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Filling up won’t cost a pot ‘o gold this St. Patrick’s Day

(March 15, 2024) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas has been rising leisurely since last week, moving a mere two cents higher to $3.41.  However, with the cost of oil crossing the $80 per barrel mark and gas demand popping with warmer temps and better weather, change may be coming to the pump. Another critical factor is the arrival of more expensive summer blend gas, which tends to increase pump prices by 10 to 15 cents.

'Greenest' car in ACEEE's rankings burns gas

(March 14, 2024) Despite the attention on dozens of new electric models, the Toyota Prius Prime SE plug-in hybrid is the greenest model of 2024, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's annual GreenerCars ratings of the most environmentally friendly cars.

13 of 14 driver-assist systems rated ‘marginal' or ‘poor' in IIHS test

Partial driving automation safeguard
ratings show industry has work to do

(March 13, 2024) The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is introducing a new ratings program to encourage automakers to incorporate more robust safeguards into their partial driving automation systems. Out of the first 14 systems tested, only one earns an acceptable rating. Two are rated marginal, and 11 are rated poor.

Average new-vehicle transaction price down second straight month

Kelley Blue Book finds February
prices down 2.2% year over year

(March 12, 2024) ATLANTA — New-vehicle transaction prices (ATP) in February held mostly steady, according to an analysis by Kelley Blue Book, falling less than one-tenth of 1% from the revised January ATP. The average transaction price of a new vehicle in the U.S. last month was $47,244, down 2.2% from February 2023 and down 5.4% from the market peak in December 2022.

Drowsy driving — The quiet killer stalking our roads

(March 9, 2024) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Driving while battling the urge to fall asleep is a familiar feeling for many. However, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals the shocking lethality of drowsy driving. And with Daylight Saving Time upon us, the darker mornings and lost hour of sleep will lead to more drowsy drivers. Previous Foundation research points directly to sleep loss as a key culprit in drowsy driving crashes.

Subaru Crosstrek enters third generation with 2024 model

By Paul Borden

(March 8, 2024) Introduced as a 2012 model to replace the Sport version of the iconic Outback SUV, the subcompact Crosstrek continues to be a stellar seller for the Japanese automaker Subaru, challenging the Forester and Outback the company’s No. 1 spot. Over the last three years, the Crosstrek has occupied the No. 1 (2022), No. 2 (2023), and No. 3 (2021 place in Subaru’s yearly sales in swapping positions with the Forester and Outback.

Gas prices rise ahead of Daylight Saving Time

(March 8, 2024) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pump prices have maintained a steady march higher, rising eight cents since last week to $3.39. More expensive oil is a likely culprit, as crude accounts for nearly 60% of pump prices. The cost for a barrel of oil is edging closer to $80, about $10 more per barrel than a few months ago.

2024 Volkswagen Atlas — Spacious SUV updated for 2024

By Jim Prueter

(March 5, 2024) Three-row SUVs answer the needs and desires of families looking for comfortable room to transport the kids, dogs, purchases from Costco and IKEA and even when called upon for modest towing duty. One of the largest and generally affordable vehicles to fit the bill is the atlas-sized, Atlas with its massive interior that rivals a minivan for spacious interior volume.

Gas prices creep up ahead of potential leap

(March 1, 2024) WASHINGTON, DC — Drivers saw gas prices creep up the final week of February. The national average for a gallon of gas is $3.31 on this leap day, 4 cents higher than it was one week ago. The upward trend is likely to continue as travelers start heading out of town for Spring Break.

Increasing new-vehicle sales drives record consumer spending

(February 26, 2024) Total new-vehicle sales for February, including retail and non-retail transactions, are projected to reach 1,214,600 units, a 1.4% increase from February 2023, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and GlobalData. February 2024 has 25 selling days, one more than February 2023. Comparing the same sales volume without adjusting for the number of selling days translates to an increase of 5.6% from a year ago.