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4 Apr 2019 | No Comment | 715 views

By Don Hammonds

Want something to talk about?

Take a look at Lexus’ all-new UX, its smallest–and most affordable way of putting Toyota’s luxury brand in your driveway.

 

It has a wild look to it that, for some reason, makes me think of the Minecraft stuff that my kid has in his room.  Yes, it’s that wild looking!  But you know, as startling as it is, you really grow to love it.

I happen to like it a lot, but for most people, it …

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17 Mar 2018 | No Comment | 931 views

 

By Don Hammonds

Want a glance into the automotive future?

We got your back.

The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is your ticket.

The Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid, which means that you can recharge at home or at a public charging station, which are becoming a lot more common nowadays. While it is indeed the top of the heap Prius, it doesn’t look like the other Prius models that are not plug-0in hybrids.  It has its own look–and given the potential of this …

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6 Oct 2017 | No Comment | 720 views

By Don Hammonds

Tried, true, familiar–and fun.

Pretty much sums up the Toyota RAV4 compact utility vehicle, don’t you think?

 

We do.  We just finished a test drive of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited with all wheel drive, and we could not have been more pleased.

The RAV4, in our view, is one of the top contenders in the CUV end of the market, but it especially shines when it comes to sporty, lively driving–especially this Hybrid version.  It’s faster than the conventional …

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6 Jan 2016 | No Comment | 909 views

 Dress it up in black, add some snappy wheels, and the Hyundai Sonata looks like –and acts like–the perfect limousine for the “Green is Good”  crowd.

[caption id="attachment_7956" align="alignnone" width="640"] 2016 Sonata Hybrid[/caption]

First and foremost to that constituency, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is  plenty economical–fuel economy is up 10 percent and the car now has a combined rating of 42 miles per gallon (compared to only 38 combined last year)  40 city and 44 highway, both up from the previous model.

Better …

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8 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 1,227 views

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s all-new 2015 mid-sized Camry is proof positive that you can make substantial changes to a popular model, and still keep–even grow–your customer base.

Our road tests of the 2015 Camry XLE and the 2015 Camry Hybrid were some of the most surprising evaluations we’ve had from a Camry evaluation in years.  The new models are exactly as promised; new from stem to stern and back,   the only carryover piece, company officials said, was the  exterior roof. ”

And, for the …

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16 Feb 2015 | 3 Comments | 12,275 views
Detroit:2015 North American International Auto Show

This year’s North American International Auto Show—also known as the Dtroit Auto Show-took a U turn away from hybrids and compact cars–and unveiled a slew of big cars, huge trucks and flashy sport car with blistering performance. Everyone from Ford and Buick——that’s Buick’s stunning concept car, the Avenir, just above– to Acura and Lexus unveiled products that represented a huge departure from the sorts of cars seen at the last few Detroit Auto Shows.

Just about the only brands introducing products that …

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11 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 1,192 views
2014 Toyota Prius Three: Good car in search of an update

By Don Hammonds

 

I can remember when the Toyota Prius seemed to be such a futuristic car.

From the out of this world hybrid gas electric hybrid system to its exciting looking future world dash board to the shape of the dashboard to its gee whiz profile, the Toyota Pruis, seemed like it was from a galaxy far. awayNow, in the year of Our Lord 2014, theres little that differentiates Prius from other hybrids onthe road. And today, Little has changed with …

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26 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 1,472 views
2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE: Comfortable, familiar–and very economical

    By Don Hammonds

Okay. Let’s say you’re shopping for a hybrid family sedan.

We will assume, for purposes of discussion, that you’re not sitting on a pile of money, so we’re eliminating the luxury hybrid sedans.  We will also not include either the Kia or Hyundai  hybrid sedans, which don’t get nearly the mileage that our two top hybrid family sedans are able to achieve.

         The bottom line is that you mainly  have two high gasoline mileage options.  One is of course, …

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11 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 1,296 views
2014 Fusion Energi: Four wheels firmly planted in the future

 

By Don Hammonds

      It should be no surprise to anyone familiar with Automobile Journal that  Ford’s Fusion Energi is a popular car with us.

     First of all, of course, is the fuel economy that this plug-in hybrid manages to generate–it’s pretty spectacular; 100 mpg-e.

Sure, most people who drive the car solely on its gasoline mode of operaton get anywhere from 47 to 50 miles per gallon if you read consumer comments. But even the idea of getting 100 mpg-e with this car …

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7 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 802 views
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

 
By John Heilig
Model: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring
Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC I4
Horsepower/Torque: 141 @ 6,200 rpm (196 total hp)/122 lb.-ft. @ 3,500-6,000 rpm (plus 226 lb.-ft. @ 0-3,850 rpm)
Transmission: CVT
Wheelbase: 109.3 in.
Length x Width x Height: 192.2 x 72.8 x 57.5 in.
Tires: P225/50R17
Cargo: 12.3 cu. ft.
Economy: 50 mpg city/45 m pg highway/32.6 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 15.8 gal.
Curb Weight: 3,602 lbs.
Sticker: $35,697 (includes $790 destination charge)
The Bottom Line: The Honda Accord Hybrid is solid in every respect. Its hybridness is essentially invisible, …

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