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Most new booster seats earn highest IIHS rating

(February 1, 2024) Forty-seven out of 54 booster seats introduced last year earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest rating of BEST BET. The BEST BET rating means a booster provides good seat belt fit for typical 4- to 8-year-olds in almost any car, minivan or SUV. Boosters that are rated GOOD BETs provide acceptable belt fit in almost any vehicle, while those rated Check Fit could work for some children in some vehicles. Seats designated “Not Recommended” don’t provide good belt fit and should be avoided.

Edmunds honors the 'Best Vehicles on Sale Today' 2024

Kia EV9 three-row EV wins Edmunds'
Top Rated Best of the Best award

(January 29, 2024) SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — The car shopping experts at Edmunds has announced the winners of the Edmunds Top Rated Awards 2024. Presented annually, the awards recognize the best vehicles on sale today — irrespective of when they were launched — and represent the pinnacle of Edmunds' industry-leading testing efforts. Each year, the Edmunds editorial team tests 300-plus vehicles, driving more than 500,000 miles to deliver the definitive Edmunds Rating, the foundation of the Edmunds Top Rated Awards.

Pacifica carries on Chrysler tradition in minivan history

By Paul Borden

(January 28, 2024) Chrysler came up with the concept of the minivan for family transportation —especially those families with three or more children — 40 years ago and I would argue that nobody has come up with anything better since.

Drive Toward a Cure partners with classic car builder Shawn Killion

1932 Ford Roadster raises awareness
of Young-onset Parkinson’s Disease

(January 26, 2024) LOS ANGELES — When custom Hot Rod builder Shawn Killion contacted non-profit foundation Drive Toward a Cure to merge their version of Cars and Camaraderie with his support for Parkinson’s, his latest ‘build’ of a 1932 Ford Roadster ‘Speedway Special’ was key to both entities bringing awareness to Young-onset Parkinson’s Disease. 

Gas prices end up close to where they started

(January 26, 2024) WASHINGTON, D.C. — After making a brief weekend trip to $3.07, the national average for gas edged higher by one penny since last week to $3.10. The meandering journey is likely caused by low gas demand countered by slightly higher costs for oil.  The result is a pump price stalemate.

Toyota CALTY time traveler — Four Toyotas that defined their time

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

(January 23, 2024) Automobiles play a prominent role in American history, often portrayed as symbols of the American dream itself — and for good reason. They represent mobility. However, there isn’t one vehicle that captures every facet of our culture. Nor should there be. Our history is as diverse as our society is today.

Electrify America — Charging into 2024, a snapshot of 2023

Electrify America editorial

(January 22, 2024) In May of 2023, the Electrify America network celebrated the fifth anniversary of its first charging station. In those brief five years, the company has seen dramatic growth in the network and its business in parallel to the industry, while thousands of electric vehicle (EV) owners have come to rely on successful hyper-fast charging experiences at Electrify America stations as EV sales continue to grow.

2024 Mercedes-AMG SL 43 — First SL four-cylinder soft-top in 60 years

By Jim Prueter

(January 22, 2024) With beginnings as a LeMans racing car dating back to the early 1950s Mercedes recognized it needed a lightweight, aerodynamic sports car to successfully compete at the track. Short for Sport-Leicht, or Sport Light in German, the SL launched as the first incarnation of Mercedes two-seat sports car.

2024 Infiniti QX60 Autograph

QX60 Looks the part, but falls
short of reigning competitors

By Jim Prueter

(January 21, 2024) Completely redesigned and all-new for the 2022 model year, the excellent and luxurious QX60 is unchanged for the 2024 model year. Our Autograph trim tested here is exquisitely furnished using some of the finest materials inside and dramatic styling outside.

Gas prices take it slow in cold weather

(January 19, 2024) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas squeaked out a two-cent gain since last week to $3.09. A likely culprit could be wintery weather, which hampers refining operations and gasoline distribution. This has resulted in some frigid regions seeing pump price jumps.