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Crude oil prices hit highest price point in nine months

(December 8, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pump prices increased on the week despite U.S. gasoline demand falling below 8 million barrels a day, the lowest weekly reading since June and the softest demand reading for the week of Thanksgiving since 1997. At $2.16, the national gas price average is more expensive on the week (+4 cents) and the month (+5 cents), but cheaper (-42 cents) compared to last year at this time, according to AAA.

Make the whole world your playground with LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler

(December 7, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Jeep brand and the LEGO Group have revealed the newest LEGO Technic model, the one-of-a-kind Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Designed to emulate the iconic look, design and legendary off-road capabilities of the actual vehicle, this first-ever LEGO model of a Jeep SUV — the LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler — is ready to face any epic adventure.

AAA survey finds men are more aggressive behind the wheel

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(December 7, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Data gathered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety confirms the perception that men tend to speed, tailgate, merge dangerously, and make rude gestures or honk at other drivers more than women. The survey finds that women also admit to some dangerous driving habits, such as running red lights. Overall, younger male and female drivers tend to be more aggressive than older drivers.

2021 Mazda CX-5 beckons drivers, elevates luxury

By Casey Williams

(December 6, 2020) So, I was sitting at my desk the other day, just dreaming of sunshine and curvy roads, when my co-worker came to visit.  Apparently, he and his wife are trying to decide which compact crossover to adopt.  She wants a luxury model from Audi or Volvo while my friend is more concerned about payments.  Both agree they want something fun to drive and ready for their first offspring.  I may have the answer for marital bliss:  The 2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature.

Luxury comes to pickup trucks with GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

By Paul Borden

(December 4, 2020) I don’t know when pickup trucks started coming with price tags that used to be found only on top-end luxury sedans, but there is no question you can spend just as much on a workhorse vehicle these days as you can on a thoroughbred. Not saying you have to, of course, because manufacturers tend to start with lower-end pricing, but they certainly can work their way up rather quickly.

Autotrader Names Best New Automotive Technology of 2021

(December 3, 2020) ATLANTA — Each year automotive technology advances into new territory, and the innovations become more and more exciting for consumers. Whether that's under the hood or inside the cabin, car shoppers will be delighted to find how much new auto innovations can help their daily drives become more efficient, convenient and exciting. To help car buyers navigate the breakthrough technology in vehicles, Autotrader put together a list of the Best New Automotive Technology for 2021.

New-vehicle prices up 1.3% year over year in November

(December 2, 2020) IRVINE, Calif. — The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book have reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the United States was $39,259 in November. New vehicle prices increased $499 (up 1.3%) from November 2019, while falling $480 (down 1.2%) from last month.  

States see jump at gas pump following Thanksgiving

(December 1, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the national gas price average is more expensive. At $2.12, it is two cents more than a week ago, but remains cheaper compared to last month (-2 cents) and last year (-46 cents). Across the country, motorists in nearly 30 states are paying more at the pump on the week with states along the I-95 corridor seeing the largest jump: Delaware (+15 cents), Maryland (+8 cents), Pennsylvania (+7 cents), New Jersey (+6 cents) and North Carolina (+6 cents).

2020 Chevrolet Corvette — Sixty grand will buy the best Vette ever

By Russ Heaps
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(November 30, 2020) For decades, the magic of the Chevrolet Corvette is its huge performance bang for the buck. The newest C8-generation Chevrolet Corvette carries on that tradition. This mid-engine Corvette finally spread the curtains, stepping on stage as a 2020 model. Not much, including the price, changes for 2021. What best characterizes the newest Corvette is its beefy big-performance V8, placed amidships, civilized driving manners and Christmas-come-early affordable base price. It may now look and act like a high-performance supercar, but its price certainly doesn't reflect that status.

2021 Honda Civic Type R — Honda’s track-ready hot hatch

By Jim Prueter

(November 28, 2020) Since 2017, Honda has been offering the highly desirable, high-performance Civic Type R (for “race”), with one of the most divisive styling packages on the market, for the relatively affordable price of about $38,000. That is, if you’re able to find a dealer that hasn’t added thousands of dollars in markup. If you can find one at sticker price, we suggest you run out and buy it.