GOING ELECTRIC
10 things you’ll want to know about Chevy’s new Bolt EV

AUTO REVIEW— Every few years, a car comes along that garners the buzz from the world of automobilia. Among the green car enthusiasts, the second-generation Prius had this distinction. During the height of the recent economic recession, the Chevy Volt had the political pundits all in a buzz. This year, it’s Chevy again, with the Bolt EV. The car combines two attributes heretofore unavailable in a pure electric car: affordability and long range. Here are 10 things we think you’ll want to know about the new Bolt EV.

SUSTAINABILITY IN SPLENDOR
2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e plug-in hybrid

AUTO REVIEW— Thanks to Mercedes-Benz, you can have your cake and eat it too. That is, when you drive the full-size S550e, with the utmost in luxury, connectivity, safety and performance, you still can get up to 26 miles per gallon in the city and 30 on the highway, and a combined 58MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). In full electric mode, you are able to drive up to 14 miles. The S550e is for drivers who want something greener and more efficient. That’s having your cake and eating it too. Harvey Schwartz reports.

LIVING IN SANTA FE, HYUNDAI
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate

AUTO REVIEW— I wonder how Santa Fe got its name. I have to assume that a couple of Hyundai executives were driving through New Mexico and after going thorough cities like Alamogordo, Albuquerque and Truth or Consequences, they arrived in Santa Fe and came up with the perfect name for a crossover SUV. Okay, so that story probably has nothing to do with how this vehicle was named but, much like a scenic drive through the Southwest, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate is nice to look at and once you’re in it you’ll want to stay a while. Reed Berry reports.

THE LAST SAMURAI
The Final Edition of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution rolls off the assembly line

AUTO REVIEW—It’s a vestige of an era gone by. With SUVs, trucks and alt-energy vehicles commanding most of the attention these days, Mitsubishi went and offered its Final Edition of the Lancer Evolution X. It’s the modern day Last Samurai—a casting no less improbable than having Tom Cruise portray the historic last samurai on the silver screen.

THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE
Kia’s quiet Sportage

AUTO REVIEW—Can you hear that? Ssshhhhh! Can you hear the 2.4 liter, four-cylinder engine? Can you hear the wind noise? Can you hear anything? No, because this is a surprisingly quiet vehicle. My objectivity might be little skewed, since I had just gotten off of an 11-hour flight. It was after this flight that I picked up the 2017 Sportage. The kids fell asleep as we left the parking garage, and my wife and I were struck with how quite the car was. Had this been a Mercedes S-class, or an Audi A8, I would not have thought twice about it. But in a Kia Sportage? Sweet. John-Fredrik Wright reports.

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