April 2021

April new-vehicle sales to break record, J.D. Power predicts

(April 30, 2021) New-vehicle retail sales for April 2021 are expected to be the highest ever recorded for the month of April, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Retail sales for new vehicles are projected to reach 1,325,500 units, a 110.6% increase compared with April 2020, and an 20.8% increase compared with April 2019, when adjusted for selling days.

Hyundai Sonata SEL Plus a nice alternative to N Line, hybrid

By Paul Borden

(April 29, 2021) About a decade after bringing a hybrid version of its popular Sonata sedan to market, Hyundai introduced a performance-oriented model with the Sonata N Line.  But if your automotive budget doesn’t quite stretch as far as $33,300 Sonata N Line or $35,300 for the top of the line Sonata Hybrid Limited, here is some good news.
The non-N Line, non-hybrid Sonata offers a very attractive alternative for those shopping in the “affordable” midsize sedan segment.

Vehicle trade-in values climb to record high in March, according to Edmunds

(April 28, 2021) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds say vehicle owners might be pleasantly surprised if they take a moment to check how much their car is worth right now. According to Edmunds data, the average value for all used vehicles traded in during the month of March hit an all-time high, climbing to $17,080, compared to $14,160 a year ago. Edmunds analysts say that demand is soaring for used vehicles as chipset shortages continue to severely constrain the supply of new vehicles in the market: New vehicle inventory on sale at dealerships nationwide is down by 36% in March 2021 compared to a year ago.

National gas price average jumps two cents on the week

(April 27, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — At 9.1 million barrels a day, U.S. gasoline demand recorded its second highest measurement since mid-March 2020, indicating that motorists are filling up more often. This latest demand reading is the highest spring number released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in two years. In fact, it is only about 3% below the same week in 2019, according to statistics by AAA.

2021 Toyota Sienna XSE — Redesigned as a hybrid offering bold new styling

By Jim Prueter

(April 27, 2021) With its completely redesigned Sienna minivan for 2021, Toyota takes a bold new step by making it exclusively a four-cylinder hybrid through all five trim levels — LE, XLE, Limited, Platinum and our tested mid-level XSE. As a hybrid, the Sienna is the most fuel-efficient minivan in America with a combined EPA fuel rating of 36 mpg. By comparison, the 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan gets 22 mpg in city-highway combined.

Kelley Blue Book helps car shoppers navigate electric car tax credits

(April 26, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — Electric cars undoubtedly are the wave of the future, and growth in the segment is on an upward trajectory. According to data from Cox Automotive, electrified vehicles accounted for 7.8% of the total Q1 2021 sales, up from 4.8% in the same period last year. By the end of 2024, experts expect to see more than 100 electric models available to car shoppers. With an ever-growing list of new electric vehicles (EVs) hitting the marketplace, many shoppers are intrigued by the option to switch from gasoline to electric.

Fisker proposes changes in EV incentives giving more back to buyers

(April 22, 2021) LOS ANGELES — Fisker, creator some of the world’s most sustainable electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions, marked World Earth Day with a call to action regarding federally funded clean vehicle incentives: a new program termed “75 And More For 55 And Less,” which encourages adoption of clean energy mobility powered by sophisticated automotive technology developed in America for use around the world.

2022 Hyundai Tucson — Stunningly stylish and thoroughly impressive

By Jim Prueter

(April 21, 2021) Hyundai made a big deal out the introduction of its all-new, fourth-generation Tucson SUV introduced to the automotive media last week in where else but Tucson, Ariz. The outgoing Tucson while in itself a decent and credible compact crossover utility vehicle never gained the traction and sales against newer and more popular crossover competitors like the Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V.

Audi R8 Performance — Beautiful and powerful with an incredible roar

By Jim Prueter

(April 20, 2021) This is the 2021 Audi R8 — It’s beautiful, powerful and has an incredible roar, enough to make the hair stick up on the back of your neck. It’s powered by a behemoth of an engine with as much as 602 horsepower depending on which model you choose. After not being sold for the 2019 model year, the R8 returned last year with freshened enhancements both inside and out.

National gas price average holds steady despite demand

(April 20, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite gasoline demand mostly increasing this month, the national gas price average has seen little movement, fluctuating up or down by only a penny to $2.86 or $2.87. In fact, 10 of the past 12 days saw a steady hold at $2.86 despite demand reaching its highest measurement — 8.9 million barrels a day for the week ending April 9 — in more than a year.