September 2023

Gas prices fall slightly as usage dwindles

(September 29, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite tepid demand with fewer drivers visiting the pump, the national average for a gallon of gas only fell three cents since last week to reach $3.83. The slow descent is due to the high cost of oil, which is acting like a drogue chute on falling gas prices. 

New vehicle sales expected to stay healthy ahead of strike impact

(September 29, 2023) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts from Edmunds forecast that 3,942,617 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2023, which will be a 16.0% increase from the third quarter of 2022 but a 4.1% decrease compared to the second quarter of 2023.

Study finds brand loyalty slips among new-vehicle owners

Porsche, Toyota, Ford rank
highest in respective segments

(September 27, 2023) TROY, Mich. — As new-vehicle inventory and sales rebound to pre-pandemic levels in the United States, more buyers are choosing to forego loyalty to a specific brand, according to the J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Automotive Brand Loyalty Study, released today.

Is the peak price for gas in the rearview mirror?

(September 22, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas hit what may be 2023’s peak price of $3.88 earlier this week, only to slide a few cents in the following days.  Today’s average is $3.86 — a penny more than a week ago.   

Minivans don’t make the grade when it comes to rear-seat safety

(September 21, 2023) Popular with parents, minivans ought to boast the safest second-row seating on the market. Instead, they’re lagging behind. None of the four minivans tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earns an acceptable or good rating in the updated moderate overlap front crash test, which now emphasizes back seat safety. The Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Carnival and Toyota Sienna are rated marginal, while the Honda Odyssey is rated poor. All but the Sienna also lack seat belt reminders for the second-row seats.

Ford Raptor R at home on track as well as off-road trails

By Paul Borden

(September 18, 2023) As if the 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque in the standard Ford F-150 Raptor isn’t enough, Ford has blessed us with an “R” version that takes those figures up to a breathtaking 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet for those hungering for sports car-like performance.The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R zips from zero-to-60 miles per hour in a rapid 3.6 seconds with the capability of crushing anything that might have the misfortune of getting in its way.

2023 Toyota Tundra Limited 4X4

Everything loyal Toyota buyers
are looking for in a big pickup

By Jim Prueter

(September 17, 2023) For some 20-years, Toyota has been building its full-size pickup truck the Tundra, competition against the Big-3, Ford, Chevrolet and Ram and its no secret it has struggled to steal sales from those domestic half-ton rivals. And while the Big-3 has a solid grasp when it comes to sales, the Tundra marches to the beat of a different drummer.

Three 2023 EVs earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6

(September 16, 2023) Three new electric vehicles, the Genesis Electrified GV70, Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Lexus RZ, earn Top Safety Pick+ awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To qualify for Top Safety Pick+ in 2023, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, original moderate overlap front and updated side tests.

Gas prices resist seasonal swoon for now

(September 15, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas rose by a nickel since last week to hit $3.85. The primary culprit is the surge in oil costs, which have jumped several dollars to hover around $90 per barrel.

2024 Mercedes-AMG GLE-53— Dressed for success

Remains relevant and competitive
following mid-cycle refreshing

By Jim Prueter

(September 15, 2023) Much like the smaller Mercedes GLC we recently reviewed here, the larger GLE tested this time around has been given a mid-cycle refreshing for 2024 but isn't all that evident by looking at it. That's isn't necessarily a bad thing, it was pretty sweet to begin with and it's quite obvious the company was careful not to mess with success.