Posts from ‘Hatchbacks/Wagons’
One of the downsides of electric cars — as noted in our previous Kia Soul EV long-term update — is that cold weather really cuts into the driving range. That’s likely due in part to the battery being less efficient in cold temperatures, and certainly to the fact that creating heat from electricity is an extremely inefficient endeavor.
2017 Toyota Corolla iM
Class: Compact Car
Miles Driven: 234
Fuel Used: 8.6 gallons
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.
At first blush, Toyota’s 2018 C-HR looks all the world like a rakish new entry in the compact-crossover segment, but it’s not. At least, not in the traditional sense.
However, that may depend on how one defines a “crossover.” Despite the fact that roughly 40-50 percent of small SUVs are purchased in front-wheel-drive form, Consumer Guide’s definition has traditionally included the mandate that it has to at least be offered with all-wheel drive, and the C-HR is not … at least, not yet.
Hyundai revealed its redesigned 2018 Elantra GT hatchback at the Chicago Auto Show. In addition to a whole new look, the 2018 GT offers a new drivetrain and several new features.
In the world of electric vehicles, the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt might well go down as a game-changer.
Class: Compact Car
Miles Driven: 323
Fuel Used: 13.5 gallons