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...

Road Test: 2016 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid

Crossing Over the Earth More Lightly Hard to believe, but the Lexus RX has been around since 1988. Back then, it looked futuristic, and was already heading the direction the entire vehicle industry has gone since—car-based crossovers that look a bit like a sport-utility vehicles (SUVs). For 2016, the RX received a ... Read More...

First Drive: 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

Purpose Built Hybrid - Going Where No Crossover Has Gone Before Full Road Test Review Coming Soon! The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word passé as (1) past one’s prime, and (2) outmoded or behind the times. Harsh to think that anyone or anything we have loved is considered to be fading into ... Read More...

Smarter Mobility for Fleets

Keep Calm and Truck on More Efficiently We know that as vehicles get “smarter” and fleet management becomes more precise thanks to connected technologies, fuel consumption is expected to decrease significantly. A little over a year ago, this article quoted a National Renewable Energy Laboratory researcher as stating that “the impact ... Read More...