August 2020

Now is best time to sell your used car, according to Kelley Blue Book

(August 19, 2020) IRVINE, Calif. — There has been more than enough turmoil in the car market recently. The virtual shutdown of the industry this spring, in both sales and production of new vehicles, is causing profound effects that will last for months to come. As summer winds down, it is coming down to one major question: Is now a good time to buy, sell or trade-in a used car?

According to Kelley Blue Book, earlier this year, it was wise to hold off on selling or trading your car at a time when there were attractive incentives on new cars — waiting to get the best deal possible on a new vehicle and hanging onto your old vehicle until later. That later is now.

2021 Kia Seltos — Kia hits another home run

By Jim Prueter

(August 18, 2020) Let’s get straight to the point: If you’re shopping for a new sub-compact crossover utility vehicle the all-new Kia Seltos deserves to be on your shopping list. By nearly every measure possible it manages to beat the competitors from Honda, Toyota and others. Read on and I’ll tell you why.

Gas prices continue to slowly trend downward

(August 18, 2020) The national gas price average has pushed only as expensive as $2.20 since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that happened just one month ago. In the last four weeks, motorists have seen the national average slowly decrease, down to today’s average of $2.17 despite gasoline demand last week reaching the highest measurement (up to 8.88 million barrels a day) since Mid-March, according to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) weekly report.

Bigger and bigger pickups like Chevrolet Silverado all the rage

By Paul Borden

(August 15, 2020) Pickup trucks, especially full-size pickup trucks, have never been high on my list of favorites. In fact, if I had to list automotive vehicles by segment, the behemoths of today would rank at or very near the bottom among my desires, perhaps ahead of only all-electric vehicles with less than 100 miles of range.

Toyota Sequoia gets a new TRD PRO trim level for 2020

By Jim Prueter

(August 12, 2020) Most people can anchor their understanding of time travel thanks to the 1985 Robert Zemeckis movie Back to the Future. The movie stared Michael J. Fox as the teenager Marty McFly who accidentally travels back in time in a DeLorean time machine thanks to the eccentric scientist Emmit “Doc” Brown played by Christopher Lloyd.

Edmunds names its top picks for cars and SUVs under $20,000

(August 12, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds today announced their list of top picks for new and used vehicles under $20,000 to help guide consumers seeking more affordable transportation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition to considering vehicle pricing, Edmunds' editors put together their list based on a combination of Edmunds' expert ratings and consumer reviews on Edmunds.

Gas pump prices pushing cheaper again

(August 11, 2020) On the week, the majority of states saw gas prices decrease minimally — by one to two cents or saw no change at the pump. Though low, the volatility was enough to drive the national average down a penny from last Monday to $2.17. Today’s average is two cents less than last month and 49 cents cheaper than a year ago, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

Alfa Romeo Giulia intriguing choice as 2020 luxury sedan

By Paul Borden

(August 10, 2020) Introduced as a 2017 model, the Alfa Romeo Giulia gets technology updates for 2020 that make it an even more attractive option for those looking for “something different” in the compact luxury sedan segment. Its Italian styling and lively handling made it an immediate hit among critics, and now such new features as a new 8.8-inch touchscreen display for infotainment functions and connectivity features like a wi-fi hotspot and SOS call add to its appeal.

2020 Infiniti Q60S Red Sport — Killer good looks will only get you so far

By Jim Prueter

(August 10, 2020) With just five percent of the automotive market share, two-door coupes are considered objects of desire rather than vehicles that fill a mainstream transportation need. People buy them because they want one, not because they are necessarily a practical choice. The Infiniti Q60 is a stunningly gorgeous sports coupe that’s slugging it out with some of the best that Germany has to offer.

AAA: Active driving assistance does less to assist drivers and more to interfere

(August 7, 2020) ORLANDO, Fla. — AAA automotive researchers have found that over the course of 4,000 miles of real-world driving, vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems experienced some type of issue every eight miles, on average. Researchers noted instances of trouble with the systems keeping the vehicles tested in their lane and coming too close to other vehicles or guardrails.