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First Look: 2017 BMW i3 Giga World with Range Extender Test Car

The BMW i3 is a car that has long fascinated me, both for its unusual and handsome good looks, unparalleled greenness, and the story that goes with it. While we’ve spent considerable time with the i3 since its launch, the Bavarian EV gained additional range and power for 2017 and we were anxious to spend several weeks with it.
Here are our initial impressions after a brand new Protonic Blue i3 …

3 Things to Consider Before Going Green with a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

If you are thinking about a more fuel-efficient vehicle, be it a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, or diesel, you are certainly not alone. Seesawing fuel prices over the past decade have made fuel economy one of the top selection criteria on everyone’s list.
This notwithstanding, when it comes to finalizing the purchase, the take rate for these cars is still low. Hybrids comprise only about 2% of all new car sales, …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lexus GS 450h Sedan

The Lexus GS first made an appearance in 1993 and throughout all four generations has been available with six-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive. A hybrid version debuted in 2005 and the fourth generation GS received a mid-life refresh in 2016.
It’s clear that Lexus has worked hard to differentiate the GS from its competition as well as from its front-wheel drive sibling, the Lexus ES. It has a more youthful stance, …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE

Toyota’s gas-electric hybrid Camry recently celebrated its tenth birthday and it has remained one of the roomiest hybrids on the market. When launched, it came with a fuel-economy rating of 34 mpg (6.9 l/100 km), 10 mpg better than the conventionally-powered Camry and with little compromise in the passenger cabin or the trunk.
The conventionally powered Camry has been around since 1982, and it’s grown larger over the decades. It’s also …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lincoln Continental, One of the Most Distinctive American Cars in Years

During my formative years in Beechhurst, I didn’t know much about my neighbor Rudolph Creteur, but what I did know is that he had been somehow connected to the automobile industry. The gentleman had the most amazing cars in his garage: a black 1961 Cadillac Sedan DeVille and a dark green 1964 Lincoln Continental. He was kind enough to allow me, at the tender young age of nine, to wash …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Mazda Mazda6, Now Featuring G-Vectoring Control

Mazda’s Mazda6 remains one of our favorite cars to drive when it comes for a week-long stay. We last reviewed it a little over a year ago, taking note of the use of the automaker’s Kodo design language – first introduced on the Shinari concept car in 2010. Kodo is something the automaker says is intended to serve as expression of natural energy. Mazda’s head of design, Ikuo Maeda, said …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited

Although it probably wasn’t on your radar back then, the Subaru Impreza made its debut in its home market of Japan in 1992. It was reportedly almost called the Loyale but Impreza sounds better, don’t you think?
The all-new 2017 Impreza – the fifth generation of the model – was introduced at the 2016 New York International Auto Show and went on sale in the fall of that year. The new …