by Chris Chase Mid-size family sedans and hybrid cars are among the fastest-fading segments in the auto industry. Sales of the former have fallen off in favour of crossovers and SUVs, while the latter represents yesterday’s technology as electric cars move into the mainstream. Honda and Toyota produced the industry’s first hybrids – the Insight... Read More.
by Lori Straus Are hybrid vehicles more environmentally friendly? What about replacing batteries? How far do they drive? We’ll quickly take you through a few factors you should keep in mind as you research your options for hybrid vehicles. But First: What Is a Hybrid? The Ministry of Transportation in Ontario (MTO) considers “electric vehicle”... Read More.
by Lori Straus The shift toward electric vehicles (EVs) has been picking up steam for over a decade now. If you’re in the market for a new car and you’re considering an EV, how do you know that the one you want to buy is more energy efficient overall compared to a fuel-efficient, gas-powered vehicle?... Read More.
by Chris Chase Rating 4.2/5 Since the end of the 1990s, Honda has used the Insight name on three different cars. The first was a tiny, two-seat hatchback; the second Insight wore a four-door hatchback body; and the third, and current, Insight is a four-door sedan. The only thing these three cars have in common... Read More.
by Chris Chase 4.0/5 stars Introduced in 2018, the Clarity is Honda’s first standalone plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model. It’s the third member of Honda’s current electrified-vehicle lineup, which also includes the Accord and Insight hybrids. The Clarity borrows its name from a low-volume Honda hydrogen fuel cell car never sold in Canada. Conceptually, it succeeds... Read More.
by Chris Chase — Rating: 4.2/5 As I write this, rumours are circulating that Toyota will reveal an electric concept car, powered by a solid-state battery, at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The main advantage of solid-state batteries is that they can store more electricity in a smaller package. Toyota says it expects to be among... Read More.
PHEV stands for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, a label the Outlander displays prominently on its tailgate and front fenders. This is Mitsubishi’s first hybrid model for North America, but not its first plug-in car... Read More.
In its 20 years in Canada, the Toyota Prius’s numerous updates have helped it become arguably the best-known hybrid on the market. This year, Toyota amps up the Prius’s appeal even more with the model’s first-ever all-wheel-drive option.... Read More.