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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.

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning — Electric version of America’s favorite truck

By Jim Prueter

(October 4, 2022) The Ford F-150 is not only been the best-selling truck in the U.S. for most of its 45-year history, but also the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. and has been for decades. But just over a year ago Ford announced it would build an all-electric F-150 named the Lightning and shortly thereafter put it into production.

Phoenix Coyotes Zamboni — We drive the coolest ride on four wheels

By Jim Prueter

(September 30, 2022) PHOENIX — Snoopy drove one in the Peanuts comic strip, The Gear Daddies had a minor hit song “I Want to Drive the Zamboni,” on the television sitcom “Cheers,” Carla’s hockey-playing husband, Eddie LeBec, died when he was run over by a Zamboni, and even former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told People magazine she thought it would be a great name for a son.

Grand Cherokee gets electrified with plug-in model for 2022

By Paul Borden

(October 1, 2022) Jeep kicks off the fifth generation of its flagship SUV by introducing its first electrified Grand Cherokee a year after the debut of the 2021 plug-in Wrangler. No, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is not a fully electric vehicle, but a plug-in that includes a gasoline engine to allay any fears of running out of power while on an extended trip.

September sales pace shows incremental improvement

(September 29, 2022) New-vehicle retail sales for September are expected to increase when compared with September 2021, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Retail sales of new vehicles this month are expected to reach 958,948 units, a 5.4% increase compared with September 2021. September 2022 has the same number of selling days compared with September 2021.

2015-19 Hyundais, Kias are favorite targets for vehicle thefts

(September 27, 2022) When it comes to theft, bargain-priced vehicles manufactured by Kia and Hyundai now rival muscle cars and luxury SUVs as top targets, a Highway Loss Data Institute analysis of 2021 insurance claims shows Among newer models, whole vehicle theft claims were highest for the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, relative to its numbers on the road over 2018-22. But among 2015-19 model-year vehicles, theft claims were nearly twice as common for Hyundai and Kia vehicles as a group as for all other manufacturers, according to a recent HLDI report.

J.D. Power — Brand loyalty strong among new-vehicle owners

(September 28, 2022) TROY, Mich. — The majority of new-vehicle owners this past year navigated the low vehicle inventory crunch by purchasing the same brand of vehicle which in turn, kept loyalty high in both premium and mass market segments, according to the redesigned J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Automotive Brand Loyalty Study, released this week. The study has been expanded this year to report on brand loyalty insights by segment categories: premium car; premium SUV; mass market car; mass market SUV; and truck.

2022 Infiniti QX60 moves into second generation with redesign

By Paul Borden

(September 27, 2022) The big brother of the popular QX50 and newer QX55, the Infiniti QX60 is back for 2022 after sitting out a year for a redesign that moved it into its second generation. It is a tad shorter, but a bit taller and sleeker than its predecessor with a high-class, roomy, and quiet cabin packed with fairly intuitive tech features. Elegant describes the stylish interior.