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A black 2019 Buick Encore is shown in front of a bay.

The 2019 Buick Encore or 2019 Mazda CX-3?

Trying to decide between the 2019 Buick Encore vs 2019 Mazda CX-3? Both the Encore and CX-3 are excellent vehicles in the subcompact SUV class. They are stylish, advanced, easy to maneuver and offer plenty of onboard technology. However, there are some major differences between these two SUVs. Each vehicle features varying standard features, performance [...]

Lexus RC F as featured in Men in Black International and this week's current auto news.

Fathers Day, ’Death Wobbles’ and Tariffs Dodged

Annnnd we’re back. AutoInfluence here with all of your automotive news going into Fathers Day Weekend. But before we get to the individual headlines, a quick follow-up on last week’s threat of tariffs being placed on Mexican manufacturing - a story which all but moved forward mere minutes after we had posted the previous episode [...]

A silver 2019 Kia Forte is driving around traffic cones in Allentown, PA.

Can the 2019 Kia Forte Change Our Mind?

It’s been just over a decade since we got our first look at the first-gen KIA Forte, an offshoot of the very same Hyundai Elantra that had pretty much failed to captivate our hearts. Fueled by our general lack of enthusiasm for the brand as a whole, it was unlikely that the Forte (in any [...]

A green 2020 Kia Telluride is is driving away on a desert road.

Exploring KIA’s Hits (& Misses)

  When someone tells me they’ve spent (or planned to spend) any time at a KIA dealership, I find it all too easy to ‘go cynical’. As someone who came of driving age in the mid-90’s, I was a fresh driver/car-buyer during those early years, when KIA’s presence started to gain a greater visibility in [...]

Lexus LC 500h prototype in Space Orange, as featured in this week's Automotive News headlines for the week of May 17th

Annnnd we’re back… AutoInfluence with all of your automotive news headlines for this week of May 17th. Starting with… Ford Much to the chagrin of stateside enthusiasts, Ford unveiled the wagon-styled variant of the Focus ST, an offering that isn’t available in the U.S. Offering a welcome 58 cubic feet of passenger / cargo space, [...]

The all-new Volkswagen ID.3 as featured in AutoInfluence Weekly Automotive News for May 10th

Annnnd we’re back, AutoInfluence on Mothers Day Weekend with all your automotive news headlines since…well, since seven days ago. Why? Because we want to be just as dependable as your mom is, except you can damn well bet that we’re not gonna clean up after you. Ford / Lincoln While an official unveiling of the [...]

2019 Chevy Camaro SS Prior to Changes Being Made for 2020 as Reported in AutoInfluence Weekly Automotive News from April 27th to May 3rd

    Annnnd we’re back…AutoInfluence kicking down the door to the month of May with all your automotive news. But don’t worry. We promise we’ll rehang the door once we’re done here (it’s the least we could do, since we forget to say hi to your mom in last week’s episode…) Ford / Lincoln This [...]

A red and a white 2019 Kia Forte are parked outside of a dealership. Find yours by searching 'Kia dealership near me'.

What Can a Kia Dealership Do for You?

  Over the years, car dealerships have gotten a bad reputation—often a well-deserved one—due to the way some salespeople and dealers have acted. Things like using high-pressure sales tactics, advertising bait-and-switch models, and pushing someone into financing they really can’t afford have all contributed to this. At this point, one of the last things you [...]

MOPAR 426 Hemi Hellephant Crate Engine (as first introduced under the hood of a 1968 Dodge Super Charger) featured in AutoInfluence Weekly Automotive New for April 19-26

  Annnnd we’re back, AutoInfluence on Friday, April 26th with all the automotive news headlines you could ask for, while celebrating a holiday that (we think) deserves to be made into a three-day weekend. But we’ll get back to that in a few minutes…let’s get down to the news! Ford As we’ve reported time and [...]

A silver 2019 KIA Sorento is driving through the city.

Exploring the 2019 KIA Sorento

In a world growing evermore saturated with competitive crossovers and SUVs of various sizes, it goes without saying that it has gotten progressively more difficult for any offering to stand out. But the 2019 KIA Sorento almost seems to make it look easy and, after almost two decades and three generations, the Sorento only seems [...]