News: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

What Took You So Long, Toyota? Gee, Toyota, you introduced that little thing you called RAV4 to the U.S. in 1995. It ushered in what we now call a crossover vehicle—the combining of some of the attributes of a sport-utility vehicle with the underpinnings of an automobile. Of course we didn’t know then ... 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 two 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 with the ... Read More...

Silicon Valley Invades Your Engine

Delphi & Tula Pioneer Software to Boost Fuel Economy Conventional wisdom holds there are two distinct worlds in the automotive universe—the hardware-oriented gearheads who know engines, pistons and camber and the softer science engineers who design infotainment systems and the computer-oriented systems on the modern car. It’s the classic Detroit (or ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Gets It Right This Time When we reviewed the first Hyundai Sonata Hybrid after its arrival in February 2011, we noted it was taking direct aim at the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid, the two most popular midsize gasoline-electric hybrid sedans at the time. We also said, “Keep ... Read More...

Road Test: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Driving Fun, Yet Fuel-Efficient When You Want It Adding a turbocharger to a small displacement four-cylinder engine is becoming a popular pairing for car companies wanting to boost both power and fuel mileage. How about combining that with gasoline-electric hybrid technology? That’s what Volkswagen did with the Jetta Hybrid. While you won’t ... Read More...

Road Test: 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Way to MPG Honda is the rare mainstream auto manufacturer directed by an engineering mindset, a determined focus resulting in a legacy of innovation that has become known as the “Honda Way.” Continuing that legacy is the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid. It features a remarkable hybrid system that delivers an ... Read More...