Middleburg, Virginia is only an hour’s drive outside of metropolitan Washington, D.C., but it is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of our nation’s fair capital. Instead of crowded city streets where cabs, buses and bicycles vie for space between tall buildings, there are two-lane country roads meandering their way around horse farms […]
BMW has unveiled three significant cars at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: the BMW Vision Future Luxury, the BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition, and the 30th Anniversary BMW M5. BMW Vision Future Luxury With groundbreaking exterior and interior design, along with innovative technology, the BMW Vision Future Luxury offers a glimpse into the long-term […]
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 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid blends sophisticated styling, and technology into a package that takes Lincoln to new levels of luxury and performance. Though not as desirable as some others in its category — for instance, the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 series or Lexus ES 300h — the MKZ Hybrid offers a uniquely opulent design, an efficient powertrain, and a nice roster of upscale amenities.
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.
Search on eBay, and you’ll find dozens of used 2011 Nissan Leaf electric cars priced around $15,000. That’s a great deal—less than half the original sticker price—on a battery-powered five-seat EV with a range of about 80 miles per charge. Three years ago, the earliest of electric car adopters were chomping at the bit to […]