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Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid: Quick Drive

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid: Quick Drive

Aside from the all-electric Toyota RAV4 EV, there's a distinct lack of plug-in crossovers and SUVs on the market right now. Mitsubishi was hoping to change that with its Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, but battery issues and legislative delays mean it could be early 2016 before the car hits American... read more

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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


 
2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013

2013 Fiat 500e Electric Car: First Drive

The 2013 Fiat 500e may be a compliance car, but its engineers created an electric car that's so much fun to drive that seemingly they want it to be more. And with remarkably... read more April 13, 2013 by 16


 
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive Supercar: First Drive Video

It was a Mercedes-Benz icon before it became a performance flagship. Now it's a messenger for the future: the gullwing's going electric. The SLS AMG Electric Drive electric... read more March 4, 2013 by 5


 

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