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2021 Toyota Venza Limited Review
This week we are taking a look at the all-new 2021 Toyota Venza SUV. This is the second time Toyota has produced the Venza, the first was from 2008 to 2015. What makes the Venza special is that all of... More ›
2020 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid Review
Bland sedans don’t attract long-term fans. Just ask Toyota. After years of building mid-sized Camry sedans that seemed about as exciting as pulling weeds, the automaker gave the top-selling C... More ›
2021 Toyota RAV4 PRIME XSE Review
There are a few times in your life when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle and experience something totally unexpected. My recent week with the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is one of those times. This is... More ›
2020 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid Review
The busy-body Toyota RAV4, sporting more lines than a Rand-McNally map, tends to shout loudly about itself. “Look at me” radiates from every odd, hard-edged corner, though it’s ki... More ›
2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring Plug-In Hybrid Review
This week, I’ve got a real beauty for you! Introducing the new 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring, a 3-row luxury plug-in hybrid SUV. I really like the sleek looks of this SUV. It has fantast... More ›
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited Review
We know sedans are a shrinking market, but don’t tell that to Hyundai. Even as Americans increasingly move from sedans to SUVs, the automaker is designing its best sedans yet. Case in point, the... More ›
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring AWD Review
It is consistently among the top selling compact crossovers in its segment. I’m talking about the Honda CR-V, a 5-seater CUV that’s remained a consistent mainstay in the segment for over t... More ›
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD
Say hello to the all-new fourth-generation 2020 Toyota Highlander -- a vehicle that at its heart is a family SUV. The Highlander is completely redesigned for 2020, with big changes to the exterior, in... More ›
2020 Toyota Avalon XSE Hybrid Review
Remember when Toyotas seemed scarcely bigger than an afterthought, with tinny doors and tiny backseats? Road biscuits, we called them. Small as they were, though, those fragile-looking but durab... More ›
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Review
Think of the humble Toyota Corolla Hybrid as half a Tesla without the buzz or spark of amped-up electric hype. It doesn’t seem to mind. Sure, the 2020 Corolla – the first Corolla Hyb... More ›
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC Review
Life is full of twists and turns in the road and it’s great when you find a surprise around one of them. Such is the case where my most recent review vehicle, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-... More ›
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE AWD Review
This week I bring you the current best-selling SUV in America, the 2019 Toyota RAV4. Redesigned for 2019, the all-new fifth-generation RAV4 rides on a new platform shared with the Corolla and Camry. I... More ›
2019 Chrysler Pacifica Limited Hybrid Review
First, the IRS shook me down, extending a cold gray palm and empty grin my way. It didn’t seem like much of a greeting. Then, I found a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan in my driveway... More ›
2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport AWD Sport Review
Meet the newest and smallest edition to the growing Lexus SUV family: the 2019 Lexus UX. Lexus makes it easy on us by offering it in just two trims: the 200 or the 250h. They go up against the likes o... More ›
We Love the 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman S E ALL4 Just Not the Hybrid
This week I am behind the wheel of the 2019 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4.  This is the largest Mini ever produced and features a plug-in hybrid electric system that debuted in 2018. 20... More ›
The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid Is A Nice Surprise
Four inches of dreary rain doused every candle on my birthday cake – all three levels of them. Drat. Then, my grandkids gave me a card with a great, intense-looking dog on the front and a cap... More ›
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Is Brand's Best-Developed Vehicle
From just about every angle, the bulky, long-nosed Mitsubishi Outlander lacks luster. Though not grossly unattractive like several overly busy Japanese crossovers I can think of, the mid-size Outla... More ›
The 2018 Honda Clarity Is A Futuristic, Fuel Efficient Plug-In Hybrid
Sometimes, the future plops down in your driveway like paint on an abstract canvas. My glimpse of the murky road ahead came courtesy of the avant-garde 2018 Honda Clarity, a plug-in hybrid that rad... More ›
2018 Toyota Prius Prime Is Plugged-In To Fuel Economy
Meet the Prius you can plug-in: the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime. It's a vehicle that proves polarizing looks don't hold a candle to being fuel efficient for some drivers. Prime sales are up 42% fo... More ›
Redesigned 2019 Lexus ES 300h Sports New Styling, Better Interior
Don’t expect the new, “more exciting” Lexus ES 300h to arrive at your next party wearing longhorns on the hood and teetering on 24-inch purple wheels. It’s not quite that wi... More ›
2018 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance Test Drive
I got word I was getting a BMW 7-series to review for a week, and my mind raced to the 600-horse V12 version.  My dream was shattered when they delivered me the 2018 740e plug-in hybrid.  Be... More ›
2018 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid Test Drive
Even in pristine white, the new Toyota Camry doesn’t quite glide swan-like down golden highways, but it sure makes nice waves on suburban boulevards – and I can’t remember the last t... More ›
2017 BMW i8 Test Drive
Severely slinky cars that make me crawl just to get in kind of intrigue me – even if they appear bound for Mars. Heck, you should see some of my dates. When a car stands lower than a polit... More ›
2017 Lexus RX 450h Test Drive
Too many of the menacing cars I love kind of dare me to climb inside, bristling with enough power to light up a small Texas town. Most look like serious jail-time on 20-inch black wheels – or... More ›
2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL-4 Test Drive
This week I am behind the wheel of, get this: the all-new 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All-4 (that’s a mouthful!).  This not-so-mini Mini Cooper is the largest Mini ever produced and fea... More ›
2018 Lexus LC 500h Test Drive
The sensuous silver coupe in my driveway wore curves and creases from the future. Low and wide, the car looked like some grand tourer from 2020 shrouded in mystery and polished paint – if not... More ›
2017 Acura MDX Hybrid Test Drive
This week I bring you the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. This Alabama-built 7-passenger SUV is one of the best selling SUVs in America with a 3rd-row seat.  MDX underwent a freshening in 2017 with ... More ›
2017 BMW i8 Test Drive
This week I bring you the 2017 BMW i8, a gas/electric hybrid that is a technological marvel of a sports car.  Essentially the i8 is a look into the future of BMW and probably many other vehicles.... More ›
2017 Toyota Prius Four Touring Test Drive
Ok, I'll admit it, fun to drive is not the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the Toyota Prius. After all, I did live in California when the second-generation Prius came into its ... More ›
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited Test Drive
Crazy North Korea and the tumultuous Trumps kind of worry me sometimes – not to mention, gasp, all this distressing body-shaming stuff. That one almost kept me up for a couple of seconds th... More ›
First Look: 2018 Lexus LC 500h Performance Coupe
If you want to talk about a scene-stealing sports car look no further than the 2018 Lexus LC 500 and its sibling the 500h. The automaker's new flagship performance coupe fits the bill. The LC 50... More ›
First Look: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Meet the new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq - a car that Hyundai claims is the most fuel-efficient, non plug-in, vehicle in America. I had the chance to test drive the Hybrid earlier this month during the ... More ›
First Look: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced
Nope, you can't order it and have it delivered to your house in two days via Amazon. But the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime - Toyota's most advanced hybrid - is worth waiting a little longer for.&n... More ›
Track Drive: 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SE
We’ve always said that Toyota does Hybrids right. And this past weekend track test driving proved it once again as I took a spin behind the wheel of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. You’d be hard p... More ›
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE Test Drive
Terry is a Car Pro car reviewer and was the automotive writer for the Dallas Morning News for 23 years until early this year. Life sometimes seems as badly scrambled as one of my swollen, orange-... More ›
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid EX Test Drive
Hybrids always spark images in me of whirring, whining blenders or weed-eaters. Pretty hot stuff, huh? In fact, hand me a Red Bull, please, before I doze off again on the geezer’s bench ... More ›
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Test Drive and Review
This week I bring you the 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid, a much improved and much better looking midsized sedan than the 2015 model. This is the 9th-generation of the Chevy Malibu that started out in ... More ›
Test Drive: 2016 Lexus RX 450h Review
This week I am reviewing the fourth generation of the extremely popular Lexus RX SUV.  We saw the first RX model back in 1998, and since then it has been one of the most popular lu... More ›
Test Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Volt Plug-In Hybrid Review
This week we take a look at the 2017 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid. I reviewed the first generation Volt back in 2010. GM made some major changes to the Volt in 2016, but only sold it in a handful of s... More ›
Test Drive: 2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring Review
In the world of hybrid electric cars, none has been more successful than the Toyota Prius.  Debuted in 1997, over 3.5 million people have purchased the Prius hybrids.  Now for 2016, the four... More ›
Test Drive: 2015 Toyota Prius Four Review
  Today we are driving the 2015 Toyota Prius Four, which designates the trim level. This one’s sticker price is right around $29,000. It’s nicely equipped with a leather-like m... More ›
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring Review and Test Drive
  Let’s face it, not every automaker is great at everything it does. When you say safety, you think Volvo. When you say hybrid, Toyota comes to mind. When you think all-wheel drive, ... More ›
Rapid Review: 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
I spent a brief amount of time with the new Highlander hybrid. I have always loved the Highlander, but the 2014 Toyota Highlander hybrid brings a ton of positive changes, starting with the exterio... More ›
Test Drive: 2014 Cadillac ELR Reivew
I have been a pretty big supporter of the Chevy Volt since I reviewed it in 2010. For those wanting a plug-in hybrid, it’s a great vehicle. I was very eager to get my hands on the luxury ver... More ›
Rapid Review: 2014 Ford Fusion Energi
  With gas prices up and down all the time, many people are turning to hybrids to save money and for some people, this is an excellent strategy. Some people go all the way to plug-in elect... More ›
2013 Ford C-Max Energi Review
Some of you remember that in the later 1960s and much of 1970s, car companies were spending all their time and efforts on more horsepower. Today, the battle is for fuel economy. There are also a l... More ›
2013 Lexus GS450h Review
  The 2013 Lexus GS450h is like having two different cars. One is a sporty, fast sedan-the other is a hybrid that gets incredible mileage for a car of its size. You really can make this ca... More ›
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Review
  General Motors doesn’t call the new 2013 Malibu Eco with e-assist a hybrid, and although that is what it is, I would call it a “soft hybrid”. It is an interesting setup... More ›
2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid Review
Cars are just getting more and more confusing. Just a few years ago, if you’d told me I would be reviewing a large, luxury car that got over 30 miles per gallon and had a top speed of 168 mi... More ›