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Toyota Aygo Minicar Driven: Much-Improved Scion iQ Alternative U.S. Won't Get

Toyota Aygo Minicar Driven: Much-Improved Scion iQ Alternative U.S. Won't Get

The Scion iQ has not been a success story for Toyota's youth-orientated brand. In 2013, just 4,406 iQs found homes in the U.S. That's half as many as were sold in 2012, hardly a stellar year itself. By contrast, Toyota's other small car had a bumper year in 2013. The Aygo minicar moved nearly... read more

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2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014

2015 BMW i8: Sexy Plug-In Hybrid Sport Coupe, Our First Drive

Could the 2015 BMW i8 sports coupe, coming this summer, do for plug-in hybrids what the Tesla Model S did for battery-electric vehicles? That is, could the sleek, sexy... read more April 29, 2014 by


 
2015 Honda Fit, test drive around Ann Arbor, Michigan, Apr 2014

2015 Honda Fit: Quick Gas Mileage Drive Of All-New Hatchback

If you're looking for a small hatchback that delivers high gas mileage and almost unparalleled flexibility, the all-new 2015 Honda Fit should probably be at the top of your... read more April 10, 2014 by


 
Ford EcoSport subcompact crossover first drive review

Ford EcoSport Compact Crossover: Forbidden Fruit First Drive

Last year, Nissan sold over 230,000 examples of its Juke compact crossover worldwide. MINI sold over 100,000 Countryman and Paceman models. Kia moved nearly 400,000 Sportage... read more December 11, 2013 by


 
2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at Hyundai headquarters, Fountain Valley, CA

2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell: Hydrogen Crossover First Drive

Hyundai is an aggressive company, and that applies to its green cars as much as the bread-and-butter sedans and crossovers it sells in growing numbers. So when the company... read more December 4, 2013 by


 
2014 Mazda 3, test drive, Atlanta region, Oct 2013

2014 Mazda 3: First Drive

The 2014 Mazda 3 is the one of the more eagerly-awaited compact cars hereabouts, and now we've had a chance to spend 90 minutes behind the wheel. During a recent test drive... read more November 6, 2013 by


 
Zelectric Motors' 1963 Volkswagen Beetle electric car

Zelectric Motors' 1963 Volkswagen Beetle Electric Car Driven

There is a line of thinking, naturally not shared by many of our readers, that engine noise is an integral part of the experience of driving a car. Lack of it in electric... read more October 18, 2013 by


 
2014 BMW i3

What Do You Want To Know About The 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car?

The 2014 BMW i3 electric car is one of the most radical new vehicles on the planet. And the innovation comes in many different facets of the car. There's its shape, which is... read more October 15, 2013 by


 
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: First Drive Report

Does the all-new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid really get 50 miles per gallon? And does it drive as well as a regular four-cylinder Honda Accord? To cut right to the spoiler: yes... read more October 9, 2013 by


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  -  First Drive, Portland, July 2013

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV: First Drive Report

Aspire, Sprint, Swift, and Esteem: They’re among the most ironically inappropriate car names. But in its new EV guise, the Chevy Spark has the perfect name, on many... read more July 18, 2013 by 39


 
2014 Volkswagen XL1 (Euro spec)  -  First Drive, Wolfsburg, June 2013

2014 Volkswagen XL1: First Drive Of Wolfsburg's 261-MPG Car

Look out, owners of 200-mph testosterone-supplement poster cars. If there ever was a real hypercar, it's the Volkswagen XL1. Although in recent years the term hypercar has... read more July 3, 2013 by 5


 
Toyota Auris Touring Sports Hybrid first drive, Mallorca

Toyota Auris Hybrid Wagon: Are You Missing Out On Europe's Prius V Alternative?

It's easy enough to find a hybrid these days, with plenty of automakers offering cars that blend gasoline engines and electric propulsion to one degree or another. More... read more June 27, 2013 by 9


 
Audi R8 e-tron track drive, Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Audi R8 e-tron: First Drive Of Audi's Electric Supercar

We'll start with the bad news: No, Audi definitely won't be producing any more examples of its R8 e-tron electric supercar. And even if it did, it'd be well beyond the reach... read more June 10, 2013 by 9


 
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: First Drive

It’s not every day Chevrolet executives talk about launching at car that competes directly with … a Volkswagen. The new 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel, however, aims... read more May 27, 2013 by 23


 
2013 Renault Zoe electric car

Renault Zoe Electric Car: First Drive Of Europe's Leaf Alternative

You might think that Europe, with its congested cities and relatively short distances between cities, would be the perfect environment for electric cars. Whether or not... read more May 3, 2013 by 10


 
2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid drive event, NYC area, April 2013

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... read more April 17, 2013 by 1


 

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