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

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 year. The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV has every bit of space that the gasoline versions do. Its Tesla-engineered battery pack and... read more

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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  0


 
Audi A3 e-tron prototype: first drive, June 2012

Audi A3 e-tron Prototype: First Drive Video (Exclusive)

Unlike other carmakers--including BMW with its ActiveE program--Audi has chosen to use only in-house drivers to test the fleet of electric A3 e-tron prototypes it has brought... read more June 18, 2012 by  4


 
2012 Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost

2012 Ford Focus 3-Cylinder: Quick Drive Report

Downsizing: The car industry's buzzword for both consumers shopping for smaller cars than their previous model, and carmakers equipping their models with smaller, more... read more June 12, 2012 by  5


 
2013 Lexus GS 450h First Drive. [Photos: Antony Ingram]

2013 Lexus GS 450h: First Drive

Ever since Lexus launched the RX 400h hybrid SUV in 2005, gasoline-electric hybrids have been an integral part of the Lexus lineup. Cleverly combining performance, luxury and... read more June 11, 2012 by  0


 
2013 Nissan Altima

2013 Nissan Altima 2.5: First Drive

Last year, the Nissan Altima was the second-best selling car in the United States. That stat is impressive on its own, but it’s even more impressive when you realize... read more June 8, 2012 by  1


 
2013 Lexus ES 300h

2013 Lexus ES 300h: First Drive

When Lexus rolled out its HS 250h hybrid sedan a few years ago, there was a lot of head-scratching. The HS 250h was rather cramped inside, had a powertrain that was way too... read more May 31, 2012 by  5


 
2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 First Drive Report

Earlier on this year, we asked you if the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 was really green, or not? Now we've had a chance to drive it. Combining a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo... read more May 30, 2012 by  0


 
Chinese battery electric crossover: BYD e6 test drive, Los Angeles, May 2012

Updated BYD e6: First Drive Of Chinese Electric Crossover

Most Chinese carmakers have backed away from plans to attack the U.S. market, and their hopes of dominating electric cars have slowed. But Chinese maker BYD continues to... read more May 10, 2012 by  13


 
2013 Acura ILX

2013 Acura ILX Hybrid: Driven

Though it has wandered through a handful of brand identities and images over the past decade, Acura continues to reinvent itself. This time, the next new thing is a hybrid... read more April 20, 2012 by  3


 
2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012

2012 Ford Focus Electric: First Drive

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is the company's first-ever production battery-electric vehicle, and that alone makes it noteworthy. But the fact that it's also pleasant to... read more April 19, 2012 by  9


 
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