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 Liftback 

More of Everything—And a Radical Look Toyota’s Prius Liftback had a good thing going for several years as the “official” vehicle of the environmentally conscious, a reputation that became cast in concrete during the 2003 Academy Awards, when dozens of Hollywood celebrities arrived in chauffeur-driven Priuses. But the cachet of the ... 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...

Road Test: 2016 Nissan Leaf SL

One small step for EV-kind This is a second view of the 2016 Nissan Leaf SL—Clean Fleet Report’s previous review with additional technical detail appears here. Let’s face it—the 2016 Nissan Leaf is not a moon shot, but it is a great step forward for the best-selling affordable pure electric vehicle on ... 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 NISSAN LEAF SL

Longer Range, Improved Battery A short six years ago Nissan launched the Leaf during a time when electric vehicles (EVs) were a curiosity and under no stretch of the imagination guaranteed to still be around in 2016. Fast forward to today where one auto manufacturer (Tesla) offers only EVs, another dozen ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW Takes the Guilt-Free SUV to New Levels The American automotive market in mid-2016 is a study in schizophrenia. Plug-in vehicle sales are up 62 percent, outpacing a market that is up by less than 2 percent compared to last year. But that overall market is shifting as well; light trucks, which ... Read More...