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2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Drive

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Drive

When we first drove the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in the fall of 2010, it was a pre-production car and--frankly--it wasn't very smooth. The 2011 Sonata Hybrid production car was better, but far from the standards of the best hybrids. Now the Korean carmaker has taken another crack at the car, with... read more

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2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost (European version)

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0-Liter EcoBoost: Quick Drive Report

Much fanfare has been made about Ford's 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine. Offering the performance of a 1.6-liter with the economy of a much smaller unit... read more January 15, 2013 by  7


 
2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible first drive

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible First Drive

Despite the seemingly endless combinations of drivetrains, body styles, and features, there are still a few cars in the U.S. market that are unique in their makeup--and we're... read more November 28, 2012 by 


 
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oct 2012

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... read more November 5, 2012 by  5


 
2013 Mercedes-Benz A Class

2013 Mercedes-Benz A Class: U.S-Bound Premium Compact Driven

Big German automakers used to thrive on producing large, luxurious sedans. Built seemingly to last forever, they were vehicles of aspiration, a cut above volume vehicles from... read more November 2, 2012 by  3


 
2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid  -  First Drive, 10/2012

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: First Drive Report

Over the past several years, 40 miles per gallon has become a sort of high water mark for compact cars, with a long list of special efficiency-focused models aiming to meet... read more October 30, 2012 by 


 
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, New York City

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Very Short First Drive

Memo to carmakers: Midtown Manhattan on a weekday can be a challenging, frustrating place to hold a test drive. Two days ago, we drove the new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid at a... read more September 21, 2012 by  9


 
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


 
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