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Honda reveals styling of all-new Prologue electrified SUV


(October 7, 2022) Honda has offered the first look at the exterior and interior styling of the all-new Honda Prologue battery-electric SUV that will come to market in North America in 2024. The Prologue design features clean and simple "Neo-Rugged" exterior and interior styling and ample interior space that’s ready for adventure inside and outside the city limits.

2023 Hyundai Palisade

MIAMI — The Hyundai Palisade has been been around for only a short while but already the South Korean automaker’s largest SUV has made quite an impression. Such respected publications as U.S. News & World Report has the 2023 Hyundai Palisade sharing the top spot with Kia’s award-winning Telluride in its rankings of midsize SUVs.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor

PHOENIX — While it isn’t quite the Rubicon Trail located in California’s historic gold rush territory in the Sierra Nevada, the 27,000-acre Butcher Jones OHV, UTV, ATV and Off-Road Trail system Recreation Site in Arizona was the perfect location to test the limits of Ford’s new and nearly unstoppable Bronco Raptor. It’s the most capable production off-road vehicle ever built snatching that title from its Jeep Wrangler competitor.

2022 Jaguar F-Type convertible

INDIANAPOLIS — Change has come to the British Empire. We knew it was inevitable, but is sad nonetheless.  It is hard to replace an icon that’s beloved by millions across the realm.  The next one will be a worthy successor, but will neither sound nor drive the same.  It’s a different world.  Yep, Jaguar is going electric by mid-decade and the F-Type will soon join the great beyond.  But, let’s have one more go at it before it’s gone.

Vehicle of the Week

2022 Audi Q5 — Quality and competence

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(October 2, 2022) Looking for an all-around competent four-passenger luxury SUV crossover? We've got a suggestion — the 2022 Audi Q5. The compact Audi has been criticized for not being a standout in any one category among a passel of competitors. But the Q5 has excellent qualities in virtually every measurement you would use before plunking down north of 50k. And for that reason it's a standout.

Here's the Thing

2022 Kia Niro PHEV EX — Easing pain at the pump

By Jim Prueter

(October 6, 2022) The Kia Niro PHEV isn’t especially engaging to drive, its looks are on the generic side, it’s classified as a sport utility vehicle but to be honest it falls quite short of sport and utility. It also isn’t a massively interesting or beguiling styled vehicle. What it is, however, is every bit a clever piece of automotive engineering that’s loaded with advanced technology presented to those who want the benefits of it without necessarily wanting  to engage in it.

Auto loan interest rates climb to highest level since 2019

(October 5, 2022) SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — Consumers are digging deeper into their pockets to finance new vehicles, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. "High prices and rising interest rates are dealing consumers a one-two punch by catapulting monthly payments into a new realm," said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds’ executive director of insights.

Tight supply and more demand cause pump prices to rise

(October 4, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average pump price for a gallon of gas maintained its recent surge, rising seven cents over the past week to hit $3.79. Tight supply and increased demand as more drivers fuel up are the main culprits.

Inside the Industry

Mecum Auctions returns to Las Vegas with 1,000 cars

1971 Stutz Blackhawk

(October 7, 2022) Mecum Auctions will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center for its sixth annual collector car auction at the venue this Nov. 10-12 with an estimated 1,000 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, exotics, trucks, Hot Rods, customs and more to cross the auction block.

Volkswagen launches TVA collaboration with custom build ID.4 SUVs

(October 7, 2022) HERNDON, Va. — Volkswagen of America is collaborating with the Tennessee Valley Authority as the utility corporation sets a goal of operating a 100% percent electric sedan and SUV fleet by the year 2030. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., TVA’s service area covers all of Tennessee, portions of Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky, and small areas of Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

Toyota finally finds fix to keep wheels on its bZ4X EV crossover

(October 6, 2022) TOKYO — Toyota finally has a fix to keep the wheels from falling off its new bZ4X all-electric crossover, an embarrassing glitch that forced the world’s biggest automaker to recall the vehicle just two months after starting sales and stalled the company’s drive into electric vehicles.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Vermont lineup

These three abandoned cars adorn the front yard of an equally abandoned house in upstate Vermont. The car lineup includes, from left, a 1979 Chrysler LeBaron, a 1982 Chrysler LeBaron station wagon and a circa 1978-1982 Honda Prelude. (Photo by Jim Meachen)