Author Archive: Bradley Berman

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2015 BMW X4 xDrive28i
19 Feb

Review: 2015 BMW X4 xDrive28i

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.

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Hyundai Sonata Plugin Hybrid at NAIAS
13 Jan

Hyundai Introduces New Sonata Hybrid, and Plug-in Version

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 […]

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2016 Chevrolet Volt at NAIAS
12 Jan

Chevrolet Electrifies Crowd with 2016 Volt at NAIAS

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.

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2014 chevrolet spark ev vs. 2014 fiat 500e
15 Aug

Small EV Shootout: 2014 Fiat 500e vs 2014 Chevy Spark EV

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.

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2014 ford fusion energi
29 Jul

Review: 2014 Ford Fusion Energi

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.

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2014 cadillac elr
02 Jul

Review: 2014 Cadillac ELR

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.

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2014 BMW 328d sport wagon
10 Jun

Review: 2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon

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 […]

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