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...

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...

Road Test: 2016 Honda Civic Touring

Everything Done Well—and Some Things Done Very Well In the battle to sell cars, Honda has never taken the path of the lowest price. Instead, it has traveled a higher road and earned the reputation of quality, reliability and high-tech innovation. The latest 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is no exception. The all-new ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

A Dash of Extra Efficiency When the Toyota RAV4 debuted 20 years ago, it was at the forefront of what has become a huge market segment today—compact SUVs. Popularly known today as “crossovers,” they blend a higher-riding, truck-like configuration with an automobile chassis. With its pinched nose and other tweaks, the ... Read More...