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...

First Drive: 2016 Mercedes-Benz B250e

A Touch of Luxury Class in EVs There’s an electric-powered Mercedes-Benz out there, but you can be forgiven if you haven’t noticed. Quietly, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz B250e is rolling around town, if you happen to be in California or other EV friendly locales. The B250e is a five-door hatchback–not the shape you expect from Mercedes. ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Chevrolet Volt

The Perfect Green Car for Today? The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt may be the best solution today for moving to greener driving to reduce CO2 emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. It’s an electric vehicle (EV) without the drawbacks. The many advantages of driving an EV include smooth, quiet motoring, minimal ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Toyota Prius

Iconic Hybrid, Reimagined The Toyota Prius has been a green car icon for 20 years now (17 in the U.S.).  It’s substantially redone this year for its fourth generation. The most obvious change is the startling styling. The new Prius is longer, lower, and wider, but not like the mammoth late 1950s ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

(Electric) Power to the People! The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the least expensive all-electric car you can buy in the U.S. Enticing lease programs on other electric cars have made that less of a value proposition these days, but the little battery-powered car has its own charms. I recently spent a gasoline-free week ... Read More...