The Toyota Avalon Hybrid underwent a nearly invisible update for the 2016 model year- invisible or not, however, the Avalon remains a winner.
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The updated-for-2016 Mazda 6 promises good looks and decent fuel economy with an extra helping of driving fun. Can it deliver?
With the CR-V in the body shop I needed a ride, and Mazda delivered with a 41 MPG Mazda 3 sedan. What did I think of the sporty 4 door? Find out …
All eyes were on Jenson Button and the 2016 McLaren-Honda MP4-31 as the innovative new racer completed 84 laps on its new Honda power unit.
When it was introduced in the late 90s, the original Honda CR-V was an innovative car-based SUV that promised to combine an SUV’s all-weather capabilities and high seating position with a car’s fuel economy. It was a formula that was wildly successful, and which spawned rivals like the Toyota RAV-4, Hyundai Tucson, and- depending on […]
Juan Pablo Montoya just finished testing the hybrid Porsche 919 racecar and thinks racing at LeMans would be cool. Could he win the triple crown in 2016?
Fun, stylish, and practical, the 2015 Fiat 500X would have been an instant classic … if only it wasn’t saddled with that terrible transmission!
It’s big, it’s roomy, it floats down the highway like an ocean vessel, and it gets 40 MPG. Is there to NOT love about he 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?
What happens to performance and fuel economy when you “fix” a Volkswagen diesel that can’t pass emissions? As this video shows: it ain’t good.
There’s no point in beating around the bush on this one. I really, really liked the little red 2015 Toyota Yaris SE I test-drove last week. There were a few things, small things, that kept it from being perfect. For the first time since we started using this “car dating” format, though, this was a […]
My time with the 2015 Lexus NX 300h has come to an end, but is it love? No, it’s not. But don’t worry- it’s not you, it’s me. (I can do better.)
My week-long test drive of the good-looking, well-equipped 2015 Lexus NX 300h starts off with a good first impression- but can it live up to expectations?
Honda got bad news this week when Swedish magazine Teknikens Värld posted video of the 2015 Honda CR-V utterly failing its all-wheel drive performance test.
The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid got a few updates this year, and they work together to make the car look really, really good- but does it go as good as it looks?
The one where I drive a 2014 Honda Civic around Oak Park and complain about Frank Lloyd Wright, Unitarians, expensive parking, and that I miss my old Si.
Relevance. That’s been the buzzword behind the most recent technical regulations in Formula 1, which (unlike NASCAR) saw the proliferation of turbos and the explosive growth of hybrid-electric road cars with moveable aero and said “that’s the future – that’s where we need to be!” Now, after years of running 13″ wheels on its cars, […]
In an effort to meet the world’s toughest emissions standards, many automakers in Europe are exploiting loopholes that fudge emissions data in their favor.
To some, the sounds of the new Formula 1 hybrid race cars sounds like breathing. Whatever they sound like to you, they sure do sound turbocharged to me!
This car you see here is the Lexus CT200h F Sport Hybrid, and I want to get one thing perfectly, utterly, unmistakably clear before we get too far into this review. That one thing is this: when I picked up my drop dead, melt-your-socks gorgeous attorney for dinner in the Lexus F Sport last week, […]
The last time I drove a Toyota Camry Hybrid was back in June, and I ended up sick on the side of the road in Texas- was it the Toyota‘s fault, or was it my third Whataburger? I reached out to Toyota after my return to Chicago in order to give them a shot at […]