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2017 Toyota Prius Prime video preview
2017 Toyota Prius Prime video preview

The latest Toyota Prius has been a real surprise—with daring looks and even a little bit of driving fun mixed in with stellar gas mileage. Now it’s time for a Prius that blends in the power of the plug--the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime. MORE: Read about the Toyota Prius The Prime is the...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Ioniq, 2016 New York Auto Show
2017 Hyundai Ioniq video preview

Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric cars are all now a permanent part of the automotive landscape. Hyundai isn’t about to be left out of that brave new world. Its green-car ambitions gets a serious boost with this--the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq. MORE: Read about the Hyundai Ioniq The Ioniq breaks...Read More»

2017 Kia Niro, 2016 Chicago Auto Show
2017 Kia Niro Preview Video

Small-SUV shoppers have never had more choice. The streets are practically teeming with new utility vehicles like the Honda HR-V, the Jeep Renegade, and the Mazda CX-3. But what if you're also looking for a utility vehicle without the all-wheel drive, and with hybrid power? At the 2016 Chicago auto...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt Video Road Test

It's only in its second generation, but it's fair to say the Chevy Volt is one of the most important vehicles ever built in America. Now it's time for Volt 2.0, and it's better in every way. Will that be enough to keep eco-friendly drivers steering in the direction of Chevy showrooms? We get some...Read More»

2017 Infiniti QX30, 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show
2017 Infiniti QX30 Video Preview

Infiniti has been on a new-car binge. Just last week we had our first drive in the new Q30 hatchback, and earlier this year we saw the concept version of its crossover cousin. Now, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Infiniti's given us a first look at that hatchback SUV—the 2017 Infiniti QX30. It...Read More»

2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco
2016 Toyota Prius First Drive: Video

It's now in its fourth generation, and the Toyota Prius continues to be the world's definitive hybrid-electric vehicle. This latest 2016 Prius gets slightly better gas mileage than before--52 miles per gallon for the base model--to keep its crown as the most fuel-efficient vehicle without a plug...Read More»

2016 Scion iA and 2016 Scion iM
Will Scion iA, iM Be The Hits Toyota Needs?

Scion needs a sales hit, and it needs it quickly. Launched 12 years ago, Toyota's youth-oriented division found initial success with the offbeat personality of its boxy xB hatchback and the Scion tC coupe's sporty style. Other models fared less well with Scion's target market. The conventionally...Read More»

2016 Fiat 500X
2016 Fiat 500X First Drive Video

Fiat kick-started itself here in the U.S. with a pair of European twins--the tiny 500 hatchback and the bigger 500L. Now it has a real chance to win over American car buyers with its first small crossover SUV. Will the new 500X be big and bold enough to tackle the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V? We...Read More»

2015 BMW i3
The Greenest Cars Of 2015

Fuel economy is a broad term in the car world. Back in the day, it just meant gas mileage, and inevitably those numbers were low. Now, it encompasses everything from frugal gas-powered machines, to turbodiesels, to gas-electric hybrids, to plug-in hybrids, to extended-range electric vehicles...Read More»

2016 Scion iM  -  live photos, 2015 NY Auto Show
2016 Scion iM Video Preview

]Scion has been starved for product over the past few years. Last year it said it would get three new vehicles, and previewed one of them with a concept. Now, we have the production version of that concept--the new 2016 Scion iM hatchback. Unveiled alongside the new Scion iA sedan at the New York...Read More»

2016 Hyundai Elantra GT, 2015 Chicago Auto Show
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT Video

The Elantra GT may share its name with Hyundai's best-selling compact sedan--but in reality, it's a different vehicle, one that comes originally from Europe. And that's why it attracts competition from cars like the VW Golf and Ford Focus. ALSO READ: 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT Preview This year, the...Read More»

2015 Toyota Yaris  -  First Drive, September 2014
2015 Toyota Yaris: First Drive

The 2015 Toyota Yaris is one of the better-looking subcompacts on the market; yet in too many respects—especially from the driver's seat—it feels like a small car from another era. Putting it tersely—after driving several versions of it this past week, on the mostly leisurely...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Spark, Catskill Mountains, Apr 2014
2014 Chevy Spark TSB Fixes Pistons, Transmission Mounts

GM is conducting a couple of service campaigns on select 2014 Chevy Sparks for noisy engines and broken transmission mounts. The first service campaign addresses a potential knocks, ticks, and rattles coming from the engine, as well as sluggish performance. The cause has been narrowed down to a...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Video Road Test

Since the late Seventies, the VW Golf has been been a benchmark for fun-to-drive hatchbacks. Now there’s a new Golf, and it’s never offered so many choices to so many drivers—from hatch to wagon, diesel to EV, dual-clutches to automatics. Of course, it has some stellar competition...Read More»

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2014
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Video Road Test

Subaru’s built its reputation as the king of all-wheel-drive wagons, but it hasn’t always been the king of fuel economy. That sticking point has led to the first Subaru gas-electric car, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid. ALSO READ: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review Under...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Volt
2012-2013 Chevy Volt Gets Free Fix For Battery Cooling

GM will offer a free service to owners of 2012-2013 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles, to resolve an issue with battery coolant. Some Volts were not filled with the proper amount of coolant in the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS)--their propulsion batteries--due to air...Read More»

2014 Nissan Leaf
Nissan Leaf Recalled For Electric-Motor Problem

Nissan is conducting a Voluntary Recall Campaign on a small number of 2014 Leaf electric vehicles to replace the inverter assembly. It's the second Leaf recall within recent weeks, after Nissan said it would replace entire cars identified with body-weld issues. ALSO SEE: What Car Should You Really...Read More»

2015 MINI Cooper 5 Door
2015 MINI Cooper Adds New Five-Door Model

Unless you’re a diehard fan of the MINI Cooper, it probably takes a second or two to differentiate the current design from the previous two generations. That might change a little for the 2015 model year when MINI introduces the new 2015 MINI Cooper five-door. CHECK OUT: What Car Should You...Read More»

2014 Nissan Juke
Nissan Will Replace Timing Chains On Some 2011-2013 Juke Hatchbacks

Nissan has issued its own service bulletin for the 2011-2013 Juke hatchback. Some Jukes from those model years were fitted with faulty timing chains. As a result, the vehicle's engine could shut down. ALSO SEE: Tesla Poised For Triumph In New Jersey, Could Relaunch Sales Next Month Nissan has...Read More»

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