Road Test: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

More Efficiency, More Power, More Tech Honda is celebrating the Accord’s 40th anniversary this year, and after 12.7 million sold in the US, popping some champagne corks is understood. To begin its fifth decade, Honda has brought back the Accord Hybrid after it sat out for a year to move production from ... Read More...

Road Test: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SE

Low Cost Transportation Back in September 2014 Clean Fleet Report reviewed the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES Hatchback and suggested it could be an option in the very competitive subcompact and small car segments if buyers were looking primarily at price. Mitsubishi is now offering the all-new 2017 Mirage G4, which brings ... 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 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...

Tech: How Does An Electric Motor Work?

   Everybody recognizes that if you can make very efficient electric motors, you can make a quantum leap forward. - James Dyson Introduction "The electric motor has become a little more well known and appreciated over the past few years with its improving integration into our cars. With most people understanding and appreciating ... 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...