Toyota Avalon: A hybrid worth the hype


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The new Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited sells for just under $45,000. The car gets 43 mpg in mixed driving conditions.

Last month we discussed the eventual prospect of sedans and hybrid cars becoming extinct – like dinosaurs and passenger pigeons.

Realistically, however, that future won’t come quickly or all at once. So for that next automobile, for those of you who think that a car should be down-to-earth and comfortable while still being earth-friendly and practical, the 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited could be your next car.

Hybrids are way to go

Because I am in the auto industry, many of my customers and friends ask me what kind of car I drive and which car would I buy.

When it comes to bike lanes, one size does not fit all

My column last month reviewed the concept of protected bikeways, which embody a different philosophy from the thinking that the best way to achieve cycling safety is for bicyclists to behave like motorists and share the road.

Jaguar sets the (i)Pace


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The 2019 Jaguar iPace offers a range of 240 miles on a single charge. A direct competitor with Tesla’s Model X, the iPace has a base price of $80,050.

No matter what the future of automobile transportation may hold, Tesla will always be remembered as the first successful company to offer totally electric long-distance luxury automobiles.

Energi among Ford's last sedans before pulling the plug on plug-ins


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The new Ford Fusion Energi – a plug-in hybrid – only gets 17 miles per charge, but the vehicle recharges when braking.

We recently received a suggestion from a Town Crier reader that we write about differences between plug-in hybrid cars and full-electric vehicles driven completely by battery-powered electric motors.

Two small but practical crossovers


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Drive28i comes with a 2-liter BMW twin-turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.

For most young families and for most purposes, there is nothing better than a small five-door crossover.

Interior space can easily be configured from four passengers with luggage to make room for those bulky items purchased on that trip to the discount big-box store.


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