First Drives

 
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid first drive

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid first drive

There's a new plug-in hybrid in town, and it could expand the audience for cars that provide useful electric range for daily driving while retaining an efficient gasoline engine for longer trips. The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is the third and most important model in the Clarity lineup... read more

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Kirk Bell and John Voelcker in Volkswagen ID Buzz electric Microbus concept vehicle

Volkswagen ID Buzz drive: electric VW bus offers unique EV concept

When you see a concept car drive onto the stage at an auto show, don't be fooled into thinking it's what you'll drive out of the dealer a couple of years later. We got to... read more August 19, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier and 2017 BMW i3 electric car, Aug 2017        [photo: Tom Moloughney]

Chevy Bolt EV reviewed by BMW i3 driver: electric cars compared

Owners of specific electric cars sometimes tend to become boosters and fans for their particular EV as well as plugging in to drive in general. So it was with Tom Moloughney... read more August 18, 2017 by


 
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE, Willamette Valley, Oregon, June 2017

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid first drive

The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient version of all-new range of Toyota's popular mid-size sedan, its best-selling vehicle in the U.S. until very recently... read more June 21, 2017 by


 
2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid, New York City and Westchester County, NY, May 2017

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In: first drive of hybrid luxury sedan

The 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In will be a rare beast in the U.S.; fewer than 1,000 are likely to be sold each year. In many ways, that's a shame. This version of the CT6 large... read more June 5, 2017 by


 
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, first drive, New York City, April 2017

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf: first drive of updated 125-mile electric car

The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, the only battery-electric car sold by VW in the U.S., got a large range boost for its third year on the market. While the current model year is... read more May 5, 2017 by


 
2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, Santa Barbara, CA, March 2017

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell: first drive of hydrogen-powered sedan

There are now three different vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells on sale in California, and we've driven them all. The 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is the first one in... read more March 30, 2017 by


 
2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Toyota C-HR first drive

Sport-utility vehicles started out as truck offshoots, essentially tall wagon bodies on truck underpinnings. Think of the first Chevy Suburban in 1935, which remained a... read more March 20, 2017 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq video road test with Green Car Reports editor John Voelcker

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid video drive review

It's been said that the only global carmaker Toyota is really worried about is Hyundai. This year, the legendary Prius hybrid—which celebrates its 20th... read more March 6, 2017 by


 
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: first drive review

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq isn't one car but three, with a unique choice of powertrains. The volume seller will be the Ioniq Hybrid, a dedicated hybrid (as is the Toyota Prius)... read more February 21, 2017 by


 
2017 Subaru Impreza, La Jolla, California, Dec 2016

2017 Subaru Impreza: first drive of AWD compact sedan, hatch

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive vehicles in the U.S. market, and has been for many years. The entirely redesigned 2017 Impreza rides... read more February 8, 2017 by


 
2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Jan 2017

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid: gas mileage review

Last year, Nissan sold almost 330,000 Rogues in the U.S., making it by far the brand's most popular model. For 2017, the compact crossover utility vehicle has added a new... read more January 20, 2017 by


 
2017 Kia Niro, San Antonio, Texas, Dec 2016

2017 Kia Niro hybrid: first drive report

According to its maker, the 2017 Kia Niro is the first "crossover hybrid vehicle" sold in the U.S.—but what does that really mean? We drove150 miles in two different... read more December 30, 2016 by


 
2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive - first drive, Miami, Nov 2016   [photo: Jeff Jablansky]

2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: first drive of electric two-seat car

On a hot, muggy day in south Florida, nothing is more comforting than knowing that your well-cooled car will make it to its destination. When that car is a reboot of the... read more November 29, 2016 by


 
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: first drive of plug-in hybrid minivan

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wraps a number of firsts into one innovative package. The Pacifica minivan, launched this year, has received positive reviews for its... read more November 15, 2016 by


 
2017 Toyota Prius Prime test drive, Ojai, California, Sep 2016

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: first drive of new plug-in hybrid

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is a considerably better car than a few electric-car fans had feared. In fact, with an EPA-rated range of 25 miles (more than projected) and... read more October 3, 2016 by


 

 
 

 
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