Honda Insight wants to be in charge of the driving experience

Driver input these days, it seems, is decreasing incrementally

Honda Insight wants to be in charge of the driving experienceIt all started with cruise control. It was, arguably, the first modern automotive convenience readily available to buyers that didn’t fundamentally involve the operation of the vehicle. When it became readily available – in the 1970s, initially in the RV industry – it was something of a sensation: a feature that allowed you to drive…

Fusion Energi puts some spark in the debate about hybrids

The 2019 model can be plugged in overnight and then travel up to 40 km on battery power

Fusion Energi puts some spark in the debate about hybridsThe federal government recently announced funding in this year’s budget for incentives of up to $5,000 for Canadian buyers of zero-emissions vehicles. That’s good, but why not extend the funding to hybrid cars? Given the current technology, a hybrid car makes much more sense than a fully electric one. And if the hybrid is a…

Buying a hybrid on the cheap, while you can

The Toyota Prius C is small and basic, but it's also relatively cheap. However, it just may disappear from the market shortly

Buying a hybrid on the cheap, while you canOne the problems with being environmentally responsible is that, for carmakers and consumers, it doesn’t come cheap. Electric and hybrid cars, for the most part, are more expensive than their internal combustion-propelled counterparts. Mitsubishi and Nissan, for example, are both actively immersed in electric/hybrid vehicle technology. They also sell affordable, non-hybrid econoboxes priced in the…

Petro-Canada launching electric vehicle charging stations

Construction on more than 50 stations in coast-to-coast fast-charging network to begin this spring

Petro-Canada launching electric vehicle charging stationsA network of electric vehicle fast-charging stations is being launched across the country by Petro-Canada, which is part of Calgary-based energy giant Suncor. The company announced on Wednesday that more than 50 of these stations will be located along the Trans-Canada Highway at Petro-Canada stations from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. It said construction is…

Honda Accord Hybrid ticks all the boxes, from economy to comfort

The 2019 model has great safety features, plenty of space, good performance – and it’s fun to drive

Honda Accord Hybrid ticks all the boxes, from economy to comfortHonda’s 2019 Accord Hybrid is another example of the evolving gasoline/electric power vehicles that are changing the automotive scene for the better. It was a pleasure to drive, with plenty of power and roomy comfort inside. One of the surprising features I discovered in the Accord (and a few other test vehicles recently) is the…

Buying used: the 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is nimble and luxurious

It may be a contradiction in terms, but this hybrid offers a certain value with its performance

Buying used: the 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is nimble and luxuriousThe Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is a four-wheeled contradiction in terms. Introduced in 2009 at a Florida auto show, appropriately enough, it was the only full-size luxury hybrid in General Motors’ stable. If ever there was a vehicle that demonstrated how going green is mainly for the rich, this is it. Still, if you can find…

Buying used: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid stands test of time

Owners tend to keep them forever, given their reliable and economic performance

Buying used: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid stands test of timeFord Fusion Hybrids of the 2010 vintage can be in short supply. Owners tend to keep them forever. Introduced in 2010, the Fusion Hybrid was powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder gas engine mated to a pair of electric motors and a constantly variable transmission. The engine featured Atkinson technology, which basically lowers the compression and…

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid perfect for suburban families

Built in Ontario, it offers comfort, versatility, plenty of storage and economy

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid perfect for suburban familiesThe 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Canada’s only hybrid minivan, is a great choice for families whose parents commute to a job where they can recharge at their place of employment. It has plenty of seating and storage room, which makes it perfect for parents who haul around soccer or hockey players with all their equipment.…

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV kicks hybrid technology up a notch

It’s surprisingly lively and judicious use of the various modes will help extend battery power

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV kicks hybrid technology up a notchMost car companies are run by accountants – bean-counters. That’s probably the way it has to be: bottom line, profit and loss, mollifying the stock-holders and so on. But there are a few where the engineers still have sway and where management actually listens to them. Saab was one (and look where it got them,…

Three good bets if you’re shopping for a used hybrid

The 2010 Ford Fusion, 2007 Honda Civic and 2004 Toyota Prius all have much to recommend them

Three good bets if you’re shopping for a used hybridOne of the pleasant bonuses of owning a hybrid vehicle is that it will probably be reliable. Indeed, according to Consumer Reports, most hybrids are more dependable than their garden variety non-hybrid counterparts. The Toyota Prius and Camry hybrids, for example, generally top the list for most reliable cars, period, from this organization and elsewhere.…

Honda’s latest hybrids hit the mark

Accord Hybrid and Clarity both offer exceptional fuel economy, all the modern conveniences and more than enough get up and go

Honda’s latest hybrids hit the markAlthough Toyota seems to have the lion’s share of the hybrid market, other manufacturers haven’t exactly been idle. Honda, for example, introduced the Insight back in 2000 and has unveiled a series of hybrid models over the years, with varying degrees of success. The first generation Accord Hybrid, for example, was a lovely car in…

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will give you a jolt – if you can get a charge

The world’s best-selling EV is great as a second car or for short commuting    

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will give you a jolt – if you can get a chargeI want to be clear about this: The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a great compact car with a quiet, smooth ride, attractive design and many driver conveniences. But it’s not the car for me. I live in an apartment building and I have no access to an outside plug for recharging the batteries. That’s a…

Hyundai’s hybrid Ioniq is long on features, short on power

Behind the wheel, no nasty surprises and surprisingly normal switch gear and ergonomics. And it has a decent amount of storage space

Hyundai’s hybrid Ioniq is long on features, short on powerThankfully, hybrid cars are no longer headline news. In fact, any manufacturer worth its salt has a hybrid model of one type or another on the market these days. Some – Toyota, for example – have multiple models. And hybrid cars, once categorized as bridge technology – that is, bridging the gap between conventional internal…

Electric cars won’t save the world but they will destroy lives

Cobalt miners in the Congo, which has about 60% of the world’s known cobalt reserves, work for no salary and on a good day make $3 for what they finds. Deaths and injuries are common

Electric cars won’t save the world but they will destroy livesAnyone who says electric cars will save the world is dreaming. The adoption of electric cars over the next 20 years will barely shave a single per cent from the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, the batteries that power these cars rely on a nightmarish swath of human devastation. Most electric car buyers who pride…