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...

Top 10 Best MPG AWD SUVs/Crossovers

The Wheels You Need with the Fuel Economy You Crave So the scientists announced this last week (ed note: we originally wrote this three years ago--and updated it since--but the climate change news has not gotten any brighter in the intervening years) that the world has hit another milestone. The level ... Read More...

Road Test: 2017 Fiat 500e

All-Electric Cool Little Hatchback “And comin' off the line when the light turns green Well she blows 'em outta the water like you never seen I get pushed out of shape and it's hard to steer When I get rubber in all four gears”1 In the summer of 1963 the Beach Boys had the hit ... Read More...

Road Test: 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: 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...

All-Wheel Drive Cars with Best Mileage

An Eclectic Group of Overachievers Our definitions first: In this article we're talking about all-wheel drive cars or car-based sport utility vehicles (SUVs) also known as crossover utility vehicles (CUVs). Some might call them the modern station wagon. They're designed for hauling people and stuff to destinations that either require the ... Read More...