Wagons

  • 2018 Subaru Crosstrek first drive

    Subaru announced Friday that its long-awaited Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in model, will go on sale as a 2019. Last month, Car and Driver reported that Subaru filed the trademark name Evoltis with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, leading to speculation that the name could be applied to the expected plug-in hybrid version of the Crosstrek. Subaru gave no further specs for the Crosstrek plug-in hybrid, such as battery size, range, or power, and the company did not confirm the name Evoltis for the model. READ THIS: Report: Subaru may use Evoltis name for new plug-in hybrid coming next year The...

  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
    Kona Electric, Bolt EV, Niro, C-HR aren't crossovers, despite what makers say

    It happened again. At this week's New York auto show media days, a manufacturer rolled out yet another vehicle that it calls a "crossover" despite that vehicle having neither the ground clearance nor the all-wheel drive to qualify as a light truck. The car in question was the 2019 Hyundai Kona...

  • 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon
    2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon gets "EcoBlue" diesel option, no hybrid so far

    The last time Ford released a new hybrid or plug-in electric model was for the 2013 model year, and that's a long time ago in electric-car years. Detroit's second-largest automaker continues to work on boosting the fuel-economy ratings of its vehicle lineup, however. The latest example is a new...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
    2018 Kia Niro preview

    Most highly fuel-efficient dedicated hybrids are compact five-door hatchbacks, the most popular vehicle segment globally. When Korean maker Kia was drawing up plans for its first dedicated hybrid vehicle, it took a different path. The wagon it came up with—it calls the Kia Niro a crossover...

  • 2017 Kia Soul EV
    2018 Kia Soul EV gets bigger battery, range boost from 93 to 111 miles

    Updates to conventional cars come in a predictable pattern. Once a new model is launched, it gets only minor tweaks to features, prices, and paint colors for two or three years. Then in the third or fourth year, it gets what the industry calls a "mid-cycle refresh": some updated sheetmetal, perhaps...

  • Kia Niro EV concept shown at 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas
    Kia Niro EV concept at CES: 238 miles of range from 64-kwh battery

    It's well known that a battery-electric version of the Kia Niro will join the lineup soon, completing a range that now comprises the Niro Hybrid and the recently launched plug-in hybrid. Most observers had assumed the Niro EV would use the same underpinnings as its corporate sibling the Hyundai...

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

    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 takes a sharp eye to see the charging port door on the left-front fender or the trim and badging differences that distinguish it from a garden-variety Niro Hybrid. We spent 500 miles over two days in California with the new plug-in version of the Niro last week, and came to appreciate it as a total package. ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid first drive Like the conventional Niro Hybrid, the...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius V
    Toyota Prius V hybrid wagon ends U.S. run; RAV4 Hybrid took its sales

    After six model years, the 2017 Toyota Prius V will soon leave the stage, and there will be no 2018 version. Toyota has confirmed to Green Car Reports that it is ending production of the hybrid wagon for the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The reason is simple: Its sales have fallen considerably since the...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid to launch in U.S. at end of year

    Last month, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid went on sale in the United Kingdom, offering British buyers a mass-priced compact wagon with 25 to 30 miles of electric range. While it shares its underpinnings with the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In model, the Niro has more of a wagon shape than Hyundai's five-door...

  • 2019 Toyota Prius V spy shot excerpt - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Toyota Prius V to shift from wagon to SUV design, but will it have AWD?

    With gas prices remaining cheap and all vehicles getting better fuel economy these days, utility vehicles are all the rage among U.S. buyers. Whether smaller crossovers or bigger SUVs, utilities have not only ended the market for traditional wagons but are eating significantly into sales of...

  • 2017 Kia Niro Touring, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2017
    Chatbot for Kia Niro hybrid vs driving the actual car

    A chatbot would never lie to you, right? That’s what I wanted to find out when I tested a Facebook Messenger chatbot for the 2017 Kia Niro crossover, which recently won the Guinness Book of World Records for the lowest fuel consumption for a hybrid vehicle. (It was an interesting competition...

  • 2017 Kia Niro Touring, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2017
    2017 Kia Niro: gas mileage review

    However you choose to view the 2017 Kia Niro hybrid—Kia says it's a crossover utility, we call it a wagon—it's a good-looking and relatively capacious small car. The debate over segments comes because the Niro has neither the ground clearance of a utility vehicle nor available all-wheel...

  • 2017 Kia Niro

    Almost a year after it was unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, the 2017 Kia Niro hybrid is finally going on sale. The Niro is Kia's first dedicated hybrid vehicle, and the Korean carmaker has taken an unusual tack in describing its new model. Kia calls the Niro a crossover, but its relatively low ride height and lack of all-wheel drive make it more like a traditional wagon than a genuine utility vehicle. DON'T MISS: 2017 Kia Niro hybrid: first drive report (Dec 2016) Pricing for the 2017 Niro starts at $23,800, including a mandatory $895 destination charge. That buys a base FE model, one...

  • 2017 Kia Niro, San Antonio, Texas, Dec 2016
    2017 Kia Niro hybrid: first drive report

    According to its maker, the 2017 Kia Niro is the first "crossover hybrid vehicle" sold in the U.S.—but what does that really mean? We drove150 miles in two different versions of the top-of-the-line Niro Touring model two weeks ago, and concluded that the Niro represents an interesting package...

  • 2017 Mazda 6
    First the wagons went away; are family sedans next to vanish?

    Sales of mid-size sedans are down significantly this year.

  • 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman in New York's Hudson Valley, Apr 2016
    2016 Mini Cooper Clubman gas mileage review

    We're fond of Mini Coopers around here. The little British cars are fun to drive, often produce smiles from others, and in their latest incarnation, are considerably more fuel-efficient than they used to be. We've already tested the third-generation Mini hardtop in both its three-door and the new...

  • 2017 Subaru Forester
    2017 Subaru Forester gas mileage inches up

    The 2017 Subaru Forester gets slightly better gas mileage than before.

  • 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
    2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack wagon debuts for NY Auto Show

    The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack will appear at the 2016 New York Auto Show, one year after it was first shown.

  • 2016 Tesla Model X

    The Tesla Model X electric luxury vehicle has widely been referred to as an SUV or a crossover utility vehicle by the media, the company, and buyers. And indeed, it's taller and somewhat boxier than the sleek Model S "sedan," which is actually a hatchback. But we've had some energetic discussions internally about what segment the Model X falls into: Is it indeed an SUV or crossover? Or is it a wagon? Or a hatchback? DON'T MISS: Tesla Model X Spreads Its (Falcon) Wings: Production Details Revealed Knowing the passion of Tesla owners and advocates, we suspect there will be plenty of opinions on...

  • 2016 MINI Clubman
    2016 MINI Cooper Clubman Grows Up Into More Maxi Wagon With Six Doors

    The 2016 MINI Clubman gains conventional rear doors and more interior space.

  • 2015 Scion xB
    2015 Scion xB Tall Wagon Continues Largely Unchanged

    a standard backup camera is the only major change to the Scion xB for 2015.

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV First Drive  -  Portland  -  November 2014
    2015 Kia Soul EV: First Drive Of Newest Electric Car

    The hamsters are back in Kia’s ads for its new Soul EV all-electric hatchback. And while their geeky, sexy, danceable 'science experiment' is definitely memorable, after driving the 2015 Kia Soul EV we have to wonder if perhaps the Energizer Bunny would have been a better cheer-creature. More...

  • 2014 Nissan Cube
    2014 Nissan Cube: The Last Year On Sale For Funky Tall Wagon

    While Toyota's Scion xB really invented the modern "tall wagon" category, the runaway sales champion in the segment is the Kia Soul. And among the also-rans sits the even-funkier-than-Soul 2014 Nissan Cube, with its asymmetric wraparound rear window and small dash-top panel for growing grass. Sales...

  • 2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sport Wagon, New York City, Jun 2014
    2014 BMW 328d xDrive: 40-MPG Diesel Sport Wagon Reviewed

    Lots of people want practical vehicles to haul families and their goods around, and increasingly small and fuel-efficient diesel engines are an option--albeit often an expensive one. We've tested several diesel SUVs and crossover utility vehicles lately. But last weekend, we got a chance to test...

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