Posts from ‘Hybrids’

Dec
05
2020 Lexus RX Review

2020 Lexus RX 450hL

Freshened for 2020, the Lexus RX premium midsize crossover is quietly one of the most successful, and most important, vehicles to have been introduced into the American marketplace in decades. In fact, I would argue, the RX enjoys a position of retail significance so compelling, its success is rivaled only by ketchup. Heinz Ketchup, to be exact. Allow me to explain…

Nov
27
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited in Ruby Flare Pearl (a $395 option)

2015 Audi Q52019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited AWD

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 1060

Fuel used: 26.3 gallons

Nov
20
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

Los Angeles Auto ShowAt the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota introduced the first-ever plug-in-hybrid version of its recently redesigned RAV4 compact SUV. Toyota says the 2021 RAV4 Prime is the most powerful and quickest RAV4 ever, in addition to being the most fuel-efficient.

Nov
20
 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Los Angeles Auto ShowAlthough there is much new for the 2020 versions of Hyundai’s Ioniq “electrified” compact hatchbacks shown at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the biggest news comes in the full-electric version, which gets a bigger battery and greatly increased range.

Nov
20
Hyundai Vision T Plug-in Hybrid Concept

Hyundai Vision T Plug-in Hybrid Concept

Los Angeles Auto ShowFor many people, the most practical way to take best advantage of vehicle electrification is with a plug-in hybrid, which combines some electric-only drive range with the backup of a gas engine for longer trips. While pure-electric vehicles get the bulk of press coverage these days, Hyundai recognizes that plug-ins still make a lot of sense, as illustrated by the Vision T Concept introduced at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Nov
19
2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring

2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring

Los Angeles Auto ShowOn the heels of Lincoln’s Aviator Grand Touring hybrid comes its smaller brother, the Corsair Grand Touring, which first sees the light of day at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Although a plug-in hybrid like its bigger brother, the Corsair Grand Touring’s powertrain and AWD system differs in that a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder mates with two electric motors and a CVT automatic transmission to power the front wheels, while a separate electric motor powers the rear wheels, a combination that’s estimated to provide a total of 266 horsepower.

Sep
23
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Although there are updates to Honda’s entire CR-V lineup for 2020, the biggest news is that a Hybrid model will be added, due on sale early in 2020. It will be joined in the compact-crossover class by another new hybrid entry, the 2020 Ford Escape (which should be hitting dealerships soon), both adding to the existing roster that includes hybrid versions of the Toyota RAV4, and Kia Niro — which also comes in plug-in hybrid form, the type offered by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.

Sep
16
2020 Jeep Gladiator, 2020 Jeep News

2020 Jeep Gladiator

While FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) isn’t setting many sales records with its cars, its trucks are on fire. Jeep is maintaining its traditionally strong sales numbers, and Ram pickups have recently outsold Chevrolet’s (!!!) to become the nation’s #2-selling trucks behind the Ford F-Series. That’s huge.

Aug
29
2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Advance in Canyon Bronze Metallic

2015 Audi Q52019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Advance

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles driven: 178

Fuel used: 7.0 gallons

Aug
20
Range Rover Sport HSE P400e

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE P400e in Firenze Red (a $710 option)

2015 Audi Q52019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE P400e

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles driven: 375

Fuel used: 13.6 gallons