Auto review: GMC Acadia AT4 befuddles, from the name to the features
2020 GMC Acadia AWD AT4: No, that doesn’t designate four-cylinder automatic; it means sporty all-wheel-drive ruggedness.Price: $46,330 as tested. Trailer package added $650; black paint, $495; Driver Alert Package featuring forward collision, lane keeping, emergency braking, and front pedestrian braking, $695. More below.Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver liked the “strong V-6, smooth nine-speed transmission, versatile interior packaging, capable road manners” but not the “screwy newfangled shifter buttons, ruggedness largely is for show, not all active-safety tech is standard.”Marketer’s pit...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Truckers warn supply chain in jeopardy if they don't get better COVID-19 protection
America’s supply chain could be in jeopardy if the government doesn’t act swiftly to help protect the country’s truckers, some industry officials and drivers are warning.As the coronavirus pandemic continues its devastation across the U.S., they say, truckers are hauling into COVID-19 hot spots every day with no protective equipment, testing capabilities or ways to self-quarantine or seek treatment if they become sick.“HELP — MAYDAY — 9-1-1,” are the words in all caps across the top of a letter the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent to President Donald Trump on Friday.“Urgent ...
The Kansas City Star
With fewer drivers on the road because of coronavirus, Allstate will return $600 million in premiums to its customers
Allstate announced Monday that it will return $600 million in auto insurance premiums to customers because fewer motorists are on the road as a result of the new coronavirus.The insurer will offer a “shelter-in-place payback” to its Allstate, Esurance and Encompass customers. Most policyholders will receive 15% of their monthly premium in April and May.State Farm is also considering a rebate plan.“We are closely monitoring our automobile insurance loss and are considering how best to take this into account and return value to our auto insurance policyholders,” State Farm spokeswoman Gina Morss...
COVID sideswipes autos: 'We're going to ride this out,' says one car dealer after shutting off all sales
EL CAJON, Calif. — Normally, the showroom at El Cajon Ford is busy, with its staff selling about 40 cars and trucks a week. But these are not normal times. The dealership’s showroom has been empty for days and this week’s sales count came to zero.That’s because management decided to close down all sales on March 21 due to the stay-at-home orders put in place by Gov. Gavin Newsom aimed at trying to blunt the spread of the coronavirus.“Right now, we have no sales people anywhere in the store so they don’t have to worry about getting sick,” said Paul Dyke, El Cajon Ford’s general manager.While so...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
With relaxed rules, truckers find themselves kings of the road as coronavirus erases traffic
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In this upside-down coronavirus world, commercial truck drivers suddenly find themselves kings of the road.The federal government has given haulers of key goods a green light by dropping some long-standing restrictions on work hours. And truckers report their job, in a bizarre way, is easier than ever: Congestion on California’s notorious freeways has disappeared because so many commuters are at home under state and local orders to shelter in place.The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says truckers of essential goods such as healthcare supplies and food supplies...
The Sacramento Bee
Honda CR-V Hybrid makes geek great
Honda hybrids used to be soooo nerdy.The Japanese automaker’s first hybrid debuted 20 years ago. Costing $28,932 in today’s dollars ($18,800 in 2000), the wee front-wheel drive, three-door hatchback looked like a college science project.Shaped like a doorstop, it was optimized for 647-mile range — assuming a semi-truck didn’t run over it first as its 72 horses struggled to get up to interstate speeds. It came standard with a manual transmission. Its bicycle-thin rear tires were covered by fender slats to increase aerodynamics. It sold like granola in a candy shop. Not well.How far hybrids have...
The Detroit News
America's truckers face increasing challenges on front lines in war against coronavirus
Shantell Pablo heaved a big sigh and shrugged as she headed back to her 18-wheeler during a break at the service plaza along Interstate 70 Wednesday morning between Lawrence and Kansas City.“I’m just ready for everything to be over,” said the 27-year-old trucker from Metairie, Louisiana, who was hauling a load of dry goods from Chicago to Colorado and then on to Texas. “During this time, it has been very difficult for all of us, especially us truckers. It’s put a lot of stress on all of us.”For weeks, America’s 3.5 million truckers have become unsung heroes of sorts, finding themselves on the ...
The Kansas City Star
Editorial: Washington's coronavirus reflex: Spend, spend, spend
Snowstorms, Chicagoans understand: A winter weather system shuts down business activity for a few days, then the sun comes out. A recession or financial crisis? We’ve survived those too.The coronavirus pandemic is a different category of catastrophe, a public health threat that can only be tamed by banning aspects of human interaction. It’s impossible to keep an economy humming when people temporarily can’t mingle, whether on Ford’s Chicago assembly line or at a tavern.So who might save the day when there’s no snow to melt? That’s a dangerous question because the easy answer is expensive: The ...
Payne: Ute smackdown! VW Atlas Cross Sport vs. Chevy Blazer
In the movie “Freaky Friday,” Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis played a mother and daughter who — via a magical fortune cookie — switched bodies. Confusion ensued.Kind of like the shapely, athletic Chevrolet Blazer and bold, hulking Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.These mid-size SUVs play against national stereotype. It’s as if Chevy and VW switched bodies (no fortune cookie involved). I recently tested the all-wheel drive equipped pair in the northern latitudes of Michigan (Blazer) and the Pacific Northwest (Atlas Cross Sport).With its toned, tightly engineered bod, the Blazer felt like a Germ...
The Detroit News
Auto review: The Chrysler Pacifica minivan has much to admire
Who do we admire anymore?Given the choice of talentless cretins who populate the entertainment field and hold political office, I am more likely to admire the Japanese maple tree growing in my backyard. It’s beautiful, and it brightens my day every time I look at it, offering far more comfort than I ever expected a plant could provide. So, when an ordinary object of the Clark Kent variety turns out to be Superman, you do want to admire it.That certainly holds true for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.Considering its utilitarian mission, the Pacifica proves to be quite fetching, even d...
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