Ford Maverick: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Yes, yes, Ford’s new Maverick pickup comes available as a hybrid. Fuel economy in the city is, well, not quite Toyota Prius-like, but at 5.9L/100 km, it’s still pretty amazing for a very useful truck. The price is okay, the hybrid starting at $27,750, though be prepared to wait if you order one – six …

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C40 Recharge: An Early Take on Volvo’s Road to Electrification

Volvo Cars is in the still-early stages of a reinvention and a transformation. It still startles me to think of where Volvo wants to go. Because for decades, Volvo sold you on the idea of being cuddled and cocooned in a Swedish box on wheels. The state of the environment wasn’t on the radar. Today, …

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Elantra N vs. Sentra Midnight? Not a Fair Comparison? Get Over It!

It’s more than slightly unfair to compare Nissan’s 2022 Sentra 2.0 SR Midnight Edition to Hyundai’s Elantra N-Line, but I’m doing it anyway. Get over it. What we have here is a pair of racy-looking compact sedans with loads of safety gear and even more attitude. One is far, far more serious than the other, …

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Grocery-Getter for the Gearhead: Mazda CX-3

You can pick up Mazda’s cute and useful little CX-3 crossover for as little as $22,050 (plus fees and taxes), or you can take the big jump to something like the test ride I’ve just visited – the $31,800 all-wheel drive (AWD) Platinum Quartz Metallic GT at a 50% premium over the front-drive base model …

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Volvo XC40 Recharge Aging Well in a Growing Field of Rivals

When launched in 2021, the XC40 Recharge was a harbinger of Volvo’s future as a first pure battery electric automaker. The XC40 was a first from Volvo and things on the EV front have moved fast ever since. J.D. Power & Associates includes 47 electric vehicles (EVs) in the new 2022 Electric Vehicle Consideration Study, …

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