Road Test: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Update to a Classic Plug-in As “Kleenex” is to tissues, or “Google” is to search engines, “Prius” is to hybrid cars. It’s surprising that “priusing” hasn’t become a verb for “driving efficiently.” The original Prius had an engine and an electric motor sharing duties to extend the range and efficiency of the ... Read More...

Road Test: 2017 Toyota Prius V

Interior Space + Fuel Economy The Prius V wagon is the largest in Toyota’s line of Prius hybrid cars that include the Prius Liftback, Prius c and the all-new 2017 Prius Prime plug-in. Each has its own value and offers something a bit different, but when combined, they add-up to the ... Read More...

Sponsored Post: 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Combines Power & Fuel Efficiency in One Sweet Ride

Hybrid Technology Separates Camry Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) Technology–one of the many things that separates (and puts) Toyota Camry Hybrid atop its competition. Last year, Toyota made headlines with the announcement that it has sold more than 9 million hybrids worldwide. The Camry Hybrid operates silently with naturally quiet electric propulsion and ... 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...

Road Test: 2016 Lexus RX 450h

The Original Guilt-Free SUV Americans love crossover sport utilities, and when it comes to luxury brands they have a huge fondness for those with a big L on a spindle grille. The Lexus RX is not only the company's biggest seller it has run roughshod over rivals such as Acura, Audi, ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Toyota Prius Liftback 

More of Everything—And a Radical Look Toyota’s Prius Liftback had a good thing going for several years as the “official” vehicle of the environmentally conscious, a reputation that became cast in concrete during the 2003 Academy Awards, when dozens of Hollywood celebrities arrived in chauffeur-driven Priuses. But the cachet of the ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Toyota Prius

Iconic Hybrid, Reimagined The Toyota Prius has been a green car icon for 20 years now (17 in the U.S.).  It’s substantially redone this year for its fourth generation. The most obvious change is the startling styling. The new Prius is longer, lower, and wider, but not like the mammoth late 1950s ... Read More...

Road Test: 2016 Lexus ES 300h

Relentless, But Now Aggressive For years Lexus has used the tagline, “The relentless pursuit of perfection,” in its advertising and marketing. That mantra has led to a significant amount of brand recognition for reliability, customer satisfaction and, of course, luxury. The automaker’s pursuit is showcased in the gasoline-electric hybrid 2016 ES 300h ... 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...