First Drive Reviews

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Prototype

    Just a year ago, seeing the 'RAV4, Powered by Tesla' startup greeting would have been almost unthinkable. Yet last May, Toyota and Tesla inked a deal that took the industry by surprise—and left a lot of observers scratching their heads. And nearly eleven months since that deal—and nine months since it was announced that Tesla would be powering an all-new RAV4 EV, last July—the agreement makes a lot more sense. Through one of the first projects in this agreement, Tesla was to provide the battery, motor system, and all the core powertrain components; Toyota would integrate the...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    2011 Chevrolet Volt: The View From the Inside Out

    If you haven’t seen our part one coverage of our 2011 Chevrolet test drive at the 2011 Denver Auto Show, then be sure to check that out (more here). After talking a little about how the car drives, we thought it would be good to give people who haven’t had a chance to get in one an idea...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Driven: 2011 Chevrolet Volt At the 2011 Denver Auto Show

    The 2011 Denver Auto Show, a show that saw an increase in size and participation this year, closed on Sunday. The results proved what most of us in the auto industry felt about the show—there were more people and more manufacturers out on the floor. Officially, the 2011 Denver Auto Show was...

  • 2012 Renault Fluence Z.E.
    2012 Renault Fluence ZE: 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Quick Drive

    The Geneva motor show has always been known for its green vehicles, but electric cars played a greater part than ever this year. French marque Renault was one of the main players with its range of four production electric vehicles. As part of the "Papillon Vert" (Green Butterfly) exhibition...

  • 2012 Ford Focus
    2012 Ford Focus First Drive: The Perspective of a Twentysomething

    If you haven’t seen the 2012 Ford Focus, then what I am about to say is going to come as a bit of a surprise. The 2012 Ford Focus is probably the best compact car that Ford has produced yet. Ford has taken style, performance and technology to new levels in the c-segment and has done so with a...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    Does the 2011 Nissan Leaf Deliver Its 100 Miles Of All-Electric Range?

    Your Mileage May Vary. One of the terms banded about time and time again by automakers as a justification for why your car doesn’t get the fuel economy it says your car should. The reason? Fuel economy is affected by many different variables, from the mood of the driver to the weather, tire...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5

    The Tesla Roadster is known among gearheads and electric car advocates as being the sports car that smashes all preconceptions about electric vehicles. So when Tesla announced its aptly-named revision to the iconic all-electric car we just had to see if the Californian-based automaker could beat the iconic first and second generation models. And we’ve just had our first chance. Courtesy of Tesla UK, we were loaned a 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5, in Lightning Green, a new color for the 2.5 models. For a weekend, we threw everything at the Tesla Roadster from freeway jaunts to twisty...

  • 2010 Smart ForTwo Cdi
    Smart ForTwo Diesel Drive Report: Does U.S. Get The Wrong Smart?

    You'd be hard pressed to call us fans of the 2010 Smart ForTwo here at GreenCarReports. The tiny two-seater is a novel idea unfortunately let down in execution. Whilst the car is spacious despite its exterior appearance and we can't fault equipment levels and quality, some mechanical aspects let...

  • 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
    2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: First Drive

    When your lead-in to a first-time-ever hybrid sedan is a North American Car of the Year trophy winner, things are probably okay in your world. That's Lincoln's world right now, where the brand is embarking on a complete renovation that will include 7 new or refreshed vehicles in the next four...

  • 2011 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
    2011 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: Quick Drive

    It's fair to say that Smart haven't had quite the success they were probably hoping for in the U.S. with their diminutive Fortwo. Gambling on consumers 'downsizing' due to spiralling fuel prices, the initial rush to own the tiny city car has slowed to a trickle. Not only that, but recent research...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf U.K. spec
    2011 Nissan Leaf Drive Review: A Real Electric Car for Real People

    Just days after Nissan announced its 8 year, 100,000 mile warranty option for the 2011 Leaf, we've had a chance to do our second test-drive of the week in Nissan's $33,750 electric baby. Earlier this week, Nissan gave us some time behind the wheel of the Leaf in San Jose, California. We had a great...

  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Drive

    We've told you many times about the upcoming 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid--delving into its cosmetic and technical changes in our live coverage from the 2010 New York auto show, discussing how it fits in the Sonata lineup in a New York preview, reporting live from Korea on the Sonata Hybrid's...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf

    The automotive world is tilting on its axis, and electric cars are about to become reality. Have you bought in, drunk the Kool-Aid? In other words, are you ready to drive a rechargeable car, something as mind-blowingly, reassuringly all-new as the 2011 Nissan Leaf? If you've hung in there through the spike in gas prices, the global recession and the bankruptcies at the American car companies, congratulations. You're probably as tenderized as you'll ever become, as prone to owning a real, pure, honest-to-goodness no-oil electric car as you'll ever be. You won't have many choices, though, once...

  • 2011 Honda CR-Z: First Drive

      What do you get when you take some of the inspiration of Honda’s much-loved CRX two-seater from the 1980s and cross it with the also-much-loved Insight coupe from the past decade, then give it the latest version of Honda’s hybrid system? Honda says you get the 2011 Honda CR-Z.   We’re...

  • 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport - test drive contest at High Gear Media
    Want To Drive a 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport? Enter Our Writing Contest!

    We tested a 2009 Tesla Roadster last spring. Without a doubt, it's one of the most fun and breathtaking performance cars around. And the new-for-2010 Roadster Sport model is even quicker. Zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, anyone? Now you too can have your very own chance to drive a 2010 Tesla Roadster...

  • 2011 Toyota Sienna
    "Viridian Joule" Chosen In Chevy Volt Color Naming Contest

      The people have spoken and they've chosen Viridian Joule as the name of the Chevy Volt's green-gray paint color. Dave Thomas, of Sanford, Florida came up with the winning entry which beat the second place offering, "enviroMint" by nearly 300 votes. "EV-ergreen" came in third, falling 400 votes...

  • 2010 Subaru Outback PZEV
    Keep It Green: Add A Little PZEV To That Subaru!

    Like CVT, which stands for continuously-variable transmission, PZEV is one of those acronyms floating around the auto world that mean nothing to most car buyers. It stands for Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle,  one of a number of arcane emissions brackets created by the very aggressive California Air...

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