2017 Days of December Sun: Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

The Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 was one of the few plug-in hybrid vehicles at the 2017 Run to the Sun event, giving journalists an efficient way to motor along sunny roads. This eco-friendly consumer hatchback small-SUV (SSUV) offers a bit of instant acceleration via the 87-hp (122-lb.ft. of torque) electric motor connected to […]

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Drive Revolution explores the future of automotive mobility

Photography by Doug Berger / NWAPA Every year, members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association gather at Drive Revolution – held in Portland, Or. – to learn about and test the latest in hybrid, all-electric and alternative fuel vehicles. While this year was no different, it did show how alternative fuels are inspiring manufacturers. “The […]

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid EX Review

Nearly 400,000 hybrid electric vehicles were sold in the US in 2015, and more than 4 million hybrids between 1999 and April 2016. Hybrids are popular vehicles and its why Kia decided to turn one of their strongest sellers into an eco-efficient hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid EX shares aerodynamic aesthetics […]

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24 Days of December Sun: 2017 Acura NSX

  While not the “00000” engine number as the last model we drove, the 2017 Acura NSX is a beauty with carbon fiber bits accented on the 130R white paint. Our one complaint last time we drove the NSX was that the busy city streets of Portland, Or., was no place to really open up […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Three Review

The 2017 Toyota Prius not only got a nip-tuck facelift but a new exterior style that is in between a spaceship and a sporty car. While we had fun chirping the tires of this fast-looking four-door, the powerhouse under the hood is what kept us smiling and eco-friendly. Toyota redesigned the Prius front and rear […]

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The family and eco-friendly 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier

In today’s eco-friendly atmosphere, the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier is one of the few EVs that just about anyone can afford. These EV-primary cars can get you to where you want to go on mostly electric power, but (unlike other EVs) offers a gas-powered generator to help you continue on your journey. On the outside, […]

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2016 Lexus CT 200h at Deception Pass

The 2016 Lexus CT 200h is a stylish and eco-friendly hatchback wagon, featuring the plush refinements you’d expect from Lexus and some power that you wouldn’t expect from a hybrid. Starting at an MSRP of $31,250 ($41,860 as driven), the 2016 Lexus CT 200h comes with a slew of luxuries, the technology you crave, and […]

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Portland and the 2017 Acura NSX

During an annual journalist-only event celebrating alternative energy vehicles, I got the opportunity to drive the 2017 Acura NSX – a supercar of the future – and it was a truly marvelous experience. For those who don’t know, the 2017 Acura NSX is a hybrid supercar that utilizes a V6 engine, two electric motors, uses […]

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