October 2022

Gas prices drifting down

(November 1, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. —The national average pump price continued its recent trend by dipping three cents over the past week to hit $3.76. Tepid domestic gas demand and waffling global oil prices are the main reasons, although much lower West Coast gas prices are playing a part too.

Who drove the most during the pandemic?

(October 29, 2022) Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s latest American Driving Survey offers insightful information on how much Americans drove during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.  According to survey responses, drivers returned to the road in a big way in 2021, after a dramatic decrease in travel in 2020.

2022 Audi A3 — Audi’s entry-level sedan gets complete makeover

By Jim Prueter

(October 25, 2022) After skipping the 2021 model year, Audi introduced its fourth generation A3 in America for 2022. The A3 is the entry-level vehicle for the brand and while somewhat popular in Europe only sells about 10,000 a year here in America. Part of that reason is sedans are deeply out of fashion for the U.S. car buyer favoring trucks and utility vehicles.

As Halloween approaches, gas prices look less scary

(October 25, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. —The national average pump price fell nine cents over the past week to hit $3.79. It has dropped daily since October 11, primarily due to lower oil prices and fewer drivers than usual fueling up.

Electrified vehicle sales hit record, according to Kelley Blue Book

(October 25, 2022) ATLANTA — Sales of electrified vehicles hit a record in the third quarter, as one of the hottest segments in the U.S. automotive market continues to make waves throughout the industry, according to Kelley Blue Book. More than 200,000 electrified vehicles were sold in the three-month span of Q3 – a first – with the segment far outpacing the rest of the industry in terms of sales volumes and share growth.

2023 Infiniti QX55 gets more features as standard equipment

Photos by Paul Borden

By Paul Borden

(October 24, 2022) Just in its second model year, the 2023 Infiniti QX55 comes with more features as standard, which makes it an underrated, but attractive alternative for shoppers in the compact luxury SUV segment. It retains a more rakish profile than its stablemate QX50 with the sleeker styling giving it a coupe-like image.

2023 Acura Integra A-Spec — A dressed-up Honda Civic

By Jim Prueter

(October 23, 2022) Yet another auto manufacturer is resurrecting a bygone nameplate to capitalize on nostalgia like Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Bronco and Ranger, Jeep Gladiator and Grand Wagoneer, Toyota Supra and others. And now it’s Acura’s turn with the remake of the Integra that recalls some of the best driving Honda and Acura cars from 1986 to 2001. Acura made a few Type Rs and since that time the Integra has garnered a much-loved cult following that’s still a living, breathing thing.

Kelley Blue Book's 2022 'Best Cars for Teens'

(October 19, 2022) ATLANTA — Parents of teens are faced with a significant milestone decision when they consider which car to buy for their young driver. At some point most teens need their own vehicle, whether it is for driving to school, work, extracurricular activities, or even heading off to college. When the time comes, many parents feel overwhelmed with the choices available and the many factors they need to consider, not to mention the current vehicle inventory and market challenges.

Gas demand declines over recession fears

(October 18, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fears of a global economic recession led to a major drop in the price of crude, down $7, which helped to minimize pump price increases last week. Meanwhile, domestic gasoline demand decreased as fewer drivers fueled up in the first half of October. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand decreased nationally from 9.47 million barrels a day to 8.28 million barrels a day, and total domestic gasoline stocks increased by 2 million barrels to 209.5 million barrels, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

AAA study — Automatic emergency braking absent when needed most

(October 17, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Touted as lifesaving, crash-preventing tech, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) is standard equipment in most new cars sold in the United States. Over the years, AEB has successfully stemmed rear-end crashes, which often result in injuries, property damage, and even fatalities. But AAA wanted to know if the latest generation of AEB can handle higher speeds and detect moving vehicles in its path at intersections. It struggled with the former and failed with the latter.