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Car Reviewer Micah Muzio Names Five Cars He’s Owned and One He Wants

Car buyers who do their research usually run their options through Kelley Blue Book, an automotive research company that recommends new and used cars, gives up-to-date pricing and shows car listings.

A component of that, its video reviews, are gaining popularity. With more than 600,000 subscribers on YouTube, viewers have been watching Micah Muzio, the company’s video manager, give his opinions on the latest cars since 2007.

In his experience, he tries to approach every review by asking what problem the vehicle is trying to solve. That’s why he’s much more interested in reviewing minivans than supercars.

“If I’m going to be of use to the automotive world and people who are buying cars, it’s kind of cool to weigh in on cars that people are actually going to buy,” he said.

Muzio told us about five cars he has owned in his life and his ultimate dream car.

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Ending your car lease is tricky, but can still pay off

That car you leased three years ago probably has become a cash cow. But deciding what to do with that equity — and what to drive next — has become confusing.

Before the car market was turned upside down by the pandemic, microchip shortages and supply chain disruptions, most people simply turned in their leased cars. But now that most leased vehicles are worth thousands of dollars more than the predetermined price in the lease contract, a savvy consumer might want to leverage that bonus.

And that’s where things get tricky.

“Getting the equity out at the end of the lease is more difficult than just turning it back in,” says Scot Hall, executive vice president of operations for Swapalease, which matches leaseholders with car shoppers looking to take over a lease.

There’s a new wrinkle

“Captive” automotive lenders, the financing arms of manufacturers that usually handle leases, want those

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Plug-In Car Market Share Improved To 28% In February 2022

In February, some 22,860 new passenger cars were registered in the Netherlands, which is 5.8% more than a year ago. At the same time, plug-in car sales surged.

According to EV Volumesdata shared by Jose Pontes, last month about 6,490 new plug-ins were registered, which is some 120% more than a year ago.

Because of that, the plug-in cars market share improved to 28%. All-electric cars hold about 16% share.

  • BEVs: 16% share
  • PHEVs: 12% share
  • Total: 6,490 (28% share)

So far this year, over 13,000 plug-in electric cars were registered in the Netherlands, which is 25% of the market.

  • BEVs: 13% share
  • PHEVs: 12% share
  • Total: 13,618 (25% share)

One of the most interesting things is that the plug-in hybrid Lynk & Co 01 PHEV is still the top selltop-sellingn the country (369 new registrations in February).

However, all-electric cars strengthened their

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2022 World Car Of The Year’s Three Finalists Are All Electric Crossovers

Crossovers of all shapes and sizes are in high demand right now and it seems the very best ones are electric. The three finalists for the World Car of the year competition have been announced and they’re all sporty electric high riders – Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.

The latter has already been crowned (European) Car of the Year for 2022, so its presence among the top three is not surprising. Hyundai Ioniq 5 is equally talented and geared more towards comfort, but its polarizing design is not as unanimously appreciated as the Kia’s. The Mach-E is a direct rival to the talented Korean duo and together they also suggest which size segment is the most hotly contested.

Looking through the different categories where three finalists have been revealed, the Hyundai pops up again twice, in World Electric Car of The Year,

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