The Optimal Optima? The 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid
The 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid.
I am rapidly becoming a fan of plug-in hybrids.  Here's my reasoning:

Pure electrics can leave you stranded, or at the very least, unable to get where you need to go as quickly as you could with a gasoline-powered car.

Gasoline-electric hybrids use gasoline and pollute the air for at least part of most trips.

A plug-in hybrid gives you a certain amount of pure electric range before switching into hybrid mode...meaning it's at least possible, depending on your commute and other trips, to not use a single drop of gas or put a particle of tailpipe emissions into the atmosphere for days, weeks or longer.


Unlikely Object of Desire: The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus.
If you want proof of the power of peer pressure, look no further than the minivan.  More useful than sedans or most SUVs for most American drivers, filled with convenience touches other vehicles do not or cannot provide and configurable in everything from base-level family hauler to near-private jet luxury, they are uncool.

Why?  Because everyone says so.

The one vehicle that could turn that around is the Chrysler Pacifica.


Old Faithful: The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT.
Sixteen months ago, I wrote about how the Mistubishi Outlander GT, despite winning on value arguments, was rapidly showing its age.  I stand by that review.  But I also have a renewed appreciation for the Outlander GT, what it can do, and how (comparatively) little it costs.


Prime Time: The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Toyota Prius Prime
The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime.
With hybrid sales in general---and the Prius' in particular---down, it might seem like dark days for this segment.  But the Toyota Prius Prime is a brilliant vehicle.