June 2024

2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

Refreshed Sonata hybrid
sedan a mileage champion

By Jim Prueter

(June 30, 2024) I'll save you the time of reading my entire review to find out if the 2024 Hyundai Sonata Limited Hybrid is worthy of my praise or not. Starting with my bottom line, the Sonata Hybrid is nothing short of a fantastic fuel sipping family sedan, with a roomy and upscale interior, distinctive styling, available all-wheel drive, excellent technology features, a smooth ride with a price that's a very good value. 

Ram ranked highest in J.D. Power Initial Quality study

Study finds problems continue
to plague new electric vehicles

(June 28, 2024) TROY, Mich. — In its inaugural year incorporating franchise dealership repair visits with the Voice of the Customer (VOC) data to create a more expansive metric for problems per 100 vehicles (PP100), the J.D. Power 2024 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), released June 27, the industry average is 195 PP100. Mass market brands, with a combined average of 181 PP100, outperformed the industry average. Meanwhile, premium brands — often including more complicated systems and thus more reliance on connectivity — average 232 PP100. A lower score reflects higher vehicle quality.

Gas prices jump a nickel a gallon ahead of holiday week

(June 28, 2024) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national average shook off nearly three weeks of stagnation, moving a nickel higher since last week to hit $3.50. The move came as the cost of oil crossed the $80 per barrel mark, putting upward pressure on pump prices. With oil costs accounting for about 54% of what you pay at the pump, more expensive oil usually leads to more expensive gas.

2024 Mazda CX-50 Turbo Premium Plus — Excels in just about everything

By Jim Prueter

(June 26, 2024) Last year the Mazda CX-50 was an all-new SUV model for the brand selling alongside the nearly same sized CX-5. It is longer, lower and wider that the CX-5 and will likely replace it in the near future. The CX-50 shares its platform with the subcompact CX-30 crossover adopting its athletic handling, its spirited twin scroll turbocharged engine and overall premium refinement to the joy of driving.

2024 Hyundai Kona grows just a bit and that's a good thing

By Paul Borden

(June 25, 2024) Introduced as a 2018 model, the Hyundai Kona has grown a bit as it enters its second generation. At 171.3 inches long, the redesigned 2024 Hyundai Kona gains about six inches over the 2023 model and no longer is the smallest in the South Korean automaker’s SUV fleet. The Kona — the name is taken from a district in the Big Island of Hawaii — now slots between the larger Tucson (182.7 inches) and the Venue (159.1), which assumed the title as Hyundai’s smallest subcompact SUV when introduced in 2020.

2024 Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax

Hybrid Tundra flexes muscles,
but has a big appetite for gas

By Jm Prueter

(June 22, 2024) Toyota's all-new Tundra has already been out for three years, making a significant departure for the made-in-Texas, Japanese pickup truck. Last year we did a thorough review of the Limited 4X4 CrewMax powered by its all-new and standard 389-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. Now for 2024 Tundra receives a few minor styling and package updates including a new Platinum Grade trim level that's mostly exterior nips and tucks with a black grille, door handles, mirrors and window surroundings. 

Experian finds drivers plan to spend about $1,000 on road trip expenses

By Chris Horymski
Experian researcher

(June 21, 2024) Drivers expect to spend about $2 per mile on average for their road trips this summer, according to an Experian survey. If you're taking your car on a road trip this summer, whether it's across the country or on a more local journey over blue highways, you've probably budgeted for gas, tolls and accommodations.

Nearly 71 million people expected to travel over July 4th week

AAA photo

AAA forecast sets new record;
exceeds pre-pandemic numbers

(June 21, 2024) WASHINGTON, DC — AAA projects 70.9 million travelers will head 50 miles or more from home over the Independence Day holiday travel period. For the first time, AAA looked at the entire July 4th week, plus the Saturday before and the Sunday after the holiday. This year’s projected number of travelers for that time period is a 5% increase compared to 2023 and an 8% increase over 2019.

Honda leads all brands in American made index

(June 18, 2024) MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Honda tied for most vehicles in the top 10 (three) and led all automakers with nine Honda and Acura models in the top 20 in the Cars.com 2024 American-Made Index.  Based on its longstanding commitment to build products in America, Honda has consistently been a leader in the number of vehicles topping the list since Cars.com created its American-Made Index in 2006.

2024 Fiat 500e — Fiat brings electricity back to 500 after 5-year absence

By Paul Borden

(June 18, 2024) Ending a 5-year absence, Fiat is reintroducing the electrified version of its iconic 500 mini-wagon to the U.S. market with the 2024 Fiat 500e.With its alluring Italian styling and ability to adapt to tight spaces both on the go and when parking, the 2024 Fiat 500e would seem to be an appealing option for those in the market for a small electric runabout and don’t do a lot of hauling.