Here's the Thing

Ford Raptor R at home on track as well as off-road trails

By Paul Borden

(September 18, 2023) As if the 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque in the standard Ford F-150 Raptor isn’t enough, Ford has blessed us with an “R” version that takes those figures up to a breathtaking 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet for those hungering for sports car-like performance.The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R zips from zero-to-60 miles per hour in a rapid 3.6 seconds with the capability of crushing anything that might have the misfortune of getting in its way.

2023 Toyota Tundra Limited 4X4

Everything loyal Toyota buyers
are looking for in a big pickup

By Jim Prueter

(September 17, 2023) For some 20-years, Toyota has been building its full-size pickup truck the Tundra, competition against the Big-3, Ford, Chevrolet and Ram and its no secret it has struggled to steal sales from those domestic half-ton rivals. And while the Big-3 has a solid grasp when it comes to sales, the Tundra marches to the beat of a different drummer.

Three 2023 EVs earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6

(September 16, 2023) Three new electric vehicles, the Genesis Electrified GV70, Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Lexus RZ, earn Top Safety Pick+ awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To qualify for Top Safety Pick+ in 2023, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, original moderate overlap front and updated side tests.

Gas prices resist seasonal swoon for now

(September 15, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas rose by a nickel since last week to hit $3.85. The primary culprit is the surge in oil costs, which have jumped several dollars to hover around $90 per barrel.

2024 Mercedes-AMG GLE-53— Dressed for success

Remains relevant and competitive
following mid-cycle refreshing

By Jim Prueter

(September 15, 2023) Much like the smaller Mercedes GLC we recently reviewed here, the larger GLE tested this time around has been given a mid-cycle refreshing for 2024 but isn't all that evident by looking at it. That's isn't necessarily a bad thing, it was pretty sweet to begin with and it's quite obvious the company was careful not to mess with success.

National Right to Work Foundation — Strikers can continue working

(September 13, 2023) DETROIT —  The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has released a special legal notice to the thousands of autoworkers who may be impacted if United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials issue a strike order this week. UAW President Shawn Fain has threatened to order workers from Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis — the “Big 3” unionized American automakers — off the job if new contracts aren’t struck by Thursday, Sept. 14.

Gas prices to spike 50¢ to $1 per gallon in the corn belt

Late-season refinery issues ahead
of switch to winter gas cause squeeze

(September 11, 2023) DALLAS — Drivers in Oklahoma, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Kansas — be ready. GasBuddy, a fuel savings platform for North American drivers, predicts that gas prices in these states will spike anywhere from 50¢ to $1 per gallon over the next several days. While there are few details on the particulars on what is driving the increase, trade sources tell GasBuddy a refinery outage may be to blame.

2023 Mercedes-Benz CLC 300 is all new

Mercedes' global bestseller
gets an update and a hybrid

By Jim Prueter

(September 10, 2023) The compact Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV has been around for over 15 years when it debuted as a GLK and produced from 2008 to 2015. Since that time it's been the world's best-selling Mercedes-Benz and is all-new for the 2023 GLC tested and reviewed here.

Gas prices decline slightly as summer's end approaches

(September 8, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas fell following Labor Day, declining two pennies since last week to $3.80. The decrease comes despite a recent spike in the price of oil, the primary ingredient in gasoline.

Annual new-car ownership costs boil over $12,000

Ownership costs driven by record
vehicle prices, high finance rates

(September 7, 2023) ORLANDO, Fla. —  AAA’s Your Driving Costs (YDC) has been a reliable data source for the expenses associated with owning and operating a brand-new vehicle for more than seven decades. Based on the latest figures, the average cost of owning and operating a new vehicle in 2023 has increased significantly, with an annual expense of $12,182 or a monthly cost of $1,015. This is a sharp increase from 2022 when the average yearly cost was only $10,728, or $894 monthly.