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.
Electrics, hybrids, high efficiency combustion models…which ones stand out? Every year, Green Car Journal identifies the best-of-the-best through its Green Car Awards program. Here are this year’s most notable new ‘green’ vehicles of the 2020 model year.
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.
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.
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!
The modern minivan was born 35 years ago, shepherded to market by the legendary Lee Iacocca at Chrysler. You’d think by now, there would be a slew of hybrid minivans to serve family needs. Nope. Again, Chrysler leads the pack.
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.
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 internal combustion engine keeps improving and getting ever-more efficient. That’s an imperative as conventionally powered vehicles compete with a new generation of electrics. Hyundai’s continuously variable valve duration technology is the latest twist for creating more efficient combustion engines.
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.