Posts from ‘Plug-in Hybrids’

Jul
21
Electric Cars and AM Radio

The all-electric 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is not available with AM radio.

By Jim Flammang

At this point it’s fairly clear that electric vehicles are the future, but the road to get there is full of hurdles big and small. One of the smaller challenges, at least for a good number of traditional consumers, is this: Electric cars have a problem with AM radio. Why? Because the electric motors that power their drive wheels, propelling the vehicle, also tend to generate electromagnetic interference with AM broadcast reception.

Jun
25
Wrangler 4xe

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.

Apr
30
Mitsubishi U.S. Plans

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.

Apr
26
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe Sahara

Consumer Guide Automotive Jeep has a complicated and fascinating history going back about 80 years, to the battlefields of World War II. Civilian Jeeps, or CJs, were available almost immediately after WWII hostilities ceased, and today’s Wrangler can trace its lineage directly back to that first CJ-2A. Now, for 2021, Wrangler enters a new era with the addition of a plug-in-hybrid variant: the 4xe.

Apr
19
2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge

Volvo XC60 Recharge T8 Inscription in Denim Blue Metallic (a $645 option)

Quick Spin

2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge T8 Inscription

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 362

Fuel Used: 10.0 gallons

Apr
16
2021 BMW 330e Sedan

2021 BMW 330e Sedan in Alpine White

Quick Spin

2021 BMW 330e Sedan

Class: Premium Compact Car

Miles driven: 157

Fuel used: 4.2 gallons

Mar
12
Cool Things about the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

As if the Chrysler Pacifica wasn’t good enough with a conventional powertrain, through 2020 it had the distinction of being the only minivan on the market with the availability of gas/electric hybrid power. That bragging point disappears with the arrival of the ’21 Toyota Sienna, but the Pacifica has done a few things that secure its place as a Consumer Guide “Best Buy” in the class.

Mar
08
 Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 PHEV

2021 Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 PHEV in White Silver Metallic

Mini Plug-in

2021 Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 PHEV

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 187

Fuel used: 5.5 gallons

Oct
02
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE in Magnetic Gray Metallic

2015 Audi Q52021 Toyota RAV4 Prime SE

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 167

Fuel used: 2.0 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