Wednesday, 06 December 2023
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BMW has been a longtime supporter of electric vehicles in the luxury realm, dating back to the quirky little i3 a decade ago. And they have stepped up their game with recent EV models that are much closer in design and performance to their regular lineup than ever before.

I recently tested one of those offerings, the BMW i4 — their entry in the compact EV sedan category, which is significant since so many new EVs are focused on SUV lineups. (NOTE: I tested a 2022 BMW i4 eDrive40, which transferred to 2023 with only minor changes)


The BMW i4 is a small EV sedan — based on the longtime favorite 3-series sedan and the 4-series Gran Coupe — with a hatchback-style trunk. It features a sleek, eye-catching exterior design that visually tops the looks of the few EV sedans available in the luxury realm, such as the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2.

BMW’s kidney-style grille will continue to polarize opinions, with some loving it while many loathe it, but I thought it fit well with the overall design. The Mineral White Metallic paint on my test vehicle was also very sharp, and the power glass moonroof lets the sun shine in.

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  • Vehicle BMW i4 
  • Price as tested $69,720
  • Best feature Excellent design, powerful ride, advanced technology
  • Rating 4.5 out of five stars   
  • Who will want this vehicle? Electric vehicle buyers seeking the high level of power and class that BMW can offer in a compact sedan
Posted On Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:46 Written by
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The Toyota Corolla has long been one of America’s most popular vehicles, in part because it has multiple variants that will appeal to different people.

One such variant is its hybrid option, which is one of the few remaining affordable small cars still offered in a hybrid version.

Featuring an expanded trim lineup for 2023, as well as tech upgrades and optional all-wheel drive, the new Corolla hybrid makes a good case for its continued success.

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of a 2023 Corolla SE hybrid sedan, and I’m back with a full report on what it has to offer and who might want to pick one up.

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  • Vehicle 2023 Toyota Corolla hybrid
  • Price as tested $30,546 (starts around $23K)
  • Best feature Excellent fuel economy 
  • Rating 3.5 out of five stars   
  • Who will want this vehicle? Buyers seeking a reliable small sedan that sips gas
Posted On Tuesday, 01 August 2023 03:33 Written by
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Since debuting the Prius at the tail end of the 20th century, Toyota has long been a force in the world of hybrid vehicles, and they continue holding on to this leadership role with a large number of hybrids available for the 2023 model year.

The Camry is Toyota’s midsize sedan tour de force, so it makes sense that a hybrid version has been available for the past 15-plus years. And while some competitors have abandoned hybrids and focus exclusively on electric vehicles, there are still a few direct competitors for the Camry hybrid — including the Sonata hybrid and Accord hybrid.

I’m of the belief that Toyota is being smart by not diving fully into EVs before the infrastructure is there to support them, and still keeping a strong hybrid lineup in play for people who want fuel economy but don't want to go the EV route.

I recently spent time behind the wheel of a 2023 Toyota Camry hybrid, and I’m back with a full report.

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  • Vehicle 2023 Toyota Camry hybrid
  • Price as tested $40,312 (starts around $29K) 
  • Best feature Excellent fuel mileage, roomy interior
  • Rating 4 out of five stars     
  • Who will want this vehicle? Families wanting a reliable, roomy sedan that will limit their trips to the gas station    
Posted On Monday, 01 May 2023 22:36 Written by
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While the market for compact cars continues to shrink, there remains a dedicated fan base who keeps resisting the move toward SUVs as the default vehicle option.

Part of the reason they can remain so loyal to their vehicle of choice is because of the strong new options that continue to be pushed out each year by the manufacturers still working in this segment.

Take for example the Hyundai Elantra, a compact ride that’s been in the U.S. market for more than 30 years, and is now on its seventh generation.

I recently spent some time testing the 2023 Hyundai Elantra, which stands out in the segment due its bold design, including distinct creasing and angles, that make it stand out among compact sedans, along with some of the best technology in the segment.

Competing with popular vehicles such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Volkswagen Jetta and Nissan Sentra is no picnic, but the Elantra does a strong job of holding up as an overall package — even if it may not lead the segment in all categories.

Read on for a full breakdown on this standout sedan that gives you a lot for a reasonable price.

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  • Vehicle 2023 Hyundai Elantra  
  • Price as tested $28.055 (starts around $22K)
  • Best feature Daring design, fuel economy, user-friendly tech   
  • Rating 4 out of five stars   
  • Who will want this vehicle? Compact car buyers looking for one of the more complete options available in today’s market
Posted On Saturday, 01 April 2023 00:52 Written by
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In the realm of luxury cars, there is a wide variety of SUVs available as plug-in hybrids. But when you turn to the sedan side of things, the numbers are pretty thin.

One company that remains committed to this type of model, which bridges the gap between gas-only rides and full EVs, is Volvo, which offers multiple plug-in hybrid sedan options.

I recently tested the 2023 Volvo S60 Recharge, a stylish entry-level luxury sedan that oozes class and is packed with technology and safety features.

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  • Vehicle 2023 Volvo S60 Recharge
  • Price as tested $63,690   
  • Best feature Fuel economy, upscale styling, safety and tech innovations     
  • Rating 4.5 out of five stars    
  • Who will want this vehicle? Buyers looking for a stylish, fun to drive, tech-savvy, green luxury ride  
Posted On Tuesday, 14 March 2023 00:56 Written by
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