2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In in Crystal White Tricoat (a $500 option) 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Class: Premium Large Car Miles driven: 288 Fuel used: 8.4 gallons Real-world fuel economy: 34.3 mpg CG Report Card Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester. Room and ComfortA Power and PerformanceB Fit and FinishA- Fuel EconomyA- ValueB Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup. Big & Tall Comfort Big GuyB Tall GuyB- Driving mix: 65% city, 35% highway EPA-estimated fuel economy: 62 MPGe/26 mpg city/highway combined Base price: $75,095 (not including $995 destination charge) Options on test … [Read more...] about Test Drive: 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In
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Image Gallery: Hybrid Cars A brand-new 2011 Chevrolet Volt rolls off the assembly line at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck plant on Nov. 30, 2010. See more pictures of hybrid cars. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images David Sandalow made headlines in August 2010 for saying electric cars are patriotic. Sandalow, an assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy, has studied energy, foreign policy and climate change, and published books like 2008's "Freedom From Oil." He says Americans should cut gas consumption to help free the U.S. from dependence on imported oil. Cutting use of oil from any source helps fight global warming; cutting use of foreign oil has an added patriotic benefit. He and others say dependence on oil from the war-torn Persian Gulf hurts America's security. But how patriotic are hybrid cars? In 2009, the United States used about 7.14 billion barrels of oil -- nearly one-fourth of all the oil used in the world that year. More than half of that oil was imported, and nearly … [Read more...] about How is owning a hybrid vehicle patriotic?
New Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s concept plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) 'PX-MiEV' is displayed during the Tokyo Motor Show at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. See pictures of plug-in hybrid cars. Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images Electric cars are picking up speed -- from compacts to sports and luxury options, they're touted as the next key to saving the environment. But electric vehicles have a couple of drawbacks, and the biggest is that they're still kind of a tough sell. Experts anticipate difficulty convincing the majority of Americans that cleaner air is worth the perceived inconveniences of charging and range limitations. Then, automakers brought forth the plug-in hybrid -- an electric vehicle paired with a conventional fuel engine. Assuming the reserved fuel is occasionally burned, plug-in hybrids aren't as clean, but if they manage to change perceptions, the trade-off might be worthwhile. There are a few factors to consider when evaluating how plug-in hybrid cars will impact … [Read more...] about How will plug-in hybrids affect the environment?
A staff member of GM China charges up a Chevrolet Volt during a ceremony to send a pair of Volts to Shanghai Expo Bureau in Shanghai, China. See more pictures of plug-in hybrid cars. China Photos/Getty Images A decade ago, hybrid cars were the hottest, newest form of environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient motoring. But while hybrids have come to establish themselves in the car market, there's an even newer and more high-tech form of green car on the horizon: The plug-in hybrid. As you may already know, plug-in hybrids are gasoline-electric vehicles similar to regular hybrids. The main difference is that their batteries are charged by plugging them in to outlets in your garage or at specialized charging stations. In theory, this makes them superior to standard hybrids because they can run on electricity for greater durations, and in some situations, they can get you where you're going without using gasoline at all. In order to examine how plug-in hybrids' mileage compares to … [Read more...] about How do plug-in hybrids’ mileage compare to other cars?
You often hear people say “there aren’t really bad cars any more” because even cheap cars from basic brands are generally decent and safe in 2018. That’s true, to an extent. But that doesn’t mean all cars are good, either. And we found plenty to bag on this year anyway. In previous years we did a list of worst cars we drove to supplement our best list. But we’re taking a slightly different tack this year. We didn’t test as many truly abysmal vehicles in 2018 as we have in the past, and perhaps even more damning than the generic “bad” is just “disappointing.” Additionally, some of the cars—as you’ll see below—were in fact just plain bad. A couple belonged to David Tracy, which is understandable and fair. Here are the cars that didn’t live up to their true potential or otherwise came up way short from what we expected of them. Do better in 2019, cars! David Tracy’s 1995 Jeep Cherokee Once … [Read more...] about The Biggest Letdowns We Drove in 2018