Test Drive: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime

The New, Improved Prime Plug-in For years, Toyota has danced around electricty, perhaps fearful it would get schocked. But this year the company is back in the electric game (barely) with the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) based on the 2016 Prius Liftback. Plug-in hybrids are ... Read More...

Road Test: 2017 Kia Forte

More than a Budget Econobox While buyers are practically stumbling over each other as they rush to buy crossover SUVs, don’t forget the unassuming four-door sedan. They cost less than crossovers; they’re more fuel efficient; and they cost less to maintain and insure. Take the 2017 Kia Forte four-door sedan. The base ... Read More...

Road Test: 2017 Ford Escape

Refreshed with More Power, Styling & Tech In Ford’s vehicle lineup, sales of the compact Escape crossover SUV are second only to the mighty F-150 pickup, a testament to the market shift to crossovers from cars. But even those numbers place the 2017 Ford Escape fourth in sales behind the Nissan ... Read More...

Road Test: 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

What a Difference Five Years Makes When I reviewed Kia’s first Optima Hybrid in January 2012 after its arrival in November 2011, I noted its eye-riveting styling and tech-rich standard equipment. I also commented that the Korean automaker’s first hybrid system misfired during city driving and delivered mediocre fuel economy, a calamity ... Read More...