First Drive Reviews

  • 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

    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 years. Whatever corporate agita was induced by the Ford takeovers of Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo is over now--and now Lincoln has the company's attention as it pivots back into the lead role in Ford's luxury movement. The next step in that movement is The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which...

  • 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
    2011 Nissan Leaf: First Drive

    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...

  • 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

    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 Sport.  Tesla and High Gear Media have partnered for our latest writing contest, through December31, where we'll pick the best article submitted by a user and give that person a Tesla test drive. On January 20, in fact, we'll fly the winner to San Francisco, let him or her interview Tesla...

  • 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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