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2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid road test

More power, more fuel economy — more fundamental goodness BY MARK MAYNARD The Honda CR-V hits a sweet spot of wholesomeness among compact SUV crossovers. It is poised, comfortable and rich in clever engineering and function. And this year, the automaker raised its relevance with a gasoline-electric hybrid model, making it the most powerful and fuel-efficient CR-V in the lineup. Launched in 1997, the CR-V has brought Honda 5 million sales and is currently the...

2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid road test

Looking sharp at 48.2 mpg As gasoline prices roll upward despite the ongoing pandemic, drivers in need of new transportation begin seeing green. First, it’s the green of money flowing into the tank and then it’s wondering if the green of hybrid energy could actually help save the green from exiting the exhaust pipe. It is a complex value equation. It has always been a point of frustration for me when I am not able...

2021 Kia K5: A midsize ringer for Stinger

On sale this summer, the new sedan will replace the Optima Kia Motors America announced June 30 via virtual media reveal that the replacement for its midsize Optima sedan will be the K5, going on sale later this summer. The fastback-styled sedan will be sold with a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines, eight-speed automatic transmissions and, for the first time, an option for all-wheel drive. The K5 is such a dramatic departure [from Optima] that...

Ford sweetens Mustang Mach-E purchase with charging deal

To kick-start their electric Mustang Mach-E experience, Ford announced June 15 that owners will receive 250 kilowatt-hours of complimentary charging through FordPass Rewards at Electrify America fast-charging stations. That’s the equivalent of approximately three to five full DC fast charges, Ford said in a statement. According to GreenCarReports.com, that’s potentially a value of hundreds of dollars at EA’s $0.99-per-minute standard rate. For Mustang Mach-E owners with the extended-range battery, the 250 kilowatt-hours of fast-charging energy...

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid road test

Don’t mess with my mileage Hyundai went through the roof to maximize fuel economy for its redesigned Sonata Hybrid sedan. The completely re-engineered sedan debuts a solar roof system that recharges the engine-cranking 12-volt battery and the hybrid battery. Depending on region, the sunlight system could provide around 1,200 miles of free driving, such as in Southern California, Hyundai says, or more like 600 miles a year, or 2 miles per day on average, in...

2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play

The beauty of the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid sneaks up on you. It’s not in its function-over-form body but in how easily this compact-class crossover wagon-hatchback fits into a busy lifestyle. With around 26 miles of battery driving, it is quick to dispense with errand-running and with engine assist there are more than 500 miles of total driving range; it is an EV that doesn’t fiddle around. The Niro PHEV is an urban runabout and...