Posts from ‘Green Technology’

Sep
06

Kia Soul EV, Living With an Electric Car

To wrap up our 14-month evaluation of the all-electric Kia Soul EV, each member of the Consumer Guide vehicle-evaluation team has shared their thoughts on their experiences with our long-term test vehicle. Be sure to explore our monthly updates on the Soul EV for a more detailed look at the pros and cons of living with an electric vehicle.

Jun
07
2017 Acura MDX Hybrid

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Advance in White Diamond Pearl

2015 Audi Q52017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Advance

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 319

Fuel Used: 12.4

Apr
12
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

New York Auto ShowBuilding on the concept – and performance – of the previous Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid displayed at the New York Auto Show.

Apr
07

New for 2017 Chevys, 2018 Chevrolet News

There’s a lot on the minds of Chevrolet sales and marketing people, judging by the diverse array of new products the brand has placed on the market in 2017. New vehicles being added starting in the spring include a pure-electric subcompact, a compact crossover, performance cars, and compact and large pickups.

Mar
23
2017 Honda Clarity

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Consumer Guide First Spin

Even in this line of work, it’s not often we get to drive something truly revolutionary.

Mar
21
Kia Soul EV charging, Impact on Range

Cold weather takes a significant toll on our long-term Kia Soul EV’s driving range.

According to the calendar, spring has officially arrived, and we can consign the winter of 2016-17 to the history books. Aside from one early March blast of snowy weather, our Chicagoland stomping grounds got off pretty easy in terms of frozen precipitation this season—but we still had our fair share of days where the thermometer didn’t get above single digits. Since the bone-chilling temperatures and snowstorms are (hopefully) in our rearview mirror now, it’s a good time to review our winter testing experience with our long-term Kia Soul EV. 

Feb
11

Midwest EVOLVE logo

2017 Chicago Auto ShowAnnounced at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show was the launch of Midwest EVOLVE, a three-year project to promote electric vehicles in seven midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. A partnership between the American Lung Association and eight Clean Cities coalitions in those seven states, Midwest EVOLVE plans to host more than 200 events, including some that will allow drivers to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle.

Oct
06
Ford EcoBoost, What is Direct Injection

As you might expect, direct injection involves the introduction of fuel directly into the combustion chamber.

Direct injection is a form of fuel injection that is gaining popularity as auto manufacturers work to improve fuel economy. Direct injection’s primary benefit is improved engine efficiency. A common secondary benefit of direct injection is the ability to use regular-grade gasoline in engines that might otherwise require more-expensive premium fuel.

Oct
04
2017 Toyota Prius Prime

A plug-in version of the Toyota Prius returns for 2017 as the Prius Prime. It boasts unique styling and offers up to 25 miles of electric-only range, after which it carries on as a regular hybrid — for a total of up to 640 miles between fill-ups.

Scion iM

When the Toyota Prius was redesigned last year, its Plug-in sibling was notably absent from the lineup. But a plug-in version returns for 2017 as the heavily updated Prius Prime, and it stands as a truly viable alternative to the “normal” Prius.

Jul
21
10-Speed Transmission

Will a common drivetrain element invalidate a 50-year feud?

There aren’t too many automotive rivalries for consumers to get excited about anymore. Sure, there’s the annual Honda Accord/Nissan Altima/Toyota Camry sales race—but I’m not sure present-day buyers really care all that much.

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