Here's the Thing

New car prices show smallest annual increase in a decade

Kelley Blue Book — Average
prices up just $199 year over year

(August 10, 2023) ATLANTA — The average price Americans paid for a new vehicle in July 2023 was 0.4% higher than one year ago, the smallest year-over-year price increase in the last decade. According to Kelley Blue Book the average transaction price (ATP) of a new vehicle in July was $48,334, a month-over-month decrease of 0.7% ($337) from June's ATP of $48,671, and up only $199 from one year ago.

Increases at the pump slow and more relief could be on way

(August 4, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas has continued its summer U-turn, but price increases have slowed and more relief could be on the way. The national average increased by 11 cents since last week to $3.82. Pump prices have primarily risen due to the price of oil, which was near $80 per barrel last week, but has since softened recently.

Elantra Hybrid offers long range between fill-ups without plugging in

By Paul Borden

(August 1, 2023) We hear all the time about how sedan sales are on the wane, a notion that is reinforced by the number of SUVs and pickup trucks stacked up at a stoplight compared to the number of traditional sedans sitting idling. But seemingly bucking that trend is Hyundai’s compact four-door Elantra sedan.

2023 Land Rover Range Rover PHEV — Hybrid performance, opulent luxury

By Jim Prueter

(July 30, 2023) Land Rover most recent iteration of the Range Rover debuted just last year that brought all-new tech, new and improved powertrains and a more luxurious interior. Now for 2023, the highbrow British choice for pretentious motoring includes standard and long-wheelbase offerings in the base SE trim tested here and the return of the plug-in hybrid powertrain last seen in 2021.

State lines are danger zones for gas prices, GasBuddy finds

(July 28, 2023) DALLAS  — As summer travel hits its peak, road trippers be warned: pay attention to state lines before filling up. GasBuddy has revealed the top 10 bordering U.S. states with the largest difference in gas prices. Travelers this summer could be wasting upwards of $1 per gallon, or over $10 every fill up, by failing to check gas prices before crossing state lines.

Like the sizzling temperatures, gas prices climb higher

(July 28, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. —The national average for a gallon of gas awoke from a months-long slumber, surging 13 cents since last week to $3.71. The primary cause appears to be the oil price, which has marched nearly $4 higher in the past few days to hover near $80 per barrel.  As oil accounts for almost 50 percent of the cost of a gallon of gas, higher oil prices usually mean higher pump prices.

2023 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Premium

A compelling mix of
performance and luxury

By Jim Prueter

(July 28, 2023) The IS is Lexus' compact sports sedan that was first introduced by the brand over two decades ago. The current generation arrived for the 2014 model year and received its second facelift for 2022. Over the years I've tested several iterations of the IS and in general liked it albeit more than a bit small for my 6-6 inch height but I was smitten by its excellent V6 and mellifluous exhaust notes.

Smartphones lead to distraction; could they also prevent it?

By Ian Reagan

Senior Research Scientist, IIHS

(July 26, 2023) When we think about distracted driving, we automatically think of smartphones. They’re indispensable. They’re addictive. They can also be dangerous. Crash data based on police reports indicate that around 3,350 people were killed in all distraction-related crashes and 382 died in crashes involving cell phone use in 2021.

GasBuddy introduces in-app feature to locate air vending machines

(July 25, 2023) DALLAS — GasBuddy has announced a new agreement with CSC ServiceWorks to raise awareness of the importance of properly inflated tires and make it easy for drivers to find air pumps directly in the GasBuddy app. CSC ServiceWorks is an industry leader of air vending services at convenience stores and gas stations as well as the leading provider of commercial laundry solutions to the multi-family housing and education markets with more than 1.4 million machines in service.

2023 Lexus RC 350 F Sport — Long on looks, short on performance

By Jim Prueter

(July 25, 2023) For 2023 the Lexus RC Coupe, a small luxury sporty coupe is now in its 10th model year and among its competitors and peers is the senior statesman. It's quintessential Lexus inasmuch as it's well-built, has polished, sharply angled exterior styling and a conventional interior that's comfortable, well-built but otherwise staid and past its freshness date.