The Evening Rush for Jan. 4, 2016

Your nightly cull of automotive, gear and lifestyle news, all in one place.

The Evening Rush is your daily roundup of auto, gear, and lifestyle news, all in one place. Less time searching, more time driving. Motor on.

Automotive

AAA has reported that the average gasoline price for 2015 was $2.40 per gallon, and AAA expects prices to drop even further for 2016. Surely pickup drivers are dancing jigs around their jerry cans.

Images of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class were leaked several days ahead of the Detroit Auto Show, where the sedan is scheduled to make its global debut. Although official performance numbers have not come out on the vehicle, we are very pleased with the styling both inside and out.

Another big automotive leak to report. Images of what may be the Volvo V90 wagon have come to light ,and we like what we see. With aggressive lines and rumored peak horsepower around 400hp, the V90 may be packing Polestar-like performance—and appeal.

Gear

Time to turn Ol’ Bessy into the productive, technologically advanced car of your dreams. With the help of Vinli and an OBD-II port, your car can become a mobile hotspot. It’ll also feed diagnostic information directly to you phone so you can act all knowitall with your mechanic.

Vinli

Finding a perfectly restored Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 is not easy. But rather than missing out on the action, why not scale it down and get a remote-control version from Tamiya?

Lifestyle

It is cold outside, you have nothing to do and the fire is roaring. Sounds like the perfect time to don a pair of Patagonia Synchilla Pants. Made of cozy fleece and sporting an elastic waistband, they virtually guarantee that your daily productivity will take a nosedive.

Patagonia

If you find yourself making an early 2016 jaunt through western Massachusetts and want to try some truly awesome, classic brews, check out Tree House Brewing Company in Monson.