Toyota Avalon Hybrid

2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Is Solid

It might sound underwhelming when I say that my test of the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid was solid, but let me assure you that this really is high praise. In this age of new products, new platforms, and new models, the Avalon Hybrid is a wonderful reminder of the bliss that can be found in…

Hyundai Ioniq

Meet the 2018 Greenest and Meanest Vehicles

Every year for two decades, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy releases a list of the greenest vehicles and the meanest. Green vehicles require fewer resources and pollute less during manufacturing, fuel production, and tailpipe emissions. Mean vehicles suck up fuel and pollute like your cigar-smoking uncle after eating bean burritos. There are more…

2018 Kia Niro

Noise Aside, 2018 Kia Niro Has a Lot to Love

Hybrid technology has been moving beyond the realm of sedans in recent years. This is good, as buyers benefit from having the option of a more fuel-efficient vehicle that suits their lifestyle, and a solid case-in-point is the 2018 Kia Niro. The Kia Niro is a front-wheel drive crossover hybrid. It has the look and…

Friday Fun! Formula E vs. a Cheetah

It’s Friday. Take two minutes out of your day to watch a cool thing. I promise you will learn very little, and there will not be a quiz. Your tired brain does not need that right now. You will find out that cheetahs are very endangered, and climate change is a big factor in that.…

Fisker Emotion

What About Fisker?

There have been so many announcements from Tesla these days, it’s easy to forget that other EV companies exist. One of those companies is Fisker Inc. Named for its founder, Henrik Fisker, you may recall his first company, Fisker Automotive. In 2012, it turned heads with Mr. Fisker’s Karma plug-in hybrid sedan. Not long after,…

Tesla Model S reliability

You Can Do It, EVs!

Conventional wisdom in car-reviewing circles is that consumers should stay away from brand-new models or models that have a significant update. There are simply too many glitches that need to be worked out in the first year, so it’s best to wait for the following year. Or more. Regarding reliability, industry expert Consumer Reports says,…

EVs plug in winter

Winterizing Electric Vehicles

The warning “winter is coming” is almost as ominous for owners of electric vehicles as it is for citizens of Westeros. Cold weather can be hard on hybrids and EVs since the loss of charge (in practical terms, that’s miles) being a major problem in lower temperatures. According to the US Department of Energy, hybrids’…

Prius hybrid vehicle

What Is a Hybrid Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and out November 2017! It may surprise you—or it may not, given the ubiquity of the Toyota Prius—to know that hybrids have been on sale in the United States since 1999. I’m sure when Prince…