First Drives

 
2019 Honda Insight video review

2019 Honda Insight video review

You could be forgiven for not remembering the two Honda vehicles that have worn an Insight badge before. The first was a quirky hatchback two-seater that struggled for acceptance with mainstream buyers. The second was a Prius-like Prius fighter, egg shape and all. This 2019 Honda Insight is the... read more

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2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range electric car, road test in greater Atlanta area, Feb 2018

2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range: first drive review of 310-mile electric car

“The Tesla Model S was a moment. The Model 3 is a product.” That pair of sentences perfectly summarized the several hours we spent last month with the 2018 Tesla... read more March 19, 2018 by


 
2018 BMW i3s

2018 BMW i3s first drive review: sportier and nearly as efficient

BMW's Test Fest in Palm Springs, California, at The Thermal Club attracts a broad range of cars. The star of the show is the 600-horsepower 2018 BMW M5. But before I can test... read more March 7, 2018 by


 
2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e

2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid SUV: first drive review

No doubt the hoi polloi are prepared for emissions-free vehicle zones, what with their bicycles and their little electric cars. But what is the aristocracy to do when its... read more January 9, 2018 by


 
2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, Six Flags Magic Mountain, California, Dec 2017

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid first drive review (pricing from $28,840)

Some plug-in hybrid models are easily distinguishable from the rest of the cars their maker sells. Others, like the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, are all but invisible. It... read more December 22, 2017 by


 
Tesla Model 3 with BMW i3 driver Tom Moloughney, Dec 2017  [photo: Tom Moloughney]

Tesla Model 3: impressions of a BMW i3 driver (and reservation holder)

Getting an opportunity to road test and review a Tesla Model 3 electric car has thus far proved a very difficult task. Since the Model 3 launched in July, Tesla has only been... read more December 21, 2017 by


 
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid drive, Napa Valley, Caifornia, Dec 2017

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... read more December 11, 2017 by


 
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid first drive review: lighter shade of green

It’s easy for the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid to get lost. Short of small “Hybrid” badges on the front fenders, not much on the car’s exterior says it's... read more October 1, 2017 by


 
2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf electric-car prototype driven: first impressions

When visiting an automaker's proving ground to drive cars still under development, security is extensive. Cameras have to be left on the bus, all phone lenses have to be... read more September 5, 2017 by


 
2017 Audi A5 Sportback g-tron (European model), driven, Aug 2017  [photo: Ronan Glon]

Audi A5 Sportback g-tron: first drive of natural-gas luxury sport sedan

Audi’s vision of future mobility primarily centers around an array of long-range electric cars scheduled to debut in the coming years under the "e-tron" badge. These... read more August 25, 2017 by


 
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


 

 
 

 
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