First Drives

 
2013 Lexus ES 300h: First Drive

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 noisy for a Lexus, and was rated at just 35 mpg city, 34 highway—barely better than the Camry Hybrid of the time, which... read more

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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


 
Renault Twizy first drive, Ibiza

Renault Twizy Electric Minicar First Drive Report: Video

GreenCarReports was invited to the island of Ibiza to test Renault's latest electric effort. The Twizy isn't your average electric vehicle, so this won't be your average... read more April 9, 2012 by  16


 
Volkswagen up! first drive photos

Volkswagen up!: Forbidden Fruit First Drive

We've been following the progress of Volkswagen's up! for quite some time. First, we saw the up! Lite concept. Then the up!, a rear-engined minicar. VW then teased some... read more March 19, 2012 by  1


 
2012 Toyota Prius C, drive event, La Jolla, CA, Feb 2012

2012 Toyota Prius C: First Drive Report And Full Details

The 2012 Toyota Prius C may be the most surprising entry in the expanding Prius range. It's smaller, less unusually styled, and about $5,000 less expensive than the standard... read more February 8, 2012 by  2


 
Range_e Plug-in Hybrid Prototype

Range_e Plug-in Hybrid Prototype: First Drive Report

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover unveiled its first ever plug-in hybrid concept vehicle, the Land Rover Range_e Diesel Plug-in Hybrid. Then in October last year --... read more February 1, 2012 by  0


 
2012 Fisker Karma EcoChic, New York City, Jan 2012

2012 Fisker Karma: Brief Drive Report

Well, after three years of asking, we've finally had a chance to drive the 2012 Fisker Karma. And we can confirm that the extended-range electric luxury sport sedan is, in... read more January 20, 2012 by  12


 
BMW ActiveE electric car, January 2012, New Jersey

BMW ActiveE Electric Car First Drive: What's It Really Like?

The first BMW ActiveE electric car in North America was just delivered last Friday. Now, with only 600 miles on that car, we've driven it. Our first impressions of BMW's... read more January 18, 2012 by  33


 
2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport

2012 Fisker Karma Electric Car: Quick Drive Review [Video]

Price increases be damned, the 2012 Fisker Karma is finally here, and first examples are about to arrive in customers' driveways. Earlier in the week we posted our video... read more December 16, 2011 by  7


 
2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport

2012 Fisker Karma Electric Car First Drive Impressions: Video

After what feels like forever, the 2012 Fisker Karma electric car is finally about to go on sale. Last month, we showed you how to order a Fisker Karma. Now, we've been able... read more December 12, 2011 by  4


 
2012 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, road test, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2011

2012 Chevy Sonic Test Drives: Carmaker Looks To Bloggers, Not Journalists

Normally, when an automaker brings a new car to the market, it invites automotive journalists to get behind the wheel to put the car through its paces and render their... read more December 5, 2011 by  0


 
2012 Honda Civic HF, Palo Alto, California, October 2011

2012 Honda Civic HF: Quick Drive Of Higher-MPG Civic

Five months ago, we drove the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid--which gave us slightly more than 45 mpg using "Econ" mode. That's the best gas mileage of any Honda Civic in recent... read more October 24, 2011 by  3


 
BMW ActiveE electric car, Munich, October 2011; photo by Tom Moloughney

First Drive: BMW ActiveE Electric Car Prototype

A couple of weeks ago, BMW invited me to come to Munich and take part in the first drive of production versions of the BMW ActiveE, their second battery electric test... read more October 18, 2011 by  2


 
2012 Chevrolet Sonic, road test, Catskills Mountains, October 2011

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Sedan: Weekend Test Drive

"Bracket creep" is the phenomenon where each successive generation of a car gets slightly bigger. It's what allowed the Honda Civic to evolve from the 1973 model, which today... read more October 14, 2011 by  3


 
2012 Hyundai Accent

2012 Hyundai Accent SE: Quick Drive Report--Commuter Car Test

Contrary to the practice in much of the rest of the world, subcompact cars are rarely the sole household vehicle in the U.S. They're more likely a second or third car, often... read more October 7, 2011 by  0


 
2012 Mitsubishi i  -  First Drive, U.S.-spec MiEV

2012 Mitsubishi i: First Drive, U.S.-Spec MiEV

The Mitsubishi MiEV went on sale in Japan and Europe back in mid-2009, and it’s sold 11,000 of them in those markets combined, since then; and including those rebadged... read more October 4, 2011 by  6


 

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