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Average gas price in US drops to $1.99: AAA

The global coronavirus pandemic has suppressed oil demand and a crude oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia have combined to lower crude oil to less than $20 per barrel, the lowest price since 2002, AAA reports.

Review update: 2020 CX-30 is Mazda’s better, larger small crossover

If the Mazda 3 hatchback were to grow up, it would become the new 2020 Mazda CX-30 crossover. First, it would have to go through an awkward but small rebellious phase as the CX-3.

2021 Honda Odyssey review 

If smart is sexy then

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Average gas price in US drops to $1.99: AAA

The national average for a gallon of gasoline dropped to $1.99, AAA announced Tuesday.

It’s the first time in four years that average prices for gas fell below $2 due to two global problems. The global coronavirus pandemic has suppressed oil demand and a crude oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia have combined to lower crude oil to less than $20 per barrel, the lowest price since 2002, AAA reports. And the price for gas is expected to drop even more.

“AAA expects gas prices to keep dropping as cheap crude combines with the realities of people staying

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2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2020 Mazda 3 hatchback: Compare Cars

2020 Mazda CX-30

Mazda has presented a curious case with its small cars. Following the evolutionary chart of the Mazda3 hatchback leads to a split in what we can now call the Crossover Era. While the lovable Mazda3 continues on one trajectory, the split presents a new subspecies known as the CX-30 subcompact crossover. The CX-3 exists in that split, a small knuckle-dragging step behind, but the larger CX-30 is better adapted to thrive in the American concrete jungle. 

New for 2020, the CX-30 offers inhabitants a taller ride height, a larger footprint, and a bit more cargo room than

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When does a three-row small crossover make sense?

There aren’t many compact crossovers like the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan that offer a third-row seat. The Dodge Journey, Tesla Model Y, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Lexus RX 350L squeeze in a third row, but most three-row vehicles are much larger, such as the Volkswagen Atlas. 

Yet, for the 10% of Tiguan customers who opt for the third row, it offers a compact package than can expand in a pinch. And it’s much easier to drive and park than those larger family haulers. 

Grandparents, nannies, an involved aunt, uncle, sibling, or family friend—anyone who might need to haul some grade-schoolers now and

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