First Drive Reviews

  • Renault Twizy first drive, Ibiza

    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 review. Instead, we'll aim to answer some of the multitude of questions we were asked via the site and via Twitter. What is it? An urban electric vehicle. In Europe, it's registered as a quadricycle, rather than a car. 'Heavy' quadricycle rules dictate a vehicle with four wheels, and an unladen weight of no more than 880 pounds. You can make your own minds up on the styling, but we've never had such a positive reaction from...

  • 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 electric up! taxis, before we finally saw the production version - and several more concepts - at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show...

  • 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 Prius liftback. And it's more fun to drive (relatively) than its larger siblings. It also gets real-world gas mileage of 50...

  • 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 -- purely by chance -- we bumped into one of Land Rover’s five engineering test Range_e prototypes in a shopping mall...

  • 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 fact, a real car. It's got drop-dead styling, unique interior furnishings, and a good ride that's aided by the fact that it's...

  • 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 final electric test car, converted from a standard BMW 1-Series two-door sedan, are favorable. It's solid, comfortable, performs...

  • 2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport

    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 driving impressions of the new four-door extended-range electric car from startup Fisker Automotive. Now it's time to expand on those. Before you even get into the Fisker Karma, it presents a commanding presence. With more curves than most pop stars, it's one car that earns the term sexy styling. Up front you have what some would call a mustache of a grille, below a hood with some deep sculpting. With 22-inch wheels filling...

  • 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 to slide behind the wheel of a new 2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport to bring you some quick first-drive impressions of the car's...

  • 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 professional opinion on how the car drives, feels and performs. But as part of the launch of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, Chevrolet is...

  • 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 memory. So we were eager to test the new-for-2012 Civic HF model, which forgoes the electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack...

  • 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 vehicle. A bit of background: I've been something of a high-profile MINI E pioneers, maintaining an active blog about my...

  • 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 we'd call a minicar, to the compact it is today. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, deemed a subcompact by GM, is a prime example of...

  • 2012 Hyundai Accent

    Over a short test that mimicked commuter duty, our 2012 Hyundai Accent SE hatchback returned 33.4 mpg.

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

    The 2012 Mitsubishi i (what it’s called here) is the most efficient DOT-legal vehicle for sale in the U.S. market, with an official MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) rating of 112.

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic  -  First Drive
    2012 Chevrolet Sonic: First Drive

    We found the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic to be fuel-efficient, comfortable, and in 1.4T form, the most refined model in this class, and one of the most engaging to drive.

  • 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
    2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: First Drive

    The all-new 2012 Camry Hybrid gets excellent gas mileage, of up to 43 mpg city, 39 highway

  • 2014 Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion prototype – Copyright High Gear Media
    2014 Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion First Drive

    Volkswagen is intent on becoming the world's leading automaker by 2018 and that means being top dog in every segment, including hybrid and electric cars. Previously, the German auto giant announced plans to start building its own electric powertrains and even opened a battery research lab at...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback, road test, June 2011
    2011 Lexus CT 200h Compact Hybrid Hatch: First Drive Review

    The 2011 Lexus CT 200h pretty much occupies a class of one. At the moment, it’s the sole luxury compact hybrid hatchback sold in the U.S. And it’s a dedicated hybrid, meaning there’s no gasoline-only version. If you want the compact hatch, you get the hybrid. It’s also terra...

  • V60 PHEV First Drive

    A few weeks ago we were invited to the Challenge Bibendum - an auto-industry event devoted to fuel economy and green vehicles - in order to drive the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Station Wagon. We’ve already shared our own first drive report with you, but now it’s time to share our video review of the same test-drive. The car we drove was only a prototype of the V60 PHEV, but the final version of the V60 PHEV promises an all-electric range of around 30 miles, an extended range of up to 745 miles and a fuel economy as good as 124 miles per gallon from its combined diesel engine and...

  • 2011 Nissan LEAF in Boulder, Colo. for BolderBoulder
    DRIVEN: 2011 Nissan LEAF Comes To Colorado For BOLDERBoulder

    Memorial Day weekend is a time of year where we honor veterans, look forward to the three-day weekend and for some in Colorado run the BolderBoulder 10K. This year in a newly announced “Innovation for Endurance” partnership, Nissan and Rodale are connecting the Nissan LEAF with a series...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V media drive event, May 2011 - screen grab from drive report video
    Behind The Wheel: 2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon (Video)

    Sometimes we get nicely produced video, and sometimes we get our codriver to shoot it on the fly. For the 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon we drove last week, it was very much a case of the latter--complete with a mutli-tone "bong" interruption from the Toyota Entune system. Our one-minute video...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011
    2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon: First Drive Review

    Toyota executives will go to extraordinary, absurd lengths to avoid defining the body style of the new 2012 Toyota Prius V. Bob Carter, brand sales chief for Toyota Motors in the U.S., first responded with confusion over the question. Presented with a list of alternatives--sedan, hatchback...

  • Smart ForTwo Electric Drive at Urban Stage, London
    2011 Smart Electric Drive On The Streets Of London: Driven

    What makes the perfect city car? Compact dimensions are a good place to start, so you can sneak into small parking spaces on a crowded street and squeeze through gaps that would leave other traffic impatiently waiting. Nippy acceleration is useful too, so you aren't left lagging at the lights...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
    Driven: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Gives Great Economy, Comfort and Speed

    The week that transitions Denver, Colo. from March to April marks a busy time, especially for those involved with the Denver International Auto Show. You might have noticed as covered all the exciting news and reviews coming out of the auto show. One of the highlights was the...

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