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2015 Toyota Highlander Limited PLT - V6 AWD

What Can You Expect from 2015 Toyota Highlander: The Safest Crossover in Its Class

Two weeks ago I had a chance to test drive the 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited PLT – V6 AWD model. With my family I drove it for a week, which also included a trip from Hickory, NC to Washington, DC. Being one of the safest cars in the world (according to IIHS), I can easily confirm that this is one of the best cars I have test driven in the past five years.

Testing the First True Driverless Google Car Prototype

Although many people are lauding the disruptive elements that Tesla Motors' electric vehicles bring to the auto industry, there's another project in the works that could eclipse Tesla in its impact on the way we drive. Google has been quietly developing its driverless vehicles for a few years now, and it's almost ready to begin testing its latest model on public roads.

Nissan LEAF Performance

Increase Your Nissan LEAF's Performance with This Little Trick

How many of you grew up with a stick shift in your car? I know stick shifts and manual transmissions started fading way back when auto transmissions started taking over. Do you long for the day when you used to have the power to downshift when you wanted to slow down and upshift when you needed that next increase in speed?

Why I Bought Ford Focus Electric After Researching All Electric Cars

Spurred by a college friend’s Facebook post about the first year owning a Tesla Model S, I began really looking at what EVs were all about. I was getting 13 mpg in my 2004 Dodge Dakota and I did not just want a “new” car. I was not going to buy gas anymore, so I was only looking into going pure electric.

I researched them all – Nissan, Fiat, BMW, Cadillac, VW, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Smart Car, Chevrolet, Kia and Ford. Not one perfect choice among this group, but several very likable options, including my personal preference leader, the Ford Focus Electric (FFE).

HOV stickers - the key driver in resale values of used Chevy Volts?

I noticed that the new Gen 1 cars are now selling with huge incentives and attractive leases nationwide. Various promos are allowing for cars to be sold at even below invoice (excluding the $7500 Federal credit and state rebates). The Gen 1 has had a good track record for reliability, and has had only a few known issues (fractured bearing cages, failed charging cables (since recalled), cracked charging ports, and a few electrical glitches).

How a 50 mph dedicated EV lane system could solve to cost-per-range issue with EVs

At 50 mph, the Mitsubishi i-Miev can go 70 miles on a charge, the Nissan Leaf 97 miles, and the Model S 300 miles.

Compare this to what those cars can do at a typical 70 mph speed: 260 miles range for the Model S, 68 miles for the Leaf, and 40 miles for the I-Miev. That's about a 15% range gain for the Model S, a 63% range gain for the Leaf, and a whopping 75% range difference for the I-Miev. The Tesla Model S's being a heavy and aerodynamic car factors into its inefficient low speed range and more efficient, relative to that, high-speed range.

Nissan LEAF Chargin

How Can LEAF owners avoid wait times at fueling stations?

Are there ways to avoid getting stuck while traveling away from home in your Nissan Leaf? With pre-planning routes, are refueling challenges eliminated or can they be reduced significantly? Have you ever needed to refuel and got to a location only to be disappointed because an EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) was already being used or had an ICE (internal combustion engine) car parked in that spot?
Lexus Self-Driving Car from Google

In 2020 You Won't Be Driving Yourself to Work and How That Will Change Your Life

At this point, there have been many articles about self driving cars or autonomous cars. Elon Musk, GM and Google have all pointed to the future being filled with these types of cars. The promise is that safety will increase and tens of thousands of accidents will be eliminated.

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