Despite being around for about two decades, gas-electric hybrid technology has only recently become widely available in the compact crossover segment. Ford has the most experience in the compact hybrid SUV class: It offered a hybrid version of its Escape from 2005 through 2012. Toyota didn’t offer a hybrid in this class until 2017, but... Read More.
For those interested in electric vehicles (EVs) but worried about range anxiety, a hybrid can be an ideal alternative. But how do you pick the right one? Let’s go over the differences between full, mild, and plug-in hybrids to help you find your perfect match. Full Hybrid Vehicles Full hybrid electric vehicles (FHEVs) typically come... Read More.
If gas prices are making you rethink your decision about switching to an electric vehicle, consider a hybrid. Out of the three types of hybrid vehicles (full, mild, and plug-in), we recommend plug-in hybrids as a great option for those interested in EVs but not ready to make the transition to all-electric. To help you... Read More.
In this month’s auto news highlights, Kia is amping up its electric vehicle profile with a high-performance version of its EV6, while Dodge is promising – or is that threatening? – a future electric muscle car louder and faster than its brutal Hellcat models. Dodge’s nearer-term plans centre on the Hornet compact crossover. The brand’s... Read More.
A few years ago, it looked like plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) would be the way of the future for the hybrid model segment. But the pace at which battery electric vehicle (BEV) technology is advancing means PHEVs may end up being a blip in the growth of the plug-in vehicle marketplace. Still, PHEVs offer a... Read More.
Is it possible? Can a car actually power a house? We’re getting there. In this article, we’ll show you a couple of technologies already in development for Canadians that can at least help you out during a power outage. Bi-Directional Charging and Discharging Let’s clarify a few basics. First, to charge electric vehicles (EVs) and... Read More.
In 2016, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) added a headlight component to its extensive battery of vehicle safety tests, marking the first time any North American organization had evaluated headlight performance in new vehicles. This year, the IIHS combed through the five years of data it has compiled so far in its headlight... Read More.
Often, car manufacturers decide to use their capital and knowledge to enter a new market. For example, Honda and BMW are known producers of motorcycles. But what if car brands made things that didn’t have four wheels and drive, like houses, boats, or planes? In this blog post, we’ll explore eight car brands that build... Read More.
by Chris Chase SUVs and crossovers have become so common that it’s easy to forget these vehicles were originally created to be utilitarian above all else. But despite many SUVs having evolved into stylish and refined daily drivers, you should still be able to expect some utility from them. If generous interior space is at... Read More.
If you want to trace the origins of the subcompact crossover segment, you don’t have to go very far back in time. The Subaru Crosstrek (originally the XV Crosstrek) and Mitsubishi RVR created this now-popular category in the early 2010s. It took a few years for other automakers to catch up, but now, just about... Read More.