Author Archive: Bradley Berman
Our post-post-modern age is subject to all kinds of ambiguities, sub-niches, gender-bending and confusion. In that sense, the BMW X4 that we recently drove for a week is a product of our times. It’s a coupe-like luxury crossover. For us, as delightful as the acceleration and handling was—after all, it’s a Bimmer—we could never quite figure out what segment of vehicle we were driving.
Hyundai unveiled a redesigned version of its Sonata Hybrid sedan today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2016 Sonata Hybrid’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine offers a 10 percent jump in fuel economy compared to the outgoing model, which gets 38 mpg. The boost will allow the Sonata Hybrid to compete head-to-head with […]
General Motors today unveiled a new and improved version of Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The redesigned 2016 Volt will travel about 50 miles purely on electricity stored in a new lighter 18.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack.
Big brawny electric vehicles like the Tesla Model demonstrate that EVs aren’t necessarily small and limited. But bargain-minded car shoppers, especially those looking for a second car, are well advised to consider one of the top electric subcompacts, which can provide great maneuverability, plenty of driving range, low fueling costs, and an attractive price. I recently drove two leading contenders: the all-electric Fiat 500e and Chevrolet Spark EV.
Four short years ago, the Ford Fusion Hybrid won top car honors at the Detroit auto show. That version of the gas-electric Fusion was repeatedly praised – in no small measure – because it redefined how comfortable, powerful and smooth a hybrid could be. Moreover, it showed that a super-efficient midsize sedan could take the form of an accessible handsome mainstream vehicle, rather than an eco-friendly kitchen appliance on wheels.
The hysterical television ad for the Cadillac ELR luxury electric vehicle would have us believe this: “You work hard, you create your own luck, and you gotta believe anything is possible.” It’s also intended convince us that the mean-looking electric sedan is worth its $76,000 base sticker price. Unfortunately, my week driving the ELR revealed those marketing messages, while worth a quick chuckle on YouTube, to be hype. This vehicle is a glitzy dud.
Likes: Great fuel economy, with 43 mpg on the highway Handles like a BMW sedan, even though it’s a wagon Compelling combination of utility and style Dislikes: Not as powerful as the previous 335d model Steep sticker price at nearly $50,000 Underwhelming interior layout and finish It’s nearly impossible to find a vehicle that has […]