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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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Introduced last fall, the 2015 Kia Soul EV makes an arguable case to go electric with good utility and the highest EPA-rated range among all EVs not named “Tesla.” Like any car, the all-electric version of Kia’s second-generation Soul comes with pros and cons though, and arrives at a transitional time for evolving EVs three […]

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Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost Mustang is about as far a cry as you’ll get from a Prius and still be considered fuel-efficient, but that it is, at least within qualified terms. Its turbocharged four is the first in three decades since the ’84-’86 SVO was dreamed up to offer better fuel economy in an era still […]

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Completely face lifted and overhauled for the 2013 model year, Ford smacked a home run with its Fusion five-passenger sedan. Its European-influenced styling, quiet cabin, crisp handling, excellent fuel economy and a list of techno gizmos that shames some luxury sedans makes the Fusion one of the top sellers in an extremely competitive segment. For […]

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A few years ago the notion of a “luxury performance hybrid” may have seemed contradictory, but now numerous automakers are going in this direction and among them, Infiniti’s Q50 Hybrid is a car that stands out. Launched last year as a new model and named with the brand’s new “Q” nomenclature arriving with its 25th […]

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