Road Test: 2017 Kia Forte

More than a Budget Econobox While buyers are practically stumbling over each other as they rush to buy crossover SUVs, don’t forget the unassuming four-door sedan. They cost less than crossovers; they’re more fuel efficient; and they cost less to maintain and insure. Take the 2017 Kia Forte four-door sedan. The base ... Read More...

Road Test: 2017 Ford Escape

Refreshed with More Power, Styling & Tech In Ford’s vehicle lineup, sales of the compact Escape crossover SUV are second only to the mighty F-150 pickup, a testament to the market shift to crossovers from cars. But even those numbers place the 2017 Ford Escape fourth in sales behind the Nissan ... 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: 2017 Mazda3 Grand Touring

Yeah, It Really Is That Good! If you have no interest in owning a fun-to-drive car that gets mid-thirties fuel economy, feels and drives larger than its compact classification and looks great in the process, then please stop reading. Because you will see, as did Clean Fleet Report, that the 2017 ... Read More...

Road Test: 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

What a Difference Five Years Makes When I reviewed Kia’s first Optima Hybrid in January 2012 after its arrival in November 2011, I noted its eye-riveting styling and tech-rich standard equipment. I also commented that the Korean automaker’s first hybrid system misfired during city driving and delivered mediocre fuel economy, a calamity ... Read More...