Category - Model News

All-New 2016 Toyota Prius Boasts Highest MPG Without a Plug

Toyota pulled the covers off the all-new fourth-generation Prius last night in Las Vegas. Toyota promises the new Prius will deliver ten percent better fuel economy on the core models, while an even more efficient ‘Eco’ model is to follow soon.

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius gets its boost in efficiency from lighter hybrid components, higher-energy density in the batteries, and an ICE that delivers over 40% thermal efficiency. Other highlights include a larger passenger cabin, more cargo room, a lower center of gravity and an improved suspension package. The Prius will also be one of Toyota’s first U.S. models with Toyota Safety Sense. TSS consists of pre-collision braking, lane departure alert and correction system, radar cruise control, and automatic high beams.

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius will hit showrooms in the first quarter of 2016.

Driven: 2015 VW Jetta 1.8T SE

Astute readers may recall that back in August, Volkswagen invited me to fly to Virginia to drive a smattering of their new and refreshed 2015 Jetta, Golf and GTI models. Well, one of those Jettas must have been really enamored with me, because it followed me back to Florida and showed up on my doorstep. Will a week with the Jetta do anything to dull the luster I saw in it over those Virginia hills? Read on to find out.

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Speed Read: 2015 VW e-Golf, Jetta and GTI

When Volkswagen offered to fly me up to drive a full smattering of their 2015 model lineup around Northern Virginia’s rolling hills and the quaint towns they are dotted with, they were ostensibly asking me to really focus on just two of those 2015 models – the fully electric e-Golf, and the refreshed Jetta. Still, though it already had its official launch and has been on sale for a few months now, I was also eager to sample the current GTI. Here’s a recap of what I drove, put in order from “really, really liked it” to “liked it”. There wasn’t a dud in the bunch, honestly, though I admit to steering clear of models like the Passat and Tiguan, which I’d already spent time in recently, and others that weren’t significantly changed for the 2015 model year.

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Driven: 2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible

When development work concluded on the V36 platform, which forms the basis for the 2014 Q60 seen above, it’s easy to believe that Nissan’s engineers had little inkling of the radical brand changes that would occur at Infiniti during their new model’s shelf life. Indeed, during Johan de Nysschen’s two-year tenure as the brand’s chief, much was changed – including their entire system of model nomenclature. Thus, the G37 convertible became the Q60 convertible that I recently spent a week with – but make no mistake, the G37 is still alive and well in this car.

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