August 2019

All-time high demand for gas slowing pump price decreases

(August 20, 2019) Summer may be ending, but gasoline demand is soaring to new heights. In its latest reading for the week ending Aug. 9, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) recorded demand at 9.93 million barrels a day, the highest since the agency began recording data in 1991. As demand jumped, gasoline stocks fell by 1.4 million barrels and pump prices slowed their decline on the week, according to AAA.

2019 Acura ILX A-SPEC — More than just a glorified Honda Civic?

By Jim Prueter

(August 20, 2019) There’s an ongoing debate and discussion among my automotive journalist colleagues about whether Acura is a premium or luxury brand. Personally, I’ve always come down on the premium side of the argument and along the way included Volvo, Cadillac, Lincoln, Genesis, and Tesla as premium rather than luxury.

2020 Kia Soul X-Line — A new box full of driving pleasure

By Jim Prueter

(August 19, 2019) We’ve always loved the boxy five-passenger, five-door, compact hatchback/crossover Kia Soul since it was introduced a decade ago. Now, for 2020, Kia has introduced its third-generation Soul, keeping all the things we love about the vehicle and fixing the few things we were hoping they would — all to keep the Soul one of Kia’s best sellers.

The magic of AMG takes C-Class Cabriolet to highest luxury level

By Paul Borden

(August 19, 2019) MIAMI — The C-Class has served as a introductory model for Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts since its debut as a “baby Benz” sedan in the early 1990s. It has grown up considerably since then, however, and there is nothing “baby” about the AMG C43 Cabriolet I recently had the pleasure of driving for a week, from the performance, to the luxury, and yes, to the price tag.

Chevy brings back a different kind of Blazer

By Jim Prueter

(August 16, 2019) For 2019, Chevrolet has brought back the Blazer nameplate, affixing it to an all-new, two-row, five-passenger crossover utility vehicle targeting Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. It shares a platform with the three-row GMC Acadia and the compact Cadillac XT5. The Blazer slots between the smaller Equinox and the larger three-row Traverse.

GasBuddy study reveals Americans prefer debit to credit cards at pump

(August 16, 2019) BOSTON — Fuel purchases in the United States are among the biggest opportunities for banks and credit card companies to win the battle for the consumer’s wallet, with Americans collectively spending close to $1 billion on gasoline per day. And yet, despite 81% of Americans having at least one credit card, more than half of Americans use debit cards instead as their primary method at the pumps, according to GasBuddy’s Fuel Payments study issued today.

Ram, Navigator named top vehicles in AutoPacific satisfaction awards

(August 14, 2019) NORTH TUSTIN, Calif. — AutoPacific has announced the 2019 Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) winners. The Ram 1500 was the top vehicle among popular brands and the Lincoln Navigator was named top luxury vehicle. For the third straight year, Nissan claimed the most wins with six.

Domestic gas stocks soar, push down gas prices

(August 13, 2019) The national gas price average, $2.64, represents a seven-cent drop on the week as domestic gasoline stocks built by a surprising 4.4 million barrels, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest data. Contributing to the build was at least 1.2 million barrels per day of imports at U.S. ports. With the large bump, stocks now sit 235 million barrels — a U.S. stock level not seen in nearly five months since the end of March.

Study finds most prefer their beverage purchase at gas station stores

(August 12, 2019) BOSTON — Americans love their liquids, and they want them sooner than later. Packaged beverages are the third largest in-store category at convenience stores with 15.3% share of sales. And according to GasBuddy’s 2019 C-Store Beverage Study issued last week, 51% surveyed said they purchase a beverage at a gas station c-store at least once a week, 20% of which doing so daily.

Hyundai packs a lot of features in its 2019 Kona subcompact crossover

By Paul Borden

(August 11, 2019) Still a relative newcomer in the subcompact SUV segment, Hyundai’s Kona crossover quickly has established itself as one of the best in its class. Last January the Hyundai Kona and its electric version Kona EV was selected by a panel of 54 judges at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year over the Jaguar I-Pace and Acura RDX