November 2019

J.D. Power predicts November new-car sales will be up from year ago

(November 30, 2019) New-vehicle retail sales in November are expected to be up from a year ago, according to a forecast developed jointly by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Retail sales are projected to reach 1,182,400 units, a 1.2 percent increase on a selling-day adjusted basis compared with November 2018.

Reporting the same numbers without controlling for the number of selling days translates to an increase of 5.2 percent over last year. November 2019 contains one additional selling day than November 2018.

Stylish 2020 Lexus NX 300h — Easy to like, hard to love

By Jim Prueter

(November 27, 2019) When it introduced the mid-sized RX 16 years ago, Lexus created a new class of vehicle: the luxury crossover. Back in 1998, Lexus originally had modest sales expectations for the RX, which was built on a Toyota Camry platform, but the vehicle quickly became the brand’s top seller.

Audi teams up with 20th Century Fox on 'Spies in Disguise' content

(November 27, 2019) INGOLSTADT, Germany — Audi and Twentieth Century Fox, in cooperation with Blue Sky Studios, are teaming up on a digital content piece ahead of the world premiere of the animated film "Spies in Disguise" starring Will Smith and Tom Holland. The video, called “Lunchbreak," follows super-spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett, the characters voiced by Smith and Holland in the film, as well as the Audi RSQ e-tron, the first concept car by Audi created exclusively for an animated film.

2020 Genesis G70 gets high scores in 'small' luxury segment

By Paul Borden

(November 26, 2019) In the interest of full disclosure, I should state at the start that I have been a fan of South Korean automaker Hyundai’s products for close to 20 years now. We had a good experience with the 2003 Santa Fe SUV we bought, and it worked well for my daughter and son as well.

Kelley's annual awards names Kia Telluride best new model for 2020

(November 26, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — Following head-to-head testing, evaluation and data analysis of 2020 model-year vehicles, the experts at Kelley Blue Book have announced the 2020 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award winners.

Kelley Blue Book's Best Buy Awards honor the top new model-year vehicles available in the U.S. market in 16 major categories, along with Kelley Blue Book's newest award introduced last year, Best New Model.

Gas prices holding steady just before Thanksgiving holiday weekend

(November 26, 2019) For the 49 million Americans hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, they will find gas prices mostly similar, if not cheaper, than last year’s holiday. Today’s national average is $2.59. That is just a few cents over the 2018 holiday weekend average of $2.57. 

“During Thanksgiving week last year we saw the national gas price average decrease a nickel between Monday and Thursday, that could be the case again this year,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Edmunds: Car shoppers can look forward to big savings on Black Friday

(November 25, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Car shoppers can look forward to significant savings on new vehicles this Black Friday, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Edmunds analysts note that a combination of lower interest rates and high inventory of outgoing model-year vehicles are contributing to bigger discounts this holiday weekend compared to previous years.

You pick: Iconic Toyota Land Cruiser or luxurious Lexus LX

Editor’s Note: This review was written earlier this year for the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser. Little has changed for 2020 but this review has been updated to reflect those changes.

By Jim Prueter

(November 24, 2019) The iconic Land Cruiser SUV is not only Toyota’s most expensive vehicle — starting at just over $86,000 — it’s also their longest running model, dating back to 1954. The current generation driven here has been in production since 2007, with only minor changes during that time.

Survey: Consumers dislike the name of Mustang Mach-E

By Analytics Team

(November 21, 2019) surveyed nearly 1,000 consumers in the days after Ford’s first-ever Mach-E was revealed and asked them which they would prefer: the Mustang or the Tesla Model Y. The results were extremely close: 51 percent of respondents choose the Ford Mach E while 49 percent of consumers choose the Tesla.

GasBuddy predicts Thanksgiving gas prices to be highest in five years

(November 21, 2019) BOSTON — GasBuddy projects the national average gasoline price for Thanksgiving will be at its highest since 2014. While it may lead to some complaints — 30% of Americans saying high prices are impacting their plans — it won’t slow them down much, with a 7% rise in motorists on the road for Thanksgiving versus last year.