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Honda Civic gains economical hybrid trims for 2025


Refreshed Civic has added

horsepower and better mpg

(May 22, 2024) TORRANCE, Calif. — Building on the success of the 11th generation Civic — the 2022 North American Car of the Year _ the refreshed 2025 Civic adds more style, more tech and with the available two-motor hybrid powertrain, a lot more power. Positioned at the top of the lineup and expected to receive an EPA combined fuel economy rating nearing 50 mpg, the new Civic hybrid, offered as either a sedan or hatchback.

2024 Subaru’s BRZ tS

HERNDON, Va. — To paraphrase singer Deniece Williams (briefly) and the Footloose soundtrack, LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS! Regardless of the auto industry’s recent efforts at gender diversity (and there are many), a tightly drawn 2+2 with a horizontally opposed four and manual trans could only have been executed by a small, brief outpouring of testosterone.

2025 Subaru Forester

MISSOULA, MT. — Have you ever been to Montana?  As I found for my first visit recently, it’s a big place — the kind of wide open, horizon-to-horizon, nestling mountains, and wide-open Interstates kind of place where you just want to drive, drive, and drive.  Turns out, it was the perfect place to meet the redesigned 2025 Subaru Forester.

2024 Land Rover Defender 110

PHOENIX — It's been four years since Land Rover brought the all-new Defender to the US shores in the spring of 2020 and its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Now four years into its current life cycle the rugged leading man handsome styling has held up more than well with its reinterpretation of the  original Defender dating all the way back to when Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from which Land Rover originates.

Vehicle of the Week

2024 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro — A hybrid powered off-road brute

By Jim Prueter

(May 19, 2024) When Toyota finally came up with an all new Tundra full-size pickup for the 2022 model year after a long 14 years since the last model debuted, we knew an all-new Sequoia that pairs with the Tundra truck couldn't be far behind. The aging and long-neglected Sequoia barely hung in there for 2022 and 2023 saw the debut of an all-new Sequoia grabbing the best of the Tacoma pickup's style, brawn, platform and capable architecture.

Here's the Thing

Americans to road trip in near-record levels this summer

(May 22, 2024)  DALLAS  — GasBuddy, a fuel savings platform, has released its 2024 Summer Travel Survey results and forecast for Memorial Day travel, revealing a near-record number of Americans planning to road trip this summer as gas prices continue to decline ahead of the holiday weekend.

J.D. Power study — EV purchase consideration drops

Charging concerns growing,
lack of affordablity continues

(May 21, 2024) TROY, Mich. — Consumer demand for electric vehicles (EVs) has cooled as the industry grapples with persistent growing pains, according to the J.D. Power 2024 U.S. Electric Vehicle Consideration (EVC) Study. For the first time since the study’s inception in 2021, new-vehicle buyer consideration has dropped from the previous year.

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 addresses issues buyers might have shopping for an EV

Photos by Paul Borden

By Paul Borden

(May 19, 2024) The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 addresses at least two of the more-common concerns shoppers have when they are looking into buying an all-electric vehicle (EV), namely driving range and charging times.

Inside the Industry

Volkswagen delays launch of electric ID7 sedan in U.S.

(May 22, 2024) Volkswagen is delaying the launch of the ID7 electric sedan in the United States and Canada for an unspecified amount of time The German automaker previously said the midsize model would launch in the U.S. in the third quarter, according to Automotive News.

Hennessey reveals performance data for 850 hp 2024 Mustang Dark Horse

Hennessey Mustang achieves
0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds

(May 22, 2024) SEALY, Texas  — Hennessey, the Texas-based hypercar manufacturer and high-performance vehicle creator, has revealed performance data for its supercharged 'H850' Mustang Dark Horse, which is now in production at its Sealy HQ. Hennessey’s engineers have transformed the performance of America's iconic pony car with a 70 percent power upgrade, achieving 850 horsepower, alongside boosted torque of 650 lb-ft.

Latest project from Callum to make global public debut

Callum Skye prototype to debut
at concours in London this week

(May 21, 2024) LONDON — Callum Skye, the first vehicle fully developed in-house by the British design and engineering business Callum, will be seen in public for the first time at Concours on Savile Row, London on May 22-23. The pioneering, high-performance, all-wheel-drive, multi-terrain electric vehicle was announced in November 2023 to global critical acclaim. The first running prototype will be displayed outside Edward Sexton’s store throughout the free-to-attend event that celebrates the long history that car manufacturers and tailors share.

Abandoned Car of the Week

The remains of a Plymouth

This used up 1963 Plymouth Savoy wagon was found locked behind a fence in northern Florida. The '63 Savoy 5-door was outfitted with a 145-horsepower, 6-cylinder engine making 215 pound-feet of torque mated to a 3-speed automatic. Published 0-to-60 time was 13.9 seconds with a 99 mph top speed. The full-sized wagon measured 210 inches in length with a curb weight of 3,538 pounds. Combined city/highway fuel economy was measured at about 15 mpg.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)