Toyota Prius

2012 Toyota Prius PHV First Look, Review, and Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius PHV First Look, Review, and Road Test

The Toyota Prius, first introduced in 1997 and now in its third generation, is the world’s standard bearer in hybrid-electric automobiles. It’s also the most fuel-efficient vehicle sold in the U.S. Toyota, however, does not rest on its laurels.
To this end, Toyota is moving beyond the basic hybrid-electric concept …

Lexus CT 200h First Look, Road Test and Review

Lexus CT 200h First Look, Road Test and Review

While the Toyota Prius has long reigned as king of the hybrids, its relatively barebones interior and quirky design have left some buyers wanting a more luxurious Prius, more on the order of a Lexus.  Starting in early March, they can get their wish.  The Prius now has a more …

2011 Chevrolet Volt Review – Test Drive

2011 Chevrolet Volt Review – Test Drive

What may be most remarkable about the new Chevrolet Volt is how unremarkable it actually is compared to a normal, gasoline-powered automobile.  Gone is the futuristic exterior of the original concept car;  the Volt now looks like an early twenty-first century four-door sedan.
Unlike hybrids, which command a large premium over …

Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4: World’s First Production Diesel Hybrid

Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4: World’s First Production Diesel Hybrid

Peugeot has unveiled the world’s first production hybrid diesel-electric passenger car, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4.  The 3008 is a “crossover of a different kind” according to Peugeot.  It incorporates elements of an MPV (multi-purpose vehicle), an SUV, and a luxury vehicle, as well as elements of a truly fuel-efficient vehicle.
Since …

Toyota Prius Review

Toyota Prius Review

From time to time, The Diesel Driver test drives non-diesel powered fuel-efficient automobiles. Here is one such review.
The Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass produced gasoline-electric hybrid automobile, was first introduced to the domestic Japanese market in 1997 and launched worldwide in 2001.  Buyers in the United States have …

Audi A3 2.0 TDI Review

Audi A3 2.0 TDI Review

The diesel invasion from Germany continues with the Audi A3 TDI.  Audi started its clean diesel lineup in the States last spring with the big Q7 TDI that is now joined by the compact A3 five-door hatchback, the recipient of the 2010 Green Car of the Year award.
The sporty looking …