained almost mostly unchanged since that time.

Study finds teen drivers with ADHD more likely to have crashes

(May 21, 2019) PHILADELPHIA — Teen drivers diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to crash, be issued traffic and moving violations, and engage in risky driving behaviors than their peers without ADHD, according to a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) study published today in the journal Pediatrics.

Gas prices continue to decline despite ongoing refinery maintenance

(May 21, 2019) Gas prices are as much as six cents cheaper in some states across the country on the week, which has pushed the national gas price average cheaper by a penny to $2.85 today. That average could have been even lower had a handful of Midwest states not seen prices increase by more than a nickel due to ongoing refinery maintenance, according to analysis by AAA.

“Gas prices are getting cheaper for the majority of motorists despite the fact that U.S. gasoline stocks sit at a 7 million barrel deficit year-over-year.

Study reveals convenience store food service becoming more popular

(May 20, 2019) BOSTON — Fast food restaurants have been the go-to for a quick bite for decades. And as Americans get busier, gas station convenience stores have stepped up to provide exceptional, speedy food service, creating new competition in the market to contend with long-time restaurateurs.

Food service now makes up nearly 23% of sales at convenience stores nationwide, growing three percent in the past 5 years. GasBuddy examines how, why and where convenience store food service is gaining on quick service restaurants (QSRs).

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Limited — A hybrid you can live with

By Paul Borden

(May 20, 2019) While hybrid drivetrains are offered in many so-called mainstream vehicles these days, Hyundai created the Ioniq hatchback as a conventional gas-electric hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and electric powertrain, but with no gasoline-only engine option and without some of the quirks that often come with the hybrid segment.

Autotrader names Hyundai, Lexus top certified pre-owned programs

(May 17, 2019) ATLANTA — There's no worse feeling than falling in love with a vehicle and later having your heart broken from sticker shock. In today's market, the average new car costs nearly $37,000. While this figure might be alarming, consumers can still drive away in their dream car without going over budget by taking advantage of certified pre-owned (CPO) programs.

How SiriusXM satellite radio works

(May 16, 2019) ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — There’s a new infographic for those who have wondered just how SiriusXM transmits all those stations to our cars. The team at VAIS Technology put together this chart to illustrate how satellite radio actually works.

Broken down into steps, the graphic depicts the simple-but-not-so-simple process that happens when a driver tunes in to a SiriusXM station.

Gas prices stabilizing as average sees largest weekly decline in 3 months

(May 14, 2019) Gas prices are declining slowly but steadily across the country, pushing the national average down three cents on the week to $2.86. Today’s average is four cents cheaper than last month and the same price as one year ago. In fact, 25 states have gas price averages that are just a nickel or less expensive than this time last year, according to statistics compiled AAA.

Autotrader lists top certified pre-owned deals for May

(May 14, 2019) ATLANTA — As Memorial Day weekend approaches, the auto industry is entering a critical sales stretch. Dealers are trying to land sales while consumers are focusing on getting a good deal on a car before the summer. Consumers should look to certified pre-owned vehicles to drive out of the dealership in their dream car without making a big dent in their wallet.

"Dealers and automakers will be rolling out new incentives in May and trying to get the attention of car shoppers with Memorial Day weekend promotions," said Brian Moody, executive editor of Autotrader.

GasBuddy predicts gas price relief may come soon

(May 13, 2019) BOSTON — With the national average price of gasoline seeing its largest seasonal rise since 2011, motorists are probably ready for a well-deserved break when it comes to rising gas prices. GasBuddy predicts that relief is likely just days away from beginning in some areas of the country while others may lag behind, but that most areas will see lower prices ushered in by Memorial Day.