December 2022

Hyundai Ionic 5 named best of the best in Kelley awards

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5

(December 30, 2022) ATLANTA — The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric was named the top vehicle in Kelley Blue Book's  annual Best Buy Awards. After thorough head-to-head testing, in-depth data analysis and evaluation of the more than 300 new-vehicle models available in the U.S. market for 2023, Kelley Blue Book chose the Ioniq 5. Winners were named in 19 categories. Now in its ninth year, the company's comprehensive awards program highlights the top model in vehicle segments most relevant to new-car shoppers, with award categories evolving over the years to align with the changing automotive landscape. 

GasBuddy says some gas price relief may be ahead in 2023

(December 29, 2022) BOSTON — After a tumultuous year for gas prices, some relief may be on the way in 2023. The yearly national average price of gas in 2023 is forecast to drop nearly 50 cents per gallon from that of 2022 to $3.49, according to GasBuddy's 2023 Fuel Outlook released today. 

Meyers Manx 2.0 electric — Beach boy redux

By David Boldt

(December 29, 2022) It was, as recalled by memory and verified by Wikipedia, in the spring of 1967 that the New York-based Car and Driver magazine ran the Meyers Manx on its cover. And if you excuse the mag for being late to the game (production of the Manx began in 1964 — but "surf’s up" will never resonate in Manhattan like it resonates in Manhattan Beach), the cover confirmed what many readers and enthusiasts — even this then-teenager in Nebraska, for gawdsake — already knew: the Bruce Meyers creation represented a sea change in how we considered the recreational vehicle.

The already superb Kia Telluride only gets better for 2023

By Jim Prueter

(December 28, 2022) It’s the hottest 8-seat, 3-row SUV on the market with such a selling success that Kia literally can’t build enough of them to meet consumer demand. So much so that Kia is upping production at its West Point, Ga., manufacturing plant by 25 percent to around 120,000 a year.  It’s  the 4th bestselling 3-row SUV in America. In fact, it’s the one I recommend the most for anyone looking for a family friendly 3-row vehicle. 

Chrysler leads the way in hybrid minivans with 2023 Pacifica

By Paul Borden

(December 27, 2022) Chrysler was the first automaker to offer a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain in a minivan when it revived the Pacifica for the 2017 model year, and it remains the only manufacturer with a plugin version with the 2022 Pacifica Hybrid. Considering all the emphasis on electric vehicles and their automotive future, it is kind of surprising that to date the Pacifica is the only plug-in minivan on the market. Toyota has put a standard hybrid drivetrain in all of its Sienna models, but offers no plug-in trim.

2023 Nissan Versa SR — Best subcompact car for the money

By Jim Prueter

(December 26, 2022) The 2023 Nissan Versa is the brands smallest and least expensive vehicle with a starting price of $15,730. The Versa was completely redesigned for 2020 and is only offered as a 5-seat, four-door sedan. The hatchback Versa called the Note is discontinued and basically replaced by the Nissan Kicks.

2023 Land Rover Range Rover SV — Bespoke luxury, peerless refinement

By Jim Prueter

(December 25, 2022) Facing an ever-increasing fierce competition among other ultra-luxe SUV competitors, a new fifth-generation Range Rover has been entirely designed taking luxury, design, poshness and performance to even loftier new heights. 

Gas prices drop to lowest level in 18 months for Christmas travelers

(December 22, 2022) BOSTON — Those heading out on the road for the holidays will receive the gift they’ve been waiting for all year: lower gas prices. Holiday prices this year will be $1.83 per gallon lower than they were just six months ago, according to GasBuddy, a fuel savings platform. The national average price of gas is forecast to be $2.98 on Christmas Day, likely to drop below the critical $3 per gallon mark on or before Christmas Eve for the first time in nearly 600 days.

Most compact crossover SUVs fail IIHS rear-seat test

(December 22, 2022) The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is updating its longest-running crash test, the moderate overlap front evaluation, to address a growing gap in the protection provided for front and rear occupants. In the first tests, only two out of 15 small SUVs, the Ford Escape and Volvo XC40, protect the rear occupant well enough to earn a good rating.

The holidays bring gift of falling gas prices

(December 20, 2022) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Holiday shoppers may have a little more jingle in their pockets this year thanks to plummeting gas prices. The national average pump price slid 12 cents since last week to $3.14. There are now about 20 states with averages below $3 per gallon.