Auto News for April 18 – Best Interiors

 WardsAuto has unveiled its 10 Best Interiors list for 2017, spotlighting seven brands making the list for the first time, while three returning winners introduced groundbreaking designs and features that may win over new customers. 

 This year’s winners are:

Alfa Romeo Giulia ($50,490 as tested)

Bentley Bentayga ($278,730)

Buick LaCrosse ($50,270)

Honda CR-V ($34,635)

Lexus LC 500 ($102,995)

Lincoln Continental ($72,870)

Maserati Levante ($90,000)

Mazda CX-9 ($45,855)

Mini Countryman ($38,450)

Subaru Impreza ($29,260)

 “We strive every year to compile a list that is diverse, representing as many segments and price points as possible,” says Drew Winter, senior content director at WardsAuto.

 Lexus, Honda and Mazda were the return winners.

 Pictured are the Alfa and Bentley interiors. 

 Today’s national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.39. This price is six cents more expensive than one week ago, nine cents more than one month ago and 35 cents more than one year ago, said AAA.

 The national average is at its highest price this year and has now increased for 13 of the last 14 days. Pump prices in 48 states and Washington D.C. have moved higher over the last week, led by the switch over to more expensive summer-blend gasoline and increased driving demand.

 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is applying more stringent criteria to its list of recommended used vehicles for teens, as recent safety improvements have moved down to lower-cost used cars, SUVs, minivans and pickups. For the first time, small overlap front crash protection has been factored in for the best choices section of the list. And the bar has been raised for the less expensive good choices as well, with better side and head restraint ratings required. To help families find safer vehicles that fit within their budgets, IIHS began publishing a list of recommended used vehicles for teens in 2014.

The latest update includes 49 “best choices,” starting under $20,000, and 82 “good choices,” starting under $10,000. Interested parties can see the updated list at:

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicles-for-teens

  

 

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