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2021 Land Rover Defender Plug-in hybrid review

The Defender is the latest Land Rover car to get a plug-in hybrid model. A 2L inline-4 engine and electric motor, which sits in-between the engine and the gearbox, combine to power the SUV. The Defender P400e has a 19.2 kWh battery and fast charging capability, allowing for an 80% charge within a half-hour. The Defender features a boxy leather…

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2022 Honda Insight lineup revised

For the 2022 Insight lineup, Honda has discontinued the LX trim level and retained the EX and Touring trim levels. Entering into the Insight lineup will now cost $2,000 more than the prior year. The 2022 EX starts at $26,205 and keeps its 52 mpg EPA rating; the Touring starts at $30,235 and maintains its 48 mpg EPA rating. Aside…

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Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid to release later this year

After a year of delay, the Ford Escape PHEV is due to arrive later this year, though the current global semiconductor shortage poses some issues. Starting at a base price of $33,985, or $27,000 net after the tax credit, the vehicle is powered by a 2.5L straight-four engine and two electric motors and has a combined fuel efficiency of 41…

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2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid review

Offering a combined 302 horsepower and 38 miles on the gallon, the Toyota RAV4 Prime starts at a base price of $38,100. The car sports a squarish, rugged look with a bold front grille, wide rear liftgate, aerodynamic panels, and 18-inch alloy wheels. In the interior, the car flexes soft-touch finishes, an 8-inch touch display, and heated front seats to…

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Plug-in hybrid vehicles are better towers than electric vehicles

A recent comparison of towing capacity between the Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV and Tesla Model Y shows that plug-in hybrids may be better at towing than battery electric vehicles. Overall, battery electric vehicles lack adequate energy to tow loads efficiently without suffering from meaningful reductions in range. Read more 18002539377

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Bentley adds Bentayga hybrid to its SUV line

The 2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is the third model to join the carmaker’s luxury SUV line. A 126 bhp electric motor and a 3-liter V6 engine combine to power the car. The E motor is supplied energy by a 17.3kWh lithium battery that reaches full charge in less than 2.5 hours. Bentley will slap a $200,000+ price tag on the…

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2021 Range Rover Velvar switches to hybrid powertrain

Land Rover has revamped the powertrain for the 2021 Range Rover Velvar, ditching the 3L V-6 for a 3L turbocharged inline-6 with mild-hybrid technology. The 2021 Velvar is outfitted with the Land Rover’s latest infotainment system and can do over-the-air updates. The base model with 2L turbocharged straight-four engine comes at a price tag of $58,050.Read more

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Mitsubishi to start selling Eclipse Cross in 2021

Mitsubishi will begin selling the Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid in 2021, albeit not in the U.S. The Eclipse Cross PHEV will be available in specified markets in Asia, Europe, and Australia. Mitsubishi has yet to release specifications for the Eclipse Cross PHEV, but it mentioned that the vehicle borrows the Outlander PHEV’s drive system.Read more

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