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2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X — A beauty of a beast, but for big bucks


By Jim Prueter

(January 27, 2023) Notwithstanding the price of gasoline averaging nearly five dollars a gallon for premium and an avalanche of media hype, manufacturer TV advertisement for electric vehicles and the seemingly unquenchable thirst for SUVs from the car buying public, full-sized pickup trucks sales in the U.S. continue to reign supreme in sales numbers. 

2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

HERNDON, Va. — In the three plus years since last driving Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio a lot has changed in the Alfa Romeo showroom; admittedly, that’s important only if you can find an Alfa Romeo showroom — don’t look for one in smaller locales with other high-end imports. Of note is a recent J.D. Power survey, signaling a significant uptake in customer satisfaction for Alfa Romeo.

2023 Cadillac XT6

MIAMI — Since joining Cadillac’s fleet of XT-designated SUVs for 2020, the XT6 has picked up a couple of extra features in ensuing years as it fights on in the large and very challenging midsize luxury SUV segment. New this year, buyers of the 2023 Cadillac XT6 have the option of adding Cadillac’s Super Cruise system that provides a hands-free driving experience on more than 400,000 miles of compatible roads and highways.

2023 Kia Sportage

MIAMI — After “earning” a reputation as a producer of cheap economy cars of say questionable quality after its arrival in the U.S in the early 1990s, Kia has established itself in the 21st Century as the manufacturer of top quality products New vehicles such as the Telluride full-size SUV, playful Soul, and performance-driven  Stinger sedan are responsible for some of that growth.

Vehicle of the Week

2023 BMW X1 xDrive28i — Great shape and livable room

Photos by Dan Scanlan

By Dan Scanlan

(January 22, 2023) In the 1990s, just say “BMW,” and car geeks would probably think of the light, tight 328i with its 190-hp inline six-cylinder engine, neat 6-speed manual, rear wheel drive and decent room for four, all in a compact 176-inch-long shape. These days, the light, tight BMW many may think about may not be a sedan labeled 3-Series.

Here's the Thing

The Washington Auto Show — Rusting in place

By David Boldt

(January 27, 2023) It’s been eight years since first walking into the Washington, DC Auto Show. Prior to 2015 I hadn’t seen the show, but had always assumed it was, you know, an auto show; no ifs, ands or buts about that. However, the organizers of the show, the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, insist it’s more than an auto show — it’s the Public Policy Show. With that positioning the association believes it to be more than an auto show, while I’d argue it’s notably less.

Ford F-150 Lightning named Edmunds top rated Best of the Best for 2023

(January 27, 2023) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds have announced the Ford F-150 Lightning as the winner of an all-new, and ultimate, award in the Edmunds Top Rated lineup: the Edmunds Top Rated Best of the Best 2023. The award recognizes the standout vehicle among Edmunds Top Rated 2023 winners, with consideration given to the vehicle's impact, innovation and relevance to car shoppers.

Study — Gas engine fueling costs fall below EV charging

(January 26, 2023) The cost to drive an internal combustion engine vehicle 100 miles in the U.S. fell below the cost to charge a comparable electric vehicle for the first time in 18 months, a new report from a Michigan think tank says. An analysis of late-2022 fueling costs by the Anderson Economic Group says mid-priced ICE drivers are paying about $11.29 for 100 miles of driving, an average of 31 cents less than mid-priced EV drivers who charge at home, Automotive News reported.

Inside the Industry

Mercedes-Benz to use SAE Level 3 automated driving in U.S.

(January 27, 2023) Mercedes-Benz says it is the world's first automotive company to bring SAE Level 3 conditionally automated driving to the U.S., with Nevada being the first state to confirm the compliance of the system with state regulations. This significant milestone sets the ground-breaking Mercedes-Benz DRIVE PILOT system apart as the first and only SAE Level 3 system in a standard-production vehicle authorized for use on U.S. public freeways.

2024 BMW M3 CS — Lighter, stronger, faster

(January 26, 2023) Continuing the celebrated lineage of legendary CS models is the very special, limited-edition 2024 BMW M3 CS. Today, CS stands for “Competition Sport”; the designation given to exclusive BMW M models equally at home on road and track. More power, unique chassis calibration, and intelligent lightweight construction featuring carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components deliver an exhilarating performance experience without sacrificing the functionality and everyday usability of the BMW M3.

2024 Polestar 2 brings more power, performance and range

(January 25, 2023) GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Polestar is giving the 5-door electric performance fastback, Polestar 2, a major update. For the 2024 model year, the premium compact EV features a new high-tech front end that reflects the design language premiered by Polestar 3, substantial performance increases with all-new electric motors, even more powerful batteries, sustainability improvements and, for the first time in a Polestar, rear-wheel drive.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Car-watching Falcon

The Ford Falcon was produced by Ford from the 1960 to 1970 model years, the first compact car marketed by the American Big Three automobile manufacturers. This second-generation 1965 Falcon sits abandoned watching the traffic on a South Carolina road. Most second-generation Falcons were propelled by an inline 6-cylinder engine mated to a 3-speed automatic.
(Photo by Ralph Gable)