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All-New 2022 Civic Sedan Arrives at Honda Dealerships Today, Raising Compact Sedan Game

TORRANCE, Calif., June 16, 2021 -- Honda's best Civic Sedan ever arrives at Honda dealerships nationwide today. The all-new 2022 Civic Sedan features a sporty exterior, a simple, clean interior, fun-to-drive dynamics, advanced technologies, enhanced safety performance and overall tremendous value. Civic LX has a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $21,700 (excluding $995 destination charge).

"As America's best-selling compact car since 1973, Civic has long set the standard for its class and this new Civic raises the bar in every conceivable way – design, performance, safety and technology," said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of National Operations at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Best of all, this is the most fun-to-drive Civic sedan we've ever made."

Civic Sedan is the first in a series of new 11th-generation Civic variants that will include Hatchback, and high-performance Si and Type-R models.

Kia America Announces 2021 Niro EV

IRVINE, Calif., June 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2020 Kia Niro ranked number one among mass-market brands in the inaugural J.D. Power 2021 Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study, the 2021 model year arrives as largely a carryover but with technology and convenience enhancements. Niro EV continues to deliver an estimated 239 miles of range1 on a single charge and may be eligible for state and local utility incentives, depending on location of purchase.

Standard Rear Occupant Alert (door-logic based)

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (EX)

Remote Start functionality allows for cabin preheating or cooling

Niro EV expands the available DriveWise Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)2 including Leading Vehicle Departure Alert, Highway Driving Assist and Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control – Curve

Motorists See Minimal Movement at the Pump over Holiday Weekend

WASHINGTON, D.C - At $3.04, the national gas price average only increased one penny leading up to Memorial Day weekend. The majority of states saw no change to pump prices or a decline on the week. However, prices may not stay stagnant for long. For the week ending May 21, demand jumped to 9.4 million b/d—the highest reported number since early March 2020 and up nearly 30% over the same week last year, indicating motorists are filling up more frequently.

“Gasoline supply and demand levels are looking more like typical summer numbers as demand has steadily jumped week-over-week since the end of April and supply declines. The increasing demand and decreasing supply combined with more expensive crude oil prices mean gas prices are likely to fluctuate throughout June,” said Jeanette McGee, AAA spokesperson. “We could see some decreases early in the month and increases mid-month as the school year ends and summer travel increases.”

Today’s average is $1.05 more than last year at this time and 15 cents more expensive than last month. The May national gas price averaged $3/gallon. That is just 11 cents more than the May 2018 and 2019 national averages. With a $3+/gallon average at the start of June, this month could prove to be the most expensive average in years.

Are These 5 Driving Habits Damaging Your Car? | Good Works Auto Repair

Jack Canfield, a well-known author and motivational speaker once said, “Your habits will determine your future.” While that may be some great insight into life in general, we’d like to take it a step further … your driving habits will determine your car’s future.

Habits are simply activities we do on a regular basis, sometimes without even thinking. While some may be good, like brushing your teeth, others can be harmful, like speeding when you drive. Let’s take a look at 5 common driving habits that could be damaging to your car’s health and its future.

Learn to Avoid These 5 Costly Driving Habits
The longer you’ve been licensed to drive, the more likely it is that you’ve established some driving habits that could be difficult to break. If your habits include putting your cell phone out of reach to prevent distracted driving, keep right on doing that. But, if you’ve picked up any of these 5 dangerous driving habits, it’s time to make some changes!

Summertime Blues: The Return of the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

AAA Reminds Parents to Model Good Driving Behavior for Their Teens When Behind the Wheel

WASHINGTON (June 1, 2021) – Nationwide, more than 7,000 people died in teen driving-related summertime crashes from 2010 to 2019. That’s more than seven people/day during these 100 Deadliest Days – the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day – compared to the rest of the year (six people/day). According to previous research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, new teen drivers ages 16-17 are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash.

“There are more daily deaths in crashes involving teen drivers during the summer months than the rest of the year because teens tend to have more unstructured time behind the wheel,” said Jake Nelson, AAA’s director of traffic safety advocacy and research. “So what can be done? We can encourage teens to double down on staying focused when driving, buckling up for every ride, and driving within posted speed limits.”

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PHOENIX, Jan. 4, 2021 -- If you're of the opinion Tennessee is a fun place to visit and would be a beautiful spot to live, take a number and get in line. U-Haul® customers are well ahead of you.

The Volunteer State posted the largest net gain of U-Haul® trucks crossing its borders in 2020, making it the No. 1 U-Haul growth state for the first time.

Where does your state rank for attracting new residents? See the top 50 rankings based on U-Haul migration data in 2020.

Growth states are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state in a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck customer transactions that occur annually.

Tennessee's influx of do-it-yourself movers during a turbulent year marked by the coronavirus pandemic means that a state other than Florida and Texas tops the growth rankings for the first time since 2015, when North Carolina led the way.

Iconic Hybrid Makes a Bold Statement: Toyota Announces Prius Nightshade Edition

PLANO, Texas, May 27, 2021 -- The Toyota Prius is making a statement for model year 2022 with a new Nightshade special edition. Known for its wind-piercing shape, this Prius brings unexpectedly bold style to the car that made hybrid a household name. Featuring striking black exterior trim, wheels, and badges, it's a Prius that brings a smart, confident addition to the versatile, road-trip ready carline.

Available on the FWD and AWD-e grades, the Nightshade edition comes in Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, and Silver Metallic. Its unique exterior features include black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles, color keyed rear deck spoiler and shark fin antenna. It rides on 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels on the FWD, and 15-inch on the AWD-e, paired with black inserts and lug nuts.

On the inside, standard SofTex®-trimmed, heated, power adjustable front seats keep both driver and passenger in toasty, customizable comfort. While a Softex-trimmed heated steering wheel and semi-gloss black center console bring additional features to the Nightshade package.

Prius is the eleventh model, and the first hybrid to join the Nightshade family. Now, the lineup that gives customers a way to express themselves with unique details will boast the iconic car known for getting up to 54 miles per gallon.

No Limits to the Prius Family

Do your part to improve #drivingsafety by learning how to prevent driving distractions.

Memorial Day Car Shopping: Edmunds Experts Advise on the Best Strategies for Deal-Seekers During New Car Shortages

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Car shoppers should take the time to do extra research and consider alternative brands and purchasing options if they want to snag a better deal on a new vehicle this Memorial Day weekend. According to the car shopping experts at Edmunds, bargains are increasingly difficult to come by as the global chip shortage continues to severely constrain the supply of new vehicles and consumer demand runs high.

"Memorial Day historically has been an opportunity for dealers and automakers to kick off huge summer sell-down sales, but things are looking a lot different this year," said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds' executive director of insights. "On top of the initial disappointment of fewer free hot dogs and doughnuts at the dealership this holiday weekend, shoppers are going to have to work a lot harder to find the vehicles that they want. They might need to compromise on features to find more affordable vehicles, or even consider more alternative purchasing options than they have in the past."

Edmunds experts note that car shoppers who are struggling to find affordable options in the new market this holiday weekend could benefit from leasing their next vehicle instead of financing a new purchase. Edmunds analysts have put together two lists: a list of the top vehicles to consider leasing instead of purchasing to achieve the greatest monthly savings and a list of the most affordable lease options on the market as of May. Both lists can be found below.

Memorial Day Travelers will Pay Highest Gas Prices since 2014

National Gas Price Average Declines for First Time since Colonial Pipeline Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2021) — Motorists hitting the road this week to celebrate the unofficial kick-off to summer will be greeted with the most expensive Memorial Day weekend gas prices since 2014. The national average has stabilized following the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, but pump prices are likely to fluctuate leading up to the holiday weekend. Over the past weekend, the national gas price average declined a penny to $3.03, the first decrease in two weeks. While barely cheaper on the week, the average is 17 cents more than last month and $1.12 more expensive than last year.

“AAA expects 37 million Americans to travel, mostly by car and plane, for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That is a 60% increase over last year’s holiday and a strong indication that summer travel is going to be largely popular,” said Jeanette McGee, AAA spokesperson. “With the increase in travel demand, gas prices are going to be expensive no matter where you fill up, so plan ahead. The AAA app can help to find the best price.”

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Bumper to Bumper helps a listener having battery issues with his 2017 Hyundai Elantra.