2017 Toyota 86 In-Depth Review: Everything from Cargo Space to Oversteer

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The battle of the small, affordable sports cars is a two-sided affair between two sets of twins. On the less practical side, there are the mechanically similar Mazda MX-5 Miata and Fiat 124 Spider, both of them tiny softtop roadsters. On the everyday-friendly side sit the Toyota 86, the subject of this review, and its Subaru-badged twin, the BRZ. With generous front-seat room and rudimentary back seats that fold to expand trunk space, the 86 and BRZ are fun rear-drive coupes suitable for the daily grind as well as track-day forays. READ MORE ››

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2017 Toyota 86 In-Depth Review: Everything from Cargo Space to Oversteer

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Test: Redefining the Gas-Electric SUV

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Nearly two decades after the Honda Insight introduced hybrids to America, the technology is still rare among crossovers. That could be because blending crossover and hybrid genes usually begets mediocrity. In exchange for a few more mpg, you get a heavier, lazier family hauler that’s no fun to drive. Credit Acura for upending that paradigm. The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD tested here imbues Acura’s recently facelifted three-row crossover with hybrid components similar to those from the NSX supercar, and the result is a breakthrough vehicle, one that actually deserves the Sport in its name. READ MORE ››

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2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Test: Redefining the Gas-Electric SUV

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The Lexus CT200h Is Dead: Hybrid Hatch Won’t Return for 2018

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The Lexus CT200h has reached the end of the line. Lexus said the hybrid hatchback won’t return for the 2018 model year, at least in the United States; it’ll continue to be sold elsewhere for the foreseeable future. The CT first arrived in 2011 and has been Lexus’s smallest and least expensive offering for several years now.

We’re not too surprised by this news, given the CT’s age and dwindling sales numbers. Lexus sold just 8903 copies of the CT200h in 2016, a fraction of the sales numbers enjoyed by other entry-luxury models such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA-class (25,792) and the Audi A3 (31,538) during the same time frame. The CT200h’s hybrid drivetrain, shared with the previous-generation Toyota Prius, had also started to look outdated, with its 42-mpg EPA combined fuel economy far outclassed by the latest Prius and its 52-mpg rating.

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So what’s next for the low end of Lexus’s lineup? A new subcompact crossover called the UX is on its way, and it is likely to have a hybrid variant that will act as a sort of de facto replacement for the CT. Until then, the cheapest way to snag a new L-badged vehicle will be the $36,260 NX crossover—or perhaps a discount on one of the remaining 2017 CT200h models still found at Lexus dealers for now.

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The Lexus CT200h Is Dead: Hybrid Hatch Won’t Return for 2018

The Lexus CT200h Is Dead: Hybrid Hatch Won’t Return for 2018

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The Lexus CT200h Is Dead: Hybrid Hatch Won’t Return for 2018