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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Paul Bunyan

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Road Trip

While all-electric vehicles can be pressed into service for long trips, that’s not always an easy thing. That’s why plug-in hybrids fill this need well. They’re all-electric for around-town driving and offer easy capability for longer journeys. Here’s our experience.

2020 Hyundai Venue Front 1

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?

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.

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.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss

V-8 Can Run on One Cylinder

Not long ago, engineers created engines that could run on half their cylinders under low load conditions to save fuel. Great trick, right? Now GM has upped the ante with a V-8 and V-6 that run on just one. Well…that’s pretty cool.

Toyota Avalon Red

Avalon Hybrid Gets 43 MPG

The Avalon has historically been a mainstream, if not overly exciting, vehicle in the Toyota lineup. The model’s latest generation changes all this with an exciting design, great attention to detail, and a hybrid variant that gets really impressive mpg.

2019-Volvo-XC40-Front

Volvo XC40 is High Tech

Looking for efficiency and functionality in a smaller crossover that also offers a high-end persona? Volvo’s new XC40 should be on your comparison list. This stylish model offers loads of on-board tech along with a respectable 33 highway mpg..

2019 Cadillac XT4 Sport

Cadillac’s Sharp XT4

The XT4 is Cadillac’s answer to the compact crossover SUV, and it’s one sharp looking model. While it isn’t exotic in the sense of integrating electrification, it achieves a thrifty 30 highway miles-per-gallon on its turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

MY19 Nissan Altima

Nissan’s Efficient and Fun-to-Drive 2019 Altima

Nissan’s all-new, sixth-generation Altima has been extensively redesigned with greater refinement and efficiency, along with a more aerodynamic body…

MY2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van

Mercedes-Benz’ Highly Functional Metris

The Mercedes-Benz Metris is this automaker’s offering for commercial vehicle buyers who like the Sprinter van, but desire something a bit smaller. They get it in the Metris mid-size van, a model first introduced to the U.S. in the 2016

2019 Lexus ES 300h Driving

Driven: Lexus ES 300h

The all-new 2019 ES 300h is a welcome evolution of Lexus’ approachable luxury sedan. It offers handsome style, a quiet and comfortable interior, and good performance. Importantly, this hybrid is less than a $2,000 step up from its gas counterpart.

2019 Honda Insight

Driven: Honda Insight Hybrid

The third-generation Honda Insight features an all-new design that brings the model more into the mainstream and clearly carries the Honda DNA forward. It’s a significant departure from the quirky, wheel-skirted first-generation Insight hybrid that came to our shores in the