Posts from ‘Hybrids’

Jul
29
Generation Z Goes Car Shopping

Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.

Jul
15
2023 Toyota Crown

2023 Toyota Crown

Last night Toyota officially unveiled its latest production vehicle, and that vehicle wears one of the company’s earliest model names. The new-for-2023 Toyota Crown is a genre-bending mashup of an SUV and a full-size sedan—its unusual shape combines a SUV-like lower body with a low-and-racy fastback roofline, but unlike other “coupe-style” crossover SUVs, the Crown maintains a traditional rear trunk instead of an SUV-style liftgate. The Crown also comes standard with a gas/electric hybrid powertrain; in fact, Toyota offers a choice of two new hybrid powertrains, both with standard on-demand electronic all-wheel drive.

Jul
13
2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone in Wind Chill Pearl (a $425 option)

Consumer Guide Automotive 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone

Class: Large Pickup

Miles driven: 667

Fuel used: 35.6 gallons

Jul
12

Fuel Economy Champiion

Not ready to make the switch to a plug-in-hybrid or pure-electric vehicle? That’s okay with us. However, with gas prices cresting over $5.00 a gallon, you may be thinking about driving something more fuel efficient than your current set of wheels.

Jun
30
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited

2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited in Ruby Flare Pearl (a $425 option)

2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited AWD

Class: Compact Crossover SUV

Miles driven: 474

Fuel used: 13.9 gallons

Jun
01

What’s new: 2023 ToyotaToyota’s PR department has been especially busy for the past three weeks or so, issuing a steady flow of press releases on the updates to its product line for the 2023 model year. With the release of info on several models today—most notably the Corolla compact car and the Corolla Cross subcompact crossover SUV—we now have a fairly comprehensive picture of Toyota’s complete model lineup for 2023. Check out the model-by-model details below!

May
31
2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance

2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance

Tonight, Lexus took the wraps off its all-new 2023 RX crossover SUV. Long the Lexus brand’s best-selling model, the RX kicks off its fifth generation with a fairly ambitious, from-the-ground-up redesign. It’s built on the new GA-K global platform and introduces an evolution of Lexus’s “spindle-grille” design language that results in a burlier front-end appearance. Four new 4-cylinder powertrains will be offered, three of which are gas-electric hybrids (including a forthcoming plug-in-hybrid model). New features include the Lexus Interface Multimedia System, an expanded Lexus Safety System+ 3.0 suite of safety features, available Digital Key smartphone-app access and starting, and two additional trim levels.

Apr
19
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

Consumer Guide Automotive

There’s no moss growing under the feet of Jeep engineers and product planners these days. About a year ago, the brand introduced its first plug-in-hybrid vehicle: the Wrangler 4xe. Approximately 30,000 units found buyers last year, which Jeep says makes the Wrangler 4xe (pronounced “four by e”) America’s best-selling plug-in hybrid. Last summer, the fifth generation of Jeep’s Grand Cherokee debuted with the all-new 2021 Grand Cherokee L—the first Grand Cherokee with three rows of seats. Late last year, a redesign of the traditional two-row, five-passenger Grand Cherokee was introduced on a shorter version of the L’s all-new unibody platform. That’s all history now—along with the equally new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer full-size SUVs—and Jeep’s engineers are on to their next act: the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe. It’s an intriguing mix-and-match that combines the Wrangler 4xe’s powerful plug-in-hybrid powertrain with the redesigned Grand Cherokee.

Apr
14
2022 Ford Maverick Lariat, Alto Blue

2022 Ford Maverick Lariat in Alto Blue Tinted Clear Coat Metallic (a $390 option)

2015 Audi Q52022 Ford Maverick Lariat FWD

Class: Compact Pickup Truck

Miles driven: 273

Fuel used: 6.9 gallons

Mar
03
2022 Toyota Sienna XSE

2022 Toyota Sienna XSE in Ruby Flare Pearl (a $425 option)

2022 Toyota Sienna XSE AWD

Class: Minivan

Miles Driven: 541

Fuel Used: 14.9 gallons