Road Test: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Update to a Classic Plug-in As “Kleenex” is to tissues, or “Google” is to search engines, “Prius” is to hybrid cars. It’s surprising that “priusing” hasn’t become a verb for “driving efficiently.” The original Prius had an engine and an electric motor sharing duties to extend the range and efficiency of the ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Audi A3 E-Tron

SRO*: First Step to Electrification The electric and hybrid car market is a small part of today’s car market, but it’s growing. Every brand wants some skin in the game, because to meet future fuel economy targets, you need to sell at least some super-efficient vehicles. The 2016 Audi A3 e-tron ... Read More...

Long Term Road Test: Fidelio Fiat 500e

The Cutest Electric Car in the World Most people understand that we are facing a climate crisis. Much of global warming comes from burning carbon–which creates CO2, which accumulates and, thanks to the greenhouse effect, keeps more of the Earth’s heat in, leading to rising temperatures, and all the consequences. Driving an ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid

Crossing Over the Earth More Lightly Hard to believe, but the Lexus RX has been around since 1988. Back then, it looked futuristic, and was already heading the direction the entire vehicle industry has gone since—car-based crossovers that look a bit like a sport-utility vehicles (SUVs). For 2016, the RX received a ... Read More...

First Drive: Tesla Model X P100D

Easy-to-love tech and performance I’ve wanted to spend some quality time with a Tesla for a long while. Sadly, Elon & Company don’t hand out their electronic keys to just anyone, so I didn’t get any significant seat time until my good buddy and colleague Rob K generously lent me his recently ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

A Dash of Extra Efficiency When the Toyota RAV4 debuted 20 years ago, it was at the forefront of what has become a huge market segment today—compact SUVs. Popularly known today as “crossovers,” they blend a higher-riding, truck-like configuration with an automobile chassis. With its pinched nose and other tweaks, the ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid

Efficiency, Safety, and Luxury in One Seven-passenger Package The 2016 Volvo XC90 is a handsome, luxurious, comfortable, fuel efficient and expensive large crossover. All-new, it’s a huge step forward for the Chinese-owned Swedish brand. Also all-new is a plug-in hybrid model--the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid. The old model, which was ... Read More...