October 2023

Global tensions keep falling gas prices from picking up speed

(October 27, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average for a gallon of gas dipped by only three cents since last week to $3.53. Despite slackening demand, the pace of falling gas prices is being held up by the cost of oil, which is hovering in the mid-$80s per barrel.  

AAA automotive engineers put pressure sensors to the test

(October 25, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new study by AAA found that in-vehicle tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are generally accurate, but drivers should still check their tire pressure manually. Why keep tabs on your tires? They are the only part of your car in contact with the road, and proper inflation is the key to safety and better gas mileage.

2024 Cadillac Escalade-V ESV —Punching out 682 horsepower

By Jim Prueter

(October 24, 2023) Not unlike European high performance marques including the AMG moniker from Mercedes and BMW's M division, Cadillac threw its horsepower into the competition with its own performance-focused skunkworks within the brand by creating the V-Series some two decades ago.

Dip in deer strikes poses a mystery for insurers ahead of peak season

(October 23, 2022) Insurance claims for animal strikes inexplicably dipped to pandemic-lockdown levels last November. Will they drop further or spike again in 2023? The rate of animal-strike-related insurance claims in November is more than twice the yearly average, according to an analysis of claims from 2013 to 2022 conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute. The peak coincides with mating season, when deer are most active. The fewest animal strike claims typically occur in August.

2024 Kia Seltos SX named winner in 2023 Affordable SUV Challenge

(October 23, 2023) IRVINE, Calif. — The 2024 Kia Seltos SX has been named the winner of the 2023 Affordable SUV Challenge by Cars.com, where it beat five other popular subcompact SUVs priced around $30,000. The Seltos SX stood out among the pack with its zippy performance and received praise for its upscale interior and features that weren’t found in the other challengers.

2024 Toyota Prius Prime — Easy on the eyes, easy on the gas

By Jim Prueter

(October 22, 2023) Start with a complete redesign, add more power — a lot more power — and even better fuel economy than the outgoing model, sportier driving characteristics, 15 additional miles pure all-electric driving range from its plug-in hybrid set up, an overall much more premium feel and voila — you have an all-new Toyota Prius Prime.

As the leaves fall, so do gas prices

(October 21, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite global tensions causing ripples through the oil market, the national average for a gallon of gas maintained its autumnal dip, falling eight cents since last week to $3.56. Pump prices have lost 32 cents since their 2023 peak of $3.88 a month ago. This means drivers are saving about $5 every time they fuel up.

Chevrolet Colorado fully redesigned for 2023

Colorado ZR2 packs many
features in larger package

By Paul Borden

(October 21, 2023) Still slightly smaller than its sibling Silverado, the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado has grown some since its introduction as a compact pickup for the 2004 model year. A midsize truck now, the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado is more of a work horse than those of earlier generations and is a good option for the budget conscious who need more capability than a compact offers but can’t afford, or want, a bulky full-size pickup.

Bugatti undertakes a remarkable adventure in American West

(October 19, 2023) Settled among the untamed landscape of the American West, an illustrious procession of Bugatti models shines regardless of the unpredictable — and in some cases extreme — weather. For the 2023 edition of the famed Bugatti Grand Tour America, the iconic French brand brought customers together for an expedition through the spectacular scenes of Utah and Colorado.

Gas prices fall despite clouds of war

(October 13, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Domestic pump prices kept up their daily decline despite the uncertainty in the oil market in the days since Hamas terrorists attacked Israel. Oil prices rose a few dollars per barrel, but that is far from the roughly $40 per barrel temporary spike following last year’s Russian invasion of Ukraine.  The critical difference is that Russia is a significant oil producer, while Israel and the Palestinian territories are not. The national average for a gallon of gas fell 12 cents since last week to $3.64.