February 2020

Kelley Blue Book names 2020 five-year cost to own winners

(February 5, 2020) IRVINE, Calif. — While many shoppers think negotiating a good deal up front is the best way to save money when buying a new vehicle, choosing a car with low ownership costs can create even greater savings over time.  Purchase price is only one of the many costs associated with vehicle ownership.

Why UBI car insurance programs becoming popular

(February 4, 2020) LOS ANGELES — Compare-autoinsurance.org has launched a new guide that explains how usage-based insurance programs can help drivers obtain cheaper car insurance. Usage-based insurance, or UBI for short, is one of the most recent forms of insurance introduced in the car insurance industry.

Pump prices and crude oil continue to push cheaper

(February 4, 2020) The national gas price average is $2.47, which is four cents cheaper than last week and 11 cents cheaper than the beginning of the year. Motorists are paying less to fill up especially as crude oil prices are less expensive, according to weekly statistics compiled by AAA.

2020 Nissan Versa — Sensible pick as a starter car

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(February 3, 2020) Better than the preceding Versa generations, the 2020 Nissan Versa is a more rounded, better looking small sedan than its predecessors. I'm going to make a statement that, if applied to almost any other area of our culture, would be called bigoted by some. But, hey, I'm a journalistic hero, so here goes, some cars are simply more fun to write about than others. It may not be science, but it's a fact.

J.D. Power forecasts new-vehicle sales to be down slightly in January

(February 2, 2020) New-vehicle retail sales in January are expected to be down from a year ago, according to a forecast developed jointly by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Retail sales are projected to reach 854,900 units, a -0.4% decrease compared with January 2019.

J.D. Power and LMC Automotive are forecasting full year 2020 retail sales to reach 13.48 million units, a decline of 205,000 units from 2019.

2020 Honda Civic Si sedan — Practicality, refinement, value, performance

By Jim Prueter

(February 2, 2020) We last drove the Honda Civic Si three years ago in a coupe version that the Japanese automaker brought back for 2017. The new model was lighter, stiffer, faster and better equipped than ever before. Available in both a coupe and sedan, the Si adds distinctive and unique features to the exterior, interior and under the hood. Si is on a very short list of cars that are both affordable and truly fun to drive.

AAA — Fatal crashes involving marijuana increase after legalization

(February 3, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — A concerning number of Washington state drivers involved in fatal crashes are testing positive for recent use of marijuana, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The share of drivers who, after a fatal crash, tested positive for active THC — the drug’s main psychoactive ingredient — has doubled since the state legalized marijuana in December 2012.