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Since its sales launch last November, the RAV4 Hybrid has hit the ground running as a bit of a niche product that’s arguably value priced. This year through March it has been America’s second-best selling hybrid vehicle aside from the perennial chart topper – its established sibling, the Prius. In the process it has stepped […]

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This month we had opportunity to review a vehicle which had previously come in a hybrid version, but which now promises decent fuel economy via conventional downsized turbo options – the 2016 Ford Escape. The compact crossover introduced in 2000 went through two generations from 2005-2011 with a full hybrid powertrain independently developed by Ford […]

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Full Disclosure: Since I was a young teenager I have owned Ford pickups. It started with a 1939 model, then a 1952 F-100 with a Hemi V8, followed by several others. Yes I do like Ford trucks, but I’ve also owned an International and a couple of Chevys. You’ve probably seen the ads: Big pickup […]

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These are interesting times for the Nissan Leaf which for 2016 has up to 27-percent more range than last year. Introduced as a 2011 model with 73 miles range in December 2010, it was revised to 84 miles in 2013, then revised again this year with a 30-kwh battery and 107-miles range in the upper […]

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Hyundai’s plug-in Sonata was introduced last year alongside its second-generation Hybrid and is both unique and conforming while topping competitors in a few important ways. Its commonality with other midsized hybrid and plug-in hybrid sedans – from Toyota, Ford, Honda, Kia, and Chevrolet – is they fit a formula of roughly 200 horsepower and 40-plus-or-minus […]

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Adding a turbocharger to a small displacement four-cylinder engine is becoming a common pairing for car companies wanting to boost both power and fuel mileage. Uncommon on the other hand would be combining that with gasoline-electric hybrid technology, but that’s what Volkswagen did with the Jetta Hybrid. While you won’t see turbo in the name, […]

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After two decades in North America, Toyota’s 2016 RAV4 is now being offered for the first time with hybrid powertrain. The RAV4’s history actually predates the Prius from which the small SUV’s two trim hybrid levels – XLE and Limited – borrow its Hybrid Synergy Drive architecture. The RAV4 was originally shown in 1989 as a […]

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General Motors has a secret new car called the 2016 Chevy Volt. It can run 53 miles solely on battery power before a gas engine takes over for 420 total miles, is more fun than an “eco” car has any right to be, and we’re here to tell you about it. What? You say you […]

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The 2015 Golf Sportwagen may resemble the former Jetta Sportwagen, but it arrives as part of the seventh-generation Golf line, and Volkswagen says this is an all-new car. And it is, but the traditional station wagon now being taken over by the Golf nameplate does retain what people liked about the Jetta wagon, except true […]

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Lexus’ first compact crossover sport utility vehicle, the 2015 NX, is proof that the luxury automaker has finally severed the bonds of styling that has been as inoffensive as a chocolate chip cookie. The NX presents a visual intensity with its most ardent expression yet of the “spindle grill” and the family design direction that […]

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