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2020 Nissan Versa

Who says you can’t get appealing style and desired functionality in a budget-minded sedan? The all-new 2020 Nissan Versa certainly proves otherwise with its exceptional fuel efficiency, improved looks, and an array of advanced driver-assist systems…all at an entry-level price.

2019 Mazda3 Overall

Sleek and stylish, the redesigned Mazda3 is fun to drive and smarter than ever, with a host of advanced driver assist systems that are now standard. Plus, two distinct body styles provide an additional choice for fans of the marque.

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The Highlander Hybrid has long been a family favorite. Now it’s even better with an all-new, very stylish design based on a new platform with more tech than before, and an updated hybrid drivetrain now offering front- or all-wheel drive.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Overland

Jeep fans have waited a long time for a rugged new pickup from this storied, adventured-focused brand. They have it in the 2020 Gladiator, a crew cab truck based on the Wrangler that’s at home on pavement or off-road trails.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Paul Bunyan

While all-electric vehicles can be pressed into service for long trips, that’s not always an easy thing. Plug-in hybrids like Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV fill this need well. It’s all-electric for around-town driving and well-suited for longer journeys. Here’s our experience.

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BMW i3 Electric Car Photoshoot. Jul, 2015. Photo by Ian Billings

I’ve logged more than 100,000 miles driving a diverse array of electric cars since Green Car Journal’s launch in 1992, during the very early days of the modern electric vehicle. Here are five things you should know about driving electric.

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MINI Cooper S E Rear Action

MINI Cooper S E Electric

It’s been years since the MINI E plied the roads as part of a lease-only, limited test fleet. The follow-up is the all-electric MINI Cooper S E. It’s packed with technology and promises a fun driving experience. Sign us up!

2020 Ford Escape

Escape to the Future

Buyers are increasingly looking to crossovers and SUVs as their primary mode of transportation. As these vehicles become more car-like in most respects, is it any surprise that they also adopt sedan and hatchback design language? At Ford, apparently not.

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Hyundai’s Affordable Venue

Venue features a Driver Attention Warning system that monitors if a driver is fatigued or exhibits careless driving. Perhaps such a system would be appropriate for Teslas that are increasingly seen on Autopilot with a driver asleep at the wheel?

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The Future of Plug-In SUVs

What’s in the pipeline for plug-in SUVs? Plenty. It’s no secret that buyers are embracing crossovers and SUVs in ever-greater numbers. They’re functional, fun, and a favorite of families and sports enthusiasts alike. Increasingly, more will be offering a plug.

Aston Martin Rapide E Side 2

Aston Martin’s Rapide Transit

Aston Martin debuted its production-ready Rapide E at the Shanghai Auto Show, put on a demonstration ahead of the Formula E Monaco ePrix, and showed it at Fully Charged Live in the UK. This exotic electric is on its way.

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Rivian’s Cool Electric Pickup

Launching a new car company is no easy thing. Doing so while focusing on the fiercely-competitive truck and SUV segment of the industry against entrenched legacy automakers seems nuts and fraught with peril. But upstart Rivian knows what it’s doing.

2020 Soul X-Line, 2020 Soul GT-Line, 2020 Soul EV

A Redesign Good for the Soul

The iconic, box-like Kia Soul gets a redesign for 2020, sporting styling changes that include a more aggressive front end with horizontal strips containing daytime running lights. Headlamps are integrated in the bumper while taillights now practically encircle the rear

Ferrari SF90 Stradale Front

Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In

The SF90 Stradale represents many firsts for Ferrari. It’s the legendary automaker’s first plug-in hybrid electric model, the marque’s first all-wheel-drive supercar, and the most powerful Ferrari production car ever sold. The SF90 boasts the highest output ever for a

2020 Range Rover Evoque Side at Night

2020 Range Rover Evoque

It’s a new day for Ranger Rover’s Evoque. The stylish crossover joins competitors by offering buyers an efficient, 48 volt mild-hybrid version as an option to increase fuel efficiency and decrease carbon emissions while also boosting overall acceleration and performance.

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Monterey Road Trip in a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

There are countless reasons to visit California’s picturesque Monterey Peninsula, home of historic Monterey with its Cannery Row of Steinbeck lore, Fisherman’s Wharf, and charming Carmel-by-the-Sea.

All-new Explorer ST

All-New Explorer Hybrid

Better in so many ways with improved off-road capabilities and greater towing capacity, the ever-popular Explorer presents yet another choice for SUV buyers. Plus, a pair of EcoBoost engines and a new hybrid variant deliver desired performance and efficiency.

Hyundai Kona Electric Action Red

Hyundai Kona Two Ways

The Kona, Hyundai’s newest and smallest crossover, serves up a pleasing design and welcome functionality. It is offered with a choice two gasoline engines that net up to 33 highway mpg, and also as a battery electric vehicle. Styling cues

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Honda Clarity Electric

Part of Honda’s Clarity triple-play – along with the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell and more mainstream Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – the Clarity Electric is a model that clearly cuts its own path. It does not aim to be part of

An engine cutaway of the all-new 2.7L Turbo engine found in the

Enduring Internal Combustion

Many consider the internal combustion engine a thing of the past. After all, we have zero-emission electric cars and a growing number of hybrids. But conventional engines keep getting better and will power most cars and trucks for some time.

Pininfarina Karma GT Front

Pininfarina’s Karma GT

Karma Automotive continues to evolve as it works to expand its product line and build on the success of its Revero plug-in. What’s next? How about a Grand Touring version with exceptional styling touches by the renowned designers at Pininfarina?

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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Subaru’s Crosstrek Hybrid – actually a plug-in hybrid – is what fans of the marque have been waiting for. It features all the functionality expected of a Subaru along with 17 miles of all-electric driving and a total 480 mile driving range.

2019 Ram 1500 – 3.6-liter eTorque Powertrain

How RAM eTorque Works

Mild hybrid engines have been tried in various models over the past decade, without really gaining traction. Now they’re making a resurgence as fuel economy becomes a more pressing need for automakers. RAM aims to make it a success story.

2019 Ford Ranger

Ford’s Mid-Size Ranger

The compact Ford Ranger disappeared from the scene many years ago, for reasons unknown. Now it’s back in grown-up form, ready to compete in an expanding pickup market where mid-size appears to have a strong and growing appeal. About time.

FROM THE ARCHIVES


Inductive Charging Paddle and Port 1

Charging an electric vehicle through magnetic induction is being explored today as a new way to energize EV batteries, But it has its beginnings more than 28 years ago at GM’s Hughes Aircraft, long before today’s charging systems were adopted.

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