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 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 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...

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...

Top 10 Electric Cars

2016 Is Half Over: Here Are the Top 10 Companies in the Fray We update this list regularly because the market is changing so quickly. The new models we've driven have caused us to rethink the Top 10. Picking the Top 10 electric car makers now involves making some choices as the ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Volkswagen Golf TSI S

VW’s Seventh Generation Versatile Hatchback Forty-one years ago Volkswagen introduced the first Golf; over those four decades it has evolved and matured into the hatchback that all others in the segment are compared against. The 2016 Volkswagen Golf TSI is rated as a compact, but in reality it is a not-so-small car ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Fiat 500e

A little Italian time machine taking you into the future It took only one or two miles in the 2016 Fiat 500e for it all to come back. This is what EVs are all about; zippy little electric cars that can be tossed around corners and deliver more fun than you expect from ... Read More...