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Autotrader names 'Best New Cars for 2021' to help shoppers find perfect match

(February 11, 2021) ATLANTA — The search to find your perfect match, whether looking for a love interest or a new vehicle, can be a daunting and time-consuming task. While Autotrader may not be able to help your love life, it understands the importance of finding "the one'" vehicle that fits your lifestyle and checks a list of ideal qualities.

Study finds a majority of drivers annually overpay at the pump

(February 10, 2021) BOSTON — Americans have always cared about gas prices given the nature of its volatility; it suddenly goes up, it suddenly goes down, all without an obvious explanation. Today, GasBuddy released its annual Pump Habits Study that found that nearly a third of Americans care more now about saving money on gas than before the start of the pandemic.   

Survey: Consumers don’t expect self-driving vehicles soon

By Analytics Team

(February 9, 2021) SAN FRANCISCO  — Despite plenty of chatter about the future of self-driving cars, many consumers don’t expect their next vehicle to have any sort of hands-free or self-driving capabilities, and they’re split on whether such systems even make vehicles safer in the first place.

AAA forecasts gas prices to continue climbing

(February 9, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — At $2.46, the national gas price average is more expensive on the week (+4 cents), the month (+16 cents) and the year (+2 cents). Feb. 6 was the first time in 340 days the national average was more expensive than a year ago. Today, nearly two-thirds of all state gas price averages are more expensive year-over-year. Pump prices continue to climb, in part due to expensive crude oil and the market’s growing optimism that demand will increase amid the vaccination roll-out.

AMG GT 53 takes luxury, performance to high level

By Paul Borden

(February 6, 2021) On the market for about five years now, the Mercedes AMG GT 53 is a luxury vehicle with the haughty attitude of a high-performance sports car. It certainly has the luxury price with a starting MSRP just under $100,000, and it has the chops when it comes to get-up-and-go with a 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine it zips from zero to 60 mph in a 4.4 seconds. Spec numbers are 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.

J.D. Power measures EV home charging experience

(February 4, 2021) Home charging is a significant part of the electric vehicle (EV) ownership experience, with 88% of owners who say they charge their vehicle at home “often” or “always.” Overall home charging satisfaction is highest among EV owners who install a Level 2 permanently mounted charging station, with a score of 749 (on a 1,000-point scale), according to the inaugural J.D. Power U.S. Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Home Charging Study, released this week.

Edmunds — U.S. electric vehicle market poised for record sales in 2021

2021 Porsche Taycan

(February 4, 2021) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Electric vehicle sales are poised to hit their highest level on record in 2021, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Edmunds data shows that EV sales made up 1.9% of retail sales in the United States in 2020; Edmunds analysts expect this number to grow to 2.5% this year.

Rising crude oil prices driving away savings at the pump

(February 2, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national gas price average has been cheaper year-over-year for 336 days — as much as $1.12/gallon less. However, AAA predicts that trend will end as early as this week. At $2.42, the national average is only a nickel cheaper than a year ago.

Let's have some respect for new generation Hyundai Elantra

By Paul Borden

(February 1, 2021) There was a time when the Hyundai Elantra was like the Rodney Dangerfield of compact cars. To paraphrase the classic comedian, it didn't get no respect. Perhaps "no" is a little strong. "Little" may be more precise. But you can’t say even that about the newest Elantra.

Is raising the speed limit worth the risk?

(February 1, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Drivers want to save time, and local transportation agencies want to improve traffic flow, but at what cost? With posted speed limits increasing on roadways around the country, a vehicle’s ability to protect drivers in crashes is in doubt. Small speed increases can have huge effects on crash outcomes, as shown in new crash tests by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Humanetics.