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2023 Honda Civic Type R — It's baaaaack ......... Honda's track-ready hot hatch


By Jim Prueter

(October 1, 2023) Honda's highly desirable high performance oriented Civic Type R (for Race) makes a return for 2023 after a one-year hiatus. Dating back to 2017, the Type R has had one of the most unique purpose built design and styling packages on the market for a relatively affordable price. That is if you are able to find a Honda dealer that hasn't added a sizable "market adjustment" upping the price of the window sticker by as much as an additional $20,000 or more.

2024 Ford Bronco Wildtrak

PHOENIX — It seems since Ford reintroduced the Bronco — the highly capable SUV that combines on-road practicality with go anywhere terrain capability, open-top fun, and a "must have" retro look — it has become the most talked about darling of new vehicles. But now in its fourth year, there's still a waiting list should you decide to spec one out the way you want it and order it from the factory.

2023 BMW X4 M

MIAMI — High-octane performance is not usually what you expect from SUVs, even luxury makes, but there are exceptions. Not surprisingly, a prime example of an SUV that is all about horsepower and torque comes from Germany. The 2023 BMW X4 M Competition model that the company bills as a Sports Activity Coupe and most others call an SUV sports a 503-horsepower, turbocharged inline-6 engine that produces a whopping 479 pound-feet of torque.

2023 Kia Niro Hybrid

PHOENIX — In a world of lookalike vehicles few standout with an uncommon yet attractive design appeal. It's easy to see that one could make a legitimate claim that the throughly redesigned 2023 Kia Niro is one of them. Part hatchback, part wagon and part SUV, there's design cues from its Kia sibling the Soul. Undoubtedly the most exclusive and unique aspect of its exterior is the contrasting black colored "Aero Blade" with its slight protrusion across the rear-most pillar that directs airflow through and around it toward the rear hatchback.

Vehicle of the Week

2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 — Electrifying the luxury compact crossover

By Casey Williams

(October 1, 2023) I’m as much into modern minimalism as anybody, but sometimes I’d like a little less being less and a little more being more.  Take, for instance, a popular electric luxury compact crossover bearing a name that starts with the last name of a 19th Century innovator and ends with a letter we last explored on Sesame Street.  I appreciate Tesla’s style, but might prefer a dose of classic elegance combined with all the latest technology.  The 2023 Genesis Electrified GV70 may be that car.

Here's the Thing

Gas prices fall slightly as usage dwindles

(September 29, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite tepid demand with fewer drivers visiting the pump, the national average for a gallon of gas only fell three cents since last week to reach $3.83. The slow descent is due to the high cost of oil, which is acting like a drogue chute on falling gas prices. 

New vehicle sales expected to stay healthy ahead of strike impact

(September 29, 2023) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts from Edmunds forecast that 3,942,617 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2023, which will be a 16.0% increase from the third quarter of 2022 but a 4.1% decrease compared to the second quarter of 2023.

Study finds brand loyalty slips among new-vehicle owners

Porsche, Toyota, Ford rank
highest in respective segments

(September 27, 2023) TROY, Mich. — As new-vehicle inventory and sales rebound to pre-pandemic levels in the United States, more buyers are choosing to forego loyalty to a specific brand, according to the J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Automotive Brand Loyalty Study, released today.

Inside the Industry

Under 20 grand — 2024 Nissan Versa least expensive new car in U.S.

Starting at $17,225, compact sedan
offers safety and connectivity tech

(September 29, 2023) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Offering outstanding value with the most standard safety technology in its class, plus best-in-class front legroom and headroom, the 2024 Nissan Versa is on sale now from a starting at $17,225 including destination charge — the lowest starting price of any new car in America. The top-of-the-line SR trim level comes in at $21,235.

Honda introduces electric Prologue SUV with 300-mile range

(September 30, 2023) With a name symbolizing the key role it plays in the company’s electrification strategy, the all-electric 2024 Honda Prologue is a spacious, adventure-ready midsize SUV. With an anticipated EPA range rating of 300 miles, DC fast charging capability and a neo-rugged design, the Prologue is ready to take on adventures around town and outside the city limits.

Electrify America opens fast EV charging station at Grand Canyon visitor center

(September 29, 2023) Electrify America, the nation’s largest open DC fast charging network for electric vehicles (EV), has announced the opening of a charging station at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center giving EV drivers a convenient and hyper-fast charging solution.

Abandoned Car of the Week

A Route 66 decoration

This 1951 Nash, decked out as a well-equipped police car, sits on the side of Route 66 in Paris Springs, Mo. Nash was rather successful in 1951 selling 205,307 vehicles ranking 11th out of 20 nameplates. And presumably some of those Nash models found their way traveling along the famous Chicago to Santa Monica cross-country road.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)