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A black 2020 GMC Sierra is parked on a beach while the sunsets behind it.

  Let’s start with the most important thing about owning a truck: it owns the road. Little in life is as satisfying as knowing you have a vehicle that can tow anything, tackle any mountain, off-road like a workhorse, haul just about any gear you need, and even has all the comforts of luxury sedans. [...]

A grey 2020 Toyota RAV4 is parked on a dirt trail with mountains in the distance.

Compact SUVs are a dime a dozen nowadays, crowding freeways, byways, and parking lots everywhere. Some are great, and others miss the mark by miles. With so many options to choose from, many potential buyers can find themselves overwhelmed quite quickly. While this is hardly an issue in any capacity, it can be difficult to [...]

Blue Toyota Prius in the Rain

Does the Prius Still Reign Supreme?

Whenever a vehicle - regardless of make, model, body style or strengths - ascends to represent an entire segment, there comes the inevitable speculation as to which new offering will be the first to step up and take their crown away. These days there are no shortage of articles making mention of ‘Raptor-Killers’ and ‘Tesla-Killers’, [...]

A man with a backpack is closing the trunk of his 2019 black GMC Acadia.

  When you get behind the wheel of a modern SUV there are a lot of things you ought to expect. Cargo space and durability are only the tip of the iceberg. When you examine what makes a great SUV ‘great’ with a fine-toothed comb, you’ll find that there are more factors at play. There [...]

  Annnnd we’re back. AutoInfluence with all of your current auto news headlines for the week of June 28th. And FINALLY. What a week it was! We have rumors of one iconic muscle cars’s retirement, FCA change-ups, Tesla firefighting, results of this year’s American Made Index, Porsche electrification and the rumor of one model’s death [...]

Toyota Aims to Increase Their Chinese Presence to Enhance Global Presence in Autonomy and Electrification

Today on AutoInfluence, we shine the spotlight on Toyota, and the wide net that they are casting to pursue leadership in autonomy. If you think back to High School, how well do you remember English Lit class? Don’t worry, we’re not here expecting you to recite Shakespeare, but you might remember the fact that - [...]

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 [...]

Airless UPTIS Tire, in development with GM and Michelin, adjusts to road conditions. This and more in AutoInfluence Weekly Automotive News for the week of June 7th

Annnd we’re back. AutoInfluence with all your current automotive news headlines, as we kick off the month of June. So, let’s get down to business. Ford Beginning with the ticking countdown of President Donald Trump’s ultimatum that a 5% tariff would be implemented on all shipments out of Mexico by this coming Monday, unless the [...]

A grey 2019 GMC Terrain is parked in the driveway of a modern house.

  Subcompact SUVs have been growing in popularity with families in recent years. Where a sedan-style car was once preferred, parents are now opting for vehicles with a little more cargo room, power, and capability on the road. SUVs are generally larger cabins built onto the chassis of a truck. This used to mean clunky [...]

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, [...]