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There was a time when all-wheel drive was the exclusive realm of trucks: pickups and SUVs designed to venture far off the beaten path. But these days, you can get all sorts of vehicles with four-wheel traction: sports cars, convertibles, sedans, wagons, hatchbacks, and, yes, electric vehicles.

While most EVs transmit their power and torque to the road through one axle, there are a fair few on the market now (or coming soon) that offer the rare combination of electric propulsion with traction at each corner.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Hybrids with AWD

So if our recent list of all-wheel-drive hybrids wasn’t electrified enough for your liking, here are 10 all-wheel-drive cars and trucks that run on battery power alone – no fossil fuels required – ranked from the least expensive to the most (short of exotic, multi-million-dollar supercars).

Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD

Tesla Model 3

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  • Range: 310 miles
  • 0-60: 3.2-4.4 seconds
  • Price: $49,900-59,900

The most cost-effective and compelling options come from Tesla, whose entry-level Model 3 starts at under $40,000 in standard-range, rear-drive form. Step up to the Long Range model for just under $50k and you get dual motors – one at each axle, driving all four wheels – and its range climbs from 240 miles to 310. The top-of-the-line Performance model pushes $60k and gets that same range, but drops the 0-60 time down from to just 3.2 seconds.

Tesla Model Y

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  • Range: 280 miles
  • 0-60: 3.5-4.8 seconds
  • Price: $52,000-61,000

Dig the Tesla Model 3 but prefer the taller form of a crossover? The new Model Y could be just the ticket. The baby brother to the Model X is a little heavier than 3, so its range and performance suffer slightly – and you’ll pay a little more for it, too. The rear-drive Long Range model starts at $48,000 and delivers the best range of 300 miles. With Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, it goes for $52k and 280 miles but drops the 0-60 time down from 5.5 seconds to 4.8. And for $61k, the top Performance model delivers the same 280-mile range but will sprint to 60 in just 3.5 seconds.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Home EV Chargers

Polestar 2

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  • Range: 275 miles
  • 0-60: under 5 seconds
  • Price: $63,000

Volvo’s electrified brand is following up on the upscale Polestar 1 hybrid luxury coupe (itself soon to begin production) with the new Polestar 2. And this time it’s not only (relatively) more accessible – it’s all-electric, too. With typically Scandinavian minimalist, angular design, the five-door fastback promises a 0-60 time of under five seconds and a range of 275 miles. The launch edition is hitting the West Coast first for $63,000, but we’re expecting more affordable versions to proliferate across the country from around $45k.

Rivian R1S & R1T

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  • Range: 230-410 miles
  • 0-60: 3.0-4.9 seconds
  • Price: $69,000-72,500

A newcomer to the field, American startup Rivian is gearing up to launch its Electric Adventure Vehicle in two forms: the R1S sport-ute and the R1T pickup. Both are based on the same underpinnings and promise similar specifications in an effort to shake up the truck market dominated by conventional automakers and beat Tesla’s forthcoming pickup to the punch. At around $70k, they won’t come cheap, but they aim to deliver with range as high as 410 miles and a 0-60 time as low as three seconds flat.

Mercedes-Benz EQC

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  • Range: 279 miles (NEDC)
  • 0-60: 4.9 seconds
  • Price: est $70,000

The first dedicated electric vehicle from Mercedes’ new EQ line is a crossover. The EQC is about the size of the conventional GLC, but with batteries and electric motors in place of an internal-combustion engine, and more futuristic styling to set it apart. So far Daimler has only quoted a 279-mile range on the outmoded NEDC standard, but we’re anticipating a 0-60 time of under five seconds and a sticker price in the low $70k range. Expect final figures to be announced before it reaches showrooms next year – around the same time that BMW will introduce its own challenger in the form of the forthcoming iX3.

ALSO SEE: 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Review

Jaguar I-Pace

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  • Range: 234 miles
  • 0-60: 4.5 seconds
  • Price: $70,525

Among the first electric vehicles to come from an established luxury automaker, the I-Pace is the initial salvo in an onslaught of EVs in the pipeline at Jaguar Land Rover. Like so many on this list, the electric Jag is positioned as a crossover, even if it’s closer in form to a hatchback. But whatever you call it, it’s a pretty slick piece of kit that was quickly named World Car of the Year. It’s even yielded a racing version for an undercard support series of the Formula E championship (in which Jaguar also competes).

ALSO SEE: Jaguar I-Pace Review

Tesla Model S

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  • Range: 285-370 miles
  • 0-60: 2.4-4.0 seconds
  • Price: $75,000-116,000

The original Tesla (discounting the Lotus-based first-generation Roadster) is still one of the best electric vehicles on the market. Unlike its smaller stablemates, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive now comes standard, starting at $75k with 285 miles of range and a four-second 0-60 time. The Long Range version will hit 60 in 3.7 seconds and go for 370 miles on a charge for $85k. The Performance model can be yours for $96k, sacrificing 25 miles of range for a three-second sprint. But splash out $116k and you get Ludicrous Mode, electrically rocketing to 60 in a mind-blowing 2.4 seconds (while maintaining the Performance model’s quoted range).

Audi E-Tron

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  • Range: 204 miles
  • 0-60: 5.5 seconds
  • Price: $75,795

Audi has entered the EV game with… you guessed it: a crossover. The debut E-Tron is larger than its rivals from Mercedes and Jaguar –  and bigger, in other terms, than the conventional Q5, but not as big as the Q7 and Q8. It consequently delivers a somewhat lackluster 204-mile range and a 5.5-second 0-60 time. But sure as our climate is changing, you can bet there’ll be more EVs to follow from the German automaker in an array of shapes and sizes.

Tesla Model X

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  • Range: 255-325 miles
  • 0-60: 2.7-4.6 seconds
  • Price: $81,000-122,000

Find the new Model Y too small for your liking, or not prepared to wait for it to start rolling off the line in Fremont next year? Tesla can hook you up with a Model X – the one with the trick “falcon-wing” rear doors – but it won’t come cheap. Pricing starts at $81k, which nets you 255 miles of range and a 4.6-second 0-60 time. Step up to the Long Range model and you get 325 miles and a 4.4-second run for $91k. The $102k Performance model goes for 305 miles and a 3.4-second sprint. Splash out an extra $20k and you can experience the Ludicrous acceleration of 2.7 seconds, if you can stomach the sticker price.

Porsche Taycan

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  • Range: 310 miles
  • 0-60: under 3.5 seconds
  • Price: est $85,000

Porsche has embraced electrification like few others, at one point offering more plug-in hybrids than any other automaker in the business. Now it’s taking the next step by introducing its first full EV. The Taycan is slated to be revealed in September, and is expected to closely follow the lead set by the Mission E concept (pictured), with a range of over 300 miles and a very Porsche-like 0-62 time in the low-three-second range. And there will be more to follow, including a more rugged version and an all-electric variant of the next-generation Macan.


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Top 10 Hybrids with AWD Mon, 27 May 2019 20:14:50 +0000 Top 10 Hybrids with AWD Top 10 Hybrids with AWD
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Hybrids are gaining traction – and we don’t just mean they’re growing in popularity. There’s also an increasing number of electrically assisted automobiles on the market that also offer the benefits of all-wheel drive.

Not just crossovers and SUVs, either – of which there are many, from the humble likes of the Toyota RAV4 to the uber-luxurious Bentley Bentayga. Or supercars, for that matter, like the Acura NSX, BMW i8, and the discontinued Porsche 918 Spyder. We’re talking about standard-production passenger cars that you can buy today.

So if you want your next car to have all-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain but don’t need (or want) the larger form of an SUV (or the performance of a six-figure sports car), here are 10 hybrids with AWD that are currently waiting for you at your local dealership, ranked by price. Stay tuned: We will have a list of SUV and crossover hybrids with AWD very soon.

Top 10 Hybrids with AWD

Toyota Prius AWD-e

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  • Hybrid
  • 121 hp / 105 lb-ft of torque
  • 50 mpg (combined)
  • $27,310 (delivered)
  • AWD: Optional

The cheapest model on our list is also the most fuel-efficient, and one of the latest to couple four-wheel traction with hybrid propulsion. Refreshed for 2019, the Toyota Prius is now available with a new AWD-e system that adds extra electric motor on the rear axle to give it extra grip. It takes a small hit in fuel economy, which Toyota estimates at 52 miles per gallon in the city, 48 on the highway, and 50 on the combined cycle – slightly down from the standard, front-drive Prius’ 58/53/56. But it’s still one of the most efficient all-wheel-drive vehicles you can buy.

The AWD system in this Prius is unique in that it only connects the rear axle from zero to 6 mph regardless of conditions for stronger and more confident launches, and at speeds at up to 43 mph if wheel slippage is detected. When slippage is not detected and at speeds over 43 mph, the electric motor is essentially disconnected and the Prius continues to operate as a front-wheel-drive car.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Toyota Prius and Prius AWD Review


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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 137 hp / 134 lb-ft of torque
  • 35 mpg (combined)
  • $35,970 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Though billed as an SUV (and with most of the off-road capability to back it up), the Subaru Crosstrek is essentially a jacked-up, rugged wagon version of the Impreza (much as the Outback is to the Legacy). It’s also the only electrified vehicle Subaru currently offers, packing the Japanese automaker’s signature flat-four engine and all-wheel drive, but augmented with a pair of electric motors with plug-in capability. Short of the Prius, you won’t find a more fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive passenger car (however far it may push the definition) on the market.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Home EV Chargers


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Volvo S60/S90 T8 eAWD

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  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 400 or 415 hp / 472 or 495 lb-ft of torque
  • 29-31 mpg (combined)
  • $56,040 / $64,895 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Volvo’s T8 “Twin Engine” powertrain is an impressive feat of engineering, extracting upwards of 400 horsepower from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine – thanks to the addition of a turbocharger, supercharger, and electric assist (with plug-in capability to boot). In addition to XC60 and XC90 crossovers, Volvo offers the trick powertrain here in both the S60 and S90 sedans (but not, for the time being, in the V60 and V90 wagons). They’ll deliver 31 and 29 mpg, respectively, on the combined cycle. And if you go for the performance-oriented S60 T8 Polestar Engineered, you’ll have 415 horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque to play with, which is more twist than you’ll find anywhere here this side of a Porsche or AMG Mercedes.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Volvo S60 Review: The Best-Driving Volvo Yet


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BMW 530e xDrive iPerformance

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  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 248 hp / 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 28 mpg (combined)
  • $56,695 (delivered)
  • AWD: Optional

BMW offers a wide array of hybrids, including sedans, crossovers, hatchbacks, and supercars – but you can’t get all of them with all-wheel drive. The 530e offers the automaker’s xDrive system as an option, and only takes a slight hit in fuel efficiency as a result: 28 mpg on the combined cycle with all-wheel traction, compared to 29 without. The 330e is slated to return next summer, based on the new 3 Series and with more muscle, but don’t expect it to offer all-wheel drive like the plug-in 5 Series.

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Audi A6/A7/A8

  • Mild Hybrid
  • 335 hp / 369 lb-ft of torque
  • 25 mpg (combined)
  • $59,895 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Ever the champion of all-wheel drive, Audi has taken the bold step of equipping three of its top passenger cars with a mild hybrid assist as standard. The A6, A7, and A8 all come with the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, augmented by a 48-volt electrical system to channel 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It returns the same 25 mpg (on the combined cycle) in the mid-sized A6 sedan and the svelte A7 Sportback, but just 22 in the larger A8 limousine.

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Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

  • Hybrid
  • 377 hp / 341 lb-ft of torque
  • 28 mpg (combined)
  • $62,895 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Honda’s luxury division, Acura has made all-wheel drive integral to its hybrid approach in the MDX crossover, NSX supercar, and this, the RLX sedan. The 3.5-liter V6 makes 310 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque (as available in the standard RLX), but the Sport Hybrid with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive adds three electric motors – one up front, two in the back – to boost output up to a combined 377 hp and 341 lb-ft, all the while delivering 28 mph on the combined cycle.

ALSO SEE: Where is Acura From and Where is Acura Made?


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Mercedes-AMG E53/CLS53/GT53 4Matic+

  • Mild Hybrid
  • 450 hp / 568 lb-ft of torque
  • 24/23/21 mpg (combined)
  • $73,545 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

The letters AMG have long stood for Mercedes performance, but the German automaker’s in-house tuner has stepped into the electric age with its new 53 models. The powertrain mates a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six with a 48-volt electric supercharger to a nine-speed automatic and 4Matic+ all-wheel drive (both tuned by AMG). It produces 429 hp and 384 lb-ft, but with the 21-hp/184 lb-ft EQ Boost kicking in, it’ll deliver as much as 450 hp and 568 lb-ft. And there’s no shortage of body-style choices: you can get it in the E-Class sedan, coupe, or convertible, in the CLS four-door coupe, and in the new flagship GT 4-Door Coupe (as well as the GLE crossover).

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Lexus LS500h AWD

  • Hybrid
  • 354 hp / 257 lb-ft of torque
  • 26 mpg (combined)
  • $84,055 (delivered)
  • AWD: Optional

Every iteration of the Lexus LS, stretching back 30 years now, has been powered by a V8. Not the latest version, though: this one’s available exclusively with V6 engines. But you can get it with a hybrid assist, and (unlike its LC coupe counterpart) all-wheel drive. The latest LS500h isn’t as powerful as the twin-turbocharged LS500, but it’s two to three times as potent as the other all-wheel-drive hybrid Toyota product that kicked off our list. It’s also about as plush, roomy, and laden with tech as anything else on the market, and will return a respectable 26 miles per gallon of gasoline on the combined cycle.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Cheap AWD Cars and Crossovers


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BMW 745e xDrive iPerformance

  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 389 hp / 442 lb-ft of torque
  • 22 mpg (combined)
  • $96,545 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

The electrified version of BMW’s flagship 7 Series, the new 745e is bigger, brawnier, and altogether more upscale than the aforementioned 530e. With a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, it’s also considerably more potent than the four-cylinder 740e it replaces. But the increased output comes at the expense of fuel economy: where the previous 740e was rated at 27 mpg on the combined cycle, the new 745e returns just 22 mpg, putting it near the bottom of this list in terms of efficiency (to say nothing of its very high purchase price).

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Porsche Panamera 4/Turbo S E-Hybrid

  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 457 or 677 hp / 516 or 626 lb-ft of torque
  • 23 / 20 mpg (combined)
  • $104,150 / $187,450 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Porsche offers not one, but two plug-in hybrid versions of its four-door grand tourer. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 with an electric assist to deliver a combined 457 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which would already make it one of the most powerful on this list. But the Turbo S E-Hybrid goes even further, with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 electrically boosted to a massive 677 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy isn’t stellar, rated at 23 and 20 mpg, respectively, on the combined cycle, but either can be had in the standard-wheelbase four-door, stretched Executive, or Sport Turismo wagon body-styles, offering a wide array of choices.

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5 Reasons to Buy a Volvo XC40 Tue, 21 May 2019 16:31:02 +0000 5 Reasons to Buy a Volvo XC40 5 Reasons to Buy a Volvo XC40
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The Volvo XC40 proves that great things do come in small packages.

Traditionally, this Swedish automaker was known for building boxy-looking vehicles and being laser-focused on safety. But today, Volvo is famed for its subtle designs, elegant interiors, and innovative drivetrain technology, all of which is found in their smallest crossover.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Volvo S60 Review

The XC40 is one of the most delightful premium compact crossovers available today. It feels upscale in a way rival models typically don’t. It also offers loads of technology and is motivated by dynamite drivetrains. Here are five reasons you might want to consider this small, funky CUV.

5. What an Interior!

One of the XC40’s most appealing attributes is its luxurious interior. The cabin looks elegant and is made of high-quality materials. The dashboard, for instance, is comprised of squishy, low-sheen plastic, an expanse punctuated by slit-like air vents trimmed with semi-gloss metallic accents. The door panels are likewise soft and dressed up with a carpet-like material that’s a bit funky but still upscale. There are also plenty of clever storage solutions and even a removable trash bin in the armrest. If you want, you can even get a crystal gear selector to really class it up in there.

4. Spacious and Comfortable

Despite its pint-sized dimensions, the XC40 is spacious and comfortable. Maximum cargo capacity with the seats folded down clocks in at just shy of 58 cubic feet, a good bit more than you get in rival crossovers like the BMW X2 or Lexus NX.

For years, Volvo has been known for offering incredibly comfortable seats and this crossover continues that tradition. The XC40’s front buckets are plush yet supportive in all the right places. They’re easily all-day comfortable, something that can’t be said about many seats these days. Keeping passengers happy, the back bench is reasonably spacious and ergonomic, though a touch more legroom would be nice.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Volvo XC40 Review 

3. A Technophile’s Dream

Keeping even the most ardent technophiles happy, the XC40 comes loaded with high-end features. A nine-inch display on the center stack is standard, home to the firm’s Sensus infotainment system. If that’s not enough screen real estate, a 12.3-inch reconfigurable digital instrument cluster is included in every model as well. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, a power-operated liftgate and hill-start assist, which keeps the vehicle from rolling forward or backward on inclines, is standard fare as well.

Optionally, this vehicle can be equipped with a range of high-end features. Things like Volvo’s Pilot Assist driver aid with adaptive cruise control is available, as are heated windshield-washer nozzles, headlight-cleaning jets, a 360-degree surround-view camera for easier parking and auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

ALSO SEE: Where is Volvo From and Where are Volvos Made?

Regrettably, that Sensus infotainment system has a steep learning curve and isn’t particularly responsive. The menu structure is rather confusing, and some features are buried in places you’d never expect. Connecting a phone via Bluetooth is frustrating if you don’t know that this function is located on the apps page rather than in the settings menu.

At first glance, some of the steering wheel-mounted controls are also incomprehensible, plus the stubby electronic shifter requires two motions before selecting the gear you want, which is just weird.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Volvo XC40 vs BMW X1

2. Tornado Power!

The upscale T5 AWD R-Design model tested here featured an economical 2.0-liter engine. With a turbocharger huffing air into its quartet of lungs, this powerplant delivers a stout 248 horses with 258 pound-feet of torque. While not earth-shattering figures, these are more than enough to get the XC40 to 100 km/h (62 miles an hour) in as little as 6.5 seconds, a sprint aided by an eight-speed automatic transmission that’s always on point. This drivetrain is dynamite! For drivers that aren’t in any hurry, a base engine with 187 ponies is also available.

SEE ALSO: Volvo XC60 Review

Underscoring this vehicle’s overall refinement, that uplevel powerplant is incredibly smooth and muted. Scarcely any vibration makes its way into the cabin, even under heavy-footed driving. Curiously though, this engine sounds a bit strange. It’s quiet in operation, but doesn’t make any combustion sounds, no rumbling or growling at all. Punch the accelerator and it just whooshes like a gust of wind, like a mini tornado.

1. Affordable Excellence

As it sits, the Volvo XC40 pictured here stickers for around $47,000, including $995 in delivery fees. It’s a T5 all-wheel-drive model dressed in midrange R-Design-trim. Of course, that price was inflated by several thousand dollars in optional equipment. Forego many of this vehicle’s useful extras and you can drive home in an entry-level example for right around $35,000, a rather striking price for an even more attractive vehicle.

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Volvo to Cap the Top Speed of its Cars at 112 MPH for Safety Reasons Mon, 04 Mar 2019 16:19:21 +0000 Volvo to Cap the Top Speed of its Cars at 112 MPH for Safety Reasons Volvo to Cap the Top Speed of its Cars at 112 MPH for Safety Reasons
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Volvo’s latest announcement might not make it popular in Germany, but the company hopes that it will make its cars safer. The Swedish company will lower top speed limits on all its vehicles, starting with model year 2021.

Beginning that year, every Volvo will get a top speed limited set to 112 mph. It’s part of Vision 2020, the company’s plan to have no one killed in a new Volvo by 2020.

Since 112 mph will get your license revoked in most places — or at least earn you a pretty serious talk with your local constabulary — it’s a tough one to argue against. Maybe the biggest surprise is that they haven’t set it lower. After all, the highest speed limits in Europe are 80 mph, not counting the decreasing stretches of unlimited Autobahn in Germany. And even in the U.S., the 85 mph limit in Texas is tops.

ALSO SEE: Refreshed Volvo XC90 Lineup Gets New Mild Hybrid Model

Volvo says that beyond certain speeds, even advanced engineering and safety features aren’t enough. Hit an obstacle going more than 110 mph, and their Vision 2020 odds take a hit almost as hard as the one between you and that tree.

The company is also looking at geofenced speed limits. Lowering that limiter even more if, say, you’re in a school zone or a city street, making things safer for those around you.

The next step for Volvo is reducing distraction and intoxication behind the wheel. They have a plan for that too and will be presenting ideas at a safety event at the end of this month.

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Refreshed Volvo XC90 Lineup Gets New Mild Hybrid Model Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:23:13 +0000 Refreshed Volvo XC90 Lineup Gets New Mild Hybrid Model Refreshed Volvo XC90 Lineup Gets New Mild Hybrid Model
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With the introduction of the refreshed Volvo XC90, the Swedish automaker is introducing a new engine designation. Joining cars like the XC90 T8 and the diesel XC90 D5 in Europe, there will now be the mild-hybrid B cars.

The mild hybrids will take advantage of an updated kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) that takes advantage of new mapping in the brake by wire system to recover more electricity through braking than ever.

In fact, the improved KERS system translates to about 15% better fuel economy over its non-mild hybrid counterparts, says Volvo. And while the mild-hybrid Bs will be optional for now, Volvo anticipates that it will become the new standard in the lineup by the mid-2020s

ALSO SEE: 2019 Volvo S60 Review: The Best-Driving Volvo Yet

Additionally, the T8 “Twin Engine” plug-in hybrid XC90 has also been updated to take advantage of Volvo’s new and improved KERS system. According to Volvo, that increases the battery-electric range of these hybrids by about 15%.

The mild-hybrid system will be available first on the XC90 and XC60, while the improved plug-in hybrid system will just take over in all T8s. The XC90 will be in B5 (gas or diesel) and B6 (gas only) trim, while the XC60 is coming with B4 (diesel), B5, or B6 ( both same as above)

And the updates aren’t all under the hood. The grille has changed ever so slightly, too — it’s now concave instead of convex.

Production on the updated XC90 begins in Sweden in May.

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2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year: Meet the Contenders Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:04:36 +0000 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year: Meet the Contenders 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year: Meet the Contenders
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The crossover segment is arguably the most significant one in the automotive landscape today, and car manufacturers have truly raised the bar, coming out with an army of new utility vehicles and SUVs for 2019.

As more and more automakers exit the compact car and sedan segments to focus on trucks, SUVs, and crossovers, the competition has only gotten hotter. This has treated consumers to an abundance of choice. There’s practically a crossover or SUV for every need, every budget and every niche. Competition is a great thing — it keeps automakers honest and innovative, plus it gives drivers more power to pick the perfect vehicle for their wants and needs.

We’ve considered all the new SUVs and crossovers to come out for 2019 and shortlisted five of the best ones — models that raise the bar for their brand, the segment and even the automotive industry as a whole.

ALSO SEE: Genesis G70 Awarded as 2019 Car of the Year

Of course, it’s important to note this isn’t a direct comparison between these five vehicles — they represent different segments and have different buyers, so comparing them head-to-head makes absolutely no sense. We consider and evaluate each competitor against other vehicles in its segment. We also want to make sure all the vehicles evaluated are accessible and affordable to everyday consumers, which is why you don’t see SUVs like the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Mercedes G-Wagen, or Lamborghini Urus on here. Other excellent new utility vehicles we considered but ultimately did not make the cut include the Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Santa Fe, Subaru Ascent, Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50 and several others.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the five shortlisted contenders vying to be’s 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year.

Hyundai Kona/Kona EV

2019 Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is a scrappy little vehicle and a shoo-in for Utility Vehicle of the Year. Remember, we’re considering the whole lineup, which also includes an all-electric version. The Kona addresses many of its competitors’ shortcomings and is an all-around excellent package. Offered with front- or all-wheel drive, the internal combustion Kona has two engine options, a 2.0L four-cylinder with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. With funky styling, an available two-tone roof, an interesting interior, well-sorted driving dynamics, refined powertrains, an abundance of high-tech features usually reserved for more expensive cars and a fair price, the Kona offers subcompact crossover drivers a well-rounded option.

Availability of that EV model makes it even more a jack-of-all-trades. With two versions available, the Kona EV can offer 186 miles or 292 miles of range. This mainstream electric vehicle offering is an important step forward and it’s a bonus that it comes with great range, a refined powertrain, and an excellent interior.

READ MORE: Hyundai Kona Review and Hyundai Kona Electric Review

Nissan Kicks

We were very surprised by the Nissan Kicks after evaluating it.’s editors loved all the personality it crammed into such a little package. Proving that cheap can be cheerful, the Kicks impressed us with its affordable price and fun driving dynamics. Available with a 1.6L naturally aspirated engine, the Kicks outputs 125 hp and 115 lb-ft of torque, which gets power to the front wheels only via a continuously variable automatic transmission. With great fuel economy, bargain pricing, lots of interior space, surprisingly fun driving dynamics and plenty of worthwhile features, the cheerful Nissan Kicks offer crossover shoppers a lot, all without draining their bank accounts.

READ MORE: Nissan Kicks Review

Subaru Forester

Subaru has been stepping up its game and this is most evident in the new Forester, which has been completely redesigned for 2019. By addressing some common complaints about the previous Forester, Subaru has really raised the bar for itself and others. It’s gained an excellent interior but improved the things it was most well-known for: Proper on-road driving dynamics, convincing off-road capability and remarkable practicality. In addition, the Forester introduces the innovative new DriverFocus system, which uses facial recognition to help curb distracted driving. It also comes standard with EyeSight, the Japanese brand’s suite of driver assistance features, which includes standard adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation (automatic emergency braking).

With excellent visibility, standard AWD, well-sorted driving dynamics and innovative safety technology, the Subaru Forester has was it takes to, perhaps, be the best compact crossover in its class.

READ MORE: 2019 Subaru Forester Review

Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4 Review

The RAV4 is a hugely significant vehicle for Toyota in terms of sales, so it means a lot that the Japanese automaker took a big risk when designing an all-new model. Fortunately for them, we think that gamble paid off, as the boxy and ruggedly styled RAV4 is now one of the best-looking compact crossovers out there. Its interior is, at long last, excellent, and it’s clear Toyota didn’t cut corners in this area. Powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, this crossover brandishes 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, with an 8-speed automatic transmission routing power to the front or all four wheels.

The RAV4 is also available as a hybrid model that gets a combined 39 mpg, which makes it unique in its segment. RAV4s also get standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, the brand’s suite of driver-assistance technology that includes adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, pedestrian detection and more.

READ MORE: 2019 Toyota RAV4 Review and Video

Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 is an all-new entrant into the luxury subcompact crossover segment and it really delighted the editors by how clever and fun it was. With funky styling, innovative packaging and storage solutions, unique attention to detail and, of course, great driving dynamics, the XC40 really shines as something special. The XC40 is powered by a turbo 2.0L four-cylinder powerplant with 258 lb-ft of torque and either 185 hp or 248 hp depending on potency. Volvo also introduced an innovative subscription service with the XC40, giving consumers more choice when it comes to car ownership, and that is always welcome.

READ MORE: Volvo XC40 Review

And the winner is…

We will announce the winner shortly. Stay tuned!

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Volvo’s Next Polestar EV Will Have 400 HP, 300 Miles of Range Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:11:34 +0000 Volvo’s Next Polestar EV Will Have 400 HP, 300 Miles of Range Volvo’s Next Polestar EV Will Have 400 HP, 300 Miles of Range
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Along with the first image of its second model, Polestar has revealed a few details about its (and also Volvo’s) first EV model, the Polestar 2.

With 400 hp on tap, the “four-door fastback” will be able to get you moving in a hurry. It will also get you far, though, because Polestar claims that it will have around 300 miles of range.

The Polestar 2 will also premiere Google’s Android HMI, an Android-based infotainment system that will eventually funnel its way down into other Polestar, Volvo, and Lynk & Co products, replacing the glitchy Sensus Connect system currently used by Volvo.

ALSO SEE: Polestar 1 Costs More Than BMW i8, Acura NSX

Like the XC40, with which it will reportedly share some chassis components, the Polestar 2 will be offered via subscription, though Polestar promises that its service will be even more “premium.”

No firm price was offered, but Polestar did reveal that the 2 will compete with the Tesla Model 3, so expect a price in the $40,000 to $50,000 range.

Polestar has also opted not to give us an official reveal date, but has promised that it will give more details about the Polestar 2 in the coming weeks. So stay tuned for more information soon.


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Volvo Announces New Highly Accurate LiDAR Tech That Won’t Burn Out Your Eyes Wed, 28 Nov 2018 16:21:52 +0000 Volvo Announces New Highly Accurate LiDAR Tech That Won’t Burn Out Your Eyes Volvo Announces New Highly Accurate LiDAR Tech That Won’t Burn Out Your Eyes
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Volvo may not be showing any autos at the LA auto show, but that doesn’t mean it won’t show auto(-motive and -nomous) technology at the show. Along with its partner, Luminar, it has announced a breakthrough in LiDAR technology.

LiDAR is the hip new technology that pretty much everyone in the autonomous game thinks will make driverless cars possible—something Volvo is very interested in achieving since it has promised that the third-gen XC90 (due in 2021) will be autonomous on the highway.

To do that, Volvo has tasked LiDAR luminaries, Luminar, with finding a way to allow cars to “see” reliably. That means seeing things at a distance with great accuracy.

While it’s not particularly difficult to get LiDAR to see things at a great distance, it is (ironically) difficult to do that without searing retinas.

The problem with LiDAR is that most of the industry uses cheap and bountiful silicon receptors, which require 905-nanometer wavelength light. That’s all well and good, but the light fades pretty quickly at levels that aren’t dangerous to human eyes, which limits how far away the car can “see.”

Luminar’s innovation has been to use indium gallium arsenide receptors. That allows its LiDAR to use a 1550 nanometer wavelength light, which can be shone brighter without burning eyes, which in turn means that the system can see farther.

Up to 250 meters (820-odd feet), says Luminar’s CEO, Austin Russel. By comparison, the LiDAR “Puck” that Ford is using only sees up to 100 m (330 feet), according to Velodyne, the company making them.

That means that the Volvo system can see 7.5 seconds down the road, and any good driver knows that you want to look as far down the road as possible. The receptor can also see in remarkable detail and can make out human shapes as well as things that absorb as much as 95% of light. So it can see just about anything not made of Vantablack.

All of which sounds great, but the problem has always been cost. Whereas silicon is cheap, indium gallium arsenide is very expensive. According to an article from April that appeared in Wired, a receptor the size of a potato chip would cost tens of thousands of dollars to make.

So Luminar has had to work hard to shrink the receptor down to the size of a strawberry seed. That means they cost only $3, though each only sees 120 degrees. Three receptors are needed to see all the way around the car and then there’s the cost of everything else in the unit.

The cost of the whole LiDAR system is still a secret, but today’s announcement from Volvo indicates that it’s down to a manageable price. But there’s still work to be done before the third-gen XC90 drives itself down the highway.

“Now we have to develop the software and the intelligence that can use this perception technology to actually identify millions of different objects and understand the intentions of those objects,” Henrik Green, head of Volvo R&D, told Automotive News Europe. “We have a huge workload ahead of us.”

Still, this is just one more of the edge pieces that will allow Volvo to fill in the rest of the puzzle of autonomous transportation more easily.

a version of this article first appeared on

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Volvo Will Go to the LA Auto Show, But Won’t Show Any Autos Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:55:45 +0000 Volvo Will Go to the LA Auto Show, But Won’t Show Any Autos Volvo Will Go to the LA Auto Show, But Won’t Show Any Autos
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Following up on their somewhat mystifying teaser posts, Volvo has made the even more mystifying decision not to show any cars at its stand at the LA Auto Show.

Instead, it will show off a sculpture that accurately claims not to be a car. The point, says Volvo, isn’t just that they’ve forgotten to build a concept car. Rather, they’ll be talking about the future of the automotive industry as a whole—which… isn’t that what concept cars are for?

“Our industry is changing. Rather than just building and selling cars, we will really provide our customers with the freedom to move in a personal, sustainable and safe way,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars. “We offer our customers access to a car, including new attractive services whenever and wherever they want it.”

But it won’t all be surrealist art, there will also be some Swedish Futurism. Along with the “This is not a car” sculpture, Volvo will have some demonstrations of the services it thinks cars will be able to offer in the near future.

Visitors will be treated to interactive demonstrations of connectivity services, in-car delivers, car sharing, and more.

By doing so, Volvo is showing off the advantages it has gained by partnering with companies like Amazon, Google, Nvidia, Luminar and Zenuity.

“By calling the [auto] show Automobility LA, the organizers have recognized the disruption affecting our industry,” said Mårten Levenstam, responsible for product strategy at Volvo Cars. “We want to demonstrate that we got the memo and start a conversation about the future of automobility. So instead of bringing a concept car, we talk about the concept of a car. We will not win the ‘car of the show’ award this year, but we are comfortable with that. Because this is not a car show.”

Volvo will also be showing off the autonomous experience available in its 360c concept, though it won’t be showing off the car—because that is a car.

You can see it all when the LA Auto Show opens its doors to the public on November 30 and if you can’t wait until then, we’ll be covering the show from the floor next week.


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Polestar’s First Carbon Fiber Crash Test Was a Success Thu, 01 Nov 2018 20:27:56 +0000 Polestar’s First Carbon Fiber Crash Test Was a Success Polestar’s First Carbon Fiber Crash Test Was a Success
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With the might of Volvo’s safety center behind it, it was always a safe bet that the Polestar 1 would be a safety leader. But Volvo, for all its leadership in safety tech, has never had to test cars made primarily of carbon fiber before.

That’s why the first crash test of Polestar’s first model was actually a bit of an unknown for the team.

“We were really excited about this crash test. The first crash test of Polestar 1 has been about exploring the unknown,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar. “This was a crucial proof point in the development of Polestar 1; we had to know that the ideas and calculations that have gone into building this car were right – and they were.”

ALSO SEE: Polestar 2 Electric Sedan Will Boast Up To 350 Miles of Range

The Polestar 1 was tested in a simulated front on collision at 56 km/h (roughly 25 mph). The test was conducted at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre in Gothenburg and the team reports that it was a success.

Success wasn’t always guaranteed because steel and carbon polymer react very differently to stress.

Whereas carbon fiber is enormously stiff and brittle, steel is relatively soft and malleable. That property of steel can actually be useful when designing crash structures because it can absorb a lot of energy.

Carbon polymer, race fans will know, tends to shatter in an impact. With an underlying steel structure surrounded by carbon fiber, Polestar and the Volvo Group had some work to do to ensure the car behaved properly during a collision.

The outcome of this first crash test validates the decision to build the body of Polestar 1 in carbon fiber,” said Zef van der Putten, Polestar’s head of carbon fiber. “It also confirms that carbon fiber supports the highest safety standards. This is an example of how Polestar spearheads the development of new technology in the Volvo Car Group.”
And while the Polestar 1 is still a few months away from landing in Polestar Spaces for your perusal, the test is a promising one for the young brand.

A version of this article first appeared on Swedespeed

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The AutoGuide Show Ep.8: New Weekly Half-Hour Format Fri, 26 Oct 2018 16:58:22 +0000 The AutoGuide Show Ep.8: New Weekly Half-Hour Format The AutoGuide Show Ep.8: New Weekly Half-Hour Format
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Welcome to episode 8 of The AutoGuide Show, our video show and podcast. We’re trying a new weekly, half-hour format that will come out every Friday on YouTube or your favorite podcast player.

Watch it fully, leave it running in the background, or stream it as a podcast, but listen in as our editors answer audience questions, discuss automotive industry news, what they’re driving, and everything else going on in AutoGuide Land.

This week, Sami, Jodi, and Sebastien discuss the Volvo S60 and V60 and the Nissan Kicks. They also answer a reader question on subcompact crossovers. If you have a question, leave a comment on this post, on the YouTube video, or email us at

Index of Cars Covered:

  • 0:43 Reader Question on Subcompact Crossovers
  • 2:42 Nissan Kicks
  • 10:40 Volvo S60 and V60

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Top 10 Least Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 13:24:23 +0000 Top 10 Least Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018 Top 10 Least Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018
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If you’re shopping for a new car, you may want to avoid some of these automakers.

Consumer Reports has released its annual Car Reliability Study, based on responses from over 500,000 members. The data collected from the survey helps let shoppers know which vehicles are likely to have issues with reliability, ranging from powertrain and drivetrain problems to pesky infotainment and climate control systems.

Each automaker is ranked based on its average reliability score, which is calculated based on the models in its lineup that received enough data from survey respondents.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Most Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018

10. Lincoln

2017 lincoln mkz

Although Lincoln did move up two spots in this year’s survey, the brand continues to struggle and lands in the bottom 10 with four models taken into consideration. Its least reliable model is the MKZ, while the Continental is the automaker’s most reliable model. Lincoln received an average reliability score of 43, attributed to the Continental’s much better than average reliability. Both the MKC and MKX remain below average, while the MKZ sedan dropped to below average in this year’s study.

8. Dodge

2019 dodge journey

Dodge may have been one of the best brands from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), but it’s still one of the least reliable automakers overall. It scored an average reliability of 40, with five models as part of the survey this year. It did, however, move up three spots compared to last year. Dodge’s least reliable model in this year’s study is the Journey, while its most reliable is the Charger. Reliability of the Charger improved to better than average, while the Grand Caravan was average. Challenger owners reported issues with their transmission, and both the Durango and Journey models had multiple problem areas. As a result, the Challenger, Durango, and Journey all have below average reliability.

8. Jeep

2019 jeep compass

Jeep ties Dodge with the same average reliability score of 40, but only had four models that had enough reliability data. The American automaker drops two spots compared to last year’s ranking, with the Compass being its least reliable model. If you’re shopping for a Jeep and want something reliable, take a closer look at the compact Renegade. Overall, Jeep had mixed results in this year’s survey, with both the Grand Cherokee and Renegade models improving to average. The Cherokee and Compass, meanwhile, both had below average reliability.

7. Chevrolet

2019 chevrolet traverse

With 16 models supplying enough reliability data, Chevrolet owners had a lot to say about their vehicles. The American automaker finished with an average reliability score of 39, dropping five spots compared to last year. The brand’s most reliable model is the Impala, while the least reliable is the Traverse. According to Consumer Reports, the redesigned Traverse had much worse than average reliability, with the same transmission problems as the Enclave being a major issue. Owners also complained about the infotainment display freezing or staying blank. The redesigned 2018 Equinox did receive an average reliability rating, while the Suburban and Tahoe models improved to average or better. The Chevrolet Bolt remained average.

6. Chrysler

2019 chrysler pacifica

Putting the “C” in “FCA” is the Chrysler brand, dropping seven spots this year with just two models rated. The Chrysler Pacifica’s reliability fell to below average, making it the least reliable model of the two. Meanwhile, the 300’s reliability improved to average, contributing to Chrysler’s average reliability score of 38. Major issues reported by Chrysler owners included a frozen or blank display screen, navigation, and radio problems. Transmission problems included the transmission’s computer.

5. GMC

2019 gmc sierra 2500hd

Although GMC went up one spot compared to last year, the brand continues to struggle compared to other automakers. With an average reliability score of 37, GMC had eight models contributing to its ranking in this year’s study. The Sierra 2500 HD is the brand’s least reliable model, while the Yukon is its most reliable model. Three models in total had average or better reliability: the Terrain, Yukon, and Yukon XL. The GMC Acadia however, was worse than average plagued by infotainment and power equipment issues.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Least Reliable Cars: 2018 Consumer Reports

4. Ram

2018 ram 3500

With three models supplying enough reliability data, the Ram 3500 struggled and is the least reliable model from the American automaker. The 2500 was its most reliable, but with an average reliability score of 34, it may not mean much. Ram dropped one spot in this year’s survey, with both the previous-generation 1500 and 2500 having average reliability, while the 3500 was below average.

2. Tesla

2018 tesla model x

Tesla struggled a bit in this year’s survey, dropping six spots and tying with an average reliability score of 32. The Model S dropped to a below average rating, caused by suspension problems and other issues, including the extending door handle. The new Model 3 received an average reliability rating, while the Model X stayed much worse than average. Model X owners are having issues with the Falcon doors and center display screen.

2. Cadillac

2018 cadillac ats

Also earning an average reliability score of 32 is Cadillac, with the ATS being its least reliable model and the XTS being the brand’s most reliable. The American automaker drops one spot this year, with six models being accounted for in the study. Only the XTS sedan received a better than average reliability rating, with the rest of the models staying below average. Issues reported by CT6 and Escalade owners include rough shifting, while other models had issues with their in-car electronics.

1. Volvo

2018 volvo s90

It may come as a surprise to some, but the least reliable automaker in this year’s study is Volvo. Dropping six spots compared to last year, three models contributed to an average reliability score of 22. The least reliable model from the Swedish-Chinese automaker was the S90, while the XC60XC60 is the most reliable. Owners complained about the XC60 suffering from display screen freezes, issues with the climate system, and interior cabin rattles. The XC90 also received complaints about its infotainment system, mainly screen freezes and a blank display. Along with those problems, the S90 also received complaints about engine knocking or pinging.

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