• 2019 Toyota RAV4

    The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is Toyota’s way of flexing its corporate might. It’s as if the automaker called on each of its departments to create the new hybrid crossover SUV. The folks from design coughed up some 4Runner and Tacoma cues to give it a butch look. The Lexus team chiseled the cohesive, angular interior design. And the Prius development team worked under its hood. The result is a 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid that’s unusually thrifty for a crossover SUV. It’s not without its faults, but overall the RAV4 Hybrid I drove on roads winding around Carmel, California, is a...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid
    2018 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid road-trip review: a case for high-mpg sedans

    Though sedans might lack the high seating position of crossovers, the Camry remains proof that they’re more stable, quieter, and guzzle far less gas. They’re also cheaper.

  • 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke
    2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke first drive: diesel, the not-so-efficient way

    Ford has a gem of a diesel engine under the hood of the 2018 F-150 Power Stroke—as long as drivers aren’t enamored with good fuel economy. Wait, what? After a day of driving F-150 diesels in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, Colorado, unladen, with beds loaded up with...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    2017 Chevy Bolt EV review consensus: car is good, range is real

    Early reviews of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV are encouraging.

  • 2016 Nissan Leaf
    U.K. Reviews Of 2016 Nissan Leaf: More Range, Higher Price, No More Panache Than Before

    The 2016 Nissan Leaf gets mild praise from European reviewers.

  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe
    2013 Hyundai Elantra Lineup Offers Something For (Almost) Everyone

    When it comes to compact cars, one body style does not a product line make. Ford, for example, offers both hatchback and sedan body styles on its Focus line, while Honda offers the Civic in sedan or coupe form. Kia goes one better, offering its Forte in coupe, hatchback or sedan variants, which...

  • 2012 Renault Twizy

    When we first heard that French automaker Renault was producing a tiny, two-seat electric car with a top speed of 52mph called the Twizy, we have to admit to laughing. A lot. But after driving a production Renault Twizy in Ibiza earlier this year, our impression of the plucky go-kart changed. Could it, we wondered, be used as a second or third car in a busy family? Or is it nothing more than a fun plaything? To find out, we borrowed a 2012 Renault Twizy for a long weekend, doing everything from ferrying kids around to the weekly shop. Friday: rain, rain, rain As the delivery driver was...

  • 2012 Lexus CT 200h Sport Special Edition
    2012 Lexus CT 200h Vs 2012 Ford Focus Titanium: Compact Comparo

    As carmakers work to satiate consumers' desire to downsize, it's becoming easier than ever to buy a quality car in the subcompact and compact classes. The 2012 Lexus CT 200h illustrates this perfectly. Lexus hit the big time with the LS400 luxury sedan over two decades ago now, but its biggest...

  • 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...

  • 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 Nissan Leaf in Car Wash
    2011 Nissan Leaf: 5 Things We’ve Learned After 5,000 Miles

    Earlier this year we took delivery of our very own 2011 Nissan Leaf. Just like the thousands of other customers worldwide, we took our place in the queue last year and had an agonizingly long wait before we were sitting behind the wheel. But just under 3 months and 5,000 miles after driving off the...

  • 2011 Hyundai Elantra, Grant's Tomb, New York City
    Five Things We Don't Like On The 2011 Hyundai Elantra (Video)

    Finally, here's our last video in the series we did on the new 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Since we tested that car a few weeks ago, the compact segment has only heated up. There's a new 2012 Honda Civic, an entirely redesigned all-wheel-drive 2012 Subaru Impreza, and the highly competitive 2011 Chevy...

  • 2011 Hyundai Elantra

    The 2011 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan, entirely redesigned for this model year, has won rave reviews and is selling like gangbusters. We found many things to like in the stylish little Hyundai, and as part of our series of quick road-test and review videos, we listed the top five. Check out the video below to see what we liked, from its exterior styling to the interior space. Fuel economy, of course, is a big part of the equation. Over a mixed test route of more than 300 miles, with slightly more highway driving than around-town use, we got just a shade north of 34 miles per gallon. Whether...

  • 2011 Hyundai Elantra
    2011 Hyundai Elantra: Two-Minute Road Test Review (Video)

    The 2011 New York Auto Show is kicking off this week, with new compact car entries that include the all-wheel-drive 2012 Subaru Impreza, among others. But a strong new contender this year that's already selling fast is the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, which we recently road-tested over our usual route of...

  • editor John Voelcker reviews 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco and 2011 Hyundai Elantra
    2011 Hyundai Elantra Vs 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco (Video)

    Two of the newest compact cars on the road today are the 2011 Hyundai Elantra and the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. Now we've driven both of them, testing each car with a six-speed manual transmission. In the case of the Chevy, we drove the 2011 Cruze Eco model, which gets the highest EPA gas mileage...

  • Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric car, 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Volvo’s Upcoming Plug-in Vehicles: What do YOU Want to Know?

    Let’s be honest: Volvo isn’t the first company that comes to mind when thinking of electric vehicles. In fact, until the display of a crashed C30 Electric at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year we’ve seen very little from Volvo’s plug-in fleet except a few...

  • 2011 Smart Fortwo
    Counting Down To 2011: Top ASC Article for June 2010

    Here we are at mid-2010 already! As we roll through the months counting down to the beginning of 2011 it is interesting to review what was happening during 2010. June was a month that saw participating in the Rocky Mountain Driving Experience, which included driving the 2010...

  • 2010 Smart ForTwo Cdi
    Counting Down To 2011: Top ASC Article for May 2010

    News is a big part of because we like to keep you the consumer up to date on the latest small car news. However, it is also our goal to give you useful opinions and advice in the form of reviews, top car lists and first drives. In May there was a lot happening in the industry (some...

  • 2012 Ford Focus

    To close out first quarter of 2010 we turn to April on the calendar. Now April is a busy month for the Rocky Mountain Region, where yours truly is based, because it is the time that the Colorado Auto Dealers Association puts on the Denver Auto Show. In fact, the first part of the month on generally has a handful of articles covering the Green Car Convoy and Parade, the Green Tie Benefit and the opening of the 2010 Denver Auto Show. This year we were also luck to steal some time with Ford to talk about diesels and other new things that were coming to market like the 2011 Ford...

  • 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 Cold Weather Testing
    Counting Down To 2011: Top ASC Article for March 2010

    Making our way towards the end of the first quarter of 2010, March is one of those months that generally include a lot of Spring Break tips for those going on holiday, as well as, reports about the New York Auto Show. The article that really stuck with us this year from March 2010 wasn’t auto...

  • The 2010 Toyota Prius
    Counting Down To 2011: Top ASC Article for February 2010

    For some the year has probably flown by and for others it might seem like it won’t end. Either way when we look back at what was going in February 2010 there was a lot to comment on. We had Diesel designing a special edition Fiat 500 for the Geneva Auto Show, news that about $25K would buy...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
    Counting Down To 2011: Top ASC Article for January 2010

    Being that it is almost New Year’s Eve, it seems appropriate to look back at the news, reviews and opinions that have shaped the automotive industry during 2010. Think of it as our ten-article count down to the New Year. So make sure you check out all ten installments where we here at...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5
    A Weekend With The 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 (Video)

    If you saw yesterday’s 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5: First Drive Review you’ll know that we were lucky enough to borrow a Lightning Green example of Tesla’s latest electric sports car for the weekend. Three days, 100 kilowatts of electricity, a couple of hard frosts, countless...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5
    2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5: First Drive Review

    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...

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