Tag: Hybrid

2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Short Take Review

I’ve had a lot of Toyota hybrids over the years, and they’re quite good.  This 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is no exception.  While it’s similar to it’s Lexus cousin, the Avalon is more affordable, and slightly less luxurious.  The suspension is soft and comfortable, the steering is light without too much road feel, but you’d expect that in a comfortable daily driver like the Avalon.  The Avalon has room for 5 actual adults.  Rear legroom is downright huge.  The interior is quiet and supple, it’s just a really nice car.

The hybrid drivetrain is good as usual.  I got almost 40mpg in combined city and highway, even in heavy traffic.  The Avalon has a good amount of power, however it takes a while to access it.  The CVT transmission is always smooth but can be a bit lazy.  Power delivery feels like the CVT is “spooling up” for a few seconds.  Instant response isn’t there, but when you need it the Avalon has more than enough passing power.  The standard V6 in the Avalon is more responsive, but doesn’t get as good gas mileage.  Whether or not the hybrid is worth the $2300 difference between it and it’s non hybrid sibling will depend on how much you drive.

Overall the Avalon Hybrid is a fantastic and comfortable 5 passenger sedan.  I can’t really think of anything that competes with it.  Most manufacturers are going for sport sedan attributes, and this car is geared towards comfort while getting fantastic fuel economy.  If you’re looking for a relaxed everyday car, the Avalon is a great choice.  It doesn’t really have any sporting credentials, but it doesn’t try to either, and I’m OK with that.  Great all around car.

Ford's Legacy of Sustainability

Epiphany: 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Road Test Review

A 2015 Ford Fusion Energi came into my driveway one Friday, and I was immediately excited.  I knew enough about it, that it was a plug in hybrid version of the Fusion, and naturally would have pretty good driving dynamics, but I had no direct experience.  To be honest, its the first true plug-in hybrid car that I’ve spent any significant time in.  The result of my time?  The realization that things are changing, and that change is quite good.  Electricity is here to stay.

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

The New Face of Lincoln: 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Review

This review has been a long time coming.  I was fortunate enough to meet the Lincoln MKZ exterior styling manager Solomon Song around a year ago at the Mandarin Oriental in South Beach.  What a nice guy, and what a great car!  I didn’t know how it drove because we only had pre-production prototypes, but the passion Mr. Song had for this car was apparent- and it shows.  So how was the car to have for a week?  And how is the hybrid?  And how on earth is Lincoln offering this car for the same price as the non-hybrid model?

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Purple Power: My V8 95 M3 Update

It was a pretty exciting day.  My M3 was at my house, and I was driving to Palm Beach International Raceway for a private track rental put on by Street Car Drags.  My buddy David hopped in the car early in the morning for what would turn out to be a pretty monumental drive, for both good and bad.  We cruised up there with not even a hiccup, got some Dunkin Donuts, and got between 25 and 30 miles per gallon in the process.  Is this really a swap car?  It’s my perfect car, that’s what it is.

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A Hybrid for the Luxury Masses: The 2013 Lexus ES300 Hybrid

2013 Lexus ES300 Hybrid

I was curious to see what I felt about the Lexus ES300 Hybrid when it arrived in my driveway.  The exterior and interior were similar to the regular ES300 aside for a few hybrid badges.  My schedule got hectic and I didn’t take any pictures, and the weather wasn’t cooperating with me;  I’ll attach some spec photos after the article.  The exterior distinction lends itself well to the car in a way: the hybrid system blends in as seamlessly into the driving experience as the car does into the non-hybrid car landscape.

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