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2023 Toyota bZ4X

2023 Toyota bZ4X

Toyota’s first vehicle in the "Beyond Zero" series seems to be an impressive kickstart to its reinvigorated EV journey

Remember the RAV4 EV back in 2014, and the current-selling Prius hybrids? Toyota’s name in the electrified world is not new, but it is now more prominent with the bZ4X, which is the brand’s first EV built on the e-TNGA platform. This platform is a joint venture of both Toyota and Subaru. The newly launched Subaru Solterra is its identical cousin with many similarities, which we will talk about more later. Keeping carbon neutrality in mind, the brand is now focusing on its electrification journey, starting with the 2023 bZ4X, which stands for “Beyond Zero” and the 4X denotes its chic exterior and the overall size. As you can tell, everything you see and feel is new or has been reworked. It is good to see Toyota focusing on consumer tech and modern design aesthetics, along with the leading reliability.

Now, like every other EV, you might be wondering what the claimed range is. Well, Toyota claims about 119 MPGe combined for the front-wheel-drive models and about 104 MPGe for the all-wheel-drive models. Considering the 71.4 kWh and the 72.8 kWh battery packs, the range is not that bad either. The front-wheel-drive variants put out 201 horsepower, and adding another electric motor on the rear axle will increase it to a meager 214 horsepower. Given the stats and the price range, it will compete with the Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach E, and the Kia EV6. What do you think of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X? Should you go and buy it right now? Read the full review and point out your deciding factors.

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2023 Smart #1

2023 Smart #1

Smart #1 is a new beginning for the boutique manufacturer and the first of many all-electric models from the brand

Smart is one of the automotive names you don’t hear often. While most of their models are rather unremarkable, the brand marks new beginnings with an all-new EV model. We first talked about the Smart #1 compact SUV in September 2021, when it made a debut at the IAA Munich Auto Show, and now, we have more details on it.

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2022 Honda Accord Hybrid

2022 Honda Accord Hybrid

If cheap and efficient drives are what you care for, then the Accord Hybrid might just sweep you off your feet

Practical mid-size sedans are pretty popular in the country, and the Accord has been here for generations, retaining what a good all-rounder sedan can do better than an average compact crossover. Now that its latest iteration stands four years from its introduction, Honda is trying to improve its budget sedan by offering a bit more each year so that you won’t complain about its aging design. The Accord Hybrid is an impressive car in its segment, and it goes up against the likes of the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Let us remind you that neither of the two competitors of the Accord Hybrid are weak. But, more on that later. The Accord Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter engine which is mated to dual self-charging electric motors, and when combined, the power output is 212 horsepower. It is a powerful alternative, of course, but it is efficient too. So, you might be thinking the Accord Hybrid is done for the day, right? Absolutely not. It offers great ride quality, has loads of driver assistance features by default, a spacious cabin, and a lot more, for the asking price of $27,320. So, should you buy the 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid? It is a yes from us, but read the review for a more vivid picture of this attractive budget hybrid sedan.

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid & Plug-in Hybrid

2022 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid & Plug-in Hybrid

Are these the ultimate Toyota Prius rivals?

Switching to a complete EV might be a bit of a stretch, since EVs are costlier alternatives to gas-operated regular cars. But, fear not. If you have Toyota Prius on your list, then you must add both the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid on it. Plus, the Prius lineup is still suffering the ugly design approach of Toyota, while Hyundai has kept the Ioniq Hybrid neat and exciting, minus the performance. Unfortunately, Hyundai decided to pull the plug on the full-electric Ioniq to make way for the Ioniq 5 EV. A 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-pot remains the beating heart of all the Ioniq hybrids, along with an electric motor. But, what impresses us is the outstanding fuel economy the whole range can deliver, especially the MHEV Blue trim. A whopping 60 miles per gallon on the highway has been rated by the EPA, which is about seven miles per gallon more than what the Prius can deliver, although being better in performance. Both, the Plug-in Hybrid and the Hybrid have good-looking cabins, and the overall experience is a lot better than the competition, we would say. So, should you get yourself either of the Ioniq hybrids? We are here to confirm that.

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2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge

The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the all-electric version of the funky, compact SUV from Sweden, and it’s much better than you think

Volvo, like many other carmakers, has taken steps towards a fully-electric lineup. While this mostly refers to Polestar – Volvo’s sub-brand – since January 2021, the first EV with a Volvo badge is a fact. The 2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge is an all-electric take on the funky, compact SUV (CUV), and there’s a lot to like about it.

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2023 Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS

2023 Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV vRS

It is the first all-electric vRS ever!

What’s a SUV without a coupe version, right? Or at least that’s how it seems lately — every maker in the world thinks that once they have a SUV on the market, a "coupe" version should also follow. That’s also the case with Skoda’s first all-electric SUV. After the standard Enyaq iV was announced back in September 2020, now is time for its coupe version. And, in the same time with the standard coupe version, Skoda also announced the vRS variant. As you probably guessed it, this is nothing else than a Czech version of the previously announced Volkswagen ID.5 GTX.

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2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo

2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo

The 2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo introduces more power and rear-wheel drive to the more sensible version of the Taycan

The Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo is the more practical version of Porsche’s first, modern-day EV. More importantly, from 2022, both body styles get a GTS version. The Porsche Taycan GTS is already shaping up to be right in the middle of the Taycan lineup, in terms of price and performance, but it also brings a bit more excitement. Find out how, below.

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2022 Porsche Taycan GTS

2022 Porsche Taycan GTS

The 2022 Porsche Taycan GTS proves that being in the middle is not always a bad thing

Although Porsche’s most definitive model is the 911, these days it’s the Taycan that often steals the show. Porsche’s first, modern-day EV gave the Tesla Model S a worthy competitor from an established brand and now, the Porsche Taycan is blessed by the GTS moniker. How does it stack up to the rest of the lineup and does GTS still stand for the sweet spot in Porsche’s lineup?

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2024 Mullen Five

2024 Mullen Five

The California-made Mullen Five wants to be a more sophisticated and luxurious EV, with Tesla-rivaling performance

The ever-increasing influx of start-up EV manufacturers is apparent and while most of them seem to be coming from China, the Mullen Five comes from the sunny state of California. With Tesla now being accompanied by plenty of other EV manufacturers, it will be interesting to see how each of them will set itself apart from the pack. It seems Mullen Five wants to be the more sophisticated and luxurious EV, Tesla never managed to be. But will it succeed?

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2023 Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+

2023 Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+

The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ is heavy on tech features, feels luxurious, and now makes over 750 horses!

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQS earlier this year. This electric S-Class equivalent came with a whole lot of impressive specs and features that put it right on top of the EQ hierarchy. To elevate it to the next level, the German automaker introduced the AMG variant of the EQS called the EQS 53 4MATIC+ that comes with a lot more power and a few other mechanical upgrades. While it’s still not Tesla Model S Plaid-level performance, specs like 750+ horses will surely pull a lot of potential customers.

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2022 Volvo C40 Recharge - The Swedish Automaker's Crossover With A Sloping Roofline

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge - The Swedish Automaker’s Crossover With A Sloping Roofline

The C40 Recharge is a sloping roofline-version of the XC40 Recharge and comes with impressive specs, but a poor 210-mile range and a $59,000-price tag

Volvo announced the C40 Recharge for the U.S. market back in March this year. It is essentially a crossover version of the XC40. The U.S. market is known to welcome crossover coupes with arms wide open and Volvo accepted the invitation. For the 2022 XC40, Volvo introduced two new trims – Plus and Ultimate. But, the C40 will be offered only in the top-spec Ultimate spec. Aside from the looks, it comes with a premium cabin and a ton of creature comforts. The downside, however, is the range. The C40 Recharge is offered with a range of 210 miles, which isn’t too impressive for a vehicle that costs close to $60,000.

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Lightyear One Solar Electric Car - Is It Lightyears ahead of the Competition?

Lightyear One Solar Electric Car - Is It Lightyears ahead of the Competition?

Dutch EV startup, Lightyear. shows off its revolutionary solar car that is big on range and small on the battery

Yet another EV Start-up in the Netherlands, Lightyear, intends to launch its very first car. The gimmick here is that it’s a car powered by Solar energy, and it’s said to be coming to Europe next year. The solar car can cover over 440 miles on a single charge thanks to solar modules that charge up the battery as you drive.

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2021 Volvo Concept Recharge

2021 Volvo Concept Recharge

The Recharge Concept is a preview of what to expect from the future Volvo EV models

While some automakers are making switches to the future by plonking in electric powertrains to existing models, a few of them are revealing concepts to show what the future holds for them. Toyota unveiled the bZ4x concept last month and it gave us a preview of what the Japanese automaker’s future holds. Now, Volvo has given us a peek of what the Scandinavian design philosophy will look like.

Volvo has revealed the Concept Recharge in the form of a two-row SUV. At the onset, it sure looks futuristic. The Swedish automaker has retained the core aesthetic elements, like the Thor headlights, the prominent Volvo logo up front, etc. But, the question is – Can the automaker be a top dog in this paradigm shift?

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2022 AC Cobra Series 4-electric

2022 AC Cobra Series 4-electric

The AC Cobra is now available with an electric powertrain, but retains the same, iconic exterior design

AC Cobra is an iconic British sports car that has been around for almost six decades now. Back in the day, Carroll Shelby convinced AC Cars and Ford to join hands and create a sports car that could take on the likes of the Corvettes and the Ferraris on the race track. The car is still quite popular, with even replicas selling quite well.

With changing times, AC Cars has also decided to jump the wagon and electrify this iconic sports car. Moniker’d the AC Cobra Series 4–electric, the company calls it ‘The AC Cobra updated for a new age’. It doesn’t come cheap, though, starting at over $200,000.

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2022 Cupra Born - The Volkswagen ID3's Worst Nightmare

2022 Cupra Born - The Volkswagen ID3’s Worst Nightmare

The Cupra Born comes with the best that the VW ID.3 has to offer, and then some more

Cupra, SEAT’s performance brand, has rolled out an electric hatch called Born. At its core, it’s a Volkswagen ID.3 but the brand has done well to not give it away easily. The Born is based on the el-Born concept that was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. This electric hatch looks similar to the ID.3 on the inside, but a lot more aggressive on the outside. It even comes with a performance package that makes it more powerful than the Volkswagen EV. While the VAG won’t matter which brand sells more as long as the volumes come from the same auto group, but will the Cupra Born cannibalize into the ID.3’s sales?

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2022 Volkswagen ID.4 GTX

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 GTX

A sportier take on the standard ID.4, the GTX comes with a dual-motor-setup, all-wheel-drive system, and improved power outputs and performance specs

Volkswagen has decided to step on the gas (pun unintended) and launch a new range of performance EVs with the ‘GTX’ badge. The automaker has introduced its first car under this series based on the ID.4 called the ID.4 GTX. The EV comes with significant performance upgrades over the standard model and also comes with some aesthetic changes. An additional motor, enhanced power outputs, and new headlight detailing are some of the differences here. The performance, however, comes at the cost of the range since Volkswagen has made use of the same battery pack as the standard ID.4. What is more important to you?

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2022 Audi Q4 e-tron

2022 Audi Q4 e-tron

The latest e-tron model comes with a dual-motor setup, 323 miles of range, and a plethora of design themes and packages

Audi has jumped into one of the most popular segments today with two new electric offerings, the Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron. These compact SUVs could be a game-changer for Audi and bring in huge volumes once launched. Both of them are essentially the same vehicle other than the sloping roofline on the Sportback, which seems to be quite a popular option these days. For now, the company has revealed the Euro-spec models and trim details, but we can expect pretty much the same stuff Stateside, too.

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2021 Genesis X Concept

2021 Genesis X Concept

The X Concept looks stunning and we wouldn’t mind this design on a production-spec car

Automakers are rushing to show their electric concept models to the public and let them know to expect from the brand in the future. We saw the Lexus LF-Z Electrified just a couple of days back, and now, we have one from Genesis. Called the X Concept, the Genesis product is made its debut in Los Angeles and is said to present “Genesis’ sustainable luxury in the form of an EV-based high-performance GT coupe concept car”. Fancy, eh?

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2022 KIA EV6

2022 KIA EV6

The EV6 is a mixed bag that comes with handsome looks, decent tech features, Taycan-rivaling performance specs, but mediocre range

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Kia has entered the EV segment with a bang. The company recently revealed some images of its first fully battery-electric vehicle called the EV6 without accompanying it with any data. But, the company has now officially debuted the car and it seems very impressive.

For starters, the Kia EV6 will make 577 ponies and 546 pound-feet of torque. It takes just 3.5 seconds to sprint to 62 mph from rest, which makes it faster than some Tesla models and Taycan iterations, too. And, did I mention it looks pretty hot?

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