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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: First Drive

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: First Drive

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid gives VW something it hasn’t had before: a way to appeal to hybrid buyers who won’t consider its TDI diesels—no matter how fuel-efficient they may be. The result is a relatively sporty, conventional looking compact sedan that’s fun to drive... read more

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2012 Coda Sedan

2012 Coda Sedan: First Drive

It's been a long time coming, but the 2012 Coda Sedan is now on sale at a handful of dealers in California. Six months after the very first Coda compact electric cars were... read more September 12, 2012 by  20


 
2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid: First Drive

Last week, Honda released the specs and photos for its 2014 Accord Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid. Now, we can talk about what it's like on the road. The short answer? Like the... read more September 10, 2012 by  10


 
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: First Drive

The verdict is in: At last, the fabled Toyota Prius hybrid has a viable competitor. If you're in the market for a five-door hybrid hatchback with very high fuel economy--an... read more September 7, 2012 by  36


 
2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar, New York City, Aug 2012

2013 Chevrolet Spark: First Drive

Yeah, we drove the pink one. The 2013 Chevrolet Spark, the first Chevrolet minicar in many, many years, comes in a remarkable array of pastel colors, including one called... read more August 22, 2012 by  20


 
2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV: First Drive From Behind The Wheel (Video)

The new 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is quick, relatively fun to drive, and the only all-electric crossover utility vehicle on the market today. It has a good, intuitive touchscreen... read more August 3, 2012 by  15


 
2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV: First Drive Of Tesla-Powered Crossover

If the ideal electric car has a real-world range of 100 miles or more and the practical utility that American families buy crossovers for, the future may be arriving this... read more August 2, 2012 by  40


 
2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 SL, New York City, July 2012

2012 Nissan Versa 1.6 SL Sedan: Weekend Drive Report

When auto writers drive test cars, they're usually loaned out from carmakers' regional fleets. So when we asked for an 2012 Nissan Versa sedan to test over a four-day... read more July 24, 2012 by 


 
2013 Honda Fit EV drive event, Pasadena, CA, June 2012

2013 Honda Fit EV: Video From First Drive Of All-Electric Car

Yesterday, Honda delivered its first Fit EV electric car to private buyers--or, more accurately, private lease customers, since the car isn't available for outright sale... read more July 24, 2012 by  7


 
2012 Tesla Model S Signature

2012 Tesla Model S: Seven Little Things A Buyer Doesn't Like

Let's make one thing clear right up front: I think the 2012 Tesla Model S is the coolest freaking car in the history of Western Civilization. I put down my $5,000 deposit... read more July 23, 2012 by  50


 
2012 Tesla Model S, brief test drive, New York City, July 2012

2012 Tesla Model S: First Drive Video

With Tesla Motors opening new Tesla Stores at a rapid pace, the 2012 Tesla Model S all-electric sport sedan has now been seen by hundreds of thousands of people. Thus far... read more July 20, 2012 by  5


 
2012 Tesla Model S, brief test drive, New York City, July 2012

2012 Tesla Model S: First Drive Of All-Electric Sport Sedan

After an hour in a 2012 Tesla Model S all-electric sport sedan, one thing became clear: It's a viable car. The Model S gives Tesla Motors a shot at turning into a real car... read more July 19, 2012 by  43


 
2013 Honda Fit EV drive event, Pasadena, CA, June 2012

2013 Honda Fit EV: First Drive Of Honda's All-Electric Car

The 2013 Honda Fit EV is a fun and well-executed little all-electric hatchback. It's quick, handles decently, gets the highest EPA efficiency rating of any vehicle on the... read more June 29, 2012 by  18


 
GigaOm's Katie Fehrenbacher behind the wheel of a 2012 Tesla Model S (video screen capture)

2012 Tesla Model S All-Electric Sedan: Drive Reviews Roundup

On Friday, Tesla Motors delivered its first production Model S electric sedans to retail customers, an event the company webcast live. Watch the 26-0minute video above if you... read more June 25, 2012 by  16


 
2012 Volkswagen Beetle, Bear Mountain, NY, May 2012

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Quick Drive

It's not all that fuel efficient, but it's more fun to drive than we expected. That's our reaction to a quick drive last month in a blue 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. It's the... read more June 21, 2012 by  3


 
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Quick Drive

On paper, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport sounds like the ideal compact crossover solution for those on a limited budget. It’s small in size, coming in at over a... read more June 18, 2012 by 


 
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