LS 500; Better than Flying First Class

Bold and aggressive grille of the LS 500

The LS 500 was redesigned for 2018 with an upgraded interior and new sweeping body lines. Returning for the new model year is the LS 500h, an effective hybrid that improves economy and earns an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle rating.  Reconfigured to complete with the European high end cars the new Lexus LS 500 and LS 500h blend luxury and technology … Read More

2018 KIA Niro PHEV, a Welcome Surprise

2018 KIA Niro PHEV

2018 Kia Niro Plug In Hybrid The new Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium was more than I expected! It offered a better ride, better handling and better fuel economy than my mental image of a KIA. By the end if my week long test drive the KIA Niro was firmly on my list of cars I would like to add … Read More

Lexus ES 300h Mid-size Luxury

Bold Grill of ES 300h

Few car makers live up to their image as consistently as Lexus and they continue to maintain their high standard with the 2018 ES 300h. Unchanged from last year the ES 300h remains one of the quietest, smoothest riding and most comfortable mid-size sedans on the market. Our ES 300h test car was the Hybrid, as designated by the h … Read More

Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energi

Red Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion has been one of the most popular mid-size sedans available for the last several years. Ford has offered a Hybrid edition for most of those years and last year added the plugin hybrid version known as the Energi. The addition of the plugin hybrid Energi brings Ford into a more competitive position among the eco- friendly consumer. … Read More

2017 Prius, The Hybrid Standard Setter

Rear of Prius

The Toyota Prius has set the standard for what is expected from a gas/electric hybrid powered automobile since its introduction. The Prius continues to refine the performance and comfort of driving an ecologically friendly vehicle. Our test car was the 2017 Prius Four touring, the top of the line of 7 models offered in the basic Prius lineup. In addition … Read More

2017 RAV4, the Urban SUV

2017 RAV4 Platinum

2017 Toyota RAV 4 Platinum all wheel drive compact CUV is a bit of a disappointment, but still a solid offering in the class. As a pioneer in the small utility vehicle market Toyota has done little to fight off the encroachment of Mazda, Subaru and Ford. The only place the 2017 RAV4 leads the class is in safety technology, … Read More

2017 Lexus ES 300h Luxury Sedan

Lexus black leather interior

2017 Lexus ES300h (audio file at end of review) If you spend a lot of time in your car and want one that won’t wear you out with the performance oriented driving experience so common in today’s mid-size luxury sedans the Lexus ES may be what you need. The Lexus ES 300h series is almost the perfect car if you … Read More

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Avalon dash showing 40 mpg

2016 Avalon Hybrid Toyota has all but perfected hybrid technology and the 2016 Avalon Limited Hybrid is an example of the best that is available today. The Avalon is a full size sedan offering roomy comfort, high end amenities and excellent fuel economy in an affordable package. To find a comparable sized car in a true hybrid you would have … Read More

2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid To me nothing says this is a solid car more than the thump of a well-made door closing. The doors on the 2016 Toyota Highlander Platinum Edition close with the reassuring sound of quality expected in a much higher priced vehicle. Not that the Highlander Hybrid Platinum is by any means cheap! Our test car priced … Read More

Lexus NX 300h

2016 Lexus NX 300h image

The 2016 Lexus NX 300h provides the entry point for compact luxury CUV’s from Lexus. Offering distinctive Lexus styling, comfort and dependability. The NX 300h also brings hybrid fuel economy. After a week long, 600 mile check drive our test car averaged 33 miles per gallon. That is dead on the number claimed by Lexus for combined performance. To achieve … Read More