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

2017 Hyundai Ioniq: An Affordable Hybrid

Remember ten or fifteen years ago when the Toyota Prius was pretty much the only hybrid game in town? People were so suspicious of it. The batteries were either going to burst into flame during a collision, like the gas tank of a ’70s Ford Pinto, or they were going to die in the first…

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…

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,…

2016 Mercedes-Benz 350e plug-in hybrid vehicle

What Is a Plug-In Hybrid Electric 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 available November 2017! If a hybrid is dipping a toe in alternative fuels, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is rolling up your jeans and wading in to your knees. These are hybrids that…

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’…