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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.

Jaguar sending F-Type out in style as it readies all-electric fleet

By Paul Borden

(January 19, 2024) Please allow me a little personal note here — I would like to send a big “thank you” to my press fleet manager at Prestige for sending the Jaguar F-Type Convertible my way for one last go around before Jaguar yanks it out of production. It has been a favorite of mine since its introduction a decade ago as a so-called “spiritual successor” to the company’s legendary E-Type roadster of the 1960s and early ’70s.

2024 Jeep Compass Trailhawk — Trail rated off-road crossover

A decent compact SUV but
trails segment competitors

By Jim Prueter

(January 14, 2024) The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is a five-passenger four door compact crossover utility vehicle whose best asset is it's trail rated off-road, all-terrain capabilities compared to a class of excellent rivals, and comes standard with four-wheel-drive. If rugged off-roading is high on your list of "must haves" the Trailhawk is more than worthy of your strong consideration, but so is its same sized competitor the Ford Bronco Sport. However, most competitors in its class are excellent and better choices for on-pavement ride quality, comfort and modern features and design elements.

Subaru streamlines Impreza lineup adding new RS model for 2024

Photos by Paul Borden

By Paul Borden

(January 13, 2024) The Impreza has been a staple in the Subaru fleet for over three decades now and undergoes significant changes as it enters its sixth generation this year.The 2024 Subaru Impreza no longer is offered in Premium and Limited trim levels as fifth-generation Imprezas were, and the sedan configuration has been discontinued.

U.S. new-vehicle prices down record 2.4% year over year

Average transaction price for new
vehicle in December was $48,759

(January 12, 2024) ATLANTA — The U.S. new-vehicle average transaction price in December was $48,759, an increase of 1.3% month over month, but down 2.4% year over year, according to data released today from Kelley Blue Book, a Cox Automotive company. December marks the fourth consecutive month that new-vehicle transaction prices were lower year over year, a unique milestone for the industry, which typically sees year-over-year increases.

Gas prices stay in the slow lane for now

(January 12, 2024) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas barely budged since last week, falling two cents to $3.07.  The primary reason appears to be rather humdrum numbers for the cost of oil and gasoline demand.

2024 BMW X6 M60i

BMW challenges concept
of what makes up a coupe

By Paul Borden

(January 7, 2024) If your idea a a coupe is a two-door vehicle slightly smaller than a sedan and somewhat limited passenger and cargo capacity, BMW has a message for you. The German automaker refers to its 2024 X6, which you and I no doubt would call an SUV, as a “Sports Activity Coupe” or SAC. The 2024 X5, which also seats five passengers and has four doors like the X6, it calls a “Sports Activity Vehicle” or SAV.