Volvo XC60 balances performance, economy and comfort

But it needs improvements to its information system

Volvo XC60 balances performance, economy and comfortThe 2022 Volvo XC60 is a mid-size, five-seater SUV powered by what’s called a “mild” hybrid system featuring a 48-volt battery to help improve fuel economy. It’s Volvo’s best-selling model, with annual sales in Canada close to the 2,000 unit mark. This test vehicle had a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing a 310 hp engine mated…

Hydrogen powered vehicles may be making a comeback

The Toyota Mirai feels like any other upscale electric car

Hydrogen powered vehicles may be making a comebackBack in the ’80s and ’90s, when alternate fuel technology was at a fever pitch, one of the possibilities that seemed the most promising was hydrogen power. It’s clean burning, abundant, and fuel efficient, and a slew of manufacturers, including Mazda, BMW, and Toyota, spent enormous amounts of time and money pursuing the idea of…

Volvo XC-90 plug-in hybrid is a luxurious, high-tech hauler

Acceleration is adequate but not outstanding

Volvo XC-90 plug-in hybrid is a luxurious, high-tech haulerThe Volvo XC 90 shows that a large sport utility vehicle can be luxurious and get good fuel economy. This Recharge T8 AWD Extended Range model has a 2.0 litre supercharged and turbocharged engine and an electric motor, producing 455 combined horsepower. It’s all-wheel drive and has an eight-speed transmission. It’s rated at 9.2 litres…

The luxurious Lexus NX 350h AWD hybrid sips fuel

Will appeal to people looking for a hybrid with excellent fuel economy and luxury

The luxurious Lexus NX 350h AWD hybrid sips fuelThe Lexus NX 350h AWD is a compact luxury hybrid crossover. Introduced for the 2015 model year, the NX series is one of the most popular Lexus models. For the 2022 model year, a completely new version was introduced. The NX line shares some components with the related Toyota RAV 4, although the Lexus versions…

All-electric Genesis G80 is a safe, quiet, luxurious drive

The luxury, handling, and safety features make the G80 a great ride

All-electric Genesis G80 is a safe, quiet, luxurious driveIf you’re looking for a large, luxury sedan that is all-electric, the Genesis Electrified G80 is the newest one on the market, introduced last June. I recently test drove two different Electrified G80s, and the more I drove them, the more impressed I was. They’re quiet, luxurious and fast. While some automakers have unique names…

Mustang Mach-E puts the jolt in electric car driving

A well-thought-out, highly-driveable two-door hatchback that, if you can find the scratch, goes like a bat out of hell

Mustang Mach-E puts the jolt in electric car drivingThe British Columbia government just announced it’s increasing rebates to those who purchase electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. This is good news, as the biggest obstacle to electric car ownership is the high initial cost. At this point, all-electric cars are pretty much available to those with a few extra dollars to spend. But drivers…

Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid offers luxurious, economical ride

Lexus NX 450h+ offers a smooth and luxurious ride in the very popular compact crossover market

Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid offers luxurious, economical rideAutomakers are adding electric and hybrid vehicles to their lineups as consumers look for products that use less gas and reduce emissions. The first plug-in hybrid from Lexus is the NX 450h+. Like some other Lexus models, it’s essentially a dressed-up Toyota. The NX 450h+ compact luxury crossover shares a powertrain with the Toyota RAV4…

The stylish, all-electric Volvo C40 Recharge

Volvo has a lot riding on the C40 as it begins the transition to offering only fully electric vehicles by 2030

The stylish, all-electric Volvo C40 RechargeVolvo’s first pure electric crossover is the Volvo C40 Recharge P8 AWD. Although it’s a new model, the C40 shares many components with the boxier XC40 Recharge all-electric model. There are two main differences. First, the C40 is electric only, while the XC40 is available with either a gas engine or an all-electric powertrain. Also,…

Ford Maverick Hybrid has plenty going for it – if you can find one

The 2022 Maverick doesn't sport any weird idiosyncrasies. Mainstream ergonomics all the way

Ford Maverick Hybrid has plenty going for it – if you can find oneDoes the world need another pickup truck? Virtually every manufacturer on the market has a light truck on offer. Sometimes it seems like every other vehicle is a pickup of some sort. Light truck sales in Canada are as healthy as ever, despite ridiculous gas prices, a looming recession and the high cost of living.…

Lexus UX 250h is a smooth, luxurious and sensible hybrid

This small SUV is aimed at urban drivers and those who keep an eye on fuel economy

Lexus UX 250h is a smooth, luxurious and sensible hybridIf you’re in the market for an electric car, you might have to cool your heels for a bit. With the soaring price of oil, increasing scarcity of battery components and supply chain issues, the waiting time for models like the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt, Kia Soul, Tesla and others can be up…
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