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2017 Nissan Leaf preview

2017 Nissan Leaf preview

Six years after the current-generation of the first high-volume modern battery-electric car went on sale in the U.S., the 2017 Nissan Leaf carries on virtually unchanged from the previous model year. The Leaf remains the best-selling electric car in history, although its sales have slowed... read more

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2017 Toyota Corolla, test drive, Ojai, California, Sep 2016

2017 Toyota Corolla: first drive of updated compact sedan

The Toyota Corolla has been almost the default compact sedan among North American buyers for what seems like decades now. In good years, more than 350,000 are sold to retail... read more October 14, 2016 by


 
2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V crossover: more standard safety features, turbo engine

The 2017 Honda CR-V compact crossover utility vehicle was unveiled today, featuring more fuel-efficient powertrains, evolutionary styling ... and a volume knob for the radio... read more October 13, 2016 by


 
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

More VW court misery: Jetta Hybrid braking suit won't be arbitrated

Volkswagen has some legal troubles that go beyond the ongoing "Dieselgate" scandal. While VW waits for approval of a settlement for 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TDI cars with illegal... read more October 4, 2016 by


 
2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid discontinued for 2017 model year

You can scratch one model off the list of hybrids available in the U.S. The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will be discontinued for the 2017 model year, marking the end of the line... read more October 3, 2016 by


 
2017 Nissan Rogue, 2016 Miami auto show

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid: better prospects than Pathfinder, Murano for small hybrid SUV?

As predicted several years ago by a now-departed member of the Nissan product team, the third of three hybrid SUVs has rolled out. The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is the... read more September 14, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt, leased by Phil Ganz of Texas

What it took to buy an electric car in Texas: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to locate and purchase or lease a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid somewhere in the heart of Texas oil country. Hoping to make... read more September 2, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt, leased by Phil Ganz of Texas

Why I leased a 2017 Chevy Volt (in Texas) to replace a Volvo

Texas is the land of pickups and SUVs, of oil wells and full-day drives from your Texas home to Grandma’s Texas home. Your everyday driver had better be your highway... read more August 31, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevy Bolt EV electric car for 'urban' sales: what does that mean?

Almost no U.S. car buyers sit down at their kitchen table and kick off a chat by saying, "Honey, we need to buy a city car." The only exceptions are those in a handful of... read more August 11, 2016 by


 
2016 Dodge Dart

Dodge Dart to die for good in September

The Dodge Dart four-door compact sedan was the first new vehicle created by the combined Fiat and Chrysler companies following the latter's 2009 bankruptcy and... read more July 15, 2016 by


 
2016 Ford Focus Electric

Some 2015-2016 Ford Focus Electrics recalled for pinion-shaft problem

Ford is recalling 865 Focus Electric hatchbacks from the 2015 and 2016 model years to address an issue with the cars' transmission differential pinion-gear shafts. Under... read more July 11, 2016 by


 
2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco road trip, May 2016 - Maryland's welcome center wins "Most Scenic' award

2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco gas mileage road-trip report

Road trips are an integral part of the American myth, with writers from de Toqueville to Jack Kerouac setting out to experience the variety and beauty of the huge country... read more July 8, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SR in upstate New York, April 2016

2016 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SR CVT gas mileage review

The Nissan Sentra compact sedan has been with us since the 2013 model year, but it received a number of updates and new features this year. Nissan's goal was to keep the... read more June 30, 2016 by


 
2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid pulled from VW's U.S. lineup in 2017

Volkswagen released details on its 2017 lineup for the U.S. yesterday, including the launch of its crossover-like Golf Alltrack wagon, some new Beetle versions, and greater... read more June 24, 2016 by


 
2017 Ford Escape, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, May 2016

2017 Ford Escape quick drive review

The Ford Escape has been a hugely popular small crossover SUV since its 2001 debut, and after a quick drive in the updated 2017 model, we're reminded why. While it's not the... read more June 7, 2016 by


 
2016 Buick Verano Turbo

Buick Verano to die as yet another small sedan gives way to SUVs

As General Motors' Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, gains a new model to build, it will also lose one. The Buick Verano compact sedan currently built at the... read more May 27, 2016 by


 

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