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Among the most interesting conversations in the automotive world right now is that EV demand appears to be down, yet buyers still seek strong fuel economy.

For those buyers, there’s no better option than a hybrid vehicle. Buying a hybrid allows them to achieve their goal of saving on fuel expenses, while also not relying on the electric grid to power their vehicle. Get a hybrid now, and you can wait until EV prices go down and become more realistic for the average buyer to afford.

And since you’ll visit the gas station much less than with a traditional ICE vehicle, hybrids are still a green offering.

Kia expanded its hybrid offerings for the 2023 model year with the introduction of the Kia Sportage hybrid in the popular compact crossover segment. The Sportage was completely redesigned for 2023, and the 2023 hybrid carries over to 2024 without any major changes.

The Sportage is now offering a diverse lineup, with everything from an ICE version, to the hybrid powertrain, to a plug-in hybrid offering.

The latest version of the Sportage has grown in size from the previous generation model, and has upgraded its technology features. In terms of Kia’s hybrid lineup, it fits in size between the Kia Niro and the Kia Sorento, and it’s a close relative of the Hyundai Tucson hybrid. 

Read on for a full breakdown of how it measures up against other leading compact crossover hybrid offerings.

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  • Vehicle 2023 Kia Sportage hybrid  
  • Price as tested $38,000 
  • Best feature Fuel mileage, unique design, spacious interior, lots of cargo space 
  • Rating 4 out of five stars    
  • Who will want this vehicle? Buyers seeking an compact crossover with better fuel mileage than traditional ICE offerings
Posted On Monday, 25 December 2023 18:53 Written by
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Mitsubishi’s got a steep hill to climb as it battles for the attention of U.S. car buyers. But one sure way to reach the people and grow their presence is to make strong vehicles that stand up well even against tough competition.

One such vehicle that should help in that regard is the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, a plug-in hybrid offering which I recently had the chance to experience.

Redesigned both inside and out for 2023, the Outlander PHEV features impressive design, strong tech and allows people to get closer to the EV experience without actually committing to EV-only living, getting rid of that range anxiety.

It comes through with more power, improved electric-only range, and upgraded looks.

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  • Vehicle 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • Price as tested $50,880
  • Best feature Improved electric-only range, bold and plush design    
  • Rating 4 out of five stars    
  • Who will want this vehicle? Commuters looking for a powerful and smooth drive, stylish design, and high-tech features in a plug-in hybrid
Posted On Thursday, 21 December 2023 02:24 Written by
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In times of change, some people like options that allow them to keep it the way it’s always been.
Forget EVs. They want a V8 under the hood.

In the automotive world, that is nowhere more true than when we talk about the few remaining holdouts offering truck-based, body-on-frame large SUVs toting powerful V8 engines.

Nissan’s Armada fits right into this category, and while it may seem to some folks like a relic in today’s world, vehicles like the Armada still have their places for fans of the big and bold. 

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of a 2023 Armada; read on to learn more about the vehicle and who might want to pick one up.

Posted On Tuesday, 12 December 2023 17:52 Written by
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Subaru owners have never been the type to follow trends, and have always gone their own way. So it’s fitting a vehicle like the Subaru Crosstrek comes from the automaker.

This outdoor-friendly offering — completely redesigned for 2024 — is a niche offering that offers a unique set of capabilities that most other SUVs in its class don’t share.

This small crossover doesn’t aim to be the fastest in its class, but it does aim to be the most capable in all weather conditions, and a vehicle you’re comfortable taking onto the back roads without fear.

I recently tested a Crosstrek in the Premium trim level, but the big news this year is that Subaru has unveiled a Wilderness model that’s especially off-road friendly.

Read on for everything you need to know about the all-new 2024 Crosstrek.

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  • Vehicle 2024 Subaru Crosstrek   
  • Price as tested $29,685
  • Best feature Off-road capability, innovative safety features
  • Rating 4 out of five stars   
  • Who will want this vehicle? Families and adventurers seeking an off-road friendly SUV that’s also affordable
Posted On Sunday, 10 December 2023 21:25 Written by
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As all automakers work to step up their game in the EV sector, Nissan is finally growing its EV presence with the new Ariya SUV.

An early adopter with the Nissan Leaf EV being on sale for more than a decade, Nissan has now delivered a strong second EV entry. All new for 2023, the Nissan Ariya delivers a bold look unlike anything else in the Nissan lineup, and expands the brand’s EV footprint beyond the long-running Nissan Leaf. 

The Ariya represents a logical step into the EV world for fans of the top-selling Nissan Rogue SUV, as the Ariya is sized similarly to the Rogue.

I spent some time behind the wheel of a 2023 Nissan Ariya Empower+, and I’m back with a full report on how it holds up in a growing and competitive EV market with offerings from Tesla (Model Y), Kia (EV6/EV9), Hyundai (Kona), Ford (Mach-E Mustang), Volkswagen (ID.4), Chevy (Bolt EUV) and more.

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  • Vehicle 2023 Nissan Ariya
  • Price as tested $59,220 (starts around $44K)
  • Best feature Unique design, you can skip the gas station
  • Rating 4 out of five stars     
  • Who will want this vehicle? EV buyers seeking a small SUV with decent range; logical step up to EVs for Nissan Rogue fans 
Posted On Sunday, 26 November 2023 15:50 Written by
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