First Drives

 
2018 Toyota C-HR first drive

2018 Toyota C-HR first drive

Sport-utility vehicles started out as truck offshoots, essentially tall wagon bodies on truck underpinnings. Think of the first Chevy Suburban in 1935, which remained a specialty vehicle (mostly for Texans) for its first 40 years. Fast-forward another 40 years, and my, how things have changed... read more

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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Jan 2017

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid: gas mileage review

Last year, Nissan sold almost 330,000 Rogues in the U.S., making it by far the brand's most popular model. For 2017, the compact crossover utility vehicle has added a new... read more January 20, 2017 by


 
2017 Kia Niro, San Antonio, Texas, Dec 2016

2017 Kia Niro hybrid: first drive report

According to its maker, the 2017 Kia Niro is the first "crossover hybrid vehicle" sold in the U.S.—but what does that really mean? We drove150 miles in two different... read more December 30, 2016 by


 
2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive - first drive, Miami, Nov 2016   [photo: Jeff Jablansky]

2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: first drive of electric two-seat car

On a hot, muggy day in south Florida, nothing is more comforting than knowing that your well-cooled car will make it to its destination. When that car is a reboot of the... read more November 29, 2016 by


 
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: first drive of plug-in hybrid minivan

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wraps a number of firsts into one innovative package. The Pacifica minivan, launched this year, has received positive reviews for its... read more November 15, 2016 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime test drive, Ojai, California, Sep 2016

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: first drive of new plug-in hybrid

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is a considerably better car than a few electric-car fans had feared. In fact, with an EPA-rated range of 25 miles (more than projected) and... read more October 3, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV first drive: 240 miles in an electric car

We drove a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car 240 miles on a single charge last week. And that was the lowest range achieved among four journalists driving four Bolt EVs... read more September 13, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Spark, test drive outside Detroit, July 2016

2017 Chevrolet Spark first drive

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is both the smallest and the least expensive car sold by Chevy in North America. The Korean-made hatchback minicar isn't among the brand's top... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, Napa Valley, California, Jul 2016

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid first drive

The Honda Accord Hybrid was an impressive car when it launched as a 2014 model, but supply constraints frustrated buyers, and the hybrid mid-size sedan actually skipped the... read more July 18, 2016 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime, 2016 New York Auto Show

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: first drive of new plug-in hybrid

Toyota is the king of electrified powertrains. With more than nine million hybrid vehicles sold worldwide at this point, and well over 5.5 million of those wearing a Prius... read more July 11, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X

2016 Tesla Model X first drive review

When you want to buy a Tesla electric car, and you've got four kids, there's only one choice on the market. That's the 2016 Tesla Model X six- or seven-seat SUV, and courtesy... read more June 8, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW X1 xDrive 28i, Bear Mountain, NY, May 2016

2016 BMW X1 quick drive review

It looks like a BMW, offers relatively sporty roadholding for an SUV, and delivers a quiet, solid ride. The 2016 BMW X1 is so cleverly proportioned, in fact, that many buyers... read more June 6, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X owned by Ron Merkord, March 2016  [photo: David Noland]

2016 Tesla Model X electric SUV first drive by Model S owner

Its maker is doing a great job these days of quarantining the new 2016 Tesla Model X electric crossover SUV from unwanted prying eyes. The only folks lucky enough to get up... read more April 7, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the first mass-market crossover utility with a hybrid powertrain since the demise of the Ford Escape Hybrid in 2012. Granted, there's the... read more February 10, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid: First Drive Of Sedan Using Volt Hybrid System

The second generation of GM’s Voltec plug-in hybrid system is now powering a car that doesn’t actually have a plug at all. The new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid... read more January 5, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf SL, Hudson Valley, NY, Dec 2015

2016 Nissan Leaf: First Drive Of 107-Mile Electric Car

Electric-car buyers have eagerly waited for the 2016 Nissan Leaf, whose SV and SL models now offer a higher range, rated by the EPA at 107 miles. That's up from the 84 miles... read more December 29, 2015 by


 

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