2019

  • 2019 Audi E-tron  -  first drive report  -  Calirornia, May 2019

    Not every electric-car first-drive event urges us to climb a mountain to get a good idea of driving range. Actually make that no other automaker, ever. But that’s what Audi had us do with its 2019 E-tron electric SUV: drive it on a prescribed route that took us nearly 195 miles from Yountville, California (102 feet elevation) and over 7,427-foot Echo Summit along U.S. Highway 50. The strategy to take the demanding route stems from a hard reality: Audi has a lot to prove with its E-tron. Earlier this spring, its EPA range ratings were released at just 204 miles—underwhelming...

  • 2018 Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio
    Smart no more: Why the end of the Fortwo has been a long time coming

    Daimler’s Smart brand has announced that it’s pulled the plug on the U.S. sales of its only model, the Fortwo, which went all-electric just one model year ago. The decision, according to Mercedes-Benz USA, holds for both U.S. and Canadian markets and has to do, the company says, with...

  • 2019 Tesla Model S
    Tesla Model S and X get big range boost, and Standard Range versions return

    Tesla announced a 10-percent improvement to the top driving range for both its Model S fastback and Model X crossover Tuesday—resulting in what it claims will be EPA-official ranges of up to 370 miles and 325 miles for the two models, respectively. The 370-mile rating will be the highest...

  • Chevy Bolt EV vs. Nissan Leaf Plus
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus vs. 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Which electric car is best?

    We’re a long way from peak electric car, but we’ve finally left base camp. Big strides in battery capacity mean that picking between the 238-mile 2019 Chevy Bolt EV and the recently boosted 226-mile 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus comes down to a dozen miles of range. After a week behind the...

  • 2019 Mazda CX-5
    About time! Mazda CX-5 diesel arrives in summer 2019

    Will Mazda finally, after many years, put a new diesel vehicle on sale in the U.S.? If the announcement the automaker made today at the New York auto show is any indication, deliveries of the Mazda CX-5 diesel will start this summer. It’s been a long, long time since Mazda made the business...

  • Audi e-tron quattro ad: "Not for You" [Screenshot]
    2019 Audi E-tron ads take aim at electric myths

    One reason that electric-car adoption hasn't taken off faster is that, while automakers market the heck out of the benefits of SUVs and crossover vehicles, they launch EVs with nary a peep. Now Audi is on the cusp of launching its first all-electric model and is taking direct aim at many of the...

  • Tesla Model 3 bought [Photo by reader AH]

    Tesla announced major changes to its model lineup Thursday, especially the Model 3, in an effort to shore up sales. After the federal tax credit available on its cars halved Jan. 1, Tesla has dropped prices, added features, streamlined its model lineup, and introduced new lower-priced options for the Model 3, including the long-promised $35,000 base Model 3 Standard Range. The company announced Thursday that it will not produce that base car, but will fulfill orders for it with software limited versions of the Standard Range Plus, with 10 percent less range and several features disabled that...

  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
    2019 Hyundai Kona Electric costs $500 more than it did last month

    Market adjustments are nothing new, and electric cars are hardly immune to price bumps—up or down. Last month, the 258-mile 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric crossover quietly became $500 dearer to interested EV shoppers without any equipment changes. The automaker hiked the starting price for a...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron
    2019 Audi e-tron EPA range revealed: Nothing to brag about, but aiming for the real world?

    The official EPA-rated range results are in for the 2019 Audi e-tron electric SUV—at least according to Audi, as they’re not yet posted by the federal agency—and they’re a fair amount lower than what was widely anticipated. Audi of America said Thursday that the EPA rating...

  • 2018 GMC Sierra 1500
    2019 full-size pickup truck mpg champs: Ford vs. Chevy vs. Ram

    With electric pickup trucks from Ford, GM, and others—including newcomers like Rivian—looking likely to arrive in the next few years, the truck field could be on the verge of a clean, quiet, tailpipe-emissions-free shakeup. That said, you wouldn’t know this segment as being poised...

  • 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
    Tesla reports sales down, citing delivery challenges in China and Europe

    Tesla claims that its Model 3 electric sedan again in the first quarter of the year outsold all other mid-size sedans from what it considers premium brands—selling 60 percent more units than the closest runner-up. That’s the good news from the California electric car maker, in a...

  • eTorque system in 2019 Ram 1500
    Hybrid or not, 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque does some smart things with 48V tech

    As more mainstream vehicles, like the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup, get increasing levels of electrification, but stop short of becoming fully electric or even full-fledged hybrids, it can be easy to get lost in semantics. Generally speaking, the term “mild hybrid” means some energy can be...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus  -  Driven, March 2019

    If more power, a 226-mile range, and a $39,405 base price—before considering the full $7,500 federal EV tax credit you can still get—collectively seems like the sweet spot for the Leaf, you probably have GM to thank. Nissan has admitted that it never planned to push the Leaf above a 40-kwh battery pack and beyond a rated range of 150 miles. But with the introduction of the Chevrolet Bolt EV in 2015, it stepped up its plans for the second-generation Leaf, which made its debut last year. By shoehorning a new 62-kwh pack into the 2019 Leaf Plus, Nissan now has an electric car that...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace  -  Portland, November 2018
    2019 Jaguar I-Pace electric car range: Why the short circuit?

    It’s not unusual for fuel gauges on gasoline cars to be inaccurate. Often they can hug "Full" so long you might suspect it’s malfunctioning—only to then swing rapidly toward the halfway mark and below. Usually these idiosyncrasies are no big deal. When the low-fuel light and chime...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV on I-70 in Colorado
    Mountain hardware: Testing the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV on a high-country day trip

    Colorado, which is taking steps to adopt California’s EV mandate, has always had a different wildcard factor affecting road trips: altitude. The state has the highest portions of the Interstate highway system, including routes spanning past 11,000 feet and varying several thousand feet. Even...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    226-mile 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus costs $37,445 to start

    When it arrives in dealers this month, the longer-range 2019 Nissan Leaf S Plus will cost $37,445, including destination, the automaker said Friday. That's in line with what we expected from documents leaked earlier this year, and drives the net price of the compact hatchback close to $30,000, if...

  • 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
    Tesla Model 3 Standard Range arrives soon at $35,000 and 220 miles. Really.

    In 2016, Tesla created a fever pitch over its Model 3 promise: $35,000 with a range of 220 miles. The company claimed more than 450,000 reservations were made for the Model 3, at $1,000 each, in part because of that low price and high range. On Thursday, Tesla announced that its entry-level Model 3...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, San Diego area, Feb 2019
    First drive review: The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus delivers more power, 226-mile range at last

    At the moment, there are more Nissan Leafs on the world’s roads than any other electric car in history—closing in on 400,000. As of Jan 1, Nissan had delivered 380,000 Leafs globally, 130,000 of them in the United States. Nissan is entirely aware that honor may not last long. It all...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3

    Deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 in Europe have just started. So too have some accounts of the most significant difference included in European-market versions of the electric sedan: their CCS Combo DC fast charging port. One of those first accounts has come from the European charging network Fastned, which already operates many stations with 175-kw CCS hardware. On that 175-kw hardware, Fastned showed that the Model S charged at a peak just above 125 kw. What’s especially of note, based on this graph, is that it stays at that maximum from around 10 percent state of charge all the way...

  • 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
    Tesla Model 3 price cut another $1,100, for base price of $44,100

    For the second time in barely more than a month, Tesla has cut the price of its entry level Model 3. On Jan. 1, the company cut prices $2,000 on all its models to partly compensate for a $3,750 reduction in the federal tax credit its buyers can receive. (Tesla's tax credits are phasing down as...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Chevy Silverado mpg: Turbo-4 lower than V-8 in gas mileage test

    Until all cars can become electric, it makes sense to support making internal-combustion passenger cars as fuel-efficient as possible. It makes even more sense for popular, thirsty large pickups, where each mpg improvement can save a lot more gallons of gas. Unfortunately, some of the latest...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus vs Leaf: A first look at the differences

    Earlier this week, at an event coordinated with the Consumer Electronics Show, Nissan introduced the Leaf Plus, a new longer-range of Nissan’s compact electric car. The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, which will reach dealerships this spring, finally offers more than the 200 miles that many Americans...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus revealed: 226-mile range, quicker acceleration

    Nissan unveiled Tuesday a new version of the 2019 Leaf electric car, called the Leaf Plus or Leaf e+, that can go well over 200 miles on a charge. Although such a model has been a long time coming, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus stands as strong evidence that in the eight years since the first...

  • Hyundai Nexo
    Hyundai sets lease terms for Nexo fuel-cell vehicle, makes first delivery

    Hyundai last week made the first U.S. delivery of its Nexo fuel-cell vehicle—to a customer in Southern California. Although the customer, Todd Hochrad, picked the Nexo up from a dealership in Van Nuys, he lives in Ventura, which could place him about equidistant from hydrogen fueling stations...