Road Test: 2016 Honda Civic Touring

Everything Done Well—and Some Things Done Very Well In the battle to sell cars, Honda has never taken the path of the lowest price. Instead, it has traveled a higher road and earned the reputation of quality, reliability and high-tech innovation. The latest 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is no exception. The all-new ... 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...

Road Test: 2016 Lexus ES 300h

Relentless, But Now Aggressive For years Lexus has used the tagline, “The relentless pursuit of perfection,” in its advertising and marketing. That mantra has led to a significant amount of brand recognition for reliability, customer satisfaction and, of course, luxury. The automaker’s pursuit is showcased in the gasoline-electric hybrid 2016 ES 300h ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Last Chance to Grab One of Our Favorites Unceremoniously, the press material for the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta said, “Jetta Hybrid no longer available.” Sure, the Jetta Hybrid has only found 560 homes through September 2016, but it’s difficult for me to understand that VW would kill it because the move is contradictory ... Read More...

Road Test: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

More Efficiency, More Power, More Tech Honda is celebrating the Accord’s 40th anniversary this year, and after 12.7 million sold in the US, popping some champagne corks is understood. To begin its fifth decade, Honda has brought back the Accord Hybrid after it sat out for a year to move production from ... Read More...

Road Test: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SE

Low Cost Transportation Back in September 2014 Clean Fleet Report reviewed the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES Hatchback and suggested it could be an option in the very competitive subcompact and small car segments if buyers were looking primarily at price. Mitsubishi is now offering the all-new 2017 Mirage G4, which brings ... Read More...

Road Test: 2017 Chevrolet Volt

It Really Is the Game Changer GM Proclaimed Now there’s an all-new 2017 Chevrolet Volt. It is better in nearly every way than the first one—more electric driving range, more hybrid fuel efficiency, more comfortable, more attractive and even more affordable. Will Chevrolet make a genuine effort to sell the Volt this ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Smart ForTwo Passion

The Short Game Gets an Upgrade If you’re an urban commuter or daily life includes a lot of short city trips, the 2016 Smart ForTwo looks appealing. But it’s really an impractical form of transportation not designed for mass appeal and likely won’t attain it even with a new drivetrain, slightly ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Lexus CT 200h

A Little Sport to Go With Hybrid Drive Is it possible for a hybrid car to also be a sporty car? The answer is...it depends. It depends on what your expectations are when it comes to hybrid fuel economy, and what your definition is of sporty when applied to cars. Enter the ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Lexus ES 300h

Luxury & 40 MPG Lexus, the upscale division of Toyota, has gone big into hybrid technology, which is good for consumers looking for improved fuel economy to go along with luxury appointments. Lexus has six hybrid models, with the 2016 Lexus ES 300h being its midsize car luxury offering slotted between ... Read More...