Posts tagged "hybrid"

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid actual fuel economy isn't great

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid actual fuel economy isn't great
I have got to stop driving hybrids in the winter. The cold weather never affords me with optimal conditions, and then I get disappointed when my fuel economy is 10 mpg less than what EPA estimates it should be. I had the 2014 Ford Fusion for a full week test when the weather was still... Read more »

Today's Rave: Interior quietness of Lexus ES 300h

Today's Rave: Interior quietness of Lexus ES 300h
You know that old phrase: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me? Well, the Lexus ES 300h fooled me about 6 times during my test period. Well, probably more actually. It was like a mini April Fools’ joke every time I exited the car. I could almost hear the car... Read more »

Photo gallery: 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in

The Toyota Prius is the quintessential hybrid. It was the first and is still arguably the best hybrid on the market currently. So, how do you make it better? By adding a plug-in charge option? Well, it depends. In a place like Chicago for the majority of people, it’s not going to make sense because... Read more »
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Video: 2013 Ford Fusion Energi preview

At the Chicago Auto Show, I had the chance to take a look at the all-new Ford Fusion Energi, which is the plug-in hybrid version of the midsize car. Ford estimates the hybrid model will get 47 mpg on the highway and in the city (I averaged below 40 mpg combined in a wintery Chicago,... Read more »

Video: 2013 Ford C-MAX

Video: 2013 Ford C-MAX
I recently had the chance to test the all-new 2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid, and I have to say I really liked it. It drove well. It stores a lot of stuff. It’s comfortable. And for a wagony-crossovery-typey vehicle, it gets decent fuel economy. My primary complaint, however, is that the EPA estimated 47 mpg is... Read more »

VW launches hybrid Jetta

I recently had the chance to attend the launch of the all-new VW Jetta Hybrid in Santa Fe, NM. My driving partner was Dan Gray of MPGomatic. And when he pieced together his video review, I made a cameo appearance. Or at least, @girlinthetrunk did. I’ll be uploading pictures and review soon, but in the... Read more »
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Photo gallery: 2013 Toyota Prius c

The Toyota Prius c is the newest — and smallest — addition to the family Prii. With a base price of  $18,950 and an EPA estimated combined city/highway fuel economy of 50 mpg, the Prius c is an incredibly practical city car. Stay tuned for my Chicago-worthy review, but I’ll give you a hint: This... Read more »

Chicago Auto Show: Lexus LF-LC Concept

OK. I walked all 1.2 million square feet of the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, and of all the vehicles on the entire floor, I finally found my favorite: The Lexus LF-LC Concept. Launched in Detroit last month, this concept is described as a hybrid 2+2 sport coupe, but further powertrain details are scarce. Which means:... Read more »

Prius goes plural at Lincoln Park Whole Foods

Many thanks to Drive, She Said Facebook fan and fellow Midwest Automotive Media Association member Larry Nutson for giving me the heads up about a consumer drive opportunity at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods. Today from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., the Chicagoland Toyota Dealers will have the Prius V on display, and you will... Read more »
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5 cars Chicago should watch

2012 Chevrolet Sonic The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is currently underway in Detroit, and while the news coming out of this year’s auto spectacle was a bit light, there are 5 cars Chicago should care about: the 2012 Buick Verano, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, the Honda Civic Concept and... Read more »