‘Right-sized’ crossover SUVs are clearly a hot trend these days, as evidenced by the many downsized models that proliferate on our highways. Happily, gone are the days when legions of massive SUVs with single drivers jammed roadways and parking lots.
Toyota’s new 2021 Sienna hybrid minivan targets sales leaders Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and Kia Sedona with a fresh and dynamic design, much improved drive characteristics and cabin environment, an array of important technology innovations, and arguably best-in-segment convenience features.
Ford has redesigned its F-150 pickup for the 2021 model year and it will be easy to spot thanks to a tougher, bolder look. Among its new design features are a power dome hood, higher front fenders, and wrap-around bumpers.
The crossover SUV market is hot, to the point where these highly-functional vehicles have become one of the most desired of all models on the highway. Joining the ranks is Toyota’s stylish and new Venza Hybrid that definitely rates consideration.
Pickups and electric vehicles are top of mind these days. So why not put the two together? That’s exactly what Ford, GM, and a growing list of startup companies are focusing on today, promising great choices for pickup buyers ahead.
Interest in ‘green’ cars of all types is growing. Automakers recognize this and now offer an increasing number of models that speak to greater efficiency, lower tailpipe and carbon emissions, and electrification. The Green Car Awards celebrate these laudable efforts.
In 2004, one of the auto industry’s most storied leaders, Lee Iacocca, sat down with Green Car Journal to discuss electrification, boomers, and Detroit vs. Japan. Here’s what the outspoken father of the Mustang and the minivan had to say.
Hyundai’s Elantra sedan has been an important model for the automaker since its introduction. Now, an all-new generation is poised to hit the streets featuring Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ Parametric Design directive, which comes screaming through with a compelling coupe-like profile.
Can you build cars with advanced 3D printing? A demonstration 3D printed car was created at the SEMA Show, then students at NTU in Singapore created a race car. Now a California company is building a production hybrid supercar. Wow!
Public charging has been provided for free at many retail locations and parking garages as a way to encourage buying an EV, or to enhance an establishment’s environmental image. Now, pay-per-use chargers are increasingly the norm. But at what cost?
Featuring an innovative series-parallel hybrid system, the plug-in Mitsubishi PHEV brings a host of advanced technologies to bear that distinguish the model amid its peers. It’s all-wheel drive, features Level 1, 2, and 3 charging, and offers seamless electric operation.
Driving electric is cheaper than driving on gasoline, but how much cheaper? Calculating the cost of ‘tanking up’ on electrons is no simple thing and depends on whether you’re charging at home or on the road. Let’s calculate the numbers.
Not that long ago, alternatives like biodiesel, ethanol, methanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and propane autogas (LPG) shared equal billing with electric and hybrid vehicles. Now these other green technologies get little media focus. What happened?
Many feel that a ‘hydrogen economy’ is likely in our future. Whether it will include cars, SUVs, and light trucks remains an open question, since most automakers are focusing future efforts on EVs with longer driving range, rather than hydrogen.
Noted designer and entrepreneur Henrik Fisker’s first effort at being an automaker focused on a stunning electric car. That didn’t pan out as planned, but provided important insights into how to successfully bring a new brand and vehicle to market.
Electric pickups are coming…but are we ready for them? A new generation of high-tech trucks promises to deliver all the functionality expected of modern pickups along with highly efficient and zero-emission electric drive. The challenge: Where to charge them all.
The Outlander PHEV is a hidden gem in a sea of crossovers and SUVs. It offers advanced features and capabilities found on plug-in hybrid competitors costing tens of thousands of dollars more, while offering a fun and family-friendly SUV experience.
MINI has been easing into electrification for some time now. It’s been years since the MINI E electric vehicle plied the roads as a lease-only, limited test fleet in L.A. and New York. Now the MINI Cooper SE is here.
The Karma Revero GT, Green Car Journal’s 2020 Luxury Green Car of the Year, represents the sophisticated evolution of the Revero series hybrid. Karma Automotive devoted significant resources in reworking every part of this grand touring sedan, with enormous success.
Porsche fans have waited patiently for this storied marque to rise to the Tesla challenge. That’s no easy thing, and it had to be done right or risk both reputation and future market share. The result is as expected. Spectacular!
SUV and crossover buyers are a pretty diverse bunch, especially these days as those accustomed to sedans are increasingly making their way to these more functional vehicles. Now, upscale buyers have a great new choice in the Lincoln Aviator PHEV.
You might not expect an entry-level sedan to offer surprising style, extremely high fuel efficiency, and an unexpected level of advanced electronics and driver assist systems. Yet, that’s what the new-generation Toyota Corolla brings to car buyers on a budget.
Looking for luxury, performance, and sufficient battery electric range for short commutes or around-town driving? The BMW 745e xDrive iPerformance may pique your interest. This plug-in hybrid gets an updated look for 2020 along with a more powerful hybrid drivetrain.
Contactless inductive charging via a paddle and chargeport was championed by GM’s EV1 in the 1990s. Now BMW is giving inductive charging a modern twist with its wireless charging system that simply requires parking over a ChargePad on the ground.
The Sonata has long offered a nice balance of style and value. With the all-new 2020 edition, the Sonata steps up its game with an appealing design, a satisfying driving experience, and welcome efficiency. A hybrid joins the lineup soon.