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November 25, 2021

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U.S. News & World Report Announces the Best Vehicle Brand Awards

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, unveiled its Best Vehicle Brand awards and Best Certified Pre-Owned Program award for 2022. The Best Vehicle Brand awards, evaluating 36 brands, recognize industry-wide excellence for cars, SUVs, trucks and luxury vehicles.

Honda: Best Car Brand

Honda wins the Best Car Brand award on the strength of the Civic, Insight, Accord and Accord Hybrid.

Hyundai: Best SUV Brand

With a lineup that includes recently updated SUVs, Hyundai wins the Best SUV Brand award for the second year in a row.

Ram: Best Truck Brand

Ram wins the Best Truck Brand award on the strength of the Ram 1500, which is one of the few trucks on the market to make a case for itself as both a work vehicle and a daily driver.

Porsche: Best Luxury Brand

This is the seventh consecutive Best Luxury Brand win for Porsche. Though the brand is known for sports cars, Porsche offers a lineup of vehicles that effortlessly marry performance with upscale panache.

Best Certified Pre-Owned Program Winner

For the fifth consecutive year, Lexus is the Best Certified Pre-Owned Program award winner, based on its lengthy warranty coverage, its numerous program perks and the dependability record of its pre-owned vehicles.

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Bad driving habits you should avoid

Shifting from reverse to drive too quickly.

When you shift your car from reverse into drive, you should make sure you're at a complete, full stop. If you do it while the car is still rolling, you can actually do damage to your transmission over time that can lead to expensive car care and repairs down the road.

Keeping your gas tank near empty.

It's tempting to get by a few dollars at a time when it comes to your gas tank but contrary to popular belief, it's not more cost-effective. You're actually doing a disservice to your fuel pump. Filling your gas tank means the fuel pump will stay submerged, which helps to keep it cool and preserve it (so you don't have to pay for car care or replacement for this part very often).

Not using your parking brake.

You should use your parking brake all the time, not just when you're parked on a hill. The parking brake actually helps to redistribute your vehicle's weight to take some of the pressure off of your normal brakes. Make pulling the parking brake a part of your car care routine every time you park.

Putting too much stuff in the trunk.

The trunk can be a handy place to store things, but having too much junk in your trunk can actually cost you. It weighs your vehicle down, which means your fuel efficiency suffers and you have to spend more on gas. It can also wear down your suspension faster and make your brakes work harder than they should, which means more frequent brake service and repairs.

Accelerating quickly.

Putting the pedal to the metal may not seem like a big deal, but it is, and it can cost you. Accelerating quickly makes your drivetrain work overtime and also burns more fuel than you would typically use.

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Thanks for reading,

The Editor

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