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Autotrader offers tips for getting vehicle road-trip ready for spring

(April 9, 2021) ATLANTA — Spring has sprung across the United States, and many Americans have upcoming spring break drives or future summer vacation road trips on their minds. Traveling by car remains the preferred method for many people who are still wary of flying in the current climate. To help road-trippers prepare for their upcoming travels, the experts at Autotrader offer tips and recommendations to make their drives safe and enjoyable.

X-Line upgrades give 2021 Kia Sorento more off-road chops

By Paul Borden

(April 9, 2021) A hybrid drivetrain was not the only feature Kia added when it gave its Sorento midsize SUV a makeover for this year. The 2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige X-Line is designed for those looking for more off-road capability with a slightly higher ground clearance, improved approach/departure angles, and a more capable roof rack than outgoing Sorento models.

YourMechanic offers tips to get car running after Covid lockdowns

(April 8, 2021) YourMechanic mechanics have found that infrequent car usage during covid shelter in place has resulted in a number of issues for car owners across the country. The car repair service lists some of the biggest problems with leaving a vehicle unattended for long periods of time and solutions for a springtime overhaul.

Mazda hops up the 3 — Lots to like, but falls short of 'Feel Alive' slogan

By Jim Prueter

(April 7, 2021) Perhaps my pre-testing expectations of the new Mazda3 I-4 2.5 Turbo were too high given its 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft torque and all-wheel drive (Subaru Impreza is the only other model in in this class to offer it) powerplant bringing more power to the popular hatchback and sedan model. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the same that’s used in Mazda’s bigger SUVs and larger 6 sedan and proved to be a major disappointment with its dawdling slow-to-shift languidly.

Chrysler celebrates National Pet Day with pet-friendly Pacifica

(April 7, 2021) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — For those with furry, four-legged family members, Chrysler brand is calling out pet-friendly features of the redesigned 2021 Chrysler Pacifica just in time for National Pet Day on April 11. The Chrysler Pacifica is no stranger to garnering a “paws up” from the pet set. Last year, Pacifica was named to Autotrader’s list of the 10 Best Cars for Dog Lovers, one of the 145 honors and industry accolades the Pacifica has earned since its introduction as a minivan.

Gasoline demand continues to grow as pump prices fluctuate

(April 6, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gasoline demand measured 8.9 million barrels a day in the Energy Administration’s (EIA) latest weekly report, up nearly 4% from the week prior. Because of the jump in demand, gasoline supplies tightened to 230.5 million barrels the lowest level this year, and state gas price averages saw major fluctuations. On the week, states saw pump price changes ranging from an increase of 15 cents to a decrease of 3 cents.

2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport — Stylish crossover new to VW lineup in 2020

Editor's note: This review was originally written for the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport introduced last year. There have been no significant changes for 2021 but has been updated to include a few new features

By Jim Prueter

(April 5, 2021) The mid-sized Atlas Cross Sport was an all-new addition to the Volkswagen lineup when it was first introduced last year for 2020. We deemed it a more stylish derivative of the boxier Atlas on which it’s based.

Edmunds says new-vehicle inventory continues to dwindle

(April 2, 2021) SANTA MONICA, Calif. —  Consumers in the market for a new vehicle will likely have a harder time finding what they want at an affordable price right now due to severe supply shortages affecting the automotive industry. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, new vehicle inventory on sale at dealerships nationwide is down by 36% in March compared to a year ago, and prices are rising for both new and used vehicles as a result.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat — Anything but subtle

By Jim Prueter

(April 1, 2021) It seems as though Dodge has put their 6.2-liter Hellcat engine in everything except their coffee. Oh, and the Durango — that is until now. 710-horsepower, 645-lb.-ft of torque and an eight-speed automatic transmission the SRT Durango racks up a 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds and rockets through the quarter mile lights in 11.5 seconds. Top speed reaches 180 mph.

South Florida company working to alleviate range anxiety

By Paul Borden

(March 31, 2021) MIAMI — A big worry, probably the biggest, that most owners have with electric vehicles is a fear that they will run out of juice when they are far from charging outlet. A South Florida company is taking on that issue and more with products that will allow you to charge up your plugin electric vehicle at home, at a commercial charging station, or virtually anywhere on the road via a gas-generated 240-volt mobile charger that will provide enough charge to get you home or to the closest fast-charging station.